|Partial view of the Tucson Festival of Books from the second floor |
of the student union
This year has been my third time at the festival, but the first time I enjoyed it as a reader only. In 2011, I was pushing my own boundaries by volunteering to run some events at the festival, and in 2012, I volunteered and helped out at the Fireship Press booth. Unforgettably wonderful experiences, yes. But the freedom of being able to do what I wanted (and especially to get out of the burning sunlight whenever necessary) combined with showing my mother around the festival—she bought a wondrous quantity of books—to create bookish bliss.
|Mystery authors J. A. Jance, Margaret Coel, and Anne Hillerman|
at Southwest Women of Mystery
|The Fireship Press booth, with Loose Leaves titles visible|
|The Writers Studio Tucson booth with festivalgoers and bright sunlight|
Next my mother and I had tickets for a session titled "Star Wars, the Shannara Chronicles, and Outlander: From Book to Screen and Back." If I thought the first event was packed, I stood corrected at this one. Everyone in the state of Arizona wanted to hear this talk. Under any other circumstances, Terry Brooks (author of the Shannara Chronicles) and Chuck Wendig (author of a ton of great stuff, including the novelization of The Phantom Menace) could fill a stadium by themselves. But they were sharing a panel with someone who commanded every reader's rapt attention. When Diana Gabaldon is in the room, anyone else is forgotten.
|Terry Brooks, the moderator, and Chuck Wendig wait to the side of |
Diana Gabaldon's celebrity.
|Diana Gabaldon graciously humors one of her many admirers.|
Diana Gabaldon talked about the Starz adaptation of her Outlander series, Terry Brooks shared his experience with the brand new adaptation of his Shannara Chronicles, and Chuck Wendig discussed his graphic novel Star Wars adaptations, thus the "From Book to Screen and Back" title. I adore Chuck Wendig's general wisdom and appreciated the practical way he answered an audience question about film rights. Upshot: make sure you get paid for all your rights. Terry Brooks was amazing, too, with his quips about the adaptation process and a striptease that ended at a T-shirt reading "The book was better." Diana Gabaldon got the most questions and I heard a level of detail to be expected only from utterly obsessed fans, which all of them appear to be.
The best thing about this panel was that finally, after years of my fruitless efforts to convince my mother of this fact, she said, "I guess the book and the movie are different formats and you can't really judge them by each other." Amen! If Diana Gabaldon says it, it must be true.
|Charlie Lovett, the UA professor moderator, Carol Goodman, and |
Jennifer Lee Carrell at Shakespeare Mysteries
|Marja Mills speaks about her relationship with Harper Lee and her family.|
|The Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies booth. Their imprint |
Bagwyn Books is publishing my Seven Noble Knights on December 15!
|My mother has a moment with J. A. Jance.|
See you in 2017!