Monday, April 06, 2009

L.A. Times Book Festival

If you're in L.A., the annual L.A. Times Festival of Books will take place at UCLA campus on the weekend of April 25 and 16, 2009. It's a free, 2-day event (except for parking costs).

Generally a very fun event for book lovers and people watchers.

Ways to make it an economically-savvy trip in these times:

take public transportation to UCLA (or stay with a friend on the West Side of L.A. so the bus/train trip isn't so long);

pack enough snacks, drinks, and meals to avoid $20 hot dog meal deals -- there are plenty of campus locations to make your day a family picnic;

leave the ATM/credit card at home and budget the most cash you plan to spend on books -- very important for impulsive book addicts like me;

read the schedule of panels and writers to decide your schedule for the day(s) -- it can be like free writer school for the day;

or volunteer for the festival and get your parking for free, get a t-shirt, and one free meal for a few hours of service. I've volunteered before and it's not hard work -- keep a line of people in order, escort an author to a panel, collect evaluations at the end of a panel.


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