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Spring Book Festival Season is Upon Us!
From left: Pasadena Festival of Women Authors, Long Beach Literary Women, LA Times Festival of Books
Every spring, Creating Conversations and Mysterious Galaxy are the booksellers for a host of one-of-a-kind literary events. These engaging book events bring out hundreds of avid readers to celebrate great authors and some of the best books of the year. This year, we kicked off this flurry of activity in March with one of our favorite events, Literary Women of Long Beach, held annually at the Long Beach Convention Center and featuring acclaimed writers such as Lesley Nneka Arimah (What It Means When a Man Falls From the Sky), Emily Fridlund (History of Wolves), Elsa Hart (The White Mirror), Nathalia Holt (Rise of the Rocket Girls), Eowyn Ivey (To the Bright Edge of the World), Tilar J. Mazzeo (Irena's Children), and Pamela Paul (My Life with Bob).
We followed it up this April as the bookseller for the Pasadena Festival of Women Authors, featuring Christina Baker Kline (Orphan Train, A Piece of the World), Jade Chang (The Wangs vs. The World), Charmaine Craig (Miss Burma), Natasha Deon (Grace), Min Jin Lee (Pachinko), Jessica Shattuck (The Women in the Castle), and Hannah Tinti (The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley).
Then it was on to the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, a yearly tradition for us, where we are joined by Mysterious Galaxy San Diego, and pop-up for publishers like Disney, Simon & Schuster, and more at their Special Sellers booths. Finally, we bring our spring festival season to a close with YAllwest, a packed day of Young Adult and Middle Grade authors and books held at Santa Monica High School.
Happy spring! We hope April book showers bring you lots of literary flowers this May, and beyond.
Spotlight On Our Partners: Mission Viejo Library
From left: Bill Walton, Paula Poundstone, and Debbie Macomber at events organized for the Mission Viejo Library
In 2017, the Mission Viejo Library celebrated its 20th Anniversary and with it, decades of engaging programming for its large community of readers and library patrons. In recent years, Creating Conversations has been proud to partner with the Library to bring such big-name authors as Alan Alda, Bill Walton, Debbie Macomber, J.A. Jance, Julie Foudy, Laura Dave, Leslie Stahl, Lisa See, Paula Poundstone, Scott Turow, and Tim Dorsey, among others. The library has been hugely successful at bringing huge crowds to its programs, drawing a sell-out crowd of up to 500 people at some of their larger events and creating VIP receptions hosted by Friends of the MV Library to offer more intimate meet-and-greet experiences for authors and readers.
In addition to helping secure authors and manage event ticket sales for their architecturally stunning venue, the Mission Viejo Library is also host to the Creating Conversations original programming, Books Are Better Shared (BABS). This year's BABS will be held on Saturday, October 13, featuring a day with authors, book lovers and book club leaders who will help explore exciting new ways to share books and help readers pick the next perfect book for their reading list. Participants also have the opportunity to meet with and learn from publisher representatives who share books they think will generate a great book group discussion. For more information and to register for this year's BABS, visit the website here.