Tucson Festival of Books. For the first time in a long time, I'll be attending as a reader, a visitor, able to go to many of the presentations by my favorite authors instead of being tied to a booth for most of the day. Don't get me wrong; I love the Tucson chapter of Sisters in Crime. We have great members and great programs and I enjoy every month's meeting. But, for the past couple of years, I've been in charge of setting up our booth, making sure it's staffed at all times, and resolving problems as they arise.
It's meant missing most of the presentations, particularly those of famous authors, because I wasn't able to get in line early enough to get into them. And "load-in" times, the time you have to pull a vehicle onto the mall of the University of Arizona in order to unload all the materials for your booth, start very early. Much earlier than the time I'm usually getting out of bed. So I've taken a break this year to enjoy all that the festival has to offer.
And that's a lot. In addition to the authors and presentations, there are booths all along the mall for various organizations that are book-related. There's music, and activities for children, and the marvelous Science City, featuring science presentations from the U of A. And food. Food is very popular, so popular that they've set up two food courts instead of one this year.
Oh, and I will be at the Tucson Sisters in Crime booth for at least one hour. I'll be doing a
Book Signing, Saturday, March 14 from 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM, Booth 231
If you're around, stop by and say hello!