Friday, March 11, 2011

Going to the 2011 Tucson Festival of Books: Saturday edition

Book Fair , originally uploaded by arizonadailywildcat.
This will be my second year attending the festival, and it looks to be a good lineup. I'll be posting updates and observations about the event via the Arizona Daily Wildcat's Twitter account for the arts desk, @wildcatarts, and through my own account, @GrayBackMatter, with #TFOB in my tweets. I will also have the day's recap at either or the Daily Wildcat arts blog, On the Beat.

You can find more information about the two-day event in my Daily Wildcat preview article and at the official website. The organizers have also created apps for iPhone and Android users for the first time this year, which contains information about the festival. The Android version still has some bugs in it, but it's not a bad way to figure who and what are where.

Here's my Saturday itinerary for the festival with alternatives in place in case something is canceled or I get bored:

10 - 11 a.m.
Bringing Meaning out of Meaninglessness: How Literature Can Respond to the January 8th Shootings
Chemistry - Room 111

Are You Smarter Than a Cheese Grater? Word Games with Merl Reagle
Arizona Daily Star Pavilion - UA Mall

Digging Holes and Turning Cards: Creating Characters that Become Books with Louis Sachar
Education Building - Kiva Auditorium

11 - 11:30 a.m.
Small lunch break + Chinese dance

11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Spin, Ink: Exposing Corporate Malfeasance
Koffler - Room 204

Hot Times: Can Nature Survive Us?
Student Union - Gallagher Theater

Bon Appétit Desserts with Barbara Fairchild
Culinary Stage - UA Mall

Writing Comedy for TV: An Interview with Bill Odenkirk
Integrated Learning Center - Room 130

Collaborative Food Writing: A Delicious Blend of Science, Art and Great Taste
Integrated Learning Center - Room 119

12:30 - 1 p.m.
Small lunch break + meandering
I'll probably check out the Twitter wall and head to the E-Reader Experience tent to play with the Nook, Kindle and other gadgets.

1 - 2 p.m.
Be the Moon: Stories of War and Hope
Integrated Learning Center - Room 130

Colossus: Hoover Dam and the Making of the American Century
Integrated Learning Center - Room 150

It's Okay to Eat Watermelon: Wally "Famous" Amos
UA Mall Tent

Louis Sachar
Teen Authors Lounge

2 - 2:30 p.m.
Meandering + rehydration + snack time

2:30 - 3:30 p.m.
I See Rude People: The Collapse of Civility and What We Want To Do About It with Amy Alkon
UA Bookstore

From Silly to Serious: Writing Across Genres with Louis Sachar, Candace Fleming, and Grace Lin
Education Building - Kiva Auditorium

Writing Spaces and What They Look Like and How You Can Design Your Own
Integrated Learning Center - Room 119

How to Document Your Culture: 40 Years of Photographing Latinos in the U.S. with José Galvez
Integrated Learning Center - Room 137

3:30 - 4 p.m.
Break time + confer with other reporters + take photos

4 - 5 p.m.
Writing Your Family History Through Family Recipes with Linda Murray Berzok
Integrated Learning Center - Room 135

The Glamour of Grammar: A Journey Through the Magic and Mystery of Practical English with Roy Peter Clark
Arizona Daily Star Pavilion - UA Mall

The Ties that Bind: Relationships in Fiction
Student Union - Catalina Room

Twisted and Torn: Relationships in Crime Fiction
Modern Languages - Room 350

Eagerly Awaiting the Zompocalypse
Integrated Learning Center - Room 150

I hope to see you there!

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