It's my favorite weekend of the year... and Tucson has a lot of really good weekends.
It started on Friday night with The Rock Bottom Remainders
Dave Barry, Amy Tan, Scott Turow were just a few of the authors who should keep their day jobs.
What they lacked in skill they made up for with enthusiasm.
Amy Tan has some dance moves, and Dave Barry has a love affair going on with the harmonica, and I'm still hoarse from singing along.
The concert was over by 9:30; we were told that clapping for an encore would be to no avail.
They had played all the songs they knew.
The next morning dawned sunny and warm.
I parked where I wanted to end my day, and strolled past the circus performers
and down the UofA Mall.
It was lined with those ubiquitous white tents... tents which captured the heat as Valerie Plame and Michael McGarrity interviewed one another.
The moderator had nothing to do but enjoy the repartee.... which, except for a grammatical faux pas or two from Mr. McGarrity, was filled with insight and rage.
Hearing Valerie Plame speak about Dick Cheney is something everyone should witness in this lifetime.
Merle Reagle started Sunday morning off with an hour of word puzzles.
Correct answers were rewarded with chocolates in the shape of books.
The big winners received gift certificates to book stores and movies and restaurants.
I'm happy to report that I took home a $25 gift certificate to a local book store.
Brenda Starr has a journalist's crush on Leonard Pitts,
and after hearing him speak, I know why.
He read aloud from his 2012 novel, Freeman, and the characters came alive.
His take on America was depressing.... and real.
There were interactive crossword puzzles along the Mall,
and tours of the Mirror Lab
but the best part of the festival is how personal it can be.
Jean Kwok (Girl in Translation, Mambo in Chinatown) has a very friendly Facebook page, on which she invited me to say hello when she came to my town. I did just that on Sunday afternoon. I took her up on the offer of a photograph, and here we are:
There will be more on #TFOB tomorrow.
For now, I'm going to drink green tea and soothe my throat and let the words in my head wander through my soul. Sharing the sunshine with 100,000+ book lovers is a lovely way to spend a weekend.