Jeff Mariotte

Tucson Festival of Books 2022

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The Tucson Festival of Books has become one of the country’s biggest book events. It’s been virtual for the last two years, but this year it’s in-person again, March 12-13, and Marsheila (Marcy) Rockwell and I will be there, in our usual spot (for those of you who’ve attended before), Booth #116. That booth was originally sponsored by the Desert Dreams Conference. This year it’s sponsored by Artisans of Words and Wonder, but it’s primarily the same folks, with a few different faces. It’s mostly Arizona writers showcasing their work. Although Marcy and I have traditionally been facing outside, this year we’re inside the tent–which has some advantage in the late afternoon when the sun can be blinding–so you might have to look for us. But please do, if you’re going to be there. It’s been a long time since we’ve seen anybody!

Text, author photo, book cover

We’ll have mostly new books that’ve been released in the last couple of years, though we’re bringing a few old faves as well. Among other things, I’ll have the first two books in the Cody Cavanaugh western series, Blood and Gold: The Legend of Joaquin Murrieta, and some western anthologies my work has appeared in. Look for my cowboy hat and boots. Marcy’s listed some of her books in this blog entry.

If there’s anything in particular that you want us to bring, leave a comment here or hit me on social media or email (all found on the contact page of this site). But do it soon, because we have to pack and we’ll be on the road Friday afternoon.

Although we’re outside, exhibitor rules require us to be masked (though that rule was set before mask requirements began to be dropped, so no guarantees as to how many people will obey–also, we’re vaxxed and boosted), so you won’t see our smiles when you come by. But they’ll be there. After the last two years, we’re looking forward to visiting with lots of old friends and making new ones. We hope to see you there!!

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