Literary Festival

The Town of Wickenburg will host our third annual Literary Festival in beautiful Historic Downtown Wickenburg on April 7, 2018.  Arizona Parks and Recreation Association (APRA) awarded the 2016 Literary Festival an award as the best event.

This will celebrate books with programming from regional authors, poets, performers and musicians. The Wickenburg Literary Festival’s mission is to promote reading, writing and civil conversation by celebrating written and spoken word and its role in improving the quality of life. Historic Downtown Wickenburg features the newly renovated Wickenburg Public Library, Wickenburg Community Center, Community Stage and the Desert Caballeros Western Museum.

The Town of Wickenburg is partnering with the Del Webb Center for Performing Arts, Desert Caballeros Western Museum, Wickenburg Chamber of Commerce, Wickenburg Unified School District, Wickenburg PTA, Library Society and Friends of the Wickenburg Public Library to host the Literary Festival.

If interested in becoming a vendor at this event, please contact event organizer, Katie Davidson, at or 928-684-5451 ext 1552.

  1. Highlighted Authors
  2. Kid's Programming
  3. Stage Shows
  4. Special Events
  5. Free Concert
  6. PTA Book Fair
  7. Sponsors
  8. Author Talks

Highlighted Author Roger Naylorrnaylor (2)

Roger Naylor is a travel writer who hates to travel. At least anywhere beyond the Southwest. He 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. For more information, visit Mr. Naylor will be presenting his latest book on the Kolb Brothers. Don't forget to purchase a signed copy of his book after the presentation. kolb brothersTime: 11 am
Location: Library

Highlighted Author Alan Day
Alan Day’s upbringing branded him a cowboy from the day he was born. 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. The ranching and cowboy lifestyle appealed to him so greatly that after graduating from the University of Arizona, he returned to manage Lazy B for the next 40 years. During his career, he received numerous awards for his dedicated stewardship of the land. In the 1980’s, Alan purchased a cattle ranch in Nebraska and soon after, a ranch in South Dakota. The latter became the first government-sponsored sanctuary for 1500 unadoptable wild horses. He relates the story of working with the mustangs in his award-winning memoir, The Horse Lover: A Cowboy’s Quest to Save the Wild Mustangs. Alan and his sister Sandra Day O’Connor co-authored the New York Times bestselling memoir, Lazy Bwhich chronicles the story of the Day family and growing up on a harsh yet beautiful southwestern ranch. Alan is a member of Western Writers of America. Now retired, he divides his time between Tucson and Pinetop, AZ. Together with renowned author and co-write Lynn Weiss Sneyd, Mr. Day is proud to present "Cowboy Up: Life Lessons from Lazy B," hear his stories on stage at the festival and be sure to get a signed copy of the book.
Cowboy UpTime: 1 pm
Location: Stage

Highlighted Author Lynn Downey

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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. She is the author of Levi Strauss: The Man Who Gave Blue Jeans to the World and will give an illustrated lecture about Levi at this event, which will also include a few fun facts about the man, the jeans and the State of Arizona. 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.

Levi StraussTime: 2 pm
Location: Wickenburg Public Library