I love the LA Times Festival of Books. So many bookstores, so many panels, so many people… so many books to buy.
Today I snagged signed first editions of Ian McEwan’s SATURDAY, Meg Wolitzer’s THE POSITION , Jonathan Safran Foer’s EXTREMELY LOUD AND INCREDIBLY CLOSE, Susanna Clarke’s JONATHAN STRANGE, and Caldwell & Thompson’s RULE OF FOUR, and I got a couple of my old Kinsey Milhone books signed by Sue Grafton. I chatted with Eoin Colfer, T. Jefferson Parker, Kem Nunn, Roger Simon, Harley Jane Kozak, Scott Frost, Denise Hamilton, DP Lyle, Joanne Fluke, Jim Fusilli, Dick Lochte, Tom Nolan and Mystery Dawg blogger Aldo Calcagno, among others.
I also bought a bunch of architecture and "L.A." books … including tomes on Albert Frey and Richard Neutra. And for my daughter Maddie, I got all the ARTREMIS FOWL books, signed to her by the author.
Tomorrow, another day, more dents in the credit card…
2 thoughts on “My Day at the Bookfest”
Had good day and a tight panel schedule all day. I missed you at the mystery booth. The two panels (poltical reporting)that I didn’t have tickets for I also couldn’t get in stand-by. Tighter this year. The media panel was the center piece. Started the day with Tony Hillerman and ended with Ron Kovic All in all not a bad take.
Some year, I’m going to have to stop saying hi to authors I like and try to attend a panel to two.