Spring is in the air and so is LitFest Pasadena, returning for its third year with a brand-new venue: the byways, bookstores, wine bars, theaters, coffee houses and streets of Pasadena’s Playhouse District.
At 6 p.m. follow the crowd down El Molino Avenue
to readings, talks, music and performances at Zona Rosa Caffe, Monopole Wine, Little Junebugs and the courtyard and elegant library of the historic Pasadena Playhouse, featuring special appearances by Letters from Zora star Vanessa Bell Calloway and playwright Gabrielle Pina.
After 8 the moveable feast heads east on Colorado Boulevard half a block to the winding Arcade Lane for cocktails, food and more literature, winding up with an after-party at El Portal restaurant.
Confirmed LitFest on the Prowl authors so far include novelists Mona Simpson and Michelle Huneven premiering their new releases Casebook and Off Course, Pasadena Star-News Editor and author Frank Girardot leading a discussion of today’s true-crime writing, hugely entertaining poets Brendan Constantine and Ron Koertge in a dual reading and mystery writers Denise Hamilton and Gary Phillips reading from their favorite L.A. noir.
Litfest Pasadena is a project of the Pasadena Arts Council’s EMERGE Fiscal Sponsorship Program.