Arizona inspires a great story. Book-loving institutions have compiled lists highlighting the historical, cultural, political, environmental, and literary landscape of the Grand Canyon State.
Below are some literary guides to Arizona:
Arizona 100: Essential Books for the Centennial – A centennial bibliography showcasing “a collection of emblematic works that, taken as a group, define who we are and what we are.” The list was featured in a special centennial edition of The Journal of Arizona History.
As Told in Tucson – A selection of books featuring the Old Pueblo, curated by Pima County Public Libraries
Elizabeth B. Steinheimer Collection of Children’s Materials on the Southwest – This collection features children’s resources on the Southwest and illustrates evolving attitudes towards various aspects of Southwest living. It was established in 1979 and is in the Pima County Public Libraries’ Joel D. Valdez Main Library
OneBookAZ – OneBookAZ began in 2002 as a community-wide reading program geographically focused on Arizona. It has since evolved to celebrating Arizona’s content creators while encouraging the community to participate in programming around the OneBook.
Southwest Books of the Year – A guide to all books set in the Southwest during the previous year. Judges each make recommendations. Geographic focus spans Southern California to West Texas.
Reading Arizona: The Literary Landscape – The original centennial project from Pima County Public Libraries, featuring an interactive map highlighting books from around the state.