Live From Los Angeles

April 21st, 2005 · 5 Comments
by Booksquare

According to our schedule, we will be spending the weekend cleaning out the garage. Again. The evil garage elves delight in filling empty spaces with junk we surely did not purchase in a moment of weakness. But if we can manage a believable excuse, we will ditch the never-ending project and head for UCLA for a weekend of fun and excitement.

Or as it’s known in SoCal, the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books.

Lots of local celebrities will be making the scene. Hmm, that doesn’t sound right. It’s such an ordeal, living in a city filled with famous folk; everyone is a local celebrity (unless they live in Montana or some such nonsense, you know, to get away from the trials of fame).

We cannot even state that the event will be wall-to-wall authors because The Children’s Museum of Los Angeles is on the author list, and while we cannot be absolutely sure, we suspect that museums are lousy writers. We would faithfully reproduce the list, but why expend effort when others are so willing to put themselves out on our behalf? The links take you to the official guide of stuff and a schedule of key events.

File Under: Books/Mags/Blogs

5 responses so far ↓

  • Gina // Apr 21, 2005 at 12:16 pm

    How about a short rant on the fact that the LATFB hasn’t had a romance panel in several years. Hmmm? This year I can’t even find any evidence that they think the genre exists.

  • Booksquare // Apr 21, 2005 at 2:35 pm

    Rant received! There are quite a few romance authors attending this year’s festival, at least on a signing basis, but they certainly could use a new panel (I wasn’t nuts about the last panel they did all those years ago!). I’m sure Steve Wasserman will contact me forthwith for my thoughts on how to improve just about everything and I’ll bring it up!

  • Rene // Apr 21, 2005 at 10:37 pm

    I ditto Gina’s comments. After going through the program for the LATBF, I was amazed to see the lack of the romance genre. Without debating the literary merit of romance, it seems significant that a genre that accounts for such a huge number of fiction sales in this country would be so neglected. I also noticed the RWA didn’t have a booth. I’m surprised the organization isn’t taking more of an interest considering the size of the event.

  • Karen // Apr 22, 2005 at 11:55 am

    The spouse and I went out for breakfast this morning. Seated two tables away was Monica Lewinsky. Hmm. Is she scheduled for the festival? Double-billed with Toni Bentley?

  • Booksquare // Apr 22, 2005 at 2:03 pm

    Okay, that was really funny.