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Tucson Festival of Books (TFoB): Post Festival Reflections

Tucson Festival of Books (TFoB): Post Festival Reflections

March 15, 2016

Dear WinkWorld Readers,

The Tucson Festival of Books (TFoB) ended yesterday with 140,000 of my best friends celebrating literacy.  I arrived on the University of Arizona campus Saturday 8 a.m. and finally left reluctantly after singing and dancing to the music of José Luís Orozco 5 p.m. on Sunday. Lots of his music right here.

If you read the previous WinkWorld, you may remember that I was worrying about having to miss Jonathan Kozol.  Not to worry.

Kozol and Joan 2016TFoB

Another highlight for me was working the Teachers’ Professional Development table with a local high school girl.  I asked her if she had any fantasy books, which she could recommend as gifts for Wyatt and/or Luke.  Check our her list here, and she continued on the other side.  An avid reader, indeed.

list of fantasy books

She also told me about a unicorn on the UofA campus:  Who knew?

unicorn UofA

However, my absolute FAV photo of the TFoB is posted below.  I found these two right outside the Free Books Tent. Thanks, Stocker Foundation!

fv phot from TFoB




  • What a great Festival of Books!!! I’m jealous. Jonathan Kozol! And I’m in heaven thinking about that young girl you asked about books. If only every kid could tell us about lists like that!! Or lists of books period. She is truly extraordinary!!

    • Joan Wink

      Joan K., I knew you would understand why that young high school girl just amazed me. Get ready, World, here she comes. And, yes, she does want to be a teacher. JW

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