Yesterday was the first day of the Tucson Festival of Books and yours truly was in attendance along with my wife. I am out and about at the festival today, as well.
Every year more than 100,000 people come to the University of Arizona campus to meet and listen to hundreds of authors from every genre and nook of fiction and non-fiction. There is also live music, good food and hundreds of booths peddling books and random, interesting bric-a-brac.
Several author friends are on panels or are here signing books, so I am excited to support them. I am also enjoying hearing from a number of historical and fantasy novel writers.
Additionally, for the last couple years I’ve been drawn to see authors of young adult novels that I’ve read and enjoyed. Last year it was Laurie Halse Anderson, the justly famous author of “Speak.” Today I am on a mission to see Andrew Smith, author of “Winger,” simply because his book made me raucously laugh in public places, as if I had a screw loose. Yay!
The joy of reading and story telling is a balm for the soul. Being surrounded by 100,000 lovers of letters and literature in the sunshine of Tucson is such a pleasure.