Today's the day. The tents are up. The authors are ready. And the rain is expected to blow over, leaving a bright, brisk day for the Tucson Festival of Books.
The two-day event kicks off this morning with numerous opportunities to listen to your favorite authors and engage in hands-on learning activities.
To get started, go to Page A4 for a few sample festival tours, depending on your interests.
• 9 a.m.: Browse the University of Arizona BookStores.
• 10 a.m.: R.L. Stine, author, Goose Bumps and Rotten School series, Student Union Memorial Center South Ballroom.
• 11 a.m.: Book giveaway, Stocker Foundation Children's Entertainment Stage.
• 12:30 p.m.: Antonio Sacre, Children's Story Telling Stage.
• 1:15 p.m.: Eat a burrito or grab a snack, Food Court on the Mall.
• 2 p.m.: Play lawn checkers or chess in the TMC Family Entertainment Stage.
• 2:30 p.m.: Workshop - Dazzling new picture books with Marilyn Carpenter, Education 310.
• 4 p.m.: Lindley Lopez Literary Circus on the Mall.
• 9:30 a.m.: Shop for books, browse exhibitor tents.
• 10 a.m.: Workshop - Creating fascinating stories about real people, Education 351.
• 11 a.m.: Meet authors and discuss their books, Children's Authors Pavilion.
• 12:30 p.m.: Jose-Luis Orozsco, Story Telling Blanket.
• 1:15 p.m.: Eat a healthy lunch at the Food Court on the Mall.
• 2 p.m.: Crossword puzzles - activity tents.
• 2:30 p.m.: Delight in the Desert - new books for kids, Education 353.
• 3:30 p.m.: Science in everyday life, Science City.
• 9:30 a.m.: Exhibitors.
• 10 a.m.: Strong Sense of Place, UA Mall Tent.
• 11:30 a.m.: Darkness in the Desert, Student Union Kachina Room.
• 12:45 p.m.: Exhibitors - check out the Author Pavilion and Clues Unlimited.
• 1:30 p.m.: Food Court on the Mall.
• 2:30 p.m.: The Doyennes of Southwest Mysteries, Student Union South Ballroom.
• 4 p.m.: Collaborating, Integrated Learning Center 120.
• 9:30 a.m.: Visit the UA BookStores.
• 10 a.m.: California Dying, ILC 120.
• 11:30 a.m.: Robert Crais, Student Union South Ballroom.
• 12:45 p.m.: Series vs. Stand-Alone, ILC 140.
• 1:30 p.m.: Food Court on the Mall.
• 2:30 p.m.: Scientific Thriller, Chemistry 111.
• 4 p.m.: Bargain shopping in the exhibitor booths.
• 10 a.m.: Young Voices / Complicated Lives, Student Union Catalina Room.
• 11:15 a.m.: Crossword puzzles, TMC Main Entertainment Stage.
• 1 p.m.: Chuck Klosterman: American Pop Culture, UA Mall Tent.
• 2:30 p.m.: Alan Sitomer and Janette Rallison, Teen and Author Meeting Place.
• 4 p.m.: Young Adult Fiction -No Boundaries?, UA Mall Tent.
• 10 a.m.: Fragile on the Outside - Steel on the Inside: Gutsy Girls, Education Kiva Auditorium.
• 11:30 p.m.: A conversation with Diana Gabaldon, Koffler 204.
• 12:30 p.m.: Grab some lunch and listen to Fire Opals on Bear Down Entertainment Stage.
• 1:30 p.m.: Elizabeth Eulberg, Teen and Author Meeting Place.
• 2:30 p.m: Re-examining the American Dream, ILC 140.
• 4 p.m.: Capturing Dimensions of Time in YA Literature, Education Kiva Auditorium.
• 10 a.m.: Should Wall Street Control Social Security?, ILC 120.
• 11:30 a.m: Beat the rush at the Food Court and stroll the Mall.
• 1 p.m.: How Goldman Sachs Came to Rule the World, Koffler 204.
• 2:30 p.m.: Me The People - Kevin Bleyer in conversation with Ted Robbins, ILC 120.
• 4 p.m.: True Crime: Murder and the Criminal Mind, ILC 150.
• 10 a.m.: Lessons Learned from Iraq and Afghanistan, Gallagher Theater.
• 11:30 a.m.: Social Security - A Manufactured Crisis?, Gallagher Theater.
• 1 p.m.: The Science of Place and Well-Being, Student Union Kachina Room.
• 2:30 p.m.: The Future of Liberalism in the Age of Obama, ILC 120.
• 4 p.m.: The Changing Landscape of Journalism, Gallagher Theatre.
Saturday and Sunday
• 9:30 a.m.: Register for a tour of the Mirror Lab, Science City. (Saturday)
• 9:30 a.m.: Visit GLHN Mechanical Advantage and Jimmy Stewart's Weather Bus, Science City. (Sunday)
• 10 a.m.: Botball Educational Robotics Program open house, Science City Visitor Center. (Saturday)
• 10:45 a.m.: In the Lab / In the Field, Science City.
• 11:15 a.m.: Brain & Behavior, Science City.
• 12 noon: Lunch at Science City Café.
• 1 p.m.: Mirror Lab tour.
• 2:30 p.m.: Heavens Above - Finding Our Cosmic Origin, ILC 130.
• 4 p.m.: Mind Matters - Keeping your Brain Healthy, Chemistry 111.
• 10 a.m.: Biology Trumps Politics, Chemistry 111.
• 11:30 a.m.: Cronkite, Koffler Room 204
• 1 p.m.: True Crime CSI, ILC 150
• 2:30 p.m.: Daniel Hernandez, They Call Me a Hero, Nuestras Raices Stage,
• 4 p.m.: The War Within the War for Afghanistan, Chemistry 111.
• 10 a.m.: Minerals, War and Humanity, ILC. 140
• 11:30 a.m.: The craft of biography with Jonathan Eig, Douglas Brinkley and Bob Spitz, Arizona Daily Star Pavilion.
• 1 p.m.: Words from the Pen: Forty Years of Prison Writing Workshops, Student Union Ventana.
• 2:30 a.m.: Pushing the Limits - Survival SEAL-Style, UA Mall Tent.
• 4 p.m.: The Changing Landscape of Journalism, Gallagher Theater.
If you go, bundle up, be ready for rain
Bundle up if you're headed to the Tucson Festival of Books this morning and take a rain poncho or umbrella just in case.
"Scattered showers" are in the forecast from the National Weather Service, but "scattered" is the operative word.
Most of the rain should be behind us.
"It's probably going to be mostly in the higher elevations and we're not talking about anything overly heavy," said Jerald Meadows, meteorologist in the National Weather Service Tucson office.
There are no guarantees, however, hence the poncho/umbrella advice.
It won't get a whole lot warmer as the day progresses, but it should get a bit drier and winds will be 5 to 15 mph.
Today's high is expected to reach only into the mid-50s.
On StarNet: To read the e-edition version of the guide for the festival, go to azstarnet.com/festivalguide
Some other options
• If Romance is your thing, head straight to go Koffler 216.
• If you love poetry, the Student Union Kiva is the place for you.
• Foodies, make a beeline to the Ferguson Sub Zero/Wolf Culinary Tent on the Mall.
If You go
• What: Fifth annual Tucson Festival of Books.
• When: 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. today and Sunday.
• Where: University of Arizona campus. Attendance and parking are free.
• What: Authors, book discussions, workshops and literary activities for the entire family.
• Sponsors: The UA and the Arizona Daily Star. The University of Arizona Medical Center is the presenting sponsor. Net proceeds will promote literacy in Southern Arizona through the Tucson Festival of Books Foundation, a nonprofit organization.
• Bookmark it: Go to tucsonfestivalofbooks.org for more information
• Mobile: Apps are available for iPhone, Android devices and Kindle Fire.
• Parking is free. However, there are a men's basketball game at McKale Center and a softball tournament. Most of the parking today on the east side of campus next to the athletic complex will be reserved for the sports events. All of the parking will be open and free Sunday (map, Page A4). The Second Street Garage will be reserved for authors and moderators both days.