The Los Angeles Times Festival of Books is here again....
Those who read my blog posts consistently know that books, food, wine and pets are and have been on our priority lists since we can remember. Now with that said, Diane and I have been attending the Festival of Books since 1999. I missed a couple over the years, but Diane did not miss any years.
To give you a bit of a refresher or just a little history in case you are not familiar with, The Los Angeles Times Festival of Books started in 1996. Dane and I arrived in Los Angeles in 1998, we immediately fell in love with this event. Originally it was held at the UCLA Campus in Westwood and we used to carry lots of books to Author Signings as well as we bought a whole bunch of books. If you have never been to the UCLA campus let me tell you there are hills there😊 and we got a good work out in two days.
Not only was it a huge success for us to connect with readers and authors, but over the years we even got to know the Book Sellers as the Festival got bigger. It evolved from books to Cooking Stages, Chef Demos, Author discussions as well as live bands. Whatever you happen to like, they have it, such as panel discussions, individual author interviews as well as Poetry Readings to name a few.
We have a friend and who flies from Boston, MA every other year, just to be at the Festival of Books. Interestingly, Diane and Mary used to volunteer in the “old days” and they had a great deal of fun. Over the years Diane has escorted authors and this of course exposed us to authors that were new to us and learned to enjoy their writings.
On a side note, for some reason no matter how cool spring is, it never fails during the weekend of the Festival of Books, the Los Angeles temperatures rise. Last few days it has been cool, so go figure, today it was 79-80 degrees and we are hoping tomorrow it will be a bit cooler.
Another interesting factoid I would like to share, it is hard for me to believe, but it was not that long ago when the Los Angeles Times moved the Festival of Books to the USC Campus. Well it just seems that way to me, but ironically the year was 2011. It was all due to cost sharing issues with UCLA. Initially we were not thrilled to go from the West Side to DTLA, but over the years we learned to appreciate the fact that there are no hills to climb up and down at the USC Campus. Although the temperature is a bit warmer than on the West Side of Los Angeles the architecture of the buildings is quite noteworthy.
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