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Writer in Residence Pima County Public Library!

Elaine is the Pima County Library Writer-in-Residence starting May 16. Mentoring at Oro Valley on Mondays and Woods Memorial on Thursdays. 

To register and get more details!

Book a 30-minute one-on-one consultation with Elaine:  

Oro Valley Library Consultations

Days and Dates: Mondays, May 20-July 29, 2024

Times of day: 9:30 to 11:30 am – 4 


Woods Memorial Library Consultations

Days and Dates: Thursdays, May 16-July 25, 2024

Times of Day: 4:30 to 6:30 pm – 4 one-half-hour sessions



Join Elaine for a workshop!

To Self-Publish or Not To Self-Publish? That is the Question!

You have an idea for a book or a pre-published manuscript – should you go with a traditional publisher or independently self-publish? This workshop will examine the pros and cons of self-publishing, the process, costs, resources, and marketing after you have self-published your book.

Date and Time: Saturday, May 25, 2024, 1:30 to 3:00 pm

Location: Oro Valley Library, large meeting room

Register online!


Writing Science, Or Any Facts, For Kids

 Factual information is often presented to children in a dry, boring manner. This workshop, led by a biologist, will discuss ways to make facts fun and science books entertaining. Learn how to create books kids will want to read over and over again.

Date and Time: Saturday, June 29, 2024, 10:30 am to 12:00noon

Location: Oro Valley Library, large meeting room

Register online!


Take Your Book-Shot at the Moon!

This workshop will focus on writing about the moon, from facts to fantasy. Explore the many genres that can be used to bring the moon down to the reader: picture books, comics, short stories, adventure tales, novels and more. Launch your creativity and reach new heights in your writing!

Date and Time: Saturday, July 20, one hour time TBD 

Location: MegaMania, PCC Downtown Campus

No registration required




Reptile-Side Chat with Elaine A. Powers

View recordings of my past Reptile-Side Chats on my YouTube Page
A fun way to learn interesting facts about living with reptiles!

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Tucson Festival of Books

March 9-10, 2024 “Grab an Adventure by the Tale” in the Children’s Section. Learn more about this event:


Fourth Avenue Spring Street Fair

March 22-24, 2024 in Booth #764. Learn more:


Oro Valley Festival of the Arts & Holiday Tree Lighting Celebration

December 2 & 3, 2023 at Oro Valley Marketplace, 12155 N Oracle Rd, Oro Valley, AZ 85737
You’ll find me in booth #54. Learn more:

Join me at the Tucson Reptile & Amphibian Show
Sept. 30 & October 1, 2023
Pima County Fairgrounds, Old Pueblo Hall


Meet me at Iguanafest 3

Saturday, October 14, 2023 from 12:00 PM 10:00 PM in Punta Gorda, FL. I’ll be selling and signing my books for this worthwhile fundraiser. Get the details:


Absolutely Art Gallery & Gifts Artist Tent Show

November 18, 2023 in Catalina, AZ

Find me at Bloom Watch 2023

Each year for one evening only, Tohono Chul opens its doors to visitors from around the world to experience the mystery, majesty, and beauty of the Queen of the Night, the night-blooming cereus, Peniocereus greggii. I’ll be there signing my book! Learn more:

Rhymes and Reptiles on AZPM!

Don’t miss my feature, Rhymes and Reptiles, on AZPM – Southern Arizona’s PBS and NPR affiliate. Premiering Sunday, July 23, 2023.  Rewatch it:


Be My Friend at Pinedale Public Library!

Come find me at Pinedale Public Library’s event Some of my Friends are Authors on June 3, 2023, at the Pinedale Library Ramada from 10:00am to 4:00pm. Learn more:


Friends of the Pima County Public Library Annual Members Meeting & Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon

On April 29th, we’ll be gathering at the Sheraton on Grant & Rosemont to mingle, hear updates about the Friends and its impact, and celebrate with a delicious meal! We’ll have prizes to win, stories to share, and an incredible guest speaker, author Elaine A Powers. Doors will open at 11:00 am, and lunch will be served at 11:30.


Absolutely Art Gallery & Gifts.

Spring 2022 Artist Tent Show at Absolutely Art Gallery & Gifts

Saturday, April 2, 2022 from 10 am- 4 pm

Catalina Palms Plaza
16701 N. Oracle Rd Suite 171
Catalina, AZ 85739

Find Elaine in the  “North Gallery Room”


Trouble in Tucson


Left Coast Crime 2023: Trouble in Tucson

El Conquistador Resort Tucson, AZ March 16 -19, 2023



Tucson Festival of Books

March 12-13 2022, 9:30-5:30, on the beautiful University of Arizona campus!

Stop by and say, “Hello” to Elaine at the Grab an Adventure by the Tale booth, #322. Get all the festival details, including a map to her booth:



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Join Elaine at the January Tucson Sisters in Crime meeting for an interesting talk all about Animal Dispersal of Human Bones!


Please join us on 1:00 to 2:30 pm, Saturday, January 15, 2022 via Zoom, Register here

The first challenge when a skeleton is found in the desert is finding all the bones. Many animals, large and small, scavenge human bodies. Scavengers may alter the condition and decomposition of a body. The skeleton may be dis-articulated and bones carried away, hidden in dens or other places scavengers hide in order to feed unmolested by bigger predators—complicating the forensic investigators’ tasks of finding the bones and distinguishing among the effects of scavengers, weather in the desert, and human criminal acts.

Biologist and author Elaine A. Powers will discuss the forensic and occasional archaeological research processes used to learn the secrets of recovered bones, particularly in the Sonoran Desert.

Elaine A. Powers, originally from Peoria, Illinois, resides in Tucson, Arizona. After a career a laboratory biologist, she is pursuing her dream of writing science-based children’s books, murder mysteries and audio theatre scripts. She continues her work as a citizen scientist for iguana conservation, serving with the IUCN Iguana Specialist Group. She is a founding board member of the Tucson Sisters in Crime chapter and president of the Tucson Poetry Society.


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Another Big Blend Radio Interview!  

Elaine joined Sister’s in Crime for another great interview with Big Blend Radio.  You can listen anytime on-demand. It aired on their new Facebook and YouTube pages and on all of their podcast outlets (see the list on Follow the links below!

– Direct podcast link on
– Direct podcast link to audio podcast on
– YouTube page:
– Facebook page:

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Listen to Elaine’s Big Blend Radio interview!  

You can listen anytime on-demand. It aired on the Big Blend Radio Facebook and YouTube pages and all of their podcast outlets (see the list on Follow the links below!

– Direct podcast link on

– Direct podcast link to audio podcast on

– YouTube page:

– Facebook page: