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Free, family-oriented community event – Open to the public

Theme: “Reading takes us to amazing places”


The Payson Book Festival will showcase 80 Arizona authors and  promote literacy at a celebration of books for readers of all ages. Activities include: storytime sessions for kids, author presentations, cowboy poetry and songs, food & entertainment. Estimate 600 visitors. (Website home page has link to YouTube video from 2016 event.)

WHO: The Rim Country chapter of Arizona Professional Writers (APW), a non- profit organization, is partnering with Majestic Rim Retirement Living to present this event with funding support from Arizona Humanities. Authors from throughout the state will sign and sell fiction and non-fiction books of many genres. State historian Marshall Trimble spins colorful Arizona tales. Other presenters include: noted Latina author Stella Pope Duarte, travel writer Roger Naylor, poet/song writer Buckshot Dot, YA author and biographer Jan Cleere. Kids can meet the Cat in the Hat and Story Monster at storytime sessions.

WHEN: Saturday, July 22, 2017 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

WHERE: Mazatzal Hotel and Casino, Hwy 87 mile marker 251, Payson, AZ 85541.

WHY: Major goals are to promote literacy and showcase Arizona authors. The festival’s mission is to enhance the love of reading by providing a friendly environment that encourages personal interaction between AZ authors and readers of all ages. A portion of the proceeds will benefit local scholarships. Participating literacy groups include: First Things First, Rim Country Literacy, Southwest Human Development, Dolly Parton Imaginarium and local libraries.

HOW: Arizona authors will sign books and visit with readers. Some will speak about their books and the writing craft. Visitors can enjoy a full schedule of presentations and entertainment.  A strong children’s element features storytime sessions with the Cat in the Hat and author Stella Pope Duarte, who also will conduct a Young Writers Workshop for 9-12 year olds. More than 20 authors of young adult (YA) and children’s books are participating in this book festival.

For more information, visit the website: or email questions to

Note:  photos and video available by request to media contact.

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