Saturday, March 16, 2013

Tucson Festival of Books

March in Tucson is “TFOB Time” — meaning it’s time for the annual Tucson Festival of Books when authors and readers congregate on the University of Arizona campus for two days of books, panels and fun. This year’s festival had a chilly start with rain on Saturday when we were all bundled up in our coats. But on Sunday, temperatures rose to a sunny high and the outer layers were shed.

Yours truly was privileged to share a panel with the wonderful NYT authors, Jennifer Ashley and Laura London. Our topic — “Writing History as Fiction.”

Left to Right: Jennifer Ashley, Laura London, Kathleen Kirkwood
Mr. KK came out for the event as well. We walked our feet off, attended some great talks, and reminisced of our days at the U of A back in the late ‘60’s. Couldn’t resist closing out this blog with a glimpse of where we first met. Pictured is the Admin building where, long ago, a student dance was held on the back (parking lot) side. Whether Murphy’s Law was at work, for or against us, that night, I cannot say. The dance was delayed an hour due to trouble with one of the band’s instruments. I hung around, almost ready to leave when the music finally started. Just then, Mr. KK, who had been on a date that had totally “bombed,” as we used to say, returned the co-ed to her dorm and came over to the dance.  The rest, of course, is history.

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