San Rafael Valley, AZ ~~ Photo by Bill Haas

Friday, March 27, 2009


I enjoyed a delightful catchup reunion with Heidi, one of the notorious Baja Babes, and we then spent a day at the Tucson Festival of Books, at the University of Arizona. Some of my favorite mystery writers (Jance, Leonard, McGarrity) and dozens of other authors appeared during the two-day event to sign their books, chat and give interviews and encouragement to budding writers.  We made sure to listen to Roy Peter Clark cram an incredible number of writing strategies into an hour-long presentation, admired the whiz-bang gadgetry of the on-the-road C-SPAN production bus, people watched, and bought books from the profusion of participating independent sellers.

Graffiti in Tucson seems almost non-existent. Could creative highway walls be the deterrent?