Visit Us at the L.A. Times Festival of Books

We’re looking forward to The Los Angeles Times Festival of Books this weekend on UCLA’s campus. The largest public literary festival in North America, the two-day free event is expected to draw more than 130,000 people. Anchored by bookseller booths and author appearances, the event also features music performances and a robust children’s area.

Come see us at booth #515

Come see us at booth #515—near Haines Hall and the flag pole. We'll have merchandise and books for all ages.

Both Getty Publications and the J. Paul Getty Museum Store have been there since the beginning, having had a booth all 15 years. And we never fail to be amazed and energized by the lively Los Angeles literary scene. Specialty LA publishers Angel City Press and Santa Monica Press will be exhibiting, as well as the edgy art book publisher Taschen. You can also visit reps from the Huntington Library, the Fowler Museum, the Geffen Playhouse, the Skirball Cultural Center, and the Autry.

The following festival events may be of interest to fans of the LA arts scene:

History: Los Angeles in the Limelight
Panel Discussion, Sunday, April 25, 10:30 a.m. | Young Hall CS 24
Moderated by the Getty’s own Carolyn Kellogg and featuring Bill Boyarsky, John Buntin, and Richard Rayner.

Art of the Critic
Panel Discussion, Sunday, April 25, 12:00 p.m. | Rolfe Hall 1200
Moderated by LA Times Book Review editor David L. Ulin, and featuring BookForum editor Albert Mobilio, Elif Batuman, John Freeman, and Laura Miller.

Biography: The Artist’s Life
Panel Discussion, Sunday, April 25, 12:00 p.m. | Young Hall CS 24
Moderated by James Rainey and featuring Judith Freeman, Richard Schickel, LA Times film critic Kenneth Turan, and Barbara Isenberg, author of Conversations with Frank Gehry and State of the Arts: California Artists Talk About their Work.

Also on Sunday at noon (how will you choose!?), the LA Opera will be previewing selections from their upcoming performances of Wagner’s Ring Cycle.

Be sure to stop by and see us at the Getty booth (#515)! We’ll be offering special discounts and a raffle to win one of two gift baskets: one featuring California-centric titles, and the other inspired by the exhibition The Aztec Pantheon and the Art of Empire at the Getty Villa. Just sign up for the Getty Publications monthly e-newsletter to enter. (Mention that you read this blog post and we’ll give you a special goodie, while supplies last.)

The festival is open Saturday, April 24, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday, April 25, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For full details, see

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      All Hail Tiberius, Least Media-Savvy of the Roman Emperors

      Tiberius was proclaimed Roman emperor on September 17 in AD 14, exactly 2,000 years ago.

      He was also a bit wacko. “He was the least media-savvy emperor you could imagine,” says curator David Saunders, who has been in charge of this bronze portrait of Tiberius which leaves us on September 22. He point to this description found in the writings of Cassius Dio:

      Tiberius was a patrician of good education, but he had a most peculiar nature. He never let what he desired appear in his conversation, and what he said he wanted he usually did not desire at all. On the contrary, his words indicated the exact opposite of his real purpose; he denied all interest in what he longed for, and urged the claims of what he hated. He would exhibit anger over matters that were far from arousing his wrath, and make a show of affability where he was most vexed…In short, he thought it bad policy for the sovereign to reveal his thoughts; this was often the cause, he said, of great failures, whereas by the opposite course, far more and greater successes were attained.

      Moreover, David tells us, “Tiberius’s accession itself was a farrago: Tiberius sort-of feigning reluctance, the Senate bullying him, he being all, ‘Well, if-I-have-to,’ and in the end—according to Suetonius—saying he’ll do it as long as he can retire.”

      Suetonius is full of great, albeit spurious, anecdotes about poor old Tiberius, David reports. “When someone addressed him as ‘My Lord,’ it is said, Tiberius gave warning that no such insult should ever again be thrown at him.”

      Happy accession, My Lord!

      Portrait Head of Tiberius (“The Lansdowne Tiberius”), early 1st century A.D., Roman. The J. Paul Getty Museum

      Statue of Tiberius (detail), Roman, A.D. 37, Soprintendenza Speciale per i Beni Archeologici di Napoli e Pompei – Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Napoli, Laboratorio di Conservazione e Restauro. Currently on view at the Getty Villa following conservation and study.


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