The LA Times Festival of Books is next weekend. The schedule is up, you can now buy tickets for authors you don’t want to miss, and I’m VERY excited. Here’s some of what I’m looking forward to:
On Saturday: Writing for Teens & Tweens: Sagas & Series (Kami Garcia, Margaret Stohl, Jaclyn Moriarty, Ridley Pearson, mod: Lynn Rutan); Memoir: Close to the Bone (Meghan O’Rourke, Emily Rapp, Rebecca Solnit, mod: Samantha Dunn); Young Adult Fiction: With Great Power… (Cornelia Funke, Mark Frost, Gennifer Albin, mod: Cecil Castellucci); 1923 Jazz Music Performance
On Sunday: Fantastical Visions (Francesca Lia Block, Da Chen, Ben Ehrenreich, Jim Krusoe, mod: Caryn Wiseman); Fiction: There Be Dragons! (Marie Brennan, Raymond E. Feist, Robin Hobb, mod: Noelene Clark); Middle Grade Fiction: Ordinary Kids, Extraordinary Adventures (Blue Balliett, Pseudonymous Bosch, Stuart Gibbs, mod: Cecil Castellucci); Young Adult Fiction: Call Me, Maybe? (Robin Benway, Sarah Dessen, Gayle Forman, Morgan Matson, mod: Holly Goldberg Sloan); Nonfiction: The Culture of Culture (Tom Bissell, Pico Iyer, D.T. Max, mod: David L. Ulin)
Although if there’s signings afterwards I don’t know HOW I’m going to make half of these panels, let alone all of them. Also, about four of those panels are happening all at the same time, soooooo. Anyway, I need to dig out my books (for autographs!) and buy some tickets!
Are you going to the Festival? What are you excited about most?
Currently Reading (21)
Am still chugging my way through River of Stars by Guy Gavriel Kay. Every time I put it down I think “eh, I don’t need to keep reading.” Then I pick it back up again and I’m IMMEDIATELY sucked into the story, so idk what’s wrong with me. I like it, but I don’t want to read it? WHO KNOWS.
Besides River of Stars, I’m also reading The Hallowed Hunt by Lois McMaster Bujold, which has got the same problem of read/don’t read. I actually almost did DNF it after 80 pages, but then I thought that SURELY it was just building up into something amazing, so maybe I’ll give it a bit more. I’m 130 pages into it now and I’m wondering if I should keep going– I like it, but I don’t want to read it.
Really, I’ve been wanting to just read non-fiction memoirs and biographies this month, it seems. (Also mysteries.) I checked out a few more books from the library last week and they’re just staring me in the face now, saying “read me, read me! READ ME, ANASTASIA.” It’s very difficult to concentrate on my fantasy/adventure novels when I’ve got a Stephen Fry memoir tempting me.
What are you reading this week?