Tucson Festival of Books 2016 Wrap-Up

We had such a wonderful time at this year’s Tucson Festival of Books.  A big thank you to everyone who came to visit us!  Here is a glimpse of our crazy weekend.

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Winger

Andrew Smith’s young adult novel Winger is a comical, genuine and heartbreaking tale of growing-up at a boarding school.  Ryan Dean is the only 14 year old junior at his private boarding school for rich juvenile delinquents.  Okay, so he stole and hacked into one cell phone. However, he has decided that this year is going to be different.  He is determined to get his friend Annie to look at him as more than a friend.  Of course he will also be the best winger on his rugby team.  But everything changes when he gets into one little fight and he has to move into the dorm for the really troubled teens. Now he is forced to live with someone who may cause him harm in his sleep (although they are teammates and that has to mean something right?)  and he is no longer living with his two best friends.

I loved this book!  Smith creates a great voice for Ryan Dean that is instantly believable and incredibly funny.  He also includes illustrations and charts all from Ryan Dean’s perspective that are fabulous.  There is a great theme of friendship and comradery between teammates in this novel that is so enjoyable.  I love the rugby team.  They may not always like each other, but you never mess with a rugby player unless you want to mess with the rugby team.  This book feels very true to life with humor, heartbreak, and unexpected ups-and-downs.  This is a must-read book.

 

Tucson Festival of Books 2015 Wrap-Up

Here is a looked at the fabulous time that we had during this year’s book festival.  Thank you to all of the authors who join us at our booth!

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Tucson Festival of Books 2015

Here is who will be signing at our booth #148 during the Tucson Festival of Books 2015.  We are located south of the Student Union Building and west of the food court.

Saturday March 14th

10:00 – 10:45 PM Mary Kubica, J. M. Hayes & Alice Hoffman

10:30 – 11:00 PM  Nancy Turner

11:00 – 11:45 PM  S. C Gwynne, J. A Jance, Jenny Han Ally Carter

12:00 – 12:45 PM Becky Masterman, Bruce Holsinger & Brenda Novak

12:30 – 1:15 PM Sarah McCoy


1:00 – 1:45 PM
Erica Spindler, Gail Sheehy & Rhys Bowen

1:30 – 2:00 PM Jo Knowles

2:00 – 2:45 PM Weston Ochse & William Kent Kruegger

2:30 – 3:00 PM Craig Johnson

3:00 – 3:45 PM E. Lockhart, Jane Eppinga & Parker Anderson

3:30 – 4:00 PM Lisa See

4:00 – 4:45 PM Jonathan Maberry, Susan Cummins Miller & Mark Adams

4:15 – 4:45 PM Kathleen Kent

Sunday March 15th

10:00 – 10:45 PM Jessica Khoury & Sara Sue Hoklotubbe

10:30 – 11:00 PM Lisa McMann

11:00 – 11:45 PM Daniel James Brown, Jean Kwok, Samuel Gailey, & Andrew Smith

12:00 – 12:45 PM Janni Lee Simner & B. J. Kurtz

1:00 – 1:45 PM Jennifer Nielsen, Thomas Perry, Lori Alexander Michael Ward

2:00 – 2:45 PM Wynne Brown

3:00 – 3:30 PM H. Alan Day

 

4:00 – 4:45 PM Megan McDonald

Her Royal Spyness

I have been loving Rhys Bowen’s Royal Spyness series. The first book in the series is Her Royal Spyness. Lady Georgiana (Georgie to her friends and family) is 34th in line to the throne of England. Her family lost all their money in the crash of 1929 and now she is trying to figure out what to do with her life. Georgie has no desire to marry for money, even though that is what is expected of her. Before long her grandmother Queen Victoria sends her off to spy on her son – so she begins her spying career.

This was an entertaining historical mystery that takes place during the 1930’s in Great Britain. Bowen captures the atmosphere the time period and location so well. I loved reading about the fashions, the historical figures and the new inventions of the time. This is such a great era to read about since the world is constantly changing politically. Georgie is such a fun character, she is feisty and resilient. No task is too small for her, whether that means tracking down murderers or starting a cleaning business just to get by. Her Royal Spyness series is a great escape read that is full of charm.

Rhys Bowen will be attending this year Tucson Festival of Books on March 14th and 15th, so this is the perfect time to start reading her books.

Tucson Festival of Books 2014 Wrap-Up

We had another fabulous book festival this year.  Our booth had almost 50 authors for book signings and it was wonderful.  We would like to thank all of the amazing authors who join as well as all of our staff and volunteers.  Here is a brief look at who was at our booth.  Some of the authors were missed in pictures because sometimes things were just a little crazy.

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Tiger’s Curse

Tiger’s Curse by Colleen Houck is sure to have you wishing for your own tiger and India adventure.  Kelsey is gearing up to embark on the next chapter in her life.  She figures she needs to get a summer job, earn some money, and head off to college.  So the first thing she does is head to a temp agency where she lands herself a two week job working for a traveling circus.  Things are going great, she has fallen in love with the white tiger and is already dreading his departure.  However things become really interesting when the circus sells the tiger Ren and his new owner asks Kelsey to travel with him to India and help him settle into his new home.  So begins Kelsey’s journey to breaking a century old curse and exploring a world she never knew existed.

This is a really fun romantic adventure story.  I instantly fell in love with Ren, both the guy and the tiger version.  Houck’s description of his tiger form was fabulous, I could feel his soft fur and hear his snorts.  Houck has done a great job of keeping romantic tension between Ren and Kelsey while still having a few sweet moments.  All and all, making you want to read faster to find out what will happen next between them.  I found the quest portions of the story to be exciting and suspenseful to read and I am looking forward to reading book two, Tiger’s Quest, to see where their adventure takes them next.  So far their destinations have been unexpected and intriguing.

Colleen Houck will be joining us at our booth during the Tucson Festival of Books on March 15th.  If  you would like to meet her and get a book signed, she will be at booth 130-131 & 134-135 from 2:00 – 2:45 PM.