I just love attending the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books. It’s the largest and, according to to it’s website, the most prestigious book festival in the country. For the 130,000 or so people that attend it each year, it’s a little slice of literary heaven. There are author events, storytelling, cooking demonstrations, poetry readings and nearly 300 exhibitor booths representing booksellers, publishers, literacy and cultural organizations. Best of all, entry is free.
There will over 400 authors in attendance signing books, doing readings, giving talks, taking part in panel discussions, etc. You can find a list of author attendees here. Maybe some of your favorites will be among them.
What: The Los Angeles Times Festival of Books
Where: taking up practically the whole campus at UCLA
When: Saturday April 24 from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., and Sunday April 25 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
As I did last year, I’ll be a volunteer working at the Atheists United booth. AU has been assigned booth #633 in section F and I’ll be there from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Come over and say “hello”. If the booth isn’t too busy we can shoot the breeze.
I’m easy to spot. I’ll be the fat guy wearing the “Happiness is Freedom of Speech” t-shirt (with a bomb-turban-wearing Happy Face on it). You can see me in this photo taken at last year’s festival. I’m holding up a free copy of the Koran that I got from the Islamic Fellowship booth. I also got a funny look from the guy handing out the Korans (you can read about that experience here). If the Islamic Fellowship has a booth this year, I’ll drop by and say “hello” again. You don’t think I’m pressing my luck, do you?
Photo Credit: Me at the 2009 book festival (photo by Jeanean Hollen)
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