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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.

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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
Panel

The Border As A Character: Storytelling About Fences, Walls And The People They Shape

May 19 @ 4:15 pm - 5:15 pm
Walt Girdner Studio, 27 S El Molino Ave
Pasadena, CA 91101 United States

As Trump continues to call for a great new wall, award-winning storytellers are finding ways to make the existing U.S.-Mexico border come to life on various media. This panel, which includes literary writers and radio reporters from Los Angeles and San Diego, explores how storytellers can find compelling, original and versatile ways to tell the stories of the border. They show how it interacts with real people at a critical time. Featured Guests: Leslie Berestein Rojas (KPCC Immigration and Emerging…

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Mountain Lions, Water, & Sand: Eco-Narratives to Change Our Lives & Illuminate Our World

May 19 @ 4:15 pm - 5:15 pm
Vroman’s Bookstore Upstairs, 695 E Colorado Blvd
Pasadena, CA 91101 United States

Narratives of our relationship with nature and the challenges of sustainability increasingly infuse our culture. But how do we make these narratives personal and effective? Three writers guided by LA County Natural History Museum Community Science Senior Manager Lila Higgins will seek to answer these questions: Beth Pratt-Bergstrom, the California Director of the National Wildlife Federation on a mission to build a 101 freeway wildlife crossing, Florencia Ramirez who's challenged the nation to reduce our water intake, and Vince Beiser,…

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In Conversation

The Revolution of Marina M.: Janet Fitch & Chris Daley Discuss Love, Loss, and Herosim in Extraordinary Times

May 19 @ 4:15 pm - 5:15 pm
Blankspaces Pasadena, 680 E Colorado Blvd
Pasadena, CA 91101 United States

Bestselling author Janet Fitch of White Oleander and Paint It Black, discusses The Revolution of Marina M., her new sweeping historical saga of the Russian Revolution, as seen through the eyes of one young woman. Together with Chris Daley, Director of Writing Workshops Los Angeles, Janet will explore passion, loss, and heroism in extraordinary times.

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Writing the Sports Narrative: Going Beyond Box Scores and Times

May 19 @ 4:15 pm - 5:15 pm
Vroman’s Bookstore Courtyard, 695 E Colorado Blvd
Pasadena, CA 91101 United States

Often sports writing is the summation of events with the occasional dramatic flourish. Rarer is the sports writer who has emotional skin in the game, where objectivity is second to the immediacy of experience and deep reflection of what that experience means. Featured Guests: Donnell Alexander, Elliot Wynton Seymour, David Davis (LA Times), Pete Magill, and more! Jinghuan Liu Tervalon - Moderator

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LitFest Outer Limits
Reading
Poetry

The Ovary Office: Women of the World Stage

May 19 @ 4:15 pm - 5:15 pm
The Stand Courtyard, 36 S El Molino Ave
Pasadena, CA 91101 United States

The Ovary Office was founded by V.Kali, the poetry director at The World Stage. The Ovary Office features female poets who read strong, activist-based, shameless poetry that places the pussy, front and center (so to speak.) We read in a "court-like" setting bringing up "witnesses" or demanding "order in the court." The group's first performance was last year's LitCrawl. Readers include founder, V Kali, organizer Pam Ward, Bridgette Bianca and Jaha Zainabu. The group formed at a Harriet Tubman reading…

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LitFest Outer Limits
Interactive

Playhouse District Walking Tour with Julia Long

May 19 @ 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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Kids

Middle Grade Authors Read Aloud

May 19 @ 4:15 pm - 5:15 pm
Pasadena Playhouse Library, 39 S El Molino Ave
Pasadena, CA 91101 United States

Details to be announced!

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LitFest Outer Limits
Reading
Interactive

GADZOOKS Exhibition & Reading with Poet Laura Mullen & Artist John David O’Brien at Art Center / South Campus

May 19 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Gallery of Art Center / South Campus, 950 S Raymond Ave
Pasadena, California 91105
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GADZOOKS - An Exhibition & Reading highlighting Verge, a collaborative artist book by poet and author Laura Mullen and artist John David O’Brien. Inspired by the architecture and psycho-geography of Los Angeles, text and photographs interact on the printed pages and related objects will be displayed at the exhibition. A reading by Laura Mullen will also take place at this special event. The exhibit takes place on Saturday, May 19th, 5pm to 7pm at the Gallery of Art Center /…

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Reading

LA Queer Lit Reading: From Choppers to Burning Leaves

May 19 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Pasadena Playhouse Friendship Room, 39 S El Molino Ave
Pasadena, CA 91101 United States

These queer readers write poetry and prose spanning from Hawaii to Australia, from choppers overhead to the burning leaves that will never settle upon our souls. Come to enjoy the diversity of Los Angeles queer literature by these incredible writers. Sponsored by Red Hen Press. Featured Guests: Ryka Aoki (Why Dust Shall Never Settle Upon This Soul), David Francis (Wedding Bush Road), Gabriel Jesiolowski (As Burning Leaves), Steven Reigns (Inheritance), and Veronica Reyes (Chopper Chopper!), & Tobi Harper - MC

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Performance
Sci-Fi

The Roswell Award: Original Short Sci-Fi Readings & Awards

May 19 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
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Celebrity guests read original short sci-fi from the U.S. and around the world. Come hear the exciting and compelling stories of The Roswell Award competition for short sci-fi Finalists, and the Women Hold Up Half the Sky Award for feminist sci-fi, read dramatically on stage. After the reading, the First, Second, and Third place winners will be announced. FINALISTS: Alanah Andrews, Chloe Cole, Kit Gower, Ben Paulus, and James Sowka. WOMEN HOLD UP HALF THE SKY AWARD WINNER: Mindy Quigley.…

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