Last April 22nd, 2012, I attended the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books with my family and friends in tow.
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.
We got a glimpse of some celebrities that day, and heard a little bit of their talks before moving on.
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
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:)
We also saw Betty White!
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.
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.
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.
I finally got my turn and was thrilled to have a few moments to chit chat with Cecil and have her sign my book.
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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