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A book lover's dream: Tucson's Festival of Books is back

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A book lover's dream: Tucson's Festival of Books is back

CREATED Mar 10, 2012

Reporter: Marcelino Benito

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - It's a book lovers dream. The fourth annual Tucson Festival of Books took over the University of Arizona mall Saturday. Last year's festival broke attendance records, and organizers are hoping for a repeat performance this year.

"It gets bigger and bigger," Will Cramer said. "More authors, more people and more agencies continue to show up."

The book fair sprawls across nine to 10 acres on the mall. Four hundred authors travel to the Old Pueblo to share their latest work. Book signings and workshops are just some of the activities visitors can expect. This year there are over 250 vendors, plus 36 vendors and several entertainment stages.

"It's amazing to have that sort of presence right here in Tucson," volunteer co-chair Bimi Huebner said.

In 2011, one hundred thousand people came to the Festival of Books. Those large crowds have helped make Tucson's book fair the fourth largest in the country and the largest in the state of Arizona.

"I'm not sure how much more we can grow," Huebner said. "We've grown so much, and so quickly in the last few years."

Early indications show organizers could see a 20 percent increase this weekend alone. Organizers say Tucson Police will provide an updated visitors count at the end of the event. For more information on the Tucson Book of Festivals, check out www.tucsonfestivalofbooks.org.