About the Payson Book Festival
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The Payson Book Festival is brought to you by the Rim Country District Of Arizona Professional Writers (APW) and Majestic Rim Retirement Living. It features appearances by local and other Arizona authors. The book festival also features book signings and book sellers, projects for the kids, live music, and various food vendors.


Mission Statement
The mission of the Payson Book Festival is to enhance the love of reading by providing an environment that encourages personal interaction between readers and Arizona authors. Its goal is to promote literacy and showcase Arizona authors.

Presented By:

Arizona Professional Writers
Majestic Rim Retirement Living

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Affiliated with the National Federation of Press Women, Arizona Professional Writers (formerly Arizona Press Women) is a nonprofit organization of women and men who work as professional communicators, journalists, writers, editors, journalism teachers, photographers, film producers, freelancers and public relations specialists. Through APW, members sharpen career skills, network with top professionals and enjoy the camaraderie of peers.

Activities often feature speakers who are published writers or experts in other areas of professional communications. APW also offers an annual contest, mentor program, grant and scholarship opportunities.

Arizona Press Women was founded in Flagstaff in 1953 by several women journalists  when female journalists were not allowed to join the Arizona Press Club. APW received its official charter in 1954 and soon afterwards became affiliated with the National Federation of Press Women (NFPW).

Today, our members are women and men from many facets of communications. We are editors, newspaper reporters, television anchors, radio announcers, free-lance writers, public relations executives,scriptwriters, video producers, photographers, educators, students, and managers of communications-related businesses.

Our annual Communications Contest, which takes place in January, provides members with the opportunity to compete statewide and nationally in a variety of fields. First-place state winners are sent on to compete at NFPW. Winners are announced at the annual national conference.

The annual May APW Conference features seminars and workshops open to the general public and well as the members-only (and their guests) banquet where the Communications Contest winners are announced and celebrated. APW also offers a college scholarship to a high school senior who is planning to major in journalism at an Arizona university or college.

APW is currently organized by four Districts: Southern District in Tucson, Central District in the Phoenix area, Rim Country in the Payson area and the Colorado River District in the western part of the state.

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