Once again, the LA Times Festival of Books invades UCLA campus. This annual event offers books, panels, book signings, staged performances and readings, and thousands of books. Hundreds of publishers will be selling books on every subject, including travel and languages. The panels range from fiction to poetry to science and then some.
Sadly, there doesn’t seem to be a travel panel this year. The only recognizable travel writer on the list is Pico Iyer, and he’ll be on the panel entitled “Nonfiction: Blurring Boundaries.” Whether or not this will have much to do with travel is unknown, but I’m sure Pico will have something informative and engaging to say. That’s what he does. That's how he rolls. (Did I sound hip right there? No?)
There will be several travel publishers and booksellers present, including (among others):
- Lonely Planet
- Rough Guides
- Traveler’s Bookcase
- Travelers’ Tales
- Distant Lands
- DK Publishing
- Let’s Go
As I recall, Traveler’s Bookcase offered several Lonely Planet book at an amazing discount (I believe they were damaged or perhaps remaindered, but I still bought a large amount from them). And the brunette who constantly helped me out was one of the nicest people ever. Seriously. (I can’t say if she’ll be there again this year.)
Anyway, get there early and shop around. Get your tickets for the panels ASAP. Tickets are free, but they tend to get snatched up quickly for popular events.
For more info on authors, vendors, directions and all the other usual details, check out the LA Times Festival of Books info page.