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Southern Arizona Authors started in the Arizona Daily Star on an October Sunday in 1980 and with the exception of two years between 2000 and 2002, the column has been running ever since. That adds up to about 15,000 titles and just about the same number of authors.

The first column served notice that its contents were going to be unpredictable in subject matter, interest and general appeal. Two of the first 12 titles included Marjorie Sharmat’s children’s classic, “Gila Monsters Meet You At The Airport,” and a textbook, “Arizona Real Estate License Preparation Manual,” by Irving Israel.

The column’s goal has always been to provide a place where local authors got recognition. For some, their book is the fulfillment of a lifelong dream, for others, a surprising reward for effort. And readers often can learn about books — not easily found — that might be of genuine interest. It is not intended as an exercise in heavy literary criticism.

If you are an author and live in Southern Arizona (our northern cut-off is Casa Grande) and would like to have your book included in Southern Arizona Authors, please send a copy to

J.C. Martin
P.O. Box 65388
Tucson, AZ 85728-5388

Include the price — no book is listed without a price — and the name and address of someone who can be reached in case additional information is needed.

After the books appear in the column, they are sent to the Pima Community College
West Campus library where they are identified as belonging to the Southern Arizona Authors collection.