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Catch these regular 'Tucson Weekly' writers at the Tucson Festival of Books

Rita Connelly

The Tucson Weekly restaurant reviewer will join freelance writer Edie Jarolim, former Bon Appetit magazine editor Barbara Fairchild, and chef Janos Wilder at "Critics Table: The Power of the Restaurant Review," at 10 a.m., Sunday, Feb. 13, at the Culinary Stage on the UA mall. The panel will be moderated by Corey Dane of Yelp.com. Topics include: What makes a critic successful? How does one gain a following? How does one balance commentary with the information the reader wants?

Dave Devine

The longtime Weekly contributor will be at the Peace Corps booth from 2 to 4 p.m., Saturday, March 12, and will discuss his book Persian Mosaic: Getting Back to Iran After 25 Years.

Jim Nintzel

The Weekly's senior writer will participate in the panel "Bringing Meaning Out of Meaninglessness: How Literature Can Respond to the Jan. 8 Shootings," at 10 a.m., Saturday, March 12, in the Chemistry Building, Room 111. He'll join renowned authors Dave Cullen and Tom Zoellner, as well as journalists Amy Silverman (Phoenix New Times) and Tom Beal (Arizona Daily Star). The moderator is NPR's Scott Simon.

Margaret Regan

The Weekly arts editor, the author of The Death of Josseline: Immigration Stories From the Arizona Borderlands, will be a panelist during two different sessions. Regan will join Phil Caputo, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and novelist (Crossers), and novelist Thomas Cobb, whose Crazy Heart was turned into the Oscar-winning film, for a session on writing about the border. The panel, "Border Lines," will meet at 11:30 a.m., Saturday, March 12, in the Catalina Room of the UA Student Union.

Regan will also be speaking at 4 p.m., Saturday, in Gallagher Theater in the UA Student Union, in the session "Dispatches From the Borderlands: Human Rights, Personal Stories." Moderated by journalism professor Jay Rochlin (a Weekly contributor), the panel also includes author Sam Quinones (Antonio's Gun and Delfino's Dream), as well as Kathryn Ferguson, Norma Price and Ted Parks, co-authors of Crossing With the Virgin. The session will be broadcast live by C-SPAN's Book TV.

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