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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.

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Meet Story Monster at the Book Festival:

Kids hugging Story Monster!




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