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. Author Talks
  2. Kid's Programming
  3. Stage Shows
  4. Special Events
  5. Free Concert
  6. PTA Book Fair

Roger Naylor
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
Time: 11 am
Location: Library

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.
Time: 1 pm
Location: Stage

Lynn Downey
Lynn is a native California writer, archivist, historian, and fifth generation to live in the beautiful city of Sonoma. After a thirty year career as an in-house archivist and historian, she is now a historical and archival consultant. She works with museums, businesses and non-profits to create archives, curate exhibits, write books, and plan anniversaries. She has been writing since childhood but didn’t get paid for it until 1985, when she started publishing articles and book reviews in journals such as California History and The Public Historian, among others. She is also the author and/or editor of six books.
Time: 12 pm
Location: Library