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by Jerry Mahoney

If you’re like me, your main problem with books is that there are never enough of them. Libraries and bookstores are nice, but can’t there be more books? Lots, lots more? Well, prepare yourself, because there’s a place where squijillions of words will surround you in a warm, wonderful embrace that will satisfy all your literary cravings.

Yes, it’s just about time for every Southern California book lover’s favorite weekend: the L.A. Times Festival of Books! Meet some of your favorite authors, sit in on panels, and network with professionals from all over the publishing industry.

With tons of exhibitors, A-list authors in every genre, and over 150,000 visitors every year, the L.A. Times Festival of Books is the country’s largest literary festival, and it’s free!

As always, SCBWI will be there in force. Come stop by the SCBWI booth, where fellow members will be selling and signing their books. It’s a wonderful way to meet colleagues, and if you’re a PAL author, there may still time be to sign up for a slot.

If you’re pre-published, the SCBWI booth is a great place to meet some cool writers, make new friends and get motivated for your own writing. You can even volunteer at the booth. Email usfor more info.

Want more details? Read about this year’s featured authors and programming on the event’s official website or jump right to the schedule for kids books, or Middle Grade and YA.

The festival is always buzzing with excitement, and it’s the perfect place to find inspiration for your next project. So stop by, and maybe next year, you’ll be the rising literary hotshot everyone’s dying to meet!

The Los Angeles Times Festival of Books will take place THIS Saturday, April 13 from 10am to 6pm and Sunday, April 14 from 10am to 5pm at the University of Southern California. Admission is free, but some events require tickets. Learn more at events.latimes.com/festivalofbooks

For more fantastic content, community, events, and other professional development opportunities, become a member today! Not sure if there is a chapter in your area? Check here.


Jerry Mahoney writes sophisticated middle grade fiction for children of highly refined taste. His latest book is Buttheads from Outer Space. He is also the author of the series My Rotten Stepbrother Ruined Fairy Tales, which features a hoverboarding Aladdin and karate-chopping dwarves, among other mischief. You can find him at www.jerrymahoneybooks.com and on Twitter at @WhyJerryWhy

Images provided by Jerry Mahoney and SCBWI Los Angeles