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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

In Conversation

The Working Writer’s Life: How The Sausages Get Made with Jerry Stahl & Gary Phillips

May 20 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Vroman’s Bookstore Courtyard, 695 E Colorado Blvd
Pasadena, CA 91101 United States

Jerry Stahl (Old Guy Dad: Weird Shit Happens When You Don't Die Young) and Gary Phillips (The Obama Inheritance: Fifteen Stories of Conspiracy Noir, Editor) talk slaughter houses, books, films and the joy of when the check clears. Books available for advance purchase at Vroman's Bookstore to be signed at the panel.

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Reading

Out of the Root Cellar and Into the Light: Adventures in Mental Illness

May 20 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Pasadena Playhouse Friendship Room, 39 S El Molino Ave
Pasadena, CA 91101 United States

Our adventures are a menudo of extremes and shared experience, from exorcisms for schizophrenia, messenger coyotes, manic euphoria, to good old fashioned homelessness and clinical depression. Current and former clients of the LA County Department of Mental Health’s Northeast Wellness Center meet each week to put pen to paper. This alchemy is the wonder of healing through creativity. We invite you to join us in celebrating resiliency and restoration through our stories. Featured Guests: Stella Archer (host), Nathan "Andy" Cambridge,…

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Performance
Sci-Fi
Teens

The Tomorrow Prize – Short Sci-Fi by L.A. Teens Reading & Awards

May 20 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Blankspaces Pasadena, 680 E Colorado Blvd
Pasadena, CA 91101 United States
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The Tomorrow Prize for short science fiction challenges Los Angeles County teens to explore social, scientific, and environmental issues of today through fiction. Over 200 stories were submitted by 16 high schools for 2018. At LitFest Pasadena, celebrity guests will dramatically read the top stories on stage, followed by awards presented to the winners and recognition of our finalists and honorable mentions. This year, we will also present the first Green Feather Award for eco-themed science fiction in partnership with…

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Panel
Reading
Poetry

Poetic Expression on Hot Sociopolitical Topics

May 20 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Vroman’s Bookstore Upstairs, 695 E Colorado Blvd
Pasadena, CA 91101 United States

Three distinguished Pasadena poets discuss how poetry has enabled them to best express their angst, hopes, and perspectives on major controversial sociopolitical issues that have beset American society, especially in recent times. They will read from their published works, talk about how political challenges affect them directly, and engage with the audience on our individual and collective visions moving forward. Featured Guests: Peter J. Harris, Thelma T. Reyna - Moderator, Carl (CaLokie) Stillwell, and Karineh Mahdessian

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LitFest Outer Limits
Interactive

Playhouse District Walking Tour with Julia Long

May 20 @ 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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LitFest Outer Limits
Reading

Local Authors Lay It Down!

May 20 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Zona Rosa Coffee Alley – Next to Zona Rosa Coffee, 15 S El Molino Ave
Pasadena, CA 91101
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Come hear local authors Justin Chapman, Ellen Snortland, Tim Burgess, Maeve McGrath, Teri Ortt, Susan Cross, Anna Gay Del Vescovo, Carol Woodliff, Gina Ogilvie, and Dianne Williams read from their powerful original work, covering a wide range of genres such as travel memoir, social activism, mystery, young adult, and more!

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Panel
Comics

Women with Edge in Comics & Graphic Novels

May 20 @ 6:30 pm - 7:45 pm
Vroman’s Bookstore Upstairs, 695 E Colorado Blvd
Pasadena, CA 91101 United States

Women writing women with edge! What does that mean? We're thinking gritty, racy, and probably not afraid to voice an opinion. Accomplished women writing in different comics and graphic novels genres talk about the ins, outs, and secrets to creating female characters with edge -- and what that term even means for them. Featured Guests: Christa Faust (Peepland Vol. 1), Jules Rivera (Valkyrie Squadron 1), Cat Staggs (Crosswind), and Gemma Vidal (Diverse Geeks in Focus) - Moderator. Books available for…

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LitFest Outer Limits
Reading
Poetry

The Storytellers of Our Community

May 20 @ 6:30 pm - 7:45 pm
The Stand Courtyard – Next to The Stand restaurant, 36 S El Molino Ave
Pasadena, CA 91101 United States

Join us for an intimate reading by storytellers from the Leimert Park Village and Community Literature Initiative. Each storyteller is a newly released author sharing pieces from their debut works of art. Featured Guests: Erika Ayón, Nadia Hunter Bey, Tommy Domino, Penelope Lowder, and Jaha Zainabu

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Panel

Awkward Stages: Getting Over It with Comedians Who Write

May 20 @ 6:30 pm - 7:45 pm
El Portal Banquet Room, 695 E Green St
Pasadena, CA 91101 United States

Inside Amy Schumer head writer and comedian Jessi Klein talks about her "transformation from Pippi Longstocking-esque tomboy," Conan writer and comedian Laurie Kilmartin discusses surviving death with chapters like, "Unsubscribing Your Dead Parent from Tea Party Emails," and comedian Molly Erdman, writer of the Catalog Living at Its Most Absurd blog, known for taking a wicked stab at home décor catalogs mockumentary style, maestros what's sure to be a panel that will have everyone laughing. Hosted at El Portal Restaurant…

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Interactive
Performance

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

May 20 @ 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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