The Tucson Festival of Books takes over the University of Arizona Mall and adjacent buildings Saturday and Sunday, March 10-11.

The festival, the third-largest book event in the nation, with about 350 presenting authors and an expected attendance of 130,000 to 140,000, can seem overwhelming.

But there’s no need to feel lost in this sea of authors, presentations, panels, vendors and people. We have your compass.

A panel discussion — “Navigating the Tucson Festival of Books” — is set for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 27, in the Tucson Medical Center Marshall Auditorium.

During the hour-long session, panelists directly involved in the book festival’s development and operation will explain and explore:

  • The layout of the festival, where to park, where to find what you are looking for.
  • How to use the website, mobile apps and other electronic tools as a guide to the festival.
  • How to use the special section that will be published in the Star on Sunday, March 4.
  • How to use these tools to plan your days. We’ll show you how to make a personal schedule on the festival website.
  • How the free ticketing process for some of the popular authors works.

There will be time for questions and answers, too.

The session is free, but registration is required as seating is limited. Register at

The Marshall Auditorium is on the east side of the TMC building, facing Craycroft Road. Free parking is available in the Catalina Parking Garage, which is north of the TMC building.

The Star is a festival named sponsor and TMC is the presenting sponsor.