Last weekend, UCLA hosted the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books. Of course, I had to go.
J’s Mom came down to LA on Sunday early in the morning, we went over on Campus to reserve tickets for some of the panel discussions and then started the day with a hearty breakfast at the DC [= Dining Center]. We roamed around a little while before we could attend the first of the two sessions that we had signed up for – “Land and Sea: The Health of the Planet”. It was very interesting discussion about environmental issues and what each of us can do to act more responsible on a daily basis. The second session’s title was “Iraq: What’s next?” and the panel was made up by well-known American authors and journalists. This panel discussion was very popular and the whole lecture room was packed. As you can imagine from the title, the discussion got very political and sitting amongst all the Anti-Bush people in this room, you could almost wonder how this guy could have been elected in the first place – but wait, there are people out there who still support the government, even though current numbers are dwindling.
All over campus, there were hundreds of booths taken up by exhibitors, bookshops, publishing companies and the like. A lot of the authors and journalists had book signings at certain designated areas and overall it was just a really cool event. Unfortunately, I didn’t know any of the authors, otherwise I probably would have been more excited about the book signings, but it was still very cool. I do regret that I didn’t check out the book festival on Saturday already, as there were more interesting stage performances and panel discussion that would have been interesting to attend.
In the evening, when we got home and my feet burned like hell [I think after all, high-heels are just not made for walking – as comfortable as they initially might seem ;)], we ordered some pizza and watched “Blood Diamond”. It was a very good movie – last but not least because of Leonardo DiCaprio’s excellent acting skills :)
P.S. Happy 1st of May. I know it comes a little late and since the 1st of May is not a holiday in the US, it wasn’t really a special day. I did think of all the may festivities in Germany though and I hope you had a great time :)