Save the date: July 18th, 2020 for the Payson Book Festival

Author Registrations Now Open

Photos from the 2019 Payson Book Festival: Photos by William Houdek Photographer

July 20, 2019 Payson Book Festival Day!

Payson Book Festival, Inc. received a proclamation from the Payson Town Council, signed by the mayor, making July 20,2019 Payson Book Festival Day.

Proclamation Town Council 2019

Click on the link for a larger pdf version. Proclamation Town Council 2019

6th Annual Payson Book Festival

The sixth annual Payson Book Festival will showcase about 90 Arizona authors who will sign and sell fiction and non-fiction books of many genres and promote literacy at a celebration of books for readers of all ages. Activities include: Kid Zone sessions for youngsters, author presentations, cowboy poetry and songs, and entertainment. Take a look at the 2019 Book Festival – Fact Sheet for more information.

2020 Pre-workshop for kids

Details to be determined. See more photos at our Publicity page.

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5th Annual Payson Book Festival a big success!

Story Monster makes a friend! (photo Linda Radke)

Last year’s family-friendly book festival was another success as a free literacy program for readers of all ages. More than 600 people came from throughout the state to meet and speak to 80+ Arizona authors and enjoy a variety of activities at the event, which took place at Mazatzal Hotel and Casino, Payson AZ.

Kids enjoyed a Dr. Seuss storytime session with the Cat and the Hat plus other storytime events with librarian Elaine Votruba of the Gila County Library District. Meeting Story Monster was fun for everyone. “Buckshot Dot” shared her original western poetry and songs. Other presenters such as Bob Boze Bell, Marshall Trimble, and others gave presentations and shared background information on their books.

Many visitors came primarily to meet authors who signed their books. William Lee said, “It was wonderful being able to speak to several authors about their ideas. This event gives access to authors in a way most people don’t usually have available.”

THANK YOU to our sponsors and volunteers for their help in making this celebration of books and reading possible!

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2019 event photos: Photos by William Houdek Photographer

Watch the video from the 2017 Payson Book Festival!

Click here to see photos from the 2017 event!