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LA Times Festival of Books: What Are You Reading Wall

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LA Times Festival of Books - What Are You Reading Wall

LA Times Festival of Books - What Are You Reading Wall
The LA Times Festival of Books is underway (avoid Westwood entrance for parking, head to Hilgard people, head to Hilgard) and lines are forming for all sorts of panels, stages, cooking demos, food booths (no amazing food trucks that we can find, but the day is young and we are still on the hunt) and the well-publicized scavenger hunt.

During our pre-event planning we were especially excited about the idea of the What Are You Reading? wall - a place where festival goers write down the book they are currently reading. While not wildly high-tech, it's cool to see, at a glance, what people are reading & what they're willing to share.

Stephen King is quite popular on the wall (The Dark Tower is front and center) and we're certain many students have participated because lit curriculum classics like Richard Wright's Native Son, George Orwell's 1984, Plato's The Republic and W. Somerset Maugham's Of Human Bondage are well represented. Of course it wouldn't be a proper Los Angeles wall without mention of Ray Bradbury & Anne Rice.

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It also wouldn't be a proper LA (or public, for that matter) wall if there weren't additions that have nothing to do with reading. There are several pushes from on-site food vendors to purchase their food and a few shout outs to friends. We expected LA to bring out the graphical vibe, but so far the entries are standard text with a few clouds and stars thrown in for good measure. No mentions so far of any novels by recent LA Times Book Prize winners, but the festival is just getting started in earnest.

Overall, it's very cool that Angelenos are reading & sharing what they're reading...proof that bookishness is alive & well in LA! The wall is filling up quickly - wonder if they'll replace it later today or put up a new one tomorrow?

So - LAist readers - what are YOU reading?