Festival of books takes over UA mall

The Tucson Festival of Books didn't let the rain or wind put a damper on their book party. The festival began on Saturday morning with foot traffic that surprised the event planers.

One of the special guest at the event was actor Ted Danson. He's best know for his work on the TV series "Cheers." Danson is also an author and spoke to a large group on Saturday.

The festival is considered to be the 4th largest book event in the country. There are at least 400 authors attending the 2 day event. There are over 250 exhibitors and one third of them are from out of state. During the festival more than 16 hundred volunteers will show visitors some Southern AZ hospitality.

The crowds were young and old, readers and writers. One of the goals, is to reach the young readers. "Here in Tucson 3 out of 4  4th graders read below their grade level and we were very concerned about it and we want to involve children in reading early on," said Brenda Viner from TFOB.

This the 5th year of the Tucson Festival of Books. The net proceeds from the festival go to fund literacy programs in Southern Arizona.

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