Last year the inaugural LitFest Pasadena was a great success with over 1,800 people coming to Central Park for a full slate of activities that made everybody’s day.
This year, LitFest Pasadena 2.0 will be held Saturday, May 11th and will feature more than 80 renowned authors and performers, and 40 exhibitors, including some of your favorite publishers, bookstores, and cultural institutions.
There will be a full day of reading, panel discussions, performances, books signings, children’s activities, good food (India Jones Chow Truck, Slammin’ Sliders, Crepe’n Around, and Paradise Fine Cookies & Ice Cream), better books, and family-friendly fun, all aimed at promoting the literary arts.
One of the many panels will be a back-to-back powerhouse event with four world-class authors discussing their experiences writing in La La Land: Mona Simpson, Michelle Huneven, Jerry Stahl, and Gary Phillips.
Among the performances: History Lit will present Two Pictures in One, a half-hour play written by Paul Millet, based on a short story by Harriet Beecher Stowe. (A very powerful piece.)
Children will delight in the Bob Baker Marionettes, as well as Princess Bean and the Bookjumper rocking the stage, as well as children’s book authors Bethany Barton reading This Monster Cannot Wait! and Eliza Wheeler reading Miss Maple’s Seeds. Paul Rogers, illustrator of Wynton Marsalis’s Squeak, Rumble, Whomp! Whomp! Whomp! will host a children’s art activity.
“Magic & Mystery for Middle Grade Readers” will be held on the Octavia Butler Stage at 11:50 a.m. and “Teen Reads/Teen Lit” will have adventure, science fiction, and fantasy YA authors reading, talking about their craft, and taking audience questions on the same stage at 12:45.
Five San Gabriel Valley poets will read short sets of their work (1:30 p.m.; Harriet Doerr Stage) and five Latino authors who write in the genres of memoir, mystery, historical fiction, and poetry will hold a panel discussion (2 p.m.; Julia Child Stage.
Oh, and LitFest Pasadena is free!
You’ll find a full schedule of panels, performances, children’s activities, and much more info at LitFestPasadena.org.
Editor’s Note: Hometown Pasadena book reviewer and “Write Here” contributor, blogger, and photographer Petrea Burchard will be exhibiting and selling her novel Camelot & Vine along with publisher Kat Ward, who will peddling her first novel Amy’s Own. Come by and say, “Hi.” We always love to meet more Hometown Pasadena readers!
Ann Erdman’s blog can be found at AnnErdman.blogspot.com.