Animal Authors & Panels – 2012 Tucson Festival of Booksby Karyn Zoldan on Mar. 07, 2012, under Animal Events, Cats Meow, Feline Fun, Dogs, Canines, Fun with Fido, Barking Encouraged, Pet Health & Safety
Our 4-legged friends are equally popular on the page as well as in real life. Here’s a roundup of authors and panels to pique the interests of the animal lovers among us. I give this four paws up!
Animal Behavior – Mild to Wild
Panel / Sat 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Chemistry – Room 111
Patricia McConnell, Sy Montgomery, Kristen Nelson
McConnell’s radio show, “Calling All Pets,” played in more than 110 cities for 14 years, and her TV show, “Petline,” was featured on Animal Planet. She is the author of numerous books on training and behavioral problems. Her books include “Love Has No Age Limit: Welcoming an Adopted Dog into Your Home.”
Montgomery, a naturalist, author, documentary scriptwriter and radio commentator, writes for children and adults. Her latest book, “Birdology,” recounts an encounter with the most dangerous bird in the world, the 150-pound cassowary. Author of The Good Pig (KZ reading that now!)
Nelson is the author of “Coated With Fur: A Vet’s Life.” She cares for small animals and exotics in Scottsdale, Ariz. Her media credits include USA Today, the Ladies’ Home Journal, the Los Angeles Times, radio and television.
When: Saturday 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM
Where: Student Union – Kachina Room
Moderator: J.M. “Mike” Hayes
Webb is the author of the Lena Jones mysteries and the Gunn Zoo mysteries. Her 10 mystery novels include “Desert Wives,” “Desert Cut,” “Desert Lost” and the forthcoming “Desert Wind.” Her Gunn Zoo books include “The Anteater of Death” and “The Koala of Death.”
Rosenfelt is the author of “On Borrowed Time” and “One Dog Night.” Rosenfelt was in Tucson last year and Jett Greyhound had the privilege of meeting him at a book signing fundraiser held at Clues Unlimited Book Store.
Hale worked as a patent attorney in the San Francisco area for several years before taking time off to write her first novel, “How to Wash a Cat.” The SF-based Cats and Curios series continued with the frog-infused “Nine Lives Last Forever.” “Water Taxi: Adrift on St. John,” is the first in a new mystery series.
Patricia B. McConnell – Observing and Writing Dog Behavior
Workshop / Sun 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Integrated Learning Center – Room 151
Susan Orlean – Rin Tin Tin: The Life and The Legend
Solo Presentation / Sun 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM
UA Mall Tent
Orlean, a staff writer for The New Yorker since 1992, is the author of the best-selling novel, “The Orchid Thief,” which was made into the Oscar-winning movie. Her latest work, “Rin Tin Tin: The Life and The Legend,” tells the story of Rin Tin Tin’s journey from orphaned puppy to movie star and international icon.
Animals and Healing
Panel / Sun 1:00 PM – 02:00 PM
Koffler – Room 204
Marohn is a medical journalist, nonfiction writer and the author of the Healthy Mind series for Hampton Roads and “What the Animals Taught Me: Stories of Love and Healing from a Farm Animal Sanctuary.” She runs an animal sanctuary in Sonoma County, Calif.
Dogs in America: Our Ever-Enduring Bond
Panel / Sun 2:30 PM – 03:30 PM
Koffler – Room 204
Genre: Current Events/Pop Culture
Patricia B. McConnell
Question: Can I bring dogs to the Tucson Festival of Books? Answer: After combing the Tucson Festival of Books website, I could not find a hard or fast rule on whether or not dogs are permitted. Unless your dog is pawtographing books, I recommend leaving the canines home. Having been to previous Festivals, events are extremely crowded and often hot. Dogs are not allowed in the buildings (except for service dogs).
Here’s an updated list of cancellations.
(Festival of Books Photo Credit: Thomas Veneklasen)