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.

February Bestsellers

Here are our bestsellers for the middle of February:

1.   The Whole Fromage: Adventures in the Delectable World of French Cheese by Kathe Lison (Tucson Festival of Books author)
2.   Cress by Marissa Meyers
3.   Divergent by Veronica Roth
4.   The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
5.   The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics by James Daniel Brown
6.   Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walters
7.   Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz
8.   Still Life by Louise Penny
9.   Fallen Angles by Dean Walter Meyers
10.   Winter’s Tale by Mark Helprin

Tucson Festival of Books 2014

Tucson Festival of Books is just around the corner and we have amazing line up of authors joining us at our booth this year.  Here is our author signing schedule for our booth (#130-135).  Be sure to check our website as we get closer to the event since we are continually adding authors.

Saturday March 15th:

10:00 – 10:45 AM  Page Morgan, Sharon Sala, Becky Masterman

11:00 – 11:45 AM Nancy Turner, Jonathan Maberry

12:00 – 12:45 PM Rhys Bowen

1:00 – 1:45 PM Brandon Sanderson, Suzanne Young, Janni Lee Simner

2:00 – 2:30 PM  Richard Russo

2:00 – 2:45 PM Colleen Houck, Kathe Lison

3:00 – 3:30 PM Alice Hoffman 

3:00 – 3:45 PM Nancy Farmer, Conrad Storad

4:00 – 4:45 PM William Kent Krueger, Kris Neri

Sunday March 16th

10:00 – 10:30 AM Judy Duarte

10:00 – 10:45 AM Cornelia Funke, Chris Marie Green

11:00 – 11: 45 AM  Anne Perry

12:00 – 12:45 PM R.L. Stine

1:00 – 1:45 PM Lois Lowry, Thomas Perry, Ryan Clark

2:00 – 2:45 PM Aprilynne Pike, Deborah Crombie, Joshua Fileds Millburn, Ryan Nicodermus

3:00 – 3:45 PM J.A. Jance, Mike Lawson

4:00 – 4:45 PM Betty Leavengood, Jane Eppinga

TBA

Craig Johson

CJ Box

Sharon Kay Penman

The Beautiful and the Cursed

The Beautiful and the Cursed by Page Morgan is a gripping Gothic tale filled with gargoyles, demons, love and the dark streets of 19th century Paris.  Ingrid and Gabby move to Paris to help their mother establish a new art gallery.  Grayson, Ingrid’s twin brother, moved a few weeks earlier  to find them an estate for their new business and house, but once the girls and their mother arrive they discover that he is missing.  Determined to track their brother down, Ingrid and Gabby soon find themselves in a world filled with creatures that they once believed were only in fairy tales.

I loved this book and can’t wait to start The Lovely and the Lost.  Morgan’s world is dark and gritty and so much fun to get lost in.  You can feel the dark creature’s presence as you follow the girls into the bowels of Paris.  I really liked that she gave  Ingrid and Gabby full personalities rather than just focusing on one sister.  Even though Gabby doesn’t have the same talents as Ingrid, we discover that she is just as fierce and strong as her sister.  The gargoyle mythology was so refreshing!  Finally a new creature to fall in love with, and yes Luc is sure to steal your heart.  Morgan created a unique series that has me entranced and excited to keep following.  This is sure to capture the attention of any YA paranormal fan.

Page Morgan will be attending the year’s Tucson Festival of Books.  She will be signing at our booth (#130 to #135)  10 AM on Saturday.  Come meet her and get an autographed copy of her fabulous book.