“If you are going to get anywhere in life you have to read a lot of books.” – Roald Dahl
Reading starts early, at least that is the hope. When a child or a teenager finds a book that she or he loves, chances are they become a reader for life.
LitFest Pasadena is committed to promoting literature for young readers and is offering unique programming to address this important audience.
We invite school groups, book clubs, families, kids and teens to join us for middle grade (ages 8-12) and YA (teen) panels. Meet your favorite authors and ask questions about writing and reading and more. Bring your imagination. We’ll be ready.
MIDDLE GRADE PROGRAMMING
MIDDLE GRADE BOOK CLUB PODCAST
May 19, Sunday, 1:30-2:30 p.m., Vroman’s Bookstore, upstairs
Kitty Felde, middle grade author and public radio legend, is bringing her podcast BOOK CLUB FOR KIDS to LitFest where kid readers will discuss the adventurous heroic novel, Peasprout Chen, Future Legend of Skate and Swordwith author extraordinaire, Henry Lien. Be a part of the audience for our first middle grade podcast – hopefully to become a LitFest tradition.
PANEL: THE MODERN WAVE OF MIDDLE GRADE
Sunday, May 19, 3-4 p.m., Vroman’s Bookstore, courtyard
Come meet our modern wave author panelists Kitty Felde (Welcome to Washington, Fina Mendoza), Jerry Mahoney (Buttheads from Outer Space), Leslie Margolis (Ghosted), Doreen Spicer-Dannelly (Love Double Dutch) and moderator Dana Middleton (The Infinity Year of Avalon James). This promises to be a frank discussion about modern children’s literature and no doubt some hilarity will occur. Bring your questions and enthusiasm!
YOUNG ADULT PROGRAMMING
PANEL: WRITING STRONG FEMALE YA CHARACTERS IN THE #METOO ERA
May 18, Saturday, 4:30-5:30 p.m., Pasadena Playhouse, library
The topic of sexual harassment and “body boundaries” will be explored in this very timely panel with YA writers who have something to say about it. Join authors Sheila Sobel (Color Blind), Ann Redisch Stampler (How To Disappear), Jeff Sweat (Mayfly) and moderator Christina Hoag (Girl on the Brink) for a mature conversation about what it means to write strong women and girls in the #MeToo era.
PANEL: BE TRUE TO YOU—OWN VOICES AND EMPATHY IN YA
May 19, Sunday, 3-4 p.m., Pasadena Playhouse, Friendship Center
Our true-to-themselves author panelists include: Kayla Cagan (Art Boss), CB Lee (Not Your Backup), Abdi Nazemian (Like A Love Story), Karol Ruth Silverstein (Cursed) and moderator Jeff Sweat (Mayfly). From sci-fi to fantasy to real life, we’ve got it all covered here. Bring your voice to the conversation!
In the words of reading philanthropist Dolly Parton, aka The Book Lady — The seeds of dreams are often found in books and the seeds you help plant in your community can grow across the world.
Your interest and attendance of programming for younger readers at LitFest Pasadena ensures that this important programming continues and that young readers have a place to express themselves and learn from the pros who write for them. Imagine the seeds that can grow from encouraging the young readers in our own community!