Tucson! Are you ready for the Tucson Festival of Books? The annual event happens this weekend at the University of Arizona Mall and Boomer and the Bear Essential News staff will be there with PRIZES to give away, including Diamondbacks tickets! 

Come join us at our booth, booth #303 to meet the University of Arizona College of Science Cat, he will be debuting with his new name! Sign the birthday card and give a video greeting for the Tucson Festival of Books, which is celebrating its landmark 10th year! 

On Sunday, we will be raffling out prizes, including a four pack to the Arizona Diamondbacks! So come out and join us!

In the news, a BIG BIG BIG congratulations go out to young writers, 50 of whom have been announced as winners of the Tucson Festival of Books Young Authors and Young Artists contests! They will be honored on Saturday, March 10, at 10 a.m. at a ceremony on the Main Entertainment Stage, located east of the Student Union on the University of Arizona campus. Mayor Jonathan Rothschild, who joined us last year at the Bear Essential News tent, will be one of the keynote speakers.

While you are out and about, be sure to stop by Bear's other partners who will also be at the Festival! 

Our friends from Pizza Hut, booth #346, will be teaming with Book It's The Literacy Project to help RAISE FUNDS for "much-needed books and educational resources. The fundraiser kicked off on February 26 and will end on April 15. Visit Pizzahut.com/theliteracyproject for more information!

 Hughes Federal Credit Union will also be hosting their "Go Local, Make the Switch" event at their booth, booth #310, at the Tucson Festival of Books!