This should come as no surprise to any of you, but one of my favorite things about living in LA is the annual Los Angeles Times Festival of Books. For those of you who are unfamiliar, it’s a two-day event that takes over the entirety of the University of Southern California campus (Fight on, Trojans!) and is a weekend-long celebration of the written word. There are dozens of panels and discussions with authors; local (and not-so-local) vendors of books and all things literary set up shop in booths all across the university; live music serenades festival-goers throughout the day; food trucks assemble to create a makeshift food court. And over 100,000 people descend upon USC over the course of the weekend to take part in it.
100,000 people who are as big a book geek I am.
It is magical, and not just for the obvious reasons listed above.