In about two hours I will be on my way to the University of Arizona Mall to set up the Storytelling Tent in the Children/Youth section of the Tucson Festival of Books (TFOB). This is the fourth year for the TFOB, and last night during the Author’s Table Reception, it was announced that the event is now in the top four book festivals in the United States! It is such an honor to be associated with this free and fantastic celebration of stories, books, authors, illustrators and readers.

I have coordinated the TFOB Storytelling Tent for three years now, so I’ve been able to watch how the organizers have come together to create and sustain such a wonderful community event. For the past two years, local storyteller and teacher, Jean Baxter, has served as co-coordinator for the Storytelling Tent. She and our colleague, Ron Lancaster (the emcee), have made it possible for our tent to be one of the most popular places for families to visit when they go from activity to activity during the day.

Today, our featured storytellers include: Internationally known storyteller, author and editor, Fran Stallings; the funny and prolific writer/presenter, Gary Hogg; Sean Buvala, author and founder of; award winning author of Tibetan wisdom tales, Naomi C. Rose; Tucson storyteller and teacher, Gloria Myers; and the wonderful talent of The Odaiko Sonora Youth Ensemble.

If you are in Tucson, you do not want to miss the TFOB. If you come to the UA Mall, please stop by the Storytelling Tent. You won’t be disappointed!