This past weekend I met my mom at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books for my very first big book festival experience and I had a fabulous time! That's me above - look at the crowds and the sunshine and the booths!
On Saturday we had tickets to two panels. Our first panel was Meg Cabot, famed author of all of those wonderful Princess Diary books. I'll admit that I've never read any of her books but lots of people I've talked to are big admirers so I wanted to check her out. My mom and I were cracking up through her entire talk. She was talking about how wonderful it is to be a woman and how fun it is to write and how she gets her inspiration from everyday things and it was really a fascinating talk. She has written a ton and I really enjoyed it. That's her below - sorry for the crappy photo!
That afternoon, we had a wander around the booths and then I heard above the crowd, the sweet voice of Stefan Richter from Top Chef Season 5 doing a demonstration at the Cooking Stage. I knew that someone would be there from Top Chef to promote the 'Top Chef Quickfire Cookbook' but if anyone out there is as big a fan of Top Chef as I am you will know that they have had many Cheftestants and some you want to see and some, meh. They hadn't really said who would be there so when I heard Stefan I had to get a closer look. Unfortunately the set was just wrapping up so I scurried behind the signing the booth and it was just him and I took a picture. He saw me and was like, "Do you want a picture with me?" (note Stefan is a big flirt!). Um, yes please! Proof below!
That afternoon we went to the panel on: Memoir: All the Single Ladies' with Amy Alkon, Julie Klausner, Guilia Melucci, and Sascha Rothchild. I wanted to go to this because I had recently read Guilia's book 'I Loved, I Lost, I Made Spaghetti'. The other women sold me on theirs! It was a fascinating look into why women's memoirs tend to delve into relationships and why it is often painful memories they write about most. This one was great because while it did have a little bit of why men can be so difficult it ended with one brave man getting up and asking, 'So I am a single man, what's they best way to approach a woman?' Laughs ensued. Oh and their answer? 'Just say hi.'
The highlight for me was the blogger meet up for dinner that night at Jerry's Deli. As a newer blogger I was really looking forward to putting some faces to the names! At dinner was Jill from FizzyThoughts, Lisa from Books on the Brain, Florinda from 3R’s Blog, Ti from Book Chatter, Amy from My Friend Amy, Danielle from There’s a Book, Thea from The Book Smugglers, and Mark from Random Ramblings of Sunny Southern CA. Sadly, I don't have a picture but I know Ti and Florinda took a picture so when they do their wrap up they might post one!
Sunday my mom and I mainly wanted to go to some book readings. We went to Alice Waters, a local Bay Area author and chef who has a new book out called 'In the Green Kitchen', Sarah Silverman, comedienne who did a reading from her new book 'Bedwetting' and country singer Trisha Yearwood who was cooking and talking her way through her new book (picture below!) :
All in all I had a fabulous time and hope to do it again next year and was so thrilled to see how many people love books!