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.
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 www.latimes.com/festivalofbooks.