August 19, 2017 Speakers

Viscount Suite Hotel4855 E. Broadway Blvd., Tucson, Arizona

10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, August 19, 2017

The hotel is wheelchair accessible. Ample parking is available.

$20 for members

$25 for non-members (includes lunch)

*Non members are welcome to come to all meetings

Our morning speaker

Award-Winning Author Marge Pellegrino

“word wild and book bonkers”


Marge Pellegrino has been writing since 1984. She is the author of the children’s books My Grandma’s the Mayor and Too Nice, as well as the Judy Goddard award-winning novel Journey of Dreams.

She is the recipient of numerous awards including the Young Adult Literature Award and the Southwest Writers grand-prize Storyteller Award and 1st Place in YA fiction.

Since 1999, she has coordinated programming for the Owl & Panther Project which was a finalist in the 2016 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards.

Marge is serving as Pima County Public Library’s Writer-in-Residence through the month of August.

Whether you write occasionally or energetically pursue it every day, if you’re a published author or new to the craft, you can look forward to Marge encouraging you to think in new ways as a writer and help all improve your writing skills.


Our Afternoon Speaker

David Fitzsimmons: Tucson’s own Political Cartoonist and Humorist

What’s it like to be a Political Cartoonist?


Dave has been the cartoonist at the Arizona Daily Star since 1986.

He is a University of Arizona alum where he was a cartoonist for the Wildcat. Prior to his long, successful, and present career at the Arizona Daily Star, Dave was a newspaper artist for the Oklahoman in Oklahoma City, and the Virginian-Pilot of Virginia Beach and Norfolk.

Dave has raised millions for Tucson’s charities for over twenty-years by being the provocative, funny and entertaining master of ceremonies at thousands of charity events. As he puts it, the cause must be noble, the audience tomato-free, and there should be a few big names in attendance that he can besmirch, belittle, beguile and charm.

Despite being a cancer survivor, Dave charges onward, pen in hand, masterfully conducting the ceremony and raising the money, promoting books or paying tribute to long-time heroes.