LitFest Pasadena is back—and better than ever!

What started as a friendly, small-town, one-day literary festival has grown into a weekend-long bonanza of remarkable variety and depth: poetry performances, children’s storytimes, a teen writing workshop, conversations between some of LA’s best fiction writers, a literary trivia night, panels on everything from sportswriting to queer lit, and so much more, LitFest Pasadena truly has something for everyone… FOR FREE. It’s this weekend, May 19-20, in and around the Playhouse District in Pasadena, and you’ll find all the offerings on the LitFest site right here.

We’re happy to be part of the planning committee, and we’re also happy to have some of our authors present. Here’s where you can find PPB folks this weekend:


3 p.m.: Colleen Dunn Bates moderates The Future of Publishing, featuring smart publisher folks from Kaya Press, Lil Libros, New Vessel, Rare Bird Books, and Red Hen Press, at the New School of Cooking, 525 E. Colorado.

3 p.m.: Diane Lang (Vulture Verses: Love Poems for the Unloved) will be one of the storytellers in Hey-Ho We Go: Storytime with Picture-Book Authors, in the Pasadena Playhouse library, 39 S. El Molino.

4:15 p.m.: Naomi Hirahara (the Mas Arai mysteries) joins fellow mystery/crime writers S.W. Lauden, Gary Phillips, Kwei Quartey, and Eva Montealegre on the panel Writing Fictional Mysteries in the Era of Alt-Facts, in the Friendship Room of the Pasadena Playhouse, 39 S. El Molino.

7 – 7:45 p.m.: Colleen Dunn Bates emcees A Taste of Literary Trivia at The Stand, 36 S. El Molino. Test your knowledge of Pasadena and Southern California literary knowledge over a burger, craft beer, or glass of wine, with beautiful books from Red Hen Press and Prospect Park Books as prizes.


4:15 p.m.: Chris Erskine (Daditude) will be on the panel What We Tell Our Children: Unleashing Writers Who Parent, in the Friendship Room of the Pasadena Playhouse, 39 S. El Molino. Signed copies of Daditude have been hard to come by, so this is a chance to get one!

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