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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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Poetry

Poetry on Demand with Rebecca Gonzales

May 20 @ 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 @ 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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Poets & Allies for Resistance

May 20 @ 4:15 pm - 5:15 pm
The Stand Courtyard – Next to The Stand restaurant, 36 S El Molino Ave
Pasadena, CA 91101 United States

Poets & Allies for Resistance presents numerous Black poets from across Southern California reading poems about social justice issues. Poets & Allies for Resistance is a bi-monthly reading series created to participate in the Black Lives Matter conversation. P & A features 2 Black poets and has an open mic and book giveaway on the first Monday of even months at The Sidewalk Cafe in Pasadena. Featured Guests: Khadija Anderson, Nikki Blak, Zoe Blaq, October Blu, Derek D. Brown, Eric…

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Teens

Truth in Identity: Writers Share Their Truths With the Next Generation — A Reading

May 20 @ 4:15 pm - 5:15 pm
Vroman’s Bookstore Courtyard, 695 E Colorado Blvd
Pasadena, CA 91101 United States

Join us for a powerful reading to celebrate Literature for Life’s relaunch of our 1st Issue! Award-winning authors and journalists with diverse cultural identities– Pat Alderete (Miss Johnson Comes to Dinner), Jean Guerrero (Cross-Border Vignettes: A Common Neuroscience), Detrice Jones (Just Surviving Another Day), Erin Aubry Kaplan (The Butt), Benin Lemus (Haiku IV: Poems), Gary Phillips (Sportin' Men), Andrew Ramirez (Uncle Sonny), Jervey Tervalon (Foshay in the Bad Days), and Daniel Voll (Riot Baby)--read excerpts from and discuss their perspectival…

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Poetry

Poetry in the Limelight: Oscar-nominations, Laureates, & Fandom

May 20 @ 4:15 pm - 5:15 pm
El Portal Banquet Room, 695 E Green St
Pasadena, CA 91101 United States

When poetry meets fame! Come hear readings from Oscar-nominated poetry, nationally awarded debuts, broadly anthologized and awarded favorites, and the Poet Laureate of West Hollywood. All authors hail from Sponsor: Red Hen Press. Featured Guests: Kim Dower (Last Train to the Missing Planet), Ron Koertge (Olympusville), Douglas Manuel (Testify), Amy Uyematsu (Basic Vocabulary), & Tobi Harper - MC Books available for advance purchase at Vroman's Bookstore to be signed at the panel.

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Sci-Fi

Class, Race, and Power: Octavia Butler’s Legacy in Society & the Soul

May 20 @ 4:15 pm - 5:15 pm
Vroman’s Bookstore Upstairs, 695 E Colorado Blvd
Pasadena, CA 91101 United States

Class, race, and power: Octavia Butler explored these themes with an unflinching intensity that broke new ground for science fiction and demanded hard self-reflection from her readers. She was called, "...among the best SF writers, blessed with a mind capable of conceiving complicated futuristic situations that shed considerable light on our current affairs." Butler influenced how we think about these issues and she shaped the entire sci-fi genre. A Pasadena native who made Los Angeles part of her narratives, her…

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What We Tell Our Children: Unleashing Writers Who Parent

May 20 @ 4:15 pm - 5:15 pm
Pasadena Playhouse Friendship Room, 39 S El Molino Ave
Pasadena, CA 91101 United States

Parents are daily challenged with navigating the ups, downs, and plains of ambiguity in the choices we make: whether we're deciding how and what to communicate to our children or translating the complexities of our rapidly changing world. On this panel, accomplished writers Lory Bedikian (The Book of Lamenting), Chris Erskine (Daditude: The Joys & Absurdities of Modern Fatherhood), Edoardo Ponti (Letters from a Young Father), Sarah Goldfinger (Jane the Virgin), Cassandra Lane (Journalist and L.A. Parent Managing Editor), and…

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In Conversation

Getting Off: Sex, Porn, & Female Sexuality with Erica Garza & Lisa Teasley

May 20 @ 4:15 pm - 5:15 pm
Blankspaces Pasadena, 680 E Colorado Blvd
Pasadena, CA 91101 United States

In Getting Off, Erica Garza explores the cultural taboos surrounding sex and porn from a female perspective, offering a brave voice to our evolving conversations about addiction and the impact that Internet culture has had on us all. Author and Los Angeles Review of Books Senior Fiction Editor Lisa Teasley joins Erica in conversation about her story, one of which we don't often hear women share publicly, and not with the candor, courage and introspection Erica Garza brings to Getting…

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Reading
Teens

Journeys & Realizations: YA Novelists Read Favorite Passages from Their Books

May 20 @ 4:15 pm - 5:15 pm
Pasadena Playhouse Library, 39 S El Molino Ave
Pasadena, CA 91101 United States

From incredible journeys to key realizations, YA novelists read some of their favorite passages from their book! Join us in the Pasadena Playhouse Library for a fantastic hour of powerful readings with favorite writers! Featured Guests: Amber Benson (Death's Daughter), Jennifer Brody (The Continuum Trilogy), Cecil Castellucci (Don’t Cosplay with My Heart), Brandy Colbert (Little & Lion), B.T. Gottfred (The Handsome Girl and Her Beautiful Boy), CB Lee (Not Your Villain), Isabel Quintero (Photographic: The Life of Graciela Iturbide), Amy…

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Playhouse District Walking Tour with Julia Long

May 20 @ 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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