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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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.Find out more »
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,…Find out more »
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…Find out more »
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 MahdessianFind out more »
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…Find out more »
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!Find out more »
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…Find out more »
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 ZainabuFind out more »
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…Find out more »
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.…Find out more »