2018 Book Festival – Fact Sheet.

Payson Book Festival 2018 – Calendar Listing.

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2018 Radio Interviews by DJ Pammy

KPJM-LP at Listen live.

Linda Radke, Monday, May 14th at 10am – 11am

Sharon Day, Wednesday, May 16th at 10am – 11am

Tim Boyer, Friday, May 18th at 10am – 11am

Susan Anderson, Monday, May 21st at 10am – 11am

Patricia Brooks, Wednesday, May 23rd at 10am – 11am

Valerie Ipson, Friday, May 25th at 10am – 11am

Betsy Love, Monday, June 4th at 10am – 11am

Jan Martin, Wednesday, June 6th at 10am – 11am

Jan Cleere, Friday, June 8th at 10am – 11am

Michael Hale, Monday, June 11th at 10am – 11am

Cricket Rohman, Wednesday, July 11 at 10am to 10:30am

Tom Alberti, Monday, July 16th at 10am – 11am


2018 Radio Interviews by Randy Roberson

KMOG  Listen Live.

Buckshot Dot, Thursday, July 12th, 9am – 9:30am

Connie Cockrell, Wednesday, July 18th, 9am – 9:30am


2018 Radio Interviews on KRIM  Listen Live

KRIM INTERVIEWS with Blaine Kimball, 10:00 Am Tuesdays. June 19 we have two authors.
Sharon Langdale, Tuesday, June 5th, 10am
Chrisann Dawson, Tuesday, June 12th, 10am
Kim Richardson and Jim Hagen, Tuesday, June 19th, 10am
Sherry Engler, Tuesday, June 26h, 10am
Carole Matthewson, Tuesday, July 3rd, 10am
Annemarie Eveland, Tuesday, July 10th, 10am
Tom Morrissey, Tuesday, July 17th, 10am
Watch a video recap of Payson Book Festival 2017.
News release: June 5th, Payson Roundup article: Rim Country’s Hidden Gem
News release: June 5th, Payson Roundup article: Readers of all ages rejoice

Readers of all ages rejoice: the Payson Book Festival is on the way,” Payson Roundup June 5, 2018.

News release: June, City Sun Times article Reading Takes Us To Amazing Places, page 49.

News release: May 2018, ANAgrams page 12
News release: April 24, 2018. Storytelling at Payson High School

The students at Payson High School took a break after a day of testing for story time. At their assembly, Liz Warren, co-founder and director of South Mountain Community College Storytelling Institute in Phoenix and her three students entertained the Payson students with a variety of stories.

Warren shared with the PHS students that the art of storytelling has returned to Arizona.

 PHS students then listened to mythology, folklore, personal history and a true story with themes covering compassion, generosity, family and friendship.

The highlight came when South Mountain student, Mario Avent, rapped about the mythological tale of Zeus and the gods of Olympus. The students shouted and cheered.

 The Arizona Professional Writers brought Warren and her students to the assembly.

She will be a keynote speaker at the Payson Book Festival Saturday, July 21.


News release: March 16, 2018. Writers Present Scholarship

Connie Cockrell, Payson Book Festival director, met with The Friends of Gila Community College board March 8 to present a check for $500 toward a scholarship for a deserving communications student. Arizona Professional Writers Rim Country has provided scholarships for the last three years. The board chairman Jeanne Casella received the check for the entire board.

The scholarship comes from a portion of the profits from the popular Payson Book Festival.

 This free, family-friendly event offers book lovers of all ages an opportunity to meet more than 70 Arizona authors from throughout the state who will sign and sell both fiction and non-fiction books. The major goals are to promote literacy and showcase Arizona authors.

Themed, “Reading Takes Us to Amazing Places,” the festival is from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Saturday, July 21 and features a variety of activities. These include: a story time session for children, where they can meet the “Cat in the Hat” and “Story Monster,” author presentations, a presentation for teens, cowboy poetry and songs, entertainment, and door prizes.

More information about the book festival is available at For questions, call 928-978-5139 or email
News release: June 15, 2017. A celebration of books for readers of all ages: Payson Book Festival beckons families on July 22

Readers of all ages are invited to attend the Payson Book Festival on Saturday, July 22 in the ballroom of Mazatzal Hotel and Casino, Hwy 87, mile marker 251, at the south end of Payson.

This free, family-friendly event offers book-lovers an opportunity to meet more than 80 Arizona authors from throughout the state who will sign and sell both fiction and non-fiction books.  The major goals are to promote literacy and showcase Arizona authors.

Themed “Reading Takes Us to Amazing Places,” the festival is from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and features a variety of activities. These include: storytime sessions for kids (who can meet the “Cat in the Hat” and “Story Monster”); author presentations, a Young People’s Writing Workshop, cowboy poetry and songs, food on site, entertainment and door prizes.

Featured authors include State Historian Marshall Trimble, noted Irish and Latina author Stella Pope Duarte, outdoor travel writer Roger Naylor, biographer and YA author, Jan Cleere. Presented by the Rim Country chapter of Arizona Professional Writers in partnership with Majestic Rim Retirement Living, this literacy project is partially funded by Arizona Humanities.

An estimated 600 book lovers are expected to attend the third annual Payson Book Festival which offers a welcoming environment that encourages personal interaction between Arizona authors and readers of all ages. A portion of the proceeds benefit local scholarship programs.

More information is available at   For questions, call 928-468-9269 or email

Download at Book Fest News Release – June 2017.

Arizona Humanities awards $2000 Mini Grant to APW

AZ Humanities logo The Payson Book Festival, which takes place in July, is one of only four Arizona projects recently named to receive a mini-grant from Arizona Humanities.Arizona Press Women, Inc., dba Arizona Professional Writers was awarded a Mini Grant of $2000 for the Payson Book Festival 2017 project. See Arizona Humanities news release.

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Advisory Board formed: An Advisory Board to the planning committee of the Payson Book Festival has been formed to help expand the 2017 Payson Book Festival.

This community literacy project will be presented by the Rim Country Chapter of Arizona Professional Writers on July 22, 2017 in the ballroom of the Mazatzal Hotel and Casino.

Board members are:  Carol Osman Brown and Bing Brown, public relation consultants, Sue Malinski, owner of Western Village: Cristine Royer, community relations director, Majestic Rim Retirement Living; Chris Walsh, financial advisor, Edward Jones.

Their leadership will provide  valuable information and recommendations to the Payson Book Festival planning committee which is led by Connie Cockrell.

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$500 scholarship opportunity for graduating seniors

Rim Country chapter of Arizona Professional Writers, a local non-profit group, is offering a $500 scholarship to graduating seniors in Rim Country. Eligible students must intend to study journalism or another area of the communication field at an accredited Arizona university or community college in fall of 2017.

Applications and supporting materials must be received by April 25, 2017.  Students or parents can find more information and an application at  Go to the website and click on the Scholarship tab to see requirements and download an application. Information also is available from scholarship counselors at Payson High School and other schools.

For questions contact or call 928-468-9269.

Meet Story Monster at the Book Festival:

Kids hugging Story Monster!

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