Spring is an exciting time in LA. for book lovers. It’s funny how I used to hate living here because I thought it wasn’t literary enough. For years I planned my escape to the East Coast where people took books seriously. Well, it turns out that hidden among the tall and looming palm trees, L.A. has a literary scene, and it comes alive during the Spring. The thing you have to understand about Los Angeles is that it is all here, it’s just all spread out, so if you are patient enough, don’t mind the traffic and the miles it takes to get to your journey, you’ll find neat bookish fun. Without further ado, here is a list of the most exciting bookish events in Los Angeles this spring.
The Pasadena’s Festival of Women’s authors will be held at the Pasadena Hilton on April 9, 2016. Unfortunately, the event is sold out, but not all is lost. You still have a chance to join the fun by adding your name to the standby list. That isn’t a guarantee you’ll get in, but if you’re in the area, it might be worth a shot. This year the festival will highlight works by Kristin Hannah, Cynthia Bond, Jane Ellison, Naomi Munaweera, Maggie Shipstead, and Victoria Patterson. The festival is organized by the Pasadena Literary Alliance.
On April 9th and 10th, The Los Angeles Times will host its annual Festival of Books.The event takes place at USC and is free to the public. The festival gives a limited amount of conversation tickets, and advance conversation tickets will be sold for $1 service fee starting April 3 at 9. a.m. There is a range of authors and performances for all your taste. Here is a list of the complete schedule and the list of authors.
If you aren’t feeling too tired after The Festival of books on April 9, you should hop down to the 5th annual Book Drop Bash. The event is the official after party of the Los Angeles Festival of books, and it is presented by the Library Foundation of Los Angeles. It is hosted at the beautiful central library in downtown. It’s a really cool chance to see the library after hours, a chance to mingle with fellow books lovers and your favorite author, and snag some books. The event is free to library foundation members, and if you aren’t one, you can join anytime to get two free tickets. Doors open at 8:30 pm. I was there last year, and I got to meet one of my favorite authors, Susan Straight. It was a blast!
On Saturday, April 23, come on down to the Last Bookstore in Downtown, and join the Book Riot Reader group and the Harry Potter alliance for the BYOB (bring your own book) book drive. The drive is a partnership between Book Riot and the Harry Potter Alliance. The goal is to collect books to donate to literary charities. Bring one book or more and join the fun. In attendance will be local authors, fellow books nerds, games, and prizes. The event is free. Just remember to register. The event is from 7:00-9:00 PM.
Calling all YA Lovers! From April 30-May 1, 2016. Yallwest Santa Monica Book Festival is coming to town. The event will host talks and discussions with some of the best writers in YA. Here is a complete list of authors and artist in attendance. The official event kicks off on Saturday, April 30, however, a special free preview, Fierce Friday, will be happening on Friday, April 29. Most, if not all of the subsequent events are ticketed starting at $5.00 a talk. For a full list of talks, discussion, and pricing, check out the site’s tickets info.
Those are the big events this season, however, L.A. has lots of weekly events going on.
For interesting and fun discussion check out ALOUD Spring Schedule. ALOUD is lecture series which host weekly events in the Mark Taper auditorium in the Central Library. Upcoming highlights include: Two Writers Reflect on War and Peace a conversation with Maxine Hing Kingston and Viet Thanh Nguyen, and At the Existentialist Café: Freedom Being and Apricot Cocktails a conversation about twentieth century intellectuals with author, Sarah Bakewell and David L. Ulin. Events are free, by the way.
If you’re a poetry lover, Da Poetry Lounge is opens its doors every Tuesday night for open mic night. It’s located at Greenway Court Theatre, 544 N Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036. It’s $5.00 dollars cash only, and $10.00 dollars cash only every third Tuesday of the month.
I’m sure I missed quite a few events here, so if you know of any more events, please let me know, and I will gladly add them to the list.
Happy Reading, and have fun!