The 8th annual Pasadena “festival of books” – LitFest Pasadena 2019 – has come and gone.
The wonderful Light Bringer Project and the literary journal, Literature for Life, brought the free event to the public. The City of Pasadena and Pasadena’s creative heart, the Playhouse District, provided additional support.
You missed it? What! Well, here are some observations and a small sample of photographs from the literary weekend in the historic Pasadena Playhouse District, including unique events, workshops, readings, exhibits, performances, podcasts, author signings and more.
LitFest Pasadena began in 2013. Founders included Pasadena resident and acclaimed journalist, Jonathan Gold, who died last year. LitFest Pasadena 2019 chose to honor his memory:
In Memoriam: This year’s [LitFest is] dedicated to Jonathan Gold, Pulitzer Prize winning food critic, who was a frequent participant and supporter of ours. He was also a contributor to our Literature for Life online publication and teacher resource, which brings authors into classrooms in Los Angeles public schools.
There were several other free, quality events in the Pasadena area this past weekend, including the big bike race that finished at the Rose Bowl, Amgen Tour of California. Such events may have affected the LitFest Pasadena 2019 turnout.
Still, I chose to check out LitFest Pasadena 2019 on both days despite not being as attracted by the 2019 schedule as previous years. Poems, poetry and poets seemed to be the major emphasis of this year’s schedule.
The strength of the LitFest Pasadena 2019 schedule seemed also to be its weakness. The abundance of events resulted in too many events in the same time periods. With six to eight events in the same hour, difficult choices had to be made.
The highlight and closing event of LitFest Pasadena 2019 was a tribute to the late, great Jonathan Gold. Unfortunately and surprisingly, half the seats for this event were empty. Perhaps people were heading home by Sunday night at 8 p.m.
Well, I can hardly wait until LitFest Pasadena 2020!
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