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Celebrate Arizona's Storytellers on April 7 at the Wickenburg Literary Festival


WICKENBURG - Spend a day full of family fun "Out Wickenburg Way" at the award-winning Wickenburg Literary Festival on Saturday, April 7 from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. in Historic Downtown Wickenburg's Public Library and Stone Park. The event is open to the public and free of charge.

This year's festival theme is entitled "Celebrating Arizona's Storytellers," and features fun and learning for the whole family. Beginning at 9 am, the stage and library will come alive with author talks, dancers, music, games for the kids, and more. At 6 pm, rising Country star Laura Walsh will rock the stage for a free concert in Stone park adjacent to the public library.

With a packed schedule of events, you're sure to be entertained. Highlighted events include:

  • Wickenburg Stories through Postcards with local historian Bill Green at 9 am
  • Writing the West workshop at 10 am
  • Wickenburg Legends and Ghost Stories at 10:45
  • Writing workshop with Ann Charles at 11:30
  • Yellowbird Apache Hoop Dancer at 12:00 pm

Other events for children and families include chalk the block encouraging kids to let their imaginations run wild chalking the sidewalk in front of the Library, a kid's zone with a bounce house, food vendors, craft show, and more. The Wickenburg PTA Bookfair will be going on all day at the Community Center and will continue through Monday.

This year's festival includes highlighted authors Roger Naylor, Alan Day, and Lynn Downey who will present and sell signed copies of their books.

Here is the lineup:

11:00 am: Roger Naylor
He will be presenting his latest book on the Kolb Brothers. He is a travel writer who hates to travel, at least anywhere beyond the southwest, and specializes in lonely hiking trails, twisting back roads, diners with fresh burgers sizzling on the grill, small towns, ghost towns and pie. His work appears weekly in the Arizona Republic. He has contributed to Arizona Highways, USA Today, Western Art & Architecture, Go Escape, Route 66 Magazine, SunRunner and dozens more. He is the author of The Amazing Kolb Brothers of Grand Canyon, Boots & Burgers: An Arizona Handbook for Hungry Hikers, Arizona Kicks on Route 66 and Death Valley: Hottest Place on Earth.

1:00 pm: Alan Day
He will present his book, "Cowboy Up: Life Lessons from Lazy B." He was part of the third generation to grow up on the 200,000-acre Lazy B cattle ranch straddling the high deserts of southern Arizona and New Mexico. Alan and his sister Sandra Day O'Connor co-authored the New York Times bestselling memoir, Lazy B, which chronicles the story of the Day family and growing up on a harsh yet beautiful southwestern ranch. Hear his stories on stage at the festival and be sure to get a signed copy of the book.

2:00 pm: Lynn Downey
She will present her book "Levi Strauss: The Man Who Gave Blue Jeans to the World." Lynn is also the author of Wickenburg: Images of America and was the guest curator of the exhibit in the Quayle Family Gallery at the Desert Caballeros Western Museum. Lynn will be selling and signing her books after the presentation. Lynn is a native California writer, archivist, and historian. She is the former Levi Strauss & Co. corporate Historian, and first visited Wickenburg 15 years ago while doing research on a pair of old jeans in the company's archives. Lynn will be selling and signing her books after the presentation.

Other authors include:

  • Kelly Lydic, Dreams That Change our Lives
  • Lynn Mascarelli, The Moonhead and the Tombwoman
  • Walter Ralston, PhD, Vers Libre Poetry
  • Gary McCarthy, 15 American Novels and 34 Western Novels
  • Zeke Crandall, Boxing Referee and Death Cave
  • Patsy Root, Wickenburg Sun Newspaper
  • C.R. Alvarez, Memories of Blood
  • John M. Findlay, Just Lucky
  • Rick De Gregorio, Epitaph
  • Sheryl and Joe Brooks, The Restorative Power: Poems of Faith and Hope
  • Suzi Minor, Nature's Angels
  • W.L. Jardine


For more information and a full calendar of events for the Literary Festival, please visit

This year's festival is proudly sponsored by the Town of Wickenburg, Wickenburg Chamber of Commerce, Double H Hats Company, Del E Webb Center for the Performing Arts, Desert Caballeros Western Museum, Wickenburg PTA, Wickenburg Friends of the Library, and the Wickenburg Sun.