Payson Book Festival

July 15, 2023

In every piece of ART, there is always a STORY to tell!

Download a printable version – 2023 Flyer for Payson Authors and Artists Festival

Download a printable version of the Authors and Artists Festival 2023 Fact Sheet

Download the Payson Authors & Artists Festival 2023 program and get a sneak peak! Locate your favorite authors. Make sure you don’t miss the Kids Zone activities and more!

Kid’s Zone! A popular activity is Kid’s Zone. See the Schedule page for a larger version.

Author Registrations are CLOSED.

If you’d like to be on the wait list, send an email to

Photos from the 2021 Payson Book Festival: Photos by Marie Fasano. Photographer

7th Annual Payson Book Festival

The seventh annual Payson Book Festival will showcase about 90 Arizona authors who signed and sold fiction and non-fiction books of many genres and promoted literacy at a celebration of books for readers of all ages. New this year, we also have the Rim Country Artists on site to talk about and sell their art of all kinds. Activities include: Kid Zone sessions for youngsters, author presentations, cowboy poetry and songs, and entertainment. Take a look at the 2022 Book Festival – Fact Sheet for more information.

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6th 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 300 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 storytime events with librarian Elaine Votruba of the Gila County Library District. Meeting Story Monster was fun for everyone. Other authors  gave presentations and shared background information on their books.

Many visitors came primarily to meet authors who signed their books. 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!