I Have To Sing About The Book I Read

festival-of-booksBook lovers of Los Angeles rejoice!  That event you look forward to every year is almost here.  That’s right, this weekend, April 25th and 26th, is the annual Los Angeles Times Festival of Books at UCLA.

Since it began in 1996, the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books has sought to bring readers and writers together.  An entire weekend surrounded by books, authors, and other readers, it’s everything a book-worm could ask for.  And really it doesn’t matter what kind of reading you are into as the book fair features something for everyone; whether it be fiction, cook books, graphic novels, or political writing.  As you trek across the UCLA campus it’s hard not to find something to feed your reading addiction.  There are readings and panel discussions to attend, plenty of books to buy, and you might just bump into your favorite author.

The Festival of Books always features a healthy amount of writers, and this year is no exception as 450 will be in attendance.  Besides the normal allotment of Southern California based writers, this year’s book fair also features appearances by Ray Bradbury, Arianna Huffington, Robert Pinsky, Marilynne Robinson, and Wells Tower.  But the real highlight, especially if you have fond memories of reading as a child, might be Eric Carle, author of classics like The Very Hungry Caterpillar and The Grouchy Ladybug.

If you like reading, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t attend to the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books this weekend.  Besides being one of the city’s preeminent literary functions, it’s also practically free.  And if you’re worried about the weather, well, rumor has it things are going to cool down this weekend.  So head for Westwood and bask in the glory of the written word.

-By Bryan Hood

Note: For information on tickets visit the Festival of Books website.  Don’t worry they’re cheap, like 75 cents a piece.

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