This is the literary weekend in Los Angeles. Rumor has it that the LA Times Festival of Books is the largest literary festival in the nation. There are hundreds of hours of panels (tickets are free but must be obtained beforehand), festival stages with readings, a large children’s section, and hundreds of booths with bookstores, publishers, authors, and literary organizations. Check out the website for a listing of the panels, readings and author signings.
On Saturday I’m attending a morning panel of Security and American Ideals, then working at the Heifer International booth from noon to 3PM, then dashing to a publishing panel in the afternoon. Please stop by and see me at the Heifer booth (#846). Page McBrier will be signing copies of Beatrice’s Goat on Saturday (you can still enter to win a copy for free).
If you’re at the Festival on Sunday, I’ll be back in the Heifer booth from noon to 3PM. I’m also stopping by the Book Soup booth on Sunday afternoon between 2:30 and 3:30, Nancy Mehagian will be signing copies of Siren’s Feast, An Edible Odyssey, a memoir with recipes, and giving away homemade stuffed grape leaves.
But the Festival isn’t the only literary event this weekend. Literary Affairs is hosting a fundraiser for the NEA at the William Turner Gallery featuring Muriel Barbury, author of my favorite book in years, The Elegance of the Hedgehog. A private book discussion starts at 6:30 and then a cocktail party with Ms. Barbury and a variety of authors begins at 7:30PM. Check the website for very reasonable tickets.
But Saturday night will still be young at the conclusion of cocktail party and Granta Magazine’s launch party at Equator Books will just be getting started. Equator Books is a combination bookstore, used record store and art gallery in Venice that is struggling. The community is rallying around the store (we’ll be posting about it soon). One example, admission to this event is the purchase of a book, as if that is ever in doubt when I walk into a store.
This is a weekend worth waiting for all year. If you have any other literary suggestions for the next two days, please share them in a comment.