LA Times Festival of Books

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!


Marc Brown draws the original idea for Arthur


Marc Brown signs "Arthur Turns Green"


Voltaggio on the Cooking Stage


"To Wendy..." Swoon.


Me & Chef Michael Voltaggio


Such a moment for me...I heart Donna Martin!


Tori signing her children's book


Me and Tori - Bucket List item completed!


No posed photos with Judy Blume. Boo.


A great conversation with Judy Blume. She was so candid.

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?


Bethenny might have dropped a few S-bombs!


Someone was super-duper star struck.


Dame Julie Andrews. One word: Divalicious.

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?


  1. I totally want to go next year! Looks like so much fun!

    • Yep, you missed out! How was cleaning that garage? Just kidding. You’ll definitely have to go next year. GIRLS WEEKEND! We can stay downtown at the J.W. Marriott and have room service breakfast! {a girl can dream}

  2. Ahhh, you met Tori! I will forever be envious!

  3. This sounds like an event I’d love! Judy Blume books remind me of my childhood and wow about Betty White and Tori Spelling! Your little girl looked like she enjoyed herself too!

  4. This looks like so much fun! Tori and Bethanny are so cute. I would love to meet them in person. Thanks for sharing Wendy!

  5. Oh Wendy, *swoon* I love that you got to do this, the media was a stroke of genius, and the photos! Woohoo for those photos! Love!

  6. It sounds like so much fun! I can’t believe I never went all the years I lived in L.A. And now I’ll be moving out of the country! I HAVE to go next year or I’ll never make it.

  7. Oh man! I SO would have shouted “Donna Martin Graduates!” at TS…I’m such a 90’s girl, loved BH!

  8. Oh! I wish I could go to that! How much fun!

  9. I can’t wait for next year. Judy Blume! Wow. I would have loved to have met everyone! Thanks for sharing this.

  10. So cool that you met Tori! I wanted to go but I was out of town but your post was awesome with all the photos! : )


  1. […] Did you see Tori Spelling’s new docu-series called True Tori? Oh, man. I really felt horrible for her. A little part of me wonders if it’s scripted, especially after I saw this article but my mom heart ached for her. I do love me some Donna Martin. She was lovely when I met her in person a few years ago at the LA Times Festival of Books. […]

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