Nerd alert…nerd alert. I had an amazing weekend. I spent both days on the campus of USC in Los Angeles at the LA Times Festival of Books. And I totally have become someone I’ve often made fun of: an autograph hound. But I was able to see some amazing writers and celebrities talk about their new books and get a couple of autographs to boot.
Last year was my first time attending the festival. We had went up on the second day of the event and I couldn’t believe the accessibility of the writers. I was over the moon getting to meet and greet with Fabio from Top Chef at last year’s festival. This year, for some reason, I got this hair brained idea to apply for a media credential and low and behold…I got one. For being a blogger! Awesome, right? I really had no idea what a credential would get me access to but I went for it anyway. In the end, it got me access to the press room where they had free snacks and free Wifi. I’ll take that. I’m sure I could have used it more to my advantage but I was happy with that. Oh, and priority seating in all the Q&A panels!
My agenda on Saturday was tight. I wanted to see children’s author Marc Brown, season 8 Top Chef winner Michael Voltaggio, Beverly Hills, 90210 alum and reality TV star Tori Spelling, and the amazing Judy Blume. The USC campus is big, y’all. And it was hot that day. I was running all over the place and I was able to see and listen to everyone I was there for!
Sunday’s schedule was a little more lax. I definitely wanted to hear the original Skinnygirl Bethenny Frankel talk about her new novel, Skinnydipping, as well as take my little girl over to The Mother Co.’s booth to meet Ruby from Ruby’s Studio. And while I would have loved to get Julie Andrews to sign a book for me, there was just absolutely no way I was going to wait 4+ hours in line for her autograph. That day also featured appearances from Betty White but we didn’t get a chance to make it by the stage where she was being interviewed. Who doesn’t love that Golden Girl?
It was such a great weekend. I cannot wait until next year! And here’s a tip if you plan on attending next year: get the schedule of who will be in attendance (it usually comes out a week in advance) and order the books you want signed from Amazon. You will pay full retail price for any book at the event. So save a few bucks and get them ahead of time!
Also, come check out The Trend Tribe on Monday, April 30th where we’ll be giving away an autographed copy of Chef Michael Voltaggio’s VOLT Ink.
Were you at the LA Times Festival of Books? Who’d you see? If you weren’t there, who’d you like to see at the 2013 event?