The Arizona Center for the Book at the Arizona State Library sponsors programs that highlight the state’s literary heritage and call attention to the importance of books, reading, literacy and libraries.
The Arizona Center for the Book is an affiliate of the National Center for the Book in the Library of Congress. Starting in 1984, the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress began to establish affiliate centers in the 50 states. Today, there is a State Center for the Book in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The Arizona Center for the Book at the Arizona State Library received its designation on January 2, 2004.
National Book Festival
The Library of Congress National Book Festival is an annual literary event that brings together best-selling authors and thousands of book fans for author talks, panel discussions, book signings and other activities. Over its 20 year history, the National Book Festival has become one of the pre-eminent literary events in the United States.
The Festival is virtual in 2020, and the Arizona Center for the Book will take its place as part of the Roadmap to Reading. The Center's virtual booth will offer Arizona activities and literacy-linked information along with an introduction to our 2020 Great Read, Fry Bread: A Native American Family Story.
Discover Great Places Through Reading. The Arizona Center for the Book has selected Fry Bread: A Native American Family Story by Kevin Maillard and Juana Martinez-Neal to represent Arizona at the 2020 National Book Festival.
Meet the Author & Illustrator of Fry Bread: A Native American Family Story and learn more about the book.
Did you know that 90% of a child's brain develops by age five? The Arizona Center for the Book supports Early Literacy programs in libraries that help young children develop the skills they need to read during this foundational time for learning. By connecting with organizations like First Things First and Read On Arizona, the Arizona Center for the Book empowers parents and caregivers to be their child's first teacher and prepare children to read.
A service of United for Libraries, a Literary Landmark™ is the designation for any special location in a community that is tied to a deceased literary figure, author or his or her work. Arizona’s first Literary Landmark was dedicated in honor of author Barbara Park at the Cherokee Elementary School in Paradise Valley.
Southwest Books of the Year highlights outstanding works of fiction and nonfiction that feature a southwestern setting or subject. The publication is produced by Pima County Public Library and the Arizona Center for the Book helps distribute up to 12,000 copies of the publication to public, tribal and academic libraries outside Pima County.
In its sixth year, the Writers in Residence in Libraries program supports content creation in Arizona by connecting local, professional authors with their communities through public libraries. For the 2021 cycle, five libraries received $4800 each to provide published Arizona authors with physical or virtual workspace and opportunities to share their knowledge about the creative and business aspects of writing. The authors will receive a stipend while composing new works and providing education for community members.
Here are the libraries that received a 2021 Writers in Residence in Libraries grant:
Apache Junction Public Library
Elsie S. Hogan Community Library
Glendale Public Library
Mesa Public Library
Pima County Public Library
Writers in Residence in Libraries is supported by the Arizona State Library, Archives & Public Records, a division of the Secretary of State, with federal funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.