I spent last weekend at LA Times Festival of Books, University of Southern California, doing a panel with some great writers, a couple of signings and seeing amazing kids’ and YA authors speak. Here are some pics and a few words, sharing my highlights of the fest, including Judy Blume, John Green, Dame Julie Andrews, Jeff Kinney, Libba Bray, Pete Hautman, John Scalzi, Ransom Riggs and this year’s Newbery-winner Jack Gantos.
Highlights of the fest for me were:
Judy Blume in the Bovard auditorium (the building pictured above). Here are a couple of tweets from the session:
John Green in conversation with Lev Grossman was also fantastic in the Bovard. He is an intelligent and generous man and you could feel the strength of the support that he has built over the past few years through his books, Youtube, and Nerdfighters. If you don’t know Green’s books, check them out. Here is a tweeted highlight:
|Jeff Kinney (Wimpy Kid) on the Children’s Stage|
My tweet from the Kinney session:
* ‘Jeff Kinney says he wasn’t a great cartoonist. He started drawing like a kid so people would think he drew that way on purpose.
|The crowd at the children’s stage.|
|The most comprehensively yarn-bombed post I have ever seen.|
|Dame Julie Andrews on the children’s stage.|
Tweet from Julie Andrews session:
* ‘Julie Andrews rockin the house
@latimesfob #bookfest – anecdotes on Walt Disney & the challenges of spinning around in a field on a mountain-top with helicopter overhead.
* ‘The hive mind is in ascendance.’- Pete Hautman.
|I wound down from the fest in style with my favourite ice cream on the planet: Ben & Jerry’s New York Super-Fudge Chunk.|
Very soon I’ll blog the rest of my LA tour.