Mesa Book Festival by Anthology, Inc. News and Updates

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2022 Mesa Book Festival Moderator Interest form


   If you are interested in being a MODERATOR for one of the Panels at the 2022 Mesa Book Festival, please fill out the form below. The Deadline for Moderator interest submission is until November 30, 2022, or until all panels are assigned a Moderator.

   Forms reveived AFTER the dealine or after the assignment of Moderators will be asked to be an "emergency back-up" Moderator, the details of which will be communicated at that time.


This form is NOT for interested panelists, that process is seperate and we will link to the submission page for that as soon as we are ready to accept Panelists.


Panel Moderator Interest Form- 2022 Mesa Book Festival

It's time to start planning for the 2022 Mesa Book Festival, and we are looking for panel moderator volunteers! Panel Moderators conduct the discussion of the panle, introducing the panelists and helping to keep the discussion moving during the panel time. Moderators have a "Cheat Sheet" with the name sof the panelists and some great discussion making suggestions to make the concvveration moving.

No experience is necessary to moderat a panel, we'll train you.

We ask that you be available the entire day of December 17, 2022 from 9am-5pm, regardless of when you panel is scheduled.

The Panel we ask you to moserate may be different than a panel you may pitch to us, or topic you indicate interest in.

We'll need to meet as a moderator group prior to the day of the event, if you receive a acceptance from us, please be sure to send us your availability.

Moderators are welcome to moderate multiple panels if they choose, we will send that information with the acceptance email.

Vendors may be panel moderators, but the Festival is not able to provide booth coverage during the time of your panel. Please be prepared to make arrangements.

Our goal is to make sure you are aware of your panels at least a month before the festival date, so you have time to prepare your moderation questions/topics.
We have ideas, but we'd love to hear yours as well (500 word limit)
One you submit your form, we will check in with you as we finalize the panel lineup.

The 2021 Mesa Book Festival Has Been Deferred to 2022

The Mesa Book Festibal, and annual celebration of literacy and the literary arts in Mesa, AZ, has bee deferred to 2022. The new date for the event is December 10, 2022.

Additional details regarding planning, sponsorship, volunteer opportunities and more will be forthcoming in the next few weeks.

Updates on Mesa Book Festival

Good evening, all-

   We have updated the schedule of events for Anthology. We will be changing the upcoming Mesa Book Festival scheduled for December 4 from an in person event festival to a hybrid event. The hybrid event will still take place December 4, and will still be held at Benedictine University. The details of that event will be made available September 1.

   To say that the change is solely a result of the changing conditions of the Pandemic would not be telling the whole story. It is safe to say, that the Pandemic's resurgence did play into the discussions to forgo the traditional live festival format. But they were not the only reasons for this decision. In additon to the pandemic, there are two large scale construction projects that have been started, literally on either side of Benedictine University. While these projects, when completed, will put many new residents within a 30 second walk of the Festival, that will not happen in 2021. This was all part of the plan when we moved to Benedictine And finally, we entered the month of August without a firm and dedicated planning committee. Even for an event like the Mesa Book Festival, having an effective planning committee is essential to ensuring that as many attributes of an event are considered and planned as possible.

   To that end, we are looking forward to planning a fun, maybe a bit different, hybrid opportunity for Authros and readers to come together and celebrate the vibrant and active Arizona publishing community.

- Bob