Arizona Professional Writers
Media Contact: Marie Fasano,; 928-978-5139




Free, family-friendly community event – Open to the public
Theme: Adventures in Reading. Open a Book to New Worlds

WHAT: The sixth annual Payson Book Festival will showcase about 90 Arizona authors and promote literacy at a celebration of books for readers of all ages. Activities include: Kid Zone sessions for kids, author presentations, cowboy poetry and songs, and entertainment. Estimate 700 visitors. (Website home page has link to YouTube video from 2017 event.)

WHO: The Rim Country chapter of Arizona Professional Writers (APW), a non- profit organization, is partnering with Majestic Rim Retirement Living to present this event. Authors from throughout the state will sign and sell fiction and non-fiction books of many genres. Presenters to be determined for 2020.

Participating literacy groups include: First Things First, Rim Country Literacy, Southwest Human Development, Dolly Parton Imaginarium and ASU Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing.

WHEN: Saturday, July 18, 2020 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

WHERE: Mazatzal Hotel and Casino, Hwy 87, mile marker 251, Payson, AZ 85541

WHY: Major goals are to promote literacy and showcase Arizona authors. The festival’s mission is to enhance the love of reading by providing a friendly environment that encourages personal interaction between AZ authors and readers of all ages. A portion of the proceeds will benefit local scholarship programs.

HOW: Arizona authors will sign books and visit with readers. Visitors can enjoy a full schedule of presentations and entertainment. Some authors will speak about their books and the writing craft. A strong children’s element features a Kid Zone with activities all day.

For more information, visit the website: or email questions to

Note: photos and video available by request to media contact.


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Print a copy of the 2019 Book Festival – Fact Sheet