Have you taken a look at the 64 page guide to the 2-day Tucson Festival of Books that came in the Arizona Daily Star last Sunday? It’s unbelievable how much is going on! I’m in awe of the organizers of this 3-year old free event. If you don’t have one yet you can get an electronic version here.
With 450 authors, panelists and performers; 240 exhibitors, and hundreds of activities for kids they certainly are living up to their theme for the year “where Words & Imagination come to life.
Since this is all about books and reading, the oral tradition is not especially represented except in the kids area. There you can find a variety of presentations at the Diamond Children’s Story Telling Stage that range from “African Stories, Rhythem and Folklore for the Young at Heart” by Auntie Pooh to “Cowboy Songs and Stories” with Tony Norris. And look for the teens of Voices, Inc.
Local storytellers are well represented by Tucson Tellers of Tales at “Story Fun for Everyone”.
Or you can listen to authors reading aloud on the Story Blanket. This link will take you to the schedule of events of children’s authors and illustrators.
If you have a book story to tell, you can find the Odyssey Story Cart at the Tucsoncitizen.com booth in the Arizona Daily Star Pavilion on Sunday from 10 to 1. We’ll be there with our camera, recording your stories. Stop by and say hi.