• Saturday, May 19, 2018 - Sunday, May 20, 2018
  • 3:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Books and Authors festival

    LitFest Pasadena is a free, two-day books and authors festival that is held in the historic Playhouse District at the Pasadena Playhouse, Vroman’s Bookstore, Zona Rosa Cafe, and many other local establishments. There will be several panels, discussions, readings, and literary activities with more than 150 featured guest authors include renowned novelist Janet Fitch, Los Angeles Times food critic Jonathan Gold, Octavia Butler historian Lynell George, Emmy-nominated comedian Laurie Kilmartin, mystery novelist Naomi Hirahara, New York Times bestselling novelist Tod Goldberg, young adult writer Sherri L. Smith, actress Jasika Nicole, and more.

    Featured Guests

    Jonathan GoldLos Angeles Times food critic. In 2007 he became the first such critic to win the Pulitzer Prize. He is also a regular on KCRW’s Good Food radio program. Jonathan Gold will talk on writing about home cooking with special guests including Nadine Redzepi, author of Downtime: Deliciousness at Home. This particular event is also part of the Los Angeles Times Food Bowl which is an annual, month-long festival in May celebrating Los Angeles’ dynamic food scene.

    Lynell George | Journalist & Octavia Butler historian. She is an award-winning Los Angeles-based journalist and essayist.

    Laurie Kilmartin |  Emmy-nominated comedian & writer. She has been doing standup since 1987 and has appeared on CONAN, Jimmy Kimmel Live, and Comedy Central.

    Naomi Hirahara | Mystery novelist and is the Edgar Award-winning author of two mystery series set in Los Angeles.

    Tod Goldberg |  New York Times bestselling novelist.

    Sherri L. Smith |  YA novelist including the 2009 California Book Awards Gold Medalist, Flygirl, the 2016 SCIBA Book Award for Middle Grade, The Toymaker’s Apprentice, the “cli-fi” adventure, Orleans and the 2017 SCIBA Book Award for Young Adult winner Pasadena.

    Jasika Nicole |  actress and  is best known for her work as Astrid Farnsworth on Fox’s ‘Fringe’ and Huck’s wife, Kim, on ABC’s ‘Scandal’.

    MariNaomi |  graphic novelist who is the award-winning author and illustrator of Kiss & Tell: A Romantic Resume, Ages 0 to 22, Dragon’s Breath and Other True Stories, Turning Japanese, I Thought YOU Hated ME, and the Life on Earth trilogy.

    Claudia Casper | science fiction novelist

    Florencia Ramirez | As a researcher trained at the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy, Eat Less Water author and blogger Florencia sets out to understand problems afflicting vulnerable communities and looks for solutions.


    The schedule is not available at this time, please check the LitFest Pasadena website for more information http://litfestpasadena.org.

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