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 and streets of Pasadena’s Playhouse District.
LitFest on the Prowl kicks off with a bang at 5 p.m. Saturday, May 17 when food-world legend Ruth Reichl premieres her first novel, “Delicious!,” with a grand LitFest reading and interview in the Vroman’s Paseo, the welcoming courtyard behind the Pasadena legend Publisher’s Weekly calls the best independent bookstore in the nation.
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.