L.A. Times Festival of Books 2011

L.A. Time Festival of Books

Is anyone going? I ask because there are some big changes this year, many of which I am probably not even aware of yet. The first change is that it will be at USC this year and not UCLA. I finally figured out where all the buildings are and they switch it up on me. The other major change is that it’s a week later than it normally is. It runs April 30-May 1. This poses a problem for me because it’s The Hub’s bday weekend. The other change is that they are requiring you to purchase a $30 panel pass which will get you into eight panels. Before, you paid $2 for each panel and on average I attended four (at most).

I’m not sure I am liking all the changes, but then I read that Rick Springfield is going to be interviewed on stage during one of the Sunday events. Hmmm. I have a thing for Rick.  Normally a large group of bloggers go but I have not heard anyone talking about it at all this year. I also haven’t been getting too much info from the website even though I “liked” them on Facebook. Seems as if the promotion has dropped a bit, too.

If I go, I will probably go with the family this year. That is, if The Hub doesn’t mind it happening during his bday weekend. I’m still not sure. The Boy will complain and The Hub might not appreciate me drooling over Rick. I need to think on it more.

However, if you are interested and want more info, check out the website here. The program schedule can be found here.  Oh, and let me know if you plan to go.

24 thoughts on “L.A. Times Festival of Books 2011”

  1. I wish I could go this year but with the baby being so young I decided against it. As it turns out, we will be officially moving into our new house that weekend (was supposed to happen this weekend but there were unforeseen delays). I hadn’t heard about the changes other than in location. I hope those going have a great time. Maybe your family will let you at least go for a little while.:-)

    1. Hey there!! I know you have your hands full with themoving and all so I didn’t think you would be going, but one never knows!! I hope the move goes well for you and that you are able to settle in soon. Hugs to everyone!

  2. I’ve decided not to go, too…mostly becaause we were just down in Santa Monica last weekend and driving down twice in one month is a bit much. And I hadn’t read about the $30 panel pass…that’s lame!

  3. You can still get tickets individually for a $1 service charge. You don’t have to buy a panel pass. And Rick Springfield . . . me too. I just bought his autobiography.

    1. The lineup is disappointing to me this year. I’ve never heard of most of these authors and there is no one I’m remotely excited about seeing. It’s sad when the names you recognize are only the L. A. Times staff.

      1. I agree. I am not that anxious to see anyone besides Rick and maybe one other author that I’ve spoken to and wouldn’t mind meeting in person. Oh, and I found the reference to the single tickets but probably won’t be attending any panels anyway. On another note, I have spent the last hour trying to figure out how to download library audiobooks to my Blackberry and I think I’ve got it now. So many titles available on audio..I’m like a kid in a candy store.

  4. You know, I still have vivid memories of me and my BFF going to see that movie of his way back when, and in the movie, we saw his naked butt! (Or butt double) Talk about two teenage girls flipping out! He is so hot, even now. If I were on the other side of the US, I would go with you. Panel charge or no.

    1. I like to think that it was actually HIS butt. If you and I went, they would have to close the place down. We’d be so wild.

  5. I really wanted to go but I decided to try my hand (and money) at the Book Blogger convention in NY this year and since they are both in May … well…

    Have fun if you do go!

  6. I am going, but just on Saturday. Last year I took my daughter and this year I am going solo so I can go as quickly or slowly as I want. I am not buying a panel pass

    1. I’ve since been told that you can still get single passes, but the panel pass comes with other perks. Meh. If I go, I may just hit the books and stages. I never get to spend enough time doing that anyway. Oh yeah, and then drool over Rick. Can’t forget that.

  7. I’m missing the Festival this year – but from what you say here, I’m not missing much (and I hadn’t heard about the panel pass). My husband’s cousin is getting married that Saturday, and I’ll need Sunday to catch up. (And I’m going to BEA/BBC next month.) But if you go, give Rick my love :-D!

    And we’ll need to plan an alternative SoCal book blogger get-together, if we’re not meeting up at LATFoB this year.

  8. I met Rick Springfield when I was in High School. He came into the restaurant where I worked and I was lovestruckdumb. Wide-eyed and tongue-tied, all I could do was stare at him. I recall his manager was a jerk. Rick didn’t say anything, nor smile or look at me.
    and no, I won’t be attending the book festival!

    1. Well that sucks. I saw him in concert once and he was fab but it was like me and a bunch of other 30 somethings trying to get his attention. Can’t say he looked my way but I like to think he did.

  9. I’m definitely going again this year, but I’m not attending any of the panels and just going to the stages. I was extremely disappointed with the line up on the panels and didn’t see much that I’d even be interested in going to there. Which I guess is a good thing, I won’t be spending my money on that this year. There are some fun authors coming to the children’s stage I’m interested in seeing so I’m planning on just going to early Saturday and all day Sunday. Also, Walden Pond Press is going to be there, so I’m excited to meet up with them there since I can’t make it to BEA this year.

    I think Amy from My Friend Amy is going as well as a couple other children’s book bloggers. Let me know if you end up going and want to get together!

  10. I would love to go but living 2,000 miles away is an issue :). HA I was all excited to be moving just outside NYC and getting to attend BEA this year but I won’t be doing that either. So it will wait another year. BEA or Italy (for free)…. you decide.

    I can’t wait to hear all about it – I know a few panelists and an anxious to hear about their experiences.

    1. I’d like to go to BEA someday but even if I had the cash, I’m not sure I’d want to spend that much time there. I LOVE the idea of being around bookish stuff and people but returning home with all that piled up work almost makes me not want to go…ever. I mean, just the flight over would suck up too much of my time.

  11. Sounds so enticing and I’m all envious, living thousand miles from it. But I look forward to your write up of your USC weekend, if your family approves that is. Have a wonderful Easter!

  12. That’s too bad that they’ve changed how it operates. I know one of the things I loved about the Tucson festival was that everything was free. I hope you have a great time though!

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