Sunday, May 6, 2007

LA Times Festival of Books at UCLA

Last weekend, April 27-28, the much anticipated Los Angeles Times Festival of Books was held at the spacious North campus of UCLA (University of California at Los Angeles). I have been going to this event the past 6 or 7 years. This book festival is free for everybody and it is the biggest of its kind in America as it boasts of having over 130,000 visitors, and 400 authors every year. And every year is a little bit different from previous years by the authors who are invited to join forums and book signings. Invited authors are usually those with a newly published book. In years past we've seen the likes of Pulitzer Prize winners such as E. Annie Proulx, the late David Halberstam, Alice Walker, or popular authors such as Michael Crichton, Tony Hillerman, Mary Higgins Clark,
etc. Among the guest authors this year were Gore Vidal, S.E. Hinton, Joseph Wambaugh, James Ellroy, Pulitzer prize winner Jane Smiley, Kareem Abdul Jabbar, and many others. Movie actors Bruce Dern, Julie Andrews, Mariel Hemingway and Academy Award winner for best actress, Ellen Burstyn were also there to sign their books.

Philippine Expressions Bookshop also has a booth here every year. This bookshop sells only Filipino books, and it is probably the premiere purveyor and disseminator of Philippine culture - through the wonderful books they sell. The owner Linda Nietes and I go back a long way, to the Taza de Oro days where she used to sell art books to the artists.

One of the great attractions at UCLA is the 50-acre sculpture garden located just North of where the Book Festival was held. In fact you can't miss it, as you have to walk through the garden--if you parked in the North parking lot--to go to the Book Festival venue. Some of the greatest sculptors in the world is represented here, Joan Miro, Henry Moore, Alexander Calder, Jacques Lipchitz, Matisse, Barbara Hepworth, etc. Here are some pictures of the sculpture garden.

1 comment:

jb said...

Hello everyone, i have one important information for you. If you live in LA you are lucky! Why? Because you are near happening called LA book festival and close to buy this amazing book called The Age of Nepotism!

The April 25-26 book fair in LA will introduce new book by Vahid Razavi, Iranian American entrepreneur who gained priceless experiences by traveling the world and trying to find similarities with people. He is explaining the current situation in places like IRAN, USA, Serbia etc.
Also, he said that for some people travel is a way of life and it does not necessarily include 5 star hotels and vacations on the far away beaches. There are so many other ways to experience different cultures and enrich ones life. There is a book that talks allot about these kind of things, it is a travel journal of an Iranian American entrepreneur traveling in Balkans, called The Age of Nepotism. Our booth number in UCLA is 683 Zone F, if you are in the neighborhood come on over and pay us a visit. You also can visit the site