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Tucson Festival of Books Presents an Evening With Navy Capt. Mark Kelly at UA Centennial Hall

By Johnny Cruz, November 15, 2011

Mark Kelly (Photo Credit: NASA)
Mark Kelly (Photo Credit: NASA)

The Tucson Festival of Books presents a special interview and book-signing event with Navy Capt. Mark Kelly, husband of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and co-author of the newly released book, "Gabby: A Story of Courage and Hope," on Dec. 6 at 7:30 p.m. at the University of Arizona's Centennial Hall. This ticketed event will be free and open to the general public. Tickets will be available on Nov. 15. See below for a list of ticket locations.
From one of the most admired couples in recent American history, "Gabby: A Story of Courage and Hope" is an extraordinarily moving story of public service, risk-taking, romance and the journey toward recovery. This book delivers hope and redemption in the face of the tragic shooting and introduces two unforgettable heroes.
The event will include an interview session with Kelly and a guest moderator to be announced in the near future. Following the interview session, questions will be taken from the public. All questions for Kelly should be submitted to prior to the event.
Immediately following the audience Q&A, Kelly will autograph copies of "Gabby: A Story of Courage and Hope" (Scribner) on stage. Copies of the book will be for sale at Centennial Hall before and during the event on Dec. 6 and at the UA BookStores locations listed below beginning Nov. 15. No other books or memorabilia will be signed.
About Mark Kelly:
Mark Kelly is an American astronaut, U.S. Navy captain and an experienced naval aviator who flew combat missions during the Gulf War. The winner of many awards, including the Defense Superior Service Medal and Distinguished Flying Cross, Kelly was selected as an astronaut in 1996. He flew his first of four missions in 2001 aboard Space Shuttle Endeavour, the same space shuttle that he commanded on its final flight in May. He has also led Discovery and is one of only two individuals who have visited the International Space Station on four different occasions.
Already a celebrated American, Kelly became the center of international attention after the January assassination attempt on his wife, U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. Kelly and Giffords' memoir "Gabby: A Story of Courage and Hope" shares their story of hope and resilience with the world.
Kelly's identical twin brother, Scott, also is an astronaut who served as commander of both the Space Shuttle and the International Space Station. They share the distinction of being the only siblings who have traveled in space. With 6,000 flight hours in more than 50 different aircraft, 375 aircraft carrier landings, 39 combat missions and more than 50 days in space, Astronaut Mark Kelly is one of our country's most experienced pilots. A sought-after keynote speaker, Mark Kelly is an American hero who inspires others to be their best while remaining true to their core values. He exemplifies leadership, the importance of teamwork and courage under pressure. 
Friend of the Festival Membership Program:
The Tucson Festival of Books will debut the new Friend of the Festival membership program at this special event. Become a Friend of the Festival and help support the Tucson Festival of Books' efforts to promote literacy in Southern Arizona. Basic membership is $30 per year and provides special benefits including a special car sticker/window cling, invitations to special events, a special member's only page on the Festival of Books website and special discounts/promotions from Festival of Books exhibitors and sponsors. For more information about becoming a Friend of the Festival click here.
Fourth Annual Tucson Festival of Books
The fourth Tucson Festival of Books will be held on March 10-11, 2012, again on the UA campus.

This free event is now the fourth largest book festival in the United States. For the 2012 Festival, 450 authors will participate in 300 presentations and workshops. Plus, 240 exhibitors, 1,400 volunteers and 100,000 attendees are expected. In its first three years, the Tucson Festival of Books has already raised $500,000 to support literacy efforts in Pima County.

Authors who have committed to the 2012 Tucson Festival of Books include:

  • T.C. Boyle: "When the Killing's Done"
  • Lisa See: "Dreams of Joy"
  • Richard Russo: "Empire Falls"
  • Alice Hoffman: "The Dovekeepers"
  • Pete Dexter: "Spooners"
  • John Sandford: "Buried Prey"
  • Diana Gabaldon: "The Scottish Prisoner"
  • Larry McMurtry and Diana Ossana: "Boone's Lick"
  • Elmore Leonard: "Djibouti"

For more information on guest authors and special events for this coming festival go to the Tucson Festival of Books website.

The Tucson Festival of Books Foundation, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, was founded by Bill Viner (president), Frank Farias and John M. Humenik (vice presidents); Bruce Beach (treasurer); and Brenda Viner (secretary).