L.A. Times Festival of Books in April

Last April 22nd, 2012, I attended the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books with my family and friends in tow.

With family members on our way to USC

For the second year, the Festival of Books was held at USC (University of Southern California). After we parked the car, we headed straight for the Target Children’s Stage for our first event.

Target Children’s Stage at USC

We got a glimpse of some celebrities that day, and heard a little bit of their talks before moving on.

Julie Andrews on the Target Children’s Stage

We were all thrilled to see Julie Andrews on stage.  (Loved her in the Sound of Music!) She read from the book she co-wrote with her daughter, A Very Fairy Princess

Julie Andrews reading from her book

I was also happy to see some of my favorite local TV reporters in their booth. I watch KTLA every morning as I get ready for work, so it was a thrill to see some of the anchors in person. I still regret not chatting with them and getting a signed picture. Next year, I vow to hunt them down again:)

Wendy and Eric, KTLA news anchors signing pictures

We also saw Betty White!

Betty White at the Los Angeles Times Stage

Betty White getting interviewed

I couldn’t really hear much of her talk, but it was enough to see her–and Maiko got some really good pictures, too.

After saying goodbye to my Mom, Sis and Aunt, Lena, Maiko and I headed back to the Festival for the main event:

the YA Stage: Future Tense Panel featuring our good friend Lissa Price and other favorite authors Marie Lu and Cecil Castellucci.

YA Future Tense Panel: Marie Lu, Lissa Price and Cecil Castellucci

Moderated by fellow author Aaron Hartzler, the panel discussed the various highs and lows of writing futuristic thrillers. They also discussed young adult literature in general, and what makes it so popular.

Moderator Aaron Hartzler gets ready for the Q & A with authors Marie Lu, Lissa Price & Cecil Castellucci

Many of the audience asked questions and before we knew it, time was up and the authors had to go to their assigned booth for the signing.

Amazingly enough, I only bought 1 book the whole day. Since I already had Marie and Lissa’s books, I only bought Cecil Castellucci’s First Day on Earth. After purchasing the book, I headed to the signing line .

The authors’ signing booth was right beside the Scooby Doo booth. So while waiting my turn, Maiko and I passed the time by checking out the Mystery Van.

The Scooby Doo Mystery Van

I finally got my turn and was thrilled to have a few moments to chit chat with Cecil and have her sign my book.

with YA author Cecil Castellucci

After the book signing, we ended the day by having dinner with Lissa, her hubby and another writer friend. It was a wonderful way to end an already wonderful day.

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9 Responses to “L.A. Times Festival of Books in April”

  1. What a great day it looks like! Sparked the old creativity machine, too, I’d bet! Glad you had such a great opportunity. I’ve been kicking around going to the Indie Author’s Convention in NYC this year – I was going to go last year, but life-with-three-sons managed to derail that plan. Ha! How’s you week going along?

  2. Damyanti says:

    That was a lovely experience, thanks for sharing it with us :)

  3. Would’ve been worth it just to see Betty White! She is just amazing.

  4. mooderino says:

    Certainly wasn’t expecting to see the mystery machine there. Has Velma written a book?

    Looked like a star studded event. Thanks for sharing the glamour.

    Moody Writing
    The Funnily Enough

  5. Kate Stewart says:

    Hey – You forget that you bumped into me too! :-)

  6. Wow…it looks like you had a great time! OMGoodness you got to see Betty White! How cool is that!

  7. Oh how exciting… I love the buzz of meeting well known authors…:) Looks like you had a great time.

  8. I’d attend that event just to see Betty White. She and Tina Turner are my heroes. 😀

  9. Hilary says:

    Hi Nutschell – lovely to have the family along – and wonderful to see the photos again .. so pleased you had a great day .. cheers Hilary

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