LA Times Festival of Books Recap

by Patrick on April 27, 2009

I’m taking a much needed personal day today, but I’ll be back tomorrow with some thoughts on the Festival of Books (and for those who saw my panel, I’ll probably try to expand and unpack some of what we touched on there, as well).  There was so much great book talk and so many interesting people, and there is nothing more inspiring than seeing tens of thousands of people together because of their shared love of books and the written word. And a special thanks to everyone who stopped by the Vroman’s booth and picked up a book or a t-shirt or a bag.  We had an incredible weekend, and it’s all because of you.

In the meantime, read the 35 or so posts that Jacket Copy wrote for a blow-by-blow of the panels and stages.  They did incredible work covering the festival.  It’s a real testament to how the LA Times, which no longer has a stand-alone book review, is adapting to the changing times; in short, their book blog is as good as it gets, and they out-did themselves this past weekend.  Lead blogger Carolyn Kellogg was joined by Book Fox’s John Fox, YA superstar Cecil Castellucci, local writer Chris Daley and many more.  I spent about an hour and a half with my morning coffee and cereal pouring over their entries.