ARIZONA PROFESSIONAL WRITERS & GILA COMMUNITY COLLEGE
PAYSON BOOK FESTIVAL
A community celebration of books for all ages in the cool pines!
July 23, 2016, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Gila Community College, 201 N. Mud Springs Road
Free to the public, this event promotes literacy and showcases local and Arizona authors representing many genres of fiction and non-fiction.
Meet 70 authors; enjoy book signings and presentations
Kids can meet “Story Monster” and enjoy story time
Food from local vendors on site
Free entertainment and door prizes
Photos from the 2016 event!
Laura Tohe, Navajo Nation Poet Laureate for 2015-2017. (Photo by DJ Craig)
Dogs like the festival too! (Photo by Randy Cockrell)
Conrad Storad teaching the Young People’s Writing Workshop (Photo by DJ Craig)
Buckshot Dot performing with Barbed Wire (Photo by DJ Craig)
Gardiner’s Book display (Photo by Randy Cockrell)
Buckshot Dot and Marshall Trimble (Photo by DJ Craig)
Authors are ready to go (Photo by Randy Cockrell)
Brenda Thomson, Executive Director of Arizona Humanities introducing Laura Tohe, Navajo Nation Poet Laureate for 2015-2017. (Photo by DJ Craig)
Lots of authors and visitors. (Photo by DJ Craig)
Mayor Kenny Evans and Jeremiah Kotz representing Congressman Paul Gosar. (Photo by DJ Craig)
Kids hugging Story Monster! (Photo by DJ Craig)
Kids enjoying their new books! (Photo by DJ Craig)
This literacy project is supported by a grant from Arizona Humanities
RECAP: Watch the video from last summer’s event. Click here.
Click to see scenes from the first Payson Book Festival, July 2015.
SCHEDULE CHANGE: Marsha Ward will be replacing the scheduled speaker at 2:15 in the Student Lounge. Marsha is an award-winning poet, writer and editor, with over 900 pieces of published work, including her acclaimed novel series, the Owen Family Saga. She’ll speak on creative writing.