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Library Lecture: Writing Arizona- From Journalism to Fiction

December 20, 2023 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Library Lecture: Writing Arizona- From Journalism to Fiction

This month’s Friends of the Library lecture is a combination of lecture and author book talk with author Leo W. Banks. He will talk about getting his start in journalism and moving on to writing fiction. 

Leo W. Banks will talk about his time as a journalist at the Arizona Daily Star in Tucson and writing for Arizona Highways magazine. He will also talk about his most recent book, The Flying Z, that tells the story of a southern Arizona rancher battling a drug cartel trying to take over his ranch. Even though the book is fiction, Banks says it is one-hundred percent authentic.  “The character, setting and story are all drawn from his real-life experiences covering the border,” he says. 

Date: Wednesday December 20
RHJ Lecture Hall

This is a free event, but tickets are required and can be picked up at the library checkout desk.

After earning a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Arizona. Leo began his career as a reporter for the Arizona Daily Star in Tucson. He has been a correspondent for the L.A. Times and the Boston Globe, and has written frequently for Sports Illustrated, the Wall Street Journal and many other publications. Leo wrote for Arizona Highways magazine for 20 years, doing more than 300 stories for them and five books. He has won 38 statewide, regional, and national journalism awards.

This program is made possible by the Friends of the R. H. Johnson Library.


December 20, 2023
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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Rec Center – RHJ – Library/Data Resource Center
13801 W. Meeker Blvd.
Sun City West, AZ 85375 United States
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