Sandra Tsing Loh & Jonathan Gold at LitFest’s WitFest

Oct 2, 2012

LitFest Pasadena had its inaugural event—the community’s first book festival—this past May and is now gearing up for what co-founder Larry Wilson, public editor of the Pasadena Star-News, calls, “LitFest 2.0.”

On Thursday, October 25th, the LitFest team is unveiling a new concept and fundraising event.

Introducing, WitFest: A Quiz-Style-Show Battle of the Gliterary Minds.

The evening will begin with wine and hors d’oeuvres in the ballroom of the historic and divine Castle Green, followed by an announcement about Pasadena Prizes in Poetry & Prose, which was created by LitFest to encourage the literary arts. Prizes will be awarded to participating local high school students at the festival in Central Park on May 11, 2013.

The fundraiser’s main event will be moderated by performance artist and NPR commentator Sandra Tsing Loh and special guest Jonathan Gold providing “snappy questions and clever repartee” while  a panel that includes Suzanna Guzman, David Kipen, Patt Morrison, Nat Read, and Gary Phillips “vie for top scores in an irreverent war of words.”

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Gold is an author and Pulitzer Prize-winning food critic; Guzman is an operatic mezzo-soprano and host of KCET’s “Open Call”; Kipen is a KPCC literary critic and founder of the lending library Libros Schmibros; Morrison is an author and a Los Angeles Times columnist; Read is a public relations practitioner, author, and stand-up comic; and Phillips is a mystery writer.

LitFest Pasadena was an impressive event this past May with over 1,800 attendees; 50 publishers, bookstores, and non-profits exhibiting; ten panel discussions with local respected authors such as Janet Fitch, Michelle Huneven, Denise Hamilton, and Jeanne Kelley; various performances including Unbound Productions’ History Lit “The Yellow Wallpaper”; and delicious food trucks courtesy of Chefs Center.

Help LitFest Pasadena 2013 become an even better event by attending WitFest on Thursday, October 25th. It should be an evening to remember.

LitFest WitFest
Thursday, Oct. 25th, 7-10 p.m.
Castle Green, 99 S. Raymond Ave.
Tickets: $75 each, 2 for $125
For complete info and to buy tickets, visit



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