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Dan Fante, Steve-O, and Lisa See: Only The 10th Annual WeHo Book Fair Could Pull That Off

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Time to polish off those reading glasses because this Sunday marks the 10th anniversary of a SoCal literary tradition: the West Hollywood Book Fair! And for letters-loving Angelenos, the line-up is sure to delight. This year, the WeHo Book Fair boasts twelve stages and over a hundred exhibitors, all for fun and for free. Here are some of the features of this year's fair that we can hardly wait for:Dan Fante: Known for his poignant and gritty depictions of "the real L.A."; Fante is serious L.A. lit royalty. (Note: If you don't know who Dan Fante is, you absolutely need to clear your schedule this Sunday and get down to WeHo to experience one of literature's greatest voices.) He'll be discussing his book Fante: A Family's Legacy of Writing, Drinking, and Surviving at the "Who I Am: Memories That Become Memoirs" panel. 11:45 a.m. @ Open Book Pavilion.
Brendan Constantine: L.A.'s notorious iconoclast poet will read from his alt-masterpiece Letters to Guns at the "Open Heart Perjury: Four Red Hen Poets" panel. 12:15 p.m. @ The Poetry/Hybrid Stage.
Steve-O: That's right: Steve-O of Jackass fame will be on site to discuss his tell-all Professional Idiot: A Memoir. 1 p.m. @ That's Entertainment stage.
Lisa See: The author of critically-acclaimed novels Snow Flower and The Secret Fan will be in conversation with L.A. Times' literary aficionado David Ulin. 1:45 p.m. @ the Fiction Stage.
Susan Straight: Another local literature icon, Susan Straight's been writing in and about L.A. for years. She'll be discussing her book Take One Candle Light A Room with Hector Tobar. 2:45pm @ the Fiction Stage
The Writing Room will offer a full day of writing workshops, because just being around so much literature is sure to pique the itch to write.

And there are way too many exhibitors to list here, but we certainly won't miss the chance to visit the booths of some of our favorite LA literary institutions, including local bookstores Booksoup, Skylight Books, Bodhi Tree, and Libros Revolucion; local presses Red Hen Press and Les Figues Press; local lit mag Slake, and local literary programs like 826LA, WriteGirl, and the UCLA Writer's Extension Program.

Who could resist this much literary ephemera in one place? Be sure to check out the WeHo Book Fair festivities this Sunday at the (new) West Hollywood Library and help support our city's thriving local literary scene.

For the full WeHo Book Fair program, click here. For more information, check out the WeHo Book Fair website.

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West Hollywood Book Fair
Sunday, October 2, 2011 @ The (new) West Hollywood Library
10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Admission and parking are free.