The Los Angeles Times Festival of Books...

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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 thereūüėä 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 ‚Äúold days‚ÄĚ 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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James Dray
Fathom Realty AR LLC - Bentonville, AR
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Morning Endre.

I'm on my last book, it's about time for me to look for another one.  On the average I read about 3-5 per year.  Sometimes I read two-three chapters a night, on other nights I'm lucky to get one page 

Apr 14, 2019 01:44 AM #1
Kat Palmiotti
Grand Lux Realty, Monroe NY, 914-419-0270, - Monroe, NY
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A festival of books! I would love that... maybe one of these years.

I wonder if the gentleman in the painting we wrote about last month will be there!

Apr 14, 2019 02:56 AM #2
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Hi Endre... I am so envious. I have no doubt that if I lived in Los Angeles, I'd be attending every year, as well.

Apr 14, 2019 05:24 AM #3
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Endre. What a great event. I would attend if I lived closer. Enjoy the event!

Apr 14, 2019 05:44 AM #4
Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors¬ģ ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good morning Endre Barath, Jr. ,

I love the Festival of Books event in Los Angeles! I'm impressed you have been attending since 1998..with the love you and Diane have for books I'm not surprised this is a special event for you both. I know I would go if I lived there! Love the photo with the map.

Apr 14, 2019 06:59 AM #5
Sheri Sperry - MCNE¬ģ
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR¬ģ

Hi Endre Barath, Jr. - I had never heard of this book festival until this post.  I saw the picture and it looked like USC but was taken back when you said UCLA. I am glad you kept on coming after the move. It sounds like a wonderful event. 

Apr 14, 2019 07:22 AM #6
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Good morning, Endre - I thought of you and Diane when I first heard of this year's dates of the event and then again as I read/heard of the various stories. I am happy to hear day number one for 2019 was a good one albeit a bit warm for your Westside blood.

Apr 14, 2019 07:56 AM #7
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Endre, Now that is a big size book in the first picture, must be for the Jolly Green Giant.  This is a interesting even.


Apr 14, 2019 08:20 AM #8
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Enjoy the Festival of Books. Let us know what you purchase.

Apr 14, 2019 08:29 AM #9
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
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I hope you have a cooler day, we certainly are with a nice bank of fog and low hanging clouds.  Enjoy.  A

Apr 14, 2019 10:25 AM #10
John Pusa
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest - Glendale, CA
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Endre Barath, Jr. I attended and enjoyed the Festival of Books a few times, but last several years I couldn't attend the event. I recommend to everyone to attend the Festival of Books. 

Apr 14, 2019 10:27 AM #11
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
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Good afternoon Endre - this is certainly a mega book event.  You must have some library in your house.

Apr 14, 2019 12:07 PM #12
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
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Endre I am sure you and Diane look forward to this festival every year.  You are going to have to put an addition on to your house just to house all the books you have 

Apr 14, 2019 12:32 PM #13
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

I can totally understand your love for this annual festival - I share your passion for books and would love it if Charlotte had something similar, Endre! Sounds like a beautiful venue. 

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