LitFest on the Prowl | Saturday, May 17 @ 5pm

by Rachel on May 15, 2014

May seems to have been one of the busiest months for us and we just keep getting busier! On Saturday, May 17 at 5pm, we are very honored and excited to host  an event with food critic and writer extraordinaire, Ruth Reichl to kick off the annual Pasadena LitFest festivities. She will be discussing and signing her debut novel, Delicious!, outside on the Vroman’s stage at 5pm on 5/17.

Delicious! by Ruth Reichl
In Ruth Reichl’s fiction debut, Delicious!, Billie Breslin has traveled far from her home in California to take a job at Delicious!, New York’s most iconic food magazine. Away from her family, particularly her older sister, Genie, Billie feels like a fish out of water—until she is welcomed by the magazine’s colorful staff. She is also seduced by the vibrant downtown food scene, especially by Fontanari’s, the famous Italian food shop where she works on weekends. Then Delicious! is abruptly shut down, but Billie agrees to stay on in the empty office, maintaining the hotline for reader complaints in order to pay her bills.

To Billie’s surprise, the lonely job becomes the portal to a miraculous discovery. In a hidden room in the magazine’s library, Billie finds a cache of letters written during World War II by Lulu Swan, a plucky twelve-year-old, to the legendary chef James Beard. Lulu’s letters provide Billie with a richer understanding of history, and a feeling of deep connection to the young writer whose courage in the face of hardship inspires Billie to comes to terms with her fears, her big sister and her ability to open her heart to love. (Random House)

Ruth Reichl, former chief restaurant critic of the L.A. Times and New York Times and former editor of Gourmet Magazine, is the best-selling author of memoirs Tender at the Bone and Garlic and Sapphires.

Ruth Reichl will be joined in conversation by Laurie Ochoa, Los Angeles Times Arts and Entertainment Editor and co-founder of Slake magazine.

LitFest on the Prowl
Usually presented as a more conventional festival in the park, LitFest on the Prowl is shaking it up a bit and taking you on a tour through our neighborhood, Pasadena’s lovely Playhouse District.

So here’s what you need to know:

Start with us at Vroman’s with Ruth Reichl at 5pm. Have your books signed by her and enjoy refreshments including a special beef guanciale prepared by Robert Simon of Bistro 45 in honor of Ruth Reichl, and beverages from Everson Royce Wine & Spirits.

Head across the street to the Pasadena Playhouse area from 6pm-8pm. Meet over 25 authors and visit the local businesses there.  Check out the complete schedule of authors on the LitFest website.

We’ll be selling books for the LitFest on the Prowl outside our Colorado Blvd. entrance from 5pm-9pm, so that’s where you can find all the books you’d like to have signed by the featured LitFest authors.

From  8pm-10pm, mix and mingle with everyone at El Portal in the charming Arcade Lane. It’s a wonderful way to meet so many amazing SoCal authors!

Where You Can Go:
Monopole Wine
little junebugs
Pasadena Playhouse
CM Peck
El Portal Restaurant

Who You Can Meet:
– Vibiana Aparicio-Chamberlain
– Steph Cha
– Cindy Chupack
– Brendan Constantine
– Lian Dolan
– Yvonne Estrada
– Frank Giradot
– Chuck Greaves
– Annabelle Gurwitch
– Denise Hamilton
– Michelle Huneven
– Michael Jaime-Becerra
– Detrice Jones
– Ron Koertge
– Victoria Patterson
– Gary Phillips
– Gabrielle Pina
– Ruth Reichl
– Thelma Reyna
– Chris Robertson
– Conrad Romo
– Mona Simpson
– Fred Smith
– Jonathan Swerdlick
– Jervey Tervalon
– Jinghuan Liu Tervalon
– Desiree Zamorona