Lala Corriere is the author of three titles in suspense, with the next book, Kiss & Kill, scheduled for release this spring. Her credits include the endorsement and long-term mentorship from the late Sidney Sheldon, with blurbs from Andrew Neiderman [author of The Devil’s Advocate], Paris Afton Bonds, KT Bryan, and CJ West. Lala’s a desert rat. She nestles there with her husband of twenty-five years, two Teacup Yorkies, and an American Curl.
After a lifetime of snowy winters in Colorado, I was in ecstasy to relocate to the Sonoran Desert and Tucson, Arizona.
We knew we wanted to live in the Sun Belt. The World Wide Web became our best friend as we narrowed down our search from an admittedly vast portion of America. We had only visited Tucson twice before buying our home. I immediately felt its enchanting draw, just knowing that it has been a Mecca for many writers and artists: Larry McMurtry, Barbara Kingsolver, J.A. Jance, DeGrazia, Paul McCartney, Linda Ronstadt, and Michael Haykin, to name a few.
What I didn’t know is that Tucson is home to one of the largest book festivals in the world. For one weekend every March, more than 100,000 book aficionados descend upon the University of Arizona campus. While taking in the spectacle of rows of white tents and swarms of authors and readers dotting the grounds, it’s easy to see why many of the booklovers attend on both days. So many books move on and off the campus, I swear the earth could spin off of its axis. Trust me; I’ve hauled in some of that weight!
The Tucson Festival of Books brings in over 450 presenting authors, with more than 250 exhibitors. To give you an idea as to the magnitude of this event, the newspaper’s annual printed guide always spans about fifty-two pages.
By its sheer numbers, the festival is colossal. But what makes it especially festive to me is what the event does to nurture our young readers. Mind you I write suspense, so I’m not with these little dudes and dudettes, but in an era where kids are absorbed with television, video games and the newest of apps, the Tucson
Festival of Books offers programs that keep the young ones from boredom, and actually encourage their love of books. The campus opens up its Science City with fun for all ages. The children’s area is replete with storytellers, free books, goodies and giveaways. Best of all, the young writers’ contest awards are presented with panache.
Of note, new this year the festival is embracing the ever-expanding digital book market by hosting an eBook Pavilion. I’m eager to see if any of the Big Five are hanging around there.
Want that festive feeling with deals on books? Autographs and presentations by your favorite author?
Authors? Maybe you’d just like to sell a ton of books!
Then mark your calendars for March 14-15, 2015. I’ll see you there. We may not spin the earth off of its axis, but we can make the earth move!
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