We had a great time at the L.A. Times Festival of Books last month, but in case you didn’t make it to USC (fighting crowds of people and sitting in traffic on the 10 isn’t for everyone!) LitFest Pasadena is bringing the panels, discussions, readings, and workshops home to the Playhouse District! This year’s lineup features over 150 authors and other guest speakers, including some of our authors. If you’ve made plans for this weekend, cancel them now because you don’t want to miss the 8th year of this FREE books-and-authors festival!

Check out our schedule below for a complete list of events that feature our authors, and visit the LitFest Pasadena website for the complete schedule.


Saturday, May 18, 2019 | 1 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Sunday, May 19, 2019 | 1 p.m. – 9 p.m.


Pasadena’s Playhouse District
39 S El Molino Ave, Pasadena, CA 91101

Locations include the Pasadena Playhouse, Vroman’s, El Portal Restaurant, and more!

Click here for directions, maps, and parking information.

Where to find PPB at LitFest Pasadena


4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.: Susan LaTempa (editor of the Paperback L.A. series) and Colleen Dunn Bates speak on a panel with Annabel Warren and Thomas Backer about the process, challenges, and rewards of working jointly with other publishers and authors. Collaboration in Publishing: What Works—And What Doesn’t? will take place at the Pasadena Playhouse.

6 p.m. – 7 p.m.: Naomi Hirahara (author of the Mas Arai mystery series) moderates a panel of crime writers including Steph Cha, Tod Goldberg, Paddy Hirsch, Joe Ide, and Gary Phillips. Come listen in on Interrogating the Crime Writer upstairs at Vroman’s to hear about what goes on inside the mind of a crime writer.

7:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.: Sean Carswell (author of Dead Extra) reads at Noir at the Bar, L.A.’s longest-running crime fiction reading series. Writer Types podcasters Eric Beetner and S.W. Lauden will host the evening. Stop by The Stand for an evening of great crime fiction!


3 p.m. – 4 p.m.: Mary Lea Carroll (author of St. Everywhere) speaks on a panel about travel, writing, and personal growth with Tembi Locke and Devin Galaudet. Check out Finding Truth Through Travel in El Portal’s Banquet Room.

4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.: Susan LaTempa (editor of the Paperback L.A. series) and David Kipen talk about creating anthologies that represent L.A. using unconventional sources in Micro-Doses of LA: The Anthologist’s Challenge upstairs at Vroman’s.

4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.: You don’t want to miss Janet Fitch moderate a conversation between Lisa See and Nina Revoyr as they discuss fiction, writing, characters, and creativity. These women are prominent L.A. novelists, and Lisa See was a contributor to our Paperback L.A. 3! Colleen Dunn Bates will be introducing Janet Fitch. Lisa See and Nina Revoyr in Conversation with Janet Fitch will take place at the Pasadena Playhouse.

6 p.m. – 7 p.m.: Colleen Dunn Bates discusses the publishing process alongside representatives from local independent publishers. If you’re curious about book publishing, don’t miss What You Need to Know About Publishing at the Vroman’s Courtyard.

You can visit the official website for LitFest Pasadena for more information, a complete schedule, and much more!

Clear your calendar, grab a book-loving friend, and we’ll see you there!