The Tucson Festival of Books is almost here – March 9-10, 2013! Mark your calendar for a spectacular event that brings together authors, publishers, and the reading public in a family-friendly community event at the University of Arizona.
Local book blogger (and proud TFOB attendee for the past few years!) Jessica Howard wrote up these 10 super helpful tips for making the most of the festival.
1. Review the TFOB schedule ahead of time so that you can maximize your time and catch as many events as possible!
2. Bring a bottle of water. Even though it’s March, Tucson gets sunny and you may spend a while standing in line for an author signing.
3. Arrive early at big-name events. TFOB volunteers are strict about seating limits and people at the end of the line often don’t make it in to see the biggest names. If there’s an author you’re dying to hear, you may want to skip the seminar before to leave extra time to line up.
4. Take your kids to the “kid area.” There are tons of great story and music times, character meet and greets, and activities. Even if you don’t have kids, stroll around and see some of the amazing dancing/music numbers that are put on in that area.
5. Build in free time. Plan to skip a seminar or two so that you have time to wander around, enjoying the crowd and events. There are bands playing, interactive games, the Science City, and countless book-related tents to visit.
6. Either pack a lunch or bring quite a bit of money. There are lots of great local vendors providing fantastic food, but it can get a little pricey.
7. Bring books by your favorite authors. Last year I managed to get books signed by 5 or 6 of my favorite authors, and it’s so fun to have signed copies on my shelves.
8. Wear comfortable shoes. The Festival area is quite large and involves a lot of walking back and forth.
9. Don’t bring a stroller/wagon. The main mall area gets really congested. If you have children too small to handle the walking, plan to carry or wear them. It’s not worth trying to maneuver a stroller through those crowds.
10. Have fun! You’re surrounded by thousands of fellow book-lovers, books, and authors. What’s not to love?