The Sunday Salon: Bookish Weekend Fun

Book Stack

The Los Angeles Time Festival of Books was this weekend. It’s a 2-day event but I only attended on Saturday. What made it even more fun is that I got to hook-up with some other bloggers. We met up for some early morning refreshments and then went our separate ways to browse the tents and to attend the panels. Some of us met-up for dinner too. It was a really fun day.

You see that stack above? That’s what I ended up buying.

Zeitoun by Dave Eggers (attended his discussion and I am reading this book for book club next month)
Tinkers by Paul Harding (attended a panel that had him on it and he just recently won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction)
In Defense of Food by Michael Pollan (those that know about my battle with food allergies won’t be surprised to find this on my shelf)
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen (I’ve never read Austen, and a few of you on Facebook insisted I read this one first)

LA Times Festival of Books

I’ll share additional pictures and more information on the panels within a separate post. After a particularly bad allergic reaction, I actually lost my hearing yesterday so that post will have to wait. It’s back now but I’m still a bit out of it.

The Sunday Salon

This week I am reviewing The Queen of Palmyra and there will be another installment for Wuthering Heights Wednesday. The rest if up in the air at the moment. I am actively reading First They Killed My Father. It’s great, but tough to read due to the subject matter.

Hope your Sunday is treating you well.

16 thoughts on “The Sunday Salon: Bookish Weekend Fun”

  1. I have a book friend who used to go to the LA festival each year, using the excuse that she had to check on her in-laws. Her in-laws have now passed away and she never goes any more. Sad. I have often hoped we might meet up at one of the festivals during her trips there. Now I must find another reason to go!

  2. I can’t wait to see the pictures, and I’m terribly jealous of all that fun (not the allergies, though!). I’ve had my eye on that Eggers book since EW claimed it to be the best non-fiction of 2009!

    1. I had planned to buy a few more but the tents were already out of stock. I still managed to spend over $75. Books seems to cost a bit more at these things.

  3. I envy your Saturday Ti; sounds like an awesome time. I just brought Tinkers home from the library and am looking forward to it. Have a great week….(can’t believe the w/end is over)….sighhhh

  4. I’m so envious of you living in such a great place where you actually HAVE book festivals! There is nothing like that where I live. I can only imagine what it must be like to sit in on a panel discussion and meet different authors. I’m so happy you had a great time. Those allergies must be terrible to live with! I hope you are fully recovered. I feel fortunate that the only food I’m allergic to is strawberries. I can’t wait to see the rest of the photos.

    1. The bad part is that I go for some advanced testing in a week so I could not take any meds so I was freaking out just a bit but trying not to show it.

  5. The Festival of Books sounds like so much fun!! I’m proud of you for showing such restraint and only coming home with 4 books.

    That allergic reaction sounds really scary!

  6. That looks like so much fun! I wish I could have seen it (that, and enjoyed California weather). Instead, I checked out Book Market over the weekend, a 4 story used bookstore. Unfortunately, I didn’t find a thing… go figure.

    -Lydia @ The Literary Lollipop

  7. You must start with Pride. It is the best out of the bunch for me. My book club is reading Tinkers next month. I laughed when I saw the Pulitzer win. We just wanted something short!

  8. Every year I see the posters advertising for this, and every year I forget to go! I’m sad that another Book Festival has rolled by without me. I MUST mark it on my calendar for next year. What is it like? A bunch of little book shops all in a row {under tents, of course} or is there more to it?

    1. I just posted my festival recap if you want to check it out but there are lots and lots of vendor tents selling books and book related materials. There are also cooking stages for those chefs that have cookbook/TV show tie-ins. Lots of book signings and the panels! All different kinds of panels that you can attend for a very nominal fee ($1 to print the ticketmaster ticket). It’s a 2-day even but I only attended the one day.   If you are local you definitely need to put it down on your calendar for next year.

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