The Tucson Festival of Books is happening this weekend (March 9-10), and it promises to be one of the best local events of the year. More than 100,000 passionate readers are expected to attend the two-day event at the UA Mall, with guests such as R.L. Stine, John Sayles, David Wood, Jodi Picoult, and Ted Danson (yes, Sam Malone himself!) headlining the festival.
Even though the weather report calls for occasional rain showers, the bright Tucson sun is expected to make many appearances throughout the TFOB, as well. The UA Cancer Center’s Skin Cancer Institute has you covered.
The SCI will have four free sunscreen stations set up throughout the UA Mall for any attendee who might need a little extra protection from the sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays — the No. 1 cause of skin cancer.
“With more than 100,000 people attending the event it’s important for us to help our community and visitors be sun safe,” said Robin Harris, PhD, deputy director of the Skin Cancer Institute.
There will also be free sunscreen and skin cancer information available at the University of Arizona Cancer Center Booth No. 515 in Science City.
Other helpful tips to remember while attending the TFOB
• Dress in long-sleeved shirts and long pants. Darker colors and tighter weaves work best.
• Wear a wide-brimmed hat that covers your head, face, ears and neck.
• Protect your eyes with sunglasses that have large frames and 99-100 percent UVA/UVB protection.