Arizona Professional Writers Rim Country Chapter
Contact: Carol Baxter, Media


Free, family-friendly community event – Open to the public
Theme: Sail over the Rim of Imagination

WHAT: Payson Book Festival is collaborating with Rim Country Artists to celebrate and promote literacy and art at our 9th annual celebration of books and art for readers and art lovers of all ages at the Authors and Artists Festival. There will be Kid’s Zone sessions for children. We estimate 700 visitors.

WHO: The Rim Country chapter of Arizona Professional Writers (APW), is partnering with the Payson Roundup Newspaper, Post Net, and Rim Country Living to present this event. Eighty authors from throughout the state will sign and sell fiction and non-fiction books of many genres. Participating literacy groups include Gila County Library District, Rim Country Literacy, Southwest Human Development, and Dolly Parton Imaginarium.

WHEN: Saturday, July 13, 2024, from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

WHERE: Mazatzal Hotel and Casino Fireside Room and Ballroom, State Route 87, Mile Marker 251, Payson, AZ 85541

WHY: Major goals of the Payson Book Festival 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 Arizona 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. Arizona artists will visit with patrons. The festival’s strong children’s element features a Kid’s Zone with on-demand story times, Puppet Shows with Miss Susie at 10 and 11 a.m., and Art of Storytelling sessions.

INFORMATION: Visit the website: Photos and videos of authors are available by request. Email questions to Carol Baxter

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Download pdf version: Payson Book Festival 2023 Kid’s Zone