The 5th Annual Tucson Festival of Books will bring thousands of readers together with their favorite authors Saturday and Sunday on the University of Arizona campus.

The celebration of all things literary also includes a range of seminars on how to become a published writer, a goal that has already been achieved by Elizabeth Burden’s guests, Jillian Cantor and Adam Rex.

In 2002, Cantor graduated from the University of Arizona’s MFA program in fiction. Since then, she has created novels for young adults, including The Life of Glass, which was recognized with an award from the Arizona Library Association. She has also written fiction for adults, including the upcoming novel Margot, which imagines a very different life story for Anne Frank’s older sister Margot.

Rex is also a graduate of the University of Arizona. Now an author and illustrator of children's picture books and books for young adults, Rex’s collection of stories about monsters and their problems, Frankenstein Makes a Sandwich, was a New York Times Best Seller.