/ Modified mar 12, 2012 8:36 a.m.

Tucson Festival of Books Wraps Up at UA

4th annual draws thousands to meet authors, browse books, celebrate reading

Thousands packed the University of Arizona campus over the weekend for the 4th annual Tucson Festival of Books.

tfob overhead tents 617x347 Tents at Tucson Festival of Books, 2012 (PHOTO: Robert Rappaport)

“We’ve grown to be the fourth largest book festival in the country," said Bill viner, founder and chairman of the festival. "It’s not like there’s only five or six of them, there’s a lot of them."

“I’ve learned that if you have great volunteers and incredible sponsors, you can put together an event that makes a difference in our community. For me, it’s all about education and literacy,” Viner said.

tfob books people 617x347 Tucson Festival of Books, 2012 (PHOTO: Robert Rappaport)

This year’s festival also marked the debut of "Science City," focusing on the UA’s role in science.

tfob science city 617x347 "Science City" at Tucson Festival of Books, 2012 (PHOTO: Robert Rappaport)

Listen to Reporter Kelly Hultgren’s unedited interview with Bill Viner.

tfob books collection 617x347 Books from some attending authors at Tucson Festival of Books, 2012 (PHOTO: Robert Rappaport)

Arizona Public Media was one of this year’s sponsors of the Tucson Festival of Books.

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