Payson Book Festival

July 23, 2022

Download a printable version –2022 Payson Book Festival Flyer

Download a printable version of the 2022 Payson Book Festival Fact Sheet

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

Author Registrations are CLOSED.

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

6th Annual Payson Book Festival

The sixth annual Payson Book Festival showcased 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. Activities included: 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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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!