The Tucson Festival of Books is Arizona's largest literary event, a celebration of literacy where favorite authors gather to speak about their work and sign books.

There are writing workshops and competitions, panel presentations, live cooking demonstrations, exhibits, children's activities, storytelling, artists, musicians, and a literary-themed circus show. Local restaurants spice up the food offerings.

This app is your mobile companion to the Festival. It includes profiles of the 450 participating authors and presenters, and a complete guide to times and locations of the Festival's events. Meet your favorite best-selling author or get tips on how to break into the business yourself - there truly is something for all readers, of all ages.

You'll also have a pocket guide to the 200-plus exhibitors and sponsors, along with access to latest Festival news (such as last-minute schedule changes).

The 2018 Tucson Festival of Books takes place March 10 and 11 on the University of Arizona campus in Tucson. Admission is free. Sponsors of the Festival include the Arizona Daily Star, the University of Arizona and the University Medical Center.

Over the last nine years the Festival has donated $1,650,000 to literacy organizations, helping to build a stronger more literate community for us all.

What's New

Version 4.3.1

* With this version event times will always display in MST. This should clear up any problems with times being an hour off due to daylight savings time.

Ratings and Reviews

2.6 out of 5
5 Ratings
5 Ratings

Every update gets worse


Used to be a pretty good app. I mean, sure, it crashed a lot, but it was really useful. It let you compile a schedule of events for the weekend, categorized by author or genre. But then they chose to upgrade in he name of “improvement”. The problem was the update took away the only thing that was any good about it in the first place. With each year’s update it fails to bring back the one thing I truly want in it: the ability to make a convenient and searchable timeline of where and when the panels and signings are that I want to attend. I’ve gone back to paper and pen, which sadly is an upgrade over this frustrating app.

Developer Response

Hi Beren_Camlost, The app lets you add events to your calendar. Is that what you are wanting to do? If not, send me an email at so we can discuss. Thanks.

Constantly crashes


I am giving this 3 stars but that is generous. The app crashes regularly and there are large portions of data missing (for instance, the authors list is empty and every update that runs crashes the app). Future versions also really need some search capability and a map - preferably location aware. Maybe this app has that already under INFO, but that's another part of the interface that I can't access without a crash. I will forward crash logs via the support site if possible. Thanks for at least trying - it's not easy to manage apps like this that center around an annual event...but please put more time and testing into it next time! It really needs some help.

Tucson Festival of books


I have been attending the festival Since 2009 and was excited to use the first app when it became available. I am sorry to say that each iteration has been a step backward in it's ability to make the festival available to the user. This year's app (2016) is almost useless in this respect unless you are interested in only one category of books. Two changes would dramatically impact the usefulness of the app: (1) the ability to view in landscape, as phones are much larger now, and (2) provision of a simple grid showing each day of the festival with the ability to touch a lecture to view detailed information.


Star Publishing Company
36.9 MB
Requires iOS 10.3 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
Age Rating
Rated 12+ for the following:
Infrequent/Mild Alcohol, Tobacco, or Drug Use or References
Infrequent/Mild Cartoon or Fantasy Violence
Infrequent/Mild Horror/Fear Themes
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