November 24, 2017 / Modified nov 27, 2017 11:23 a.m.

Tucson Festival of Books Approaching its 10th Anniversary

New authors, improvements planned for March 2018.

Tucson Festival of Books TFOB stalls hero Booksellers set up in preparation for the 2017 Tucson Festival of Books. (PHOTO: Nick O'Gara, AZPM)

The annual Tucson Festival of Books has become a go-to event for authors and readers, and some of the attendees for next year’s festival have been announced.

First-time author-attendees include novelist Celeste Ng and motivational speaker Dan Millman.

The March 10-11 event will be the 10th time the festival takes over the University of Arizona campus. Festival co-founder Brenda Viner said it's an event publishers and authors now plan their schedules around.

“Many authors are now choosing the Tucson Festival of Books, our date, when they launch their new book. So that’s kind of a big deal for Tucson,” she said.

TFOB, as it's called, is one of the top-three book festivals in the country, Viner said.

Viner said the Native American pavilion will return next year, and there will be improvements to Science City and the popular children’s area.

"Our goal is to improve literacy rates in Tucson for children and adults," she said.

In the festival's first nine years, more than $1.6 million was raised for local literacy programs and organizations.

The full list of the 2018 Tucson Festival of Books' more than 350 authors will be revealed Nov. 24 on the event’s website.

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