LitFest—From Shakespeare to Mr. Steve

Mar 13, 2012

Editor’s Note: Big rain is expected this weekend, so the inaugural LitFest Pasadena, which was going to be largely outdoors at Central Park, has been postponed until Saturday, May 12th. Look for the same great panels, events, signing, and children’s activities. We’ll be there in May!

This Saturday’s inaugural LitFest Pasadena will not be only for adults. From toddler to teen, LitFest offers some tasty fare.

Your little ones can hear stories told by the Mr. Steve from Vroman’s, watch a Quidditch demonstration (we can’t wait to see how they pull that off!), and be involved with an interactive performance by Taylor Dent, author of Scary School.

Teenagers may be interested in listening to the Young Adult panel, moderated by Sherri L. Smith who has written four award-winning novels: Lucy the Giant; Sparrow; Hot, Sour, Salty, Sweet; and Flygirl. Among her panelists will be Lisa Yee, whose 2003 debut novel Millicent Min, Girl Genius, won the Sid Fleischman Humor Award. After nine more novels, her most recent book Warp Speed is about a Star Trek geek who has to deal with violent bullies. They will be joined by Lauren Kate, Cecil Castellucci, and Ron Koertge.

The California Shakespeare Ensemble will present a panel in the kids area on how to read and understand the famous Bard, reading from sonnets. “Come learn how actors chase down Shakespeare’s subtext, irony, and hidden meanings.” Classically-trained actors will lead the discussion, and any student who would like to bring a sonnet or monologue, one of the CSE actors will work with them one-on-one.

Additionally, Once Upon a Time bookstore will be exhibiting, as well as a Little Junebugs, and the Pasadena Public Library.

LitFest Pasadena
Saturday, March 17th, 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. (children’s programming begins at 10:30 a.m.)
Central Park, 275 S. Raymond Avenue
Parking available at the Del Mar Gold Line Station ($6 for the whole day)
Food trucks represented by Chefs Center
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