LitFest Pasadena features two days of readings, author guest talks, panel discussions, workshops, and literary performances. The day begins with writing workshops from 1pm to 3pm, followed by literary events in venues across the Playhouse District from 3pm to 10pm.
Book sales are hosted by Vroman’s Bookstore with a section of the store devoted to LitFest Pasadena authors’ books on their first level. Guests may purchase books at Vroman’s and take them to panels and readings for signing after.
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An interactive workshop and panel discussion that explores personal expression and self-identity in a world that stereotypes youth. This event is presented by TUNNEL MAGAZINE, an online and sometimes irl art community for young people based in Los Angeles. Presented by teens for teens! Led by Amelia Anthony, Editor in Chief, Brandon Yung, & Tunnel Magazine contributors!Find out more »
Create Your Own Female Sleuth – From Idea to Fully Realized workshop presented by Sisters in Crime LA
A good woman sleuth doesn't just happen. In this workshop, authors will lead participants through the process of building a fully realized character, taking into account some of the issues unique to women crime fighters, both modern and period. In the end, participants will be able to see how the merest glimmer of an idea can grow into a living, breathing character, plus leave with a process on how to do the same. Featured Workshop Leaders: Anne Louise Bannon (The…Find out more »
Five small presses with a wide range of specialties—fiction, children’s books, literature in translation, poetry, cookbooks—talk about the challenges and opportunities in book publishing in the near future, and how they’re looking to innovate and look beyond the corporate Big Five publishing model. Featured Guests: Featuring: Neela Banerjee, Kaya Press; Ariana Stein, Lil Libros; Ross Ufberg, New Vessel; Tobi Harper, Red Hen Press; Colleen Dunn Bates, Prospect Park - ModeratorFind out more »
It’s complicated being a kid these days and middle grade fiction is evolving. Whether writing realism or fantasy, our LitFest authors get to the heart of what it’s like to be a tween. Magical Kingdoms to Taco Queens reflects a wide range of themes and concerns with stories about autism, 9/11, the family taco dream, a girl with bees in her hair, and futuristic time collision. These are stories with fully realized characters who challenge readers to think more deeply…Find out more »
Top literary podcasters talk podcasting across genres for literary Los Angeles. Featured Guests: Eric Beetner and SW Lauden - Writer Types Podcast, Alex Schmidt - Kurt Vonneguys Podcast, MariNaomi and Myriam Gurba - Ask BiGrlz Podcast, Tod Goldberg - Literary Disco Podcast, and Cheryl Klein, ModeratorFind out more »
Books shape and inspire us, but what books shape and inspire our leaders? Local, state, and national leaders join LitFest Pasadena to discuss the books that have motivated them -- then and now. Featured Guests: Congressperson Adam Schiff, Pasadena Mayor Terry Tornek, and more to be announced!Find out more »
From Rio to Silicon Valley, from LA to London, four female novelists explore the strengths and limitations of female friendship and look at how adversity can strengthen these bonds. As depictions of women’s friendships becomes richer and more nuanced both in literature and in popular culture, these books remind us of how portrayals of women have been shifting and expanding. Whether the women in question are strangers thrown together by a common purpose, or bonded by family and place over…Find out more »
When fact and fiction are friends. Novelist Michelle Huneven (Blame) and historian Michele Zack (The Lisu: Far from the Ruler) have been friends since high school and are back-to-back neighbors in Altadena. Huneven got her start with food writing and restaurant reviews, and Zack began with journalism before migrating to history and anthropology. Join their life-long conversation about current projects, the overlapping of truth and fiction, and what and why they write.Find out more »
Gather round, sit down, and get ready for storytime with children's book authors at LitFest Pasadena. Featured Guests: Susan Lendroth (Hey-Ho, to Mars We'll Go!: A Space-Age Version of "The Farmer in the Dell"), and more!Find out more »
What does it mean to craft mysteries where evil conspiracies are thwarted in a time when internet trolls advance fantastic conspiracy theories in the name of not righting wrongs, but furthering political agendas? Featured Guests: S.W. Lauden (Hang Time: A Greg Salem Mystery), Eva Montealegre (Body on the Backlot), Naomi Hirahara (Hiroshima Boy), Kwei Quartey (Inspector Darko Dawson series), Gary Phillips - ModeratorFind out more »