Yes people, it's that time of year again.
This weekend is the 11th Annual Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, held on the UCLA campus. It goes from Saturday, April 29 10am-6pm to Sunday, April 30 10am-5pm.
All sorts of authors, books, panel discussions, books, overpriced lemonade, books, t-shirts, books, lit mags, books and really nasty hot dogs. Oh, and books.
Of particular note, The Mystery Bookstore will have a booth, as will the always wonderful Mysterious Galaxy up from San Diego. Authors tend to cluster on these two places for signings, so who knows who you'll run into.
Speaking of which, the Los Angeles chapter of Sisters In Crime, which I am proud to be a member of, is having a whole slew of writers signing at their booth Saturday and Sunday. Here's the schedule.
And if Saturday and Sunday aren't enough for you, the Mystery Bookstore will be holding a pre-festival party.
We kick off the weekend’s main event at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, April 28, with our annual Pre-Festival of Books signing party! Authors are coming from all around the world, and Clair’s even coming in from Maine. In addition to the formal signings, we expect to see Cara Black, Peter Blauner, Richard Brewer, Gary J. Cook, Kjell Eriksson, Jim Fusilli, Susan Kandel, Rita Lakin, Kelly Lange, Martin Limón, Dennis McMillan, Jim Nisbet, Ben Rehder, Christopher Rice, Walter Satterthwait, Patricia Smiley, Eric Stone, Pari Noskin Taichert, and Edward Wright. We’ll have food, drink and good times – don’t miss it!
And because the guy is really cool and an amazing writer I have to plug this. If you can, check out the panel "Mystery: Straight Shooters" at 10:00 Saturday morning with Rob Roberge. He's a blast on any panel and he's going to be with Leslie Klinger, Barbara Seranella, and John Morgan Wilson. Ought to be a fun time.
God knows there's a lot more going on than I can go into here, so check out the website, or better yet, check out the festival.