Posted by amybou on:
It's not too late to head to the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books!
Whether you want to check out one of the many panels on literary fiction, poetry, memoir, food writing, crime writing, or biography, or whether you'd like to see an icon from your childhood interviewed about their new book (Florence Henderson, Julie Andrews, Betty White--unfortunately, you missed Judy Blume, who was interviewed on Saturday), or whether you want to walk around and visit the tents where small publishers, literary nonprofits, and LA book stores have set up shop for the weekend on the USC campus, the Festival of Books is a great opportunity to see your favorite authors in person and to discover new writers. (That was one long sentence, fitting for one long literary day! Highlights for me: seeing my former teacher and friend Aimee Bender on the Fairy Tale panel, chatting with Eleanor Henderson, a friend-of-a-friend and author of the fantastic Ten Thousand Saints, after the "At Loose Ends" panel, and contributing a couple unfettered lines to an exquisite corpse poem at the Smokin' Hot Indie Lit Lounge...)
Don't miss the Smokin' Hot Indie Lit Lounge, where Santa Barbara poet Michelle Detorie performed a version of The Poetry Booth on Saturday, and where SB poet and novelist Melinda Palacio can be found on Sunday from 11:45am to 1:30pm (Booth #391).
Speaking of Santa Barbara writers, novelist Ramona Ausubel, author of No One Is Here Except All of Us, will be on a panel at 3pm on Sunday. The panel is on "Writing Across the Globe."
The most difficult part of the festival--aside from finding parking, or remembering where you parked your car--is deciding between all the fantastic-sounding panels taking place at the same time.
For a complete schedule: