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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 Signings

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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May 2018

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Playhouse District Walking Tour with Julia Long

May 19, 2018 @ 5:30 pm - 6:15 pm
Pasadena Playhouse Courtyard, 39 S El Molino Ave
Pasadena, CA 91101
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On the Playhouse District Walking Tour, we'll check out the stories, architecture, public art, and history of this artistic Pasadena neighborhood. A little bit of everything, and a helpful orientation to the LitFest weekend events! Want to know more about the actors who trained at the Pasadena Playhouse "Star Factory"? Ever wondered about the crosswalk or utility box art installations in the area? Did you know the founder of Vroman's was a renowned photographer? We'll talk about all of these…

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A Taste of Literary Trivia

May 19, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 7:45 pm
The Stand, 36 S El Molino Ave
Pasadena, CA 91101

Test your knowledge of the SoCal book culture with this pub-style trivia contest, focusing on the books, authors, publishers, and literature of Southern California. Presented By: Colleen Dunn Bates, Prospect Park Books

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Drunken Masters

May 19, 2018 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
The Stand, 36 S El Molino Ave
Pasadena, CA 91101

Drunken Masters is: 3 writers read/perform short excerpts from a work-in-progress in front of a panel of 3 established writers in the field who provide on-the-spot feedback. The only catch is that these master writers have been plied with drink or PG indulgence of their choosing. A laid-back, entertaining (and sometimes riotous) reading! Featuring: F. Douglas Brown, Rocio Carlos, and Luivette Resto. Hosted by Peter Woods.

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Expressing Feelings Through Art: L.A. County High School Student Art Show

May 20, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Gallery of Art Center / South Campus, 950 S Raymond Ave
Pasadena, CA 91105
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Free and Open to the Public ArtCenter College of Design’s Public Programs is proud to host the annual “Expressing Feelings through Art” (EFTA) high school student art show. EFTA is an arts and literary prevention program delivered to public high school students. A collaboration between the Light Bringer Project, a community-based nonprofit (producer of LitFest Pasadena), and Mental Health America of Los Angeles, the EFTA program serves more than 600 9th—12th grade students each year. Students are challenged to create…

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Drag Queen Story Hour

May 20, 2018 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Vroman’s Bookstore Upstairs, 695 E Colorado Blvd
Pasadena, CA 91101 United States

Drag Queen Story Hour is a storytime event for children of all ages! Los Angeles' most glittering, magical drag queens read quirky and progressive children's books, followed by a simple craft. Featuring Queen Devan M and hosted by Michael Roybal-Gonzales. Featuring: Queen Devan M and hosted by Michael Roybal-Gonzales

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Poetry on Demand with Rebecca Gonzales

May 20, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Pasadena Playhouse Courtyard, 39 S El Molino Ave
Pasadena, CA 91101
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Writer and poet Rebecca Gonzales brings Poetry on Demand to LitFest Pasadena! Make sure to get your poem!

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Open Mic Hour!

May 20, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 5:15 pm
Zona Rosa Coffee Alley – Next to Zona Rosa Coffee, 15 S El Molino Ave
Pasadena, CA 91101
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Bring your own work or come and watch as authors share their stories and poems at Open Mic Hour! Hosted by Ricardo Reyes

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Playhouse District Walking Tour with Julia Long

May 20, 2018 @ 4:15 pm - 5:00 pm
Pasadena Playhouse Courtyard, 39 S El Molino Ave
Pasadena, CA 91101
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On the Playhouse District Walking Tour, we'll check out the stories, architecture, public art, and history of this artistic Pasadena neighborhood. A little bit of everything, and a helpful orientation to the LitFest weekend events! Want to know more about the actors who trained at the Pasadena Playhouse "Star Factory"? Ever wondered about the crosswalk or utility box art installations in the area? Did you know the founder of Vroman's was a renowned photographer? We'll talk about all of these…

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LitFest Outer Limits
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Playhouse District Walking Tour with Julia Long

May 20, 2018 @ 5:30 pm - 6:15 pm
Pasadena Playhouse Courtyard, 39 S El Molino Ave
Pasadena, CA 91101
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On the Playhouse District Walking Tour, we'll check out the stories, architecture, public art, and history of this artistic Pasadena neighborhood. A little bit of everything, and a helpful orientation to the LitFest weekend events! Want to know more about the actors who trained at the Pasadena Playhouse "Star Factory"? Ever wondered about the crosswalk or utility box art installations in the area? Did you know the founder of Vroman's was a renowned photographer? We'll talk about all of these…

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“A Ghost Story” Staged Reading by Unbound Productions & LitFest Closing Party

May 20, 2018 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Pasadena Playhouse Courtyard, 39 S El Molino Ave
Pasadena, CA 91101
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Join Unbound Productions & Light Bringer Project at the Pasadena Playhouse Courtyard for the LitFest Pasadena 2018 Closing Staged Reading & Party! About the staged reading: A GHOST STORY by Jonathan Josephson - Adapted from the short story of the same name by Mark Twain - Presented by Unbound Productions - It's pouring rain and Vincent's car has broken down outside of an abandoned hotel. There, he encounters two spirits who want to banish his should to hell. Hilarity ensues.…

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