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Tucson Festival of Books

Overview

Tucson Festival of Books (tucsonfestivalofbooks.com) is a free annual literature event hosted at the University of Arizona in Tucson with hundreds of authors represented. It's the largest fandom event in Arizona, drawing 135,000 attendees each year.

History

The Tucson Festival of Books began in 2009, following the demise in 2007 of the one day Arizona Book Festival, which had been held in Phoenix for the previous ten years. TFoB started strong, with a two day event that featured 450 authors and presenters and attracted 50,000 attendees.

The parent body, the Tucson Festival of Books Foundation, which is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, was founded by Bill Viner, Frank Farias, John M. Humenik, Bruce Beach and Brenda Viner.

Their 2020 event was cancelled a week out (tucsonfestivalofbooks.com) because of concerns about COVID-19 that involved the cancellation of over a hundred scheduled authors.

History

Chronology of Arizona Conventions

# Date Location Guests Book Web Notes
1 2009
14 Mar
15 Mar
University of Arizona
Tucson
2 2010
13 Mar
14 Mar
University of Arizona
Tucson
3 2011
12 Mar
13 Mar
University of Arizona
Tucson
4 2012
11 Mar
12 Mar
University of Arizona
Tucson
5 2013
9 Mar
10 Mar
University of Arizona
Tucson
6 2014
15 Mar
16 Mar
University of Arizona
Tucson
7 2015
14 Mar
15 Mar
University of Arizona
Tucson
8 2016
12 Mar
13 Mar
University of Arizona
Tucson
9 2017
11 Mar
12 Mar
University of Arizona
Tucson
10 2018
10 Mar
11 Mar
University of Arizona
Tucson
11 2019
2 Mar
3 Mar
University of Arizona
Tucson
12 2020
14 Mar
15 Mar
University of Arizona
Tucson
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Notes

  1. Tucson Festival of Books was cancelled in 2020 due to concerns over COVID-19.

Attendance

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
50,000 75,000 100,000 100,000 120,000 130,000 130,000 135,000 135,000



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Last update: 9th March, 2020