Five Must-See Authors at the Tucson Festival of Books

Take note, book nerds. The literary world is descending on Tucson this weekend, and it's bringing more than 400 writers and 250 exhibitors with it.

The fourth annual UA-sponsored Tucson Festival of Books is completely free (donations benefit literacy groups in southern Arizona) -- and completely overwhelming, offering a sprawling list of authors, ranging from literary stars (T.C. Boyle) to local ones (Tom Leveen), who are slated to speak, sign, or participate in more than 300 panels, workshops, or demonstrations over the course of two days.

Building a schedule around the authors can be daunting, but that's where we come in. Here are five don't-miss writers plucked from the list of hundreds:

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Jessica Testa