Know Your Product: Brian Jabas Smith

Brian Jabas Smith pioneered the Know Your Product column in the Weekly during his time here editing the Music section. In a literary twist, we asked him to write about five of the many books that altered the course of his life.

40 Essential Arizona Books

This list is not meant to be the definitive list of essential Arizona reading; it's merely a stroll through the vast literary landscape of books about Arizona.

Read All About It

You only have to see the turnout at the Tucson Festivals of Books to know that Tucson is a book town—and as usual, there are plenty of books coming out of Southern Arizona this year, whether written by local authors or published by local presses.

Conversation with Kingsolver

Former Tucsonan Barbara Kingsolver is coming to town for a book reading and signing of Unsheltered, her first novel in six years.

Cold-Blooded Killing

Brian Stidham fell in love with Tucson the minute he came to town.


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Recent Comments

  • Re: 40 Essential Arizona Books

    • Maybe because they cover the years my parents were growing up here, but two of…

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  • Re: 40 Essential Arizona Books

    • Too bad you missed two by C.J. Shane, "Desert Jade" (about immigration and human trafficking)…

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