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Tucson Festival of Books

February 8th, 2015 by samhughesinn

Book Festival logo

Tucson Festival of Books

The Tucson Festival of Books began just 6 years ago when 350 authors presented 300 programs to 50,000 attendees after two years of planning and with high hopes for the future. By 2014 this event, spread across the University of Arizona Mall and hosted hundreds of authors, numerous tent and vendor offerings, hundreds of sponsors and exhibitors, side events for children and family members and attracted an audience of some 130,000 visitors in two days. Even larger attendance is expected in 2015.

Since its humble beginnings in 2009, the festival has contributed more than $1,000,000 to local literacy programs. This year’s Tucson Festival of Books, March 14 & 15, 2015 will again present over 350 authors, many of them famous,and each one of them will take part in special workshops or conversations, sometimes alone or in tandem with another author or as part of a panel discussion. These conversations or presentations draw overflow audience attendance in many rooms and auditoriums throughout the university campus. The authors include writers of fiction & non fiction, science, art, history, biography, romance, mystery, fantasy, science fiction,cooking, philosophy,self help, medicine and every other genre you can imagine for every age group. There will be 5 different science “neighborhoods” to engage children as well as adults and will include renowned science authors & researchers.The festival offers programming for children and teens, panels by best-selling and emerging authors, a literary circus, culturally diverse programs, a poetry venue, exhibitor booths, several food courts, book signing by your favorite authors and, of course, thousands of books to discover and buy.

Vendor tents & crowd

Tucson Festival of Books

Approximately 40 different entertainment groups will also take part in the Festival of Books. This year the highlight will be a rock group called The Rock Bottom Remainders. This year’s best selling authors/musicians will be Amy Tan, Mitch Albom, Dave Barry, Scott Turow, Ridley Pearson, Greg Iles, Alan Zweibel and Sam Barry who will kick off the event on Friday night, March 13. The group’s name is based on the booksellers’ term for books that languish on the shelves so long they have to be dumped at a discount.

A few “professional” musicians will complete the group. The performance will be held the evening of March 13 in the University of Arizona Student Memorial Union from 8-9:30 PM.. Tickets are available online and going fast.

A wide variety of other events are planned including a panel discussion on the impact of concussions and traumatic brain injury.The panel will include  brothers Steve Fainaru and Mark Fainaru-Wada, the co-authors of “League of Denial,” the New York Times best-seller on the NFL’s efforts to cover up the link between football and brain damage. A sport’s analyst and a number of former NFL players will round out the panel.

Gail Sheehy of “Passages” fame, is among a team of journalists and social and political commentators participating in the Tucson Festival of Books, Also on board are Pulitzer Prize winner, James Risen, an investigative reporter for the New York Times, linguist and author Noam Chomsky, who has written more than 100 books, Pulitzer winner, Dan Fagin, author of “Toms River”, (exploring the high number of childhood cancers in a New Jersey town), Oscar Martinez, author of “The Beast: Riding the Rails and Dodging Narcos on the Migrant Trail,”  and Philip Caputo, a reporter for the Chicago Tribune for 9 years, author of the 2009 novel, “Crossers”, set on the Mexico-Arizona border.

A host of other authors, famous as well as up and coming, will present more events than a person attending both days would be able to take in. Check the website for the Tucson Festival of Books, for a Bookmarked Events tool which allows a viewer to choose events and print a personal schedule so that you won’t miss the people you most want to see.

Books, Books & More Books

Books, Books & More Books

The Festival is only a fifteen minute stroll from Sam Hughes Inn Bed & Breakfast. You can park on site and walk to everything.

Major sponsors of the festival include the University of Arizona, The Arizona Daily Star newspaper, the University of Arizona Medical Center, Friend of the Festival donations, Cox Communications and other organizations and primary individual donors.

Jacob Alsadek – Arizona Football Team Giant

December 15th, 2014 by samhughesinn

Big University of Arizona Football Player

Jacob helps celebrate birthday

Jacob with small admirers

Jacob Alsadek, a very big Freshman University of Arizona football player, is working hard to make a name for himself. The University of Arizona Bear Down Football Stadium is only a few hundred yards away from Sam Hughes Inn. It is barely a five minute walk but a giant leap for Jacob Alsadek. Now known as #78 Jacob was very excited to become a part of the team that practices and wins there. Jacob was recruited from Torrey Pines High School near San Diego. His uncle, Marcus Nebling, a University of Arizona visiting professor (working with Optical Sciences), has stayed at Sam Hughes Inn Bed & Breakfast several times. On one of his visits Marcus introduced Jacob to the other inn guests.

A gentle giant, as well as an excellent student, Jacob is, so-far, the biggest fellow on the team at 6’7” tall and a few pounds over 340 lbs. But size isn’t everything; and he’s learning that experience plus the help of his teammates means a lot to him.

In interviews Jacob admitted he had never played football before his freshman year at Torrey Pines High School in 2009.  Already the biggest fellow in his class he quickly fell in love with the game and while in high school he was named one of the top 300 high-school athletes in the country. He helped his team win the Surf Cup; and he was named a Union Tribune Scholar-Athlete (maintaining a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better).

According to the Del Mar Times, Jacob thought he was strong in high school but when he arrived at Arizona, he realized that everyone was just as strong & big. In high school he didn’t have to work as hard but since arriving in Tucson he’s had to pay much closer attention to his game.

Jacob missed a few games because of a foot injury early in the season but played in the game that clinched the PAC 12 South Championship for the University of Arizona. He was also on the roster for a short time for the team’s final humiliation, when they lost the overall Pac 12 championship game. However he remains upbeat and hopeful that the Fiesta Bowl in Glendale, AZ, December 31, 2014 will give his team the ego boost it needs.

With Jacob on board University of Arizona Sports will continue to draw faithful fans for more years to come. (In the picture on top, Jacob Alsadek is helping out at a birthday party for a smaller relative).

Jacob in U of A Stadium

Jacob in U of A Stadium

Jacob Alsadek

Jacob Alsadek, #78

 

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