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Read the poetry of Juan Felipe Herrera

Selected excerpts from the works of Juan Felipe Herrera, the first Chicano to be named the U.S. poet laureate. The appointment of the author, who is published by the University of Arizona Press, was announced Wednesday. Poems included are from "Border-Crosser with a Lamborghini Dream" and "Half of the World in Light."... Read more»

UA Press author Herrera is first Chicano appointed U.S. poet laureate

Juan Felipe Herrera, the son of migrant workers who has penned more than a dozen collections of poetry, along with numerous short stories, novels and works for children, was named the U.S. poet laureate Wednesday. Herrera, whose primary publisher is the University of Arizona Press, is the first Chicano to be named the national poet.... Read more»

Pima Writers' Workshop kicks off Thursday

Whether you’re a tyro (and if you have to look it up, you are) or a pro, the 27th annual Pima Writers Workshop has something to offer you. The weekend program begins Thursday night with an informal “Meet the Authors” get-together.... Read more»

8 library branches to close on Sundays

Beginning this month, eight branches of the Pima County Public Library system will be closed on Sundays, as the county looks to tighten its budget.... Read more»1

Video: Chuck Bowden's Southwest

Sunday at the Tucson Festival of Books, three colleagues of the late Chuck Bowden spoke on a panel, remembering the Southwestern journalist and author who died last year. Watch a video of the discussion by authors Luis Alberto Urea and Jim Harrison, and editor Clara Jeffrey.... Read more»

Barn sale a gift for book lovers

Book lovers will love saving a buck or two at the "Rodeos and Romance" used book sale, running Friday-Monday at the Friends of the Pima County Public Library's Book Barn, 2230 N. Country Club Rd.... Read more»

Library book sale this weekend

A used book sale is being hosted this weekend by Friends of the Pima County Public Library.... Read more»

Obituary

Border chronicler Charles Bowden dead at 69

Updated: Reporter and author Charles Bowden — he eschewed the term "journalist" — is dead at 69. The longtime Southern Arizonan recently moved to New Mexico and focused his work on the dangerous turmoil of Ciudad Juarez. Bowden was a dogged reporter and brilliant storyteller with a passion for the truth.... Read more»5

Libros gratis: Free kids' books at Bilingual Literacy Fair

The first 1,200 attendees at a literacy event will receive free books in Spanish, as well as free backpacks. The sixth annual Feria de la Lectura will be held Saturday at the El Pueblo Neighborhood Center by the Mexican Consulate in Tucson.... Read more»

Literacy Connects seeks volunteer readers for K-3 students

Literacy Connects is calling for 300 volunteers as a part of the nonprofit group's push to expand its Reading Seed program, which helps struggling readers in grades K-3 catch up to their classmates. ... Read more»

MegaMania!! comic confab set to draw crowds Saturday

Do you adore anime? Are you mad about manga? MegaMania!!, the Pima County Public Library's fourth annual comics convention, returns Saturday at the Downtown Campus of Pima Community College.... Read more»

Book review

'Outlaw Arizona' entertains with true-crime stories

Best-selling true crime author Ron Franscell has cast his eye on his former home state with the latest in his six-volume series, "Crime Buff's Guide to Outlaw Arizona," and each brief entry brings out the elements of the crime that make it unique and worthy of retelling... Read more»

The things Hillary Clinton's book doesn't say about Iraq

In “Hard Choices,” the former secretary of state ignores or glosses over key aspects of her record on Iraq—including State Department responsibility for the country’s security assistance. ... Read more»

Celebrate Bloomsday, Irish culture Monday

Tucson's Irish community wants to encourage you to bring your family down to 4th Avenue and celebrate Bloomsday on Monday at O'Malley's on Fourth, 247 N. 4th Ave.... Read more»

Dressing up as cowboys and Indians is big in Germany

Inspired by Karl May's pulp novels and the movies they spawned, many Germans are fascinated by the Wild West. But with tens of thousands of German hobbyists donning feathers and camping in teepees on the weekends, real Native Americans have begun to wonder whether some Germans love them just a little too much.... Read more»

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