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​By submitting an application, authors agree to the guidelines below. 

Eligibility Requirements: 

You must be an Arizona-based author and have bound, print copies of your book (traditional/self-published) to sell at the fair, all genres and intended audiences are welcome.

Application and Book Submission: 

In addition to your application, one copy of your book must be submitted to the Phoenix Public Library collection development department by Tuesday, September 3rd.  If you would like to submit multiple books, each title must be submitted. These books will not be returned and will be used in raffles for the library's annual charity event, Dinner in the Stacks. All proceeds support library programs. All titles will be evaluated by the library staff and the library reserves the right to determine titles that will be included. Due to space requirements we cannot accept all applicants. Book titles do not have to currently be available in the library collection for participation and acceptance to the fair does not guarantee that tiles will be added to the library collection.

Please submit your application and deliver your book or books to Burton Barr Central Library by Tuesday, September 3rd at 9pm.  Late submissions will not be accepted. Books can be mailed or delivered to Jeriann Thacker, Burton Barr Central Library, 1221 N Central Ave, Phoenix AZ, 85004.  Please check the library's website for open hours.  You will be notified by phone by September 9th  if your book has been accepted for the fair.

Sales: Authors are restricted to selling only the books listed on your application. Authors must procure and provide their own books, as well as determine their own pricing. When selling merchandise (books, crafts, art, etc.) associated with Library sponsored programs the Friends of the Phoenix Public Library policy states that authors will return 15% of sales to the Friends. The Friends of the Library staff will handle all sales during the local author fair and will send a check to the author within 7 business days. Authors chosen to participate will be required to sign a letter of agreement stating they agree to the Friends' sales policy.

Fair Hours: 
11:00am -2:00 pm. You must stay for the entire duration of the fair. Please do not leave your table unattended unless necessary.  The library is not responsible for personal items. Take-Down: 2:00pm – 3:00pm Please do not begin taking down your table display until the fair has ended at 2:00pm. You must finish packing up and remove your items from the 2nd floor by 4:00pm.

Check-In and Set-Up: 

10am –11am. Please check in with a library employee on the west side of the 2nd floor. You will be given your name tag and shown to your table, where you can begin setting up. Your table display must be set up no later than 10:45am.

Space Assignments: 

Space assignments will be given at check in. Space includes 1 table and 2 chairs. All boxes, displays, and personal belongings you bring to the event must fit on or under your table. Due to space restrictions, there can only be two people seated behind each table during the event: the author and one (optional) person. Only the author needs to be listed on the Application. If two authors would like to share a table, please indicate this on the Application.


Participants are responsible for set-up and take-down of their own display materials. You are welcome to bring items such as tablecloths, book stands, and signs, as long as your display is kept sturdy, safe, clean, and does not extend outside your designated space. You may not adhere anything to the walls, windows, etc.. Participants may also bring promotional materials such as fliers, bookmarks, business cards and other small items to give away during the fair. Your area must be left clean when you leave. All display items must be appropriate for all ages. The Library is not responsible for any lost or damaged items.


Free WiFi is available throughout the library. Restrooms are located on the 2nd floor near the exhibition area. Covered/closed drinks are allowed.

For more information regarding the Local Author Fair, please contact Jeriann Thacker, Adult Services Coordinator for Phoenix Public Library –

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