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The official Festival of Books kickoff started 10 a.m. Saturday with confetti and music.
L.A. Times Publisher Eddy Hartenstein, left, and USC President C. L. Max Nikias welcomed crowds to the new USC venue for the festival. And the marching band, of course, played the fight song.
Photo credit: Megan Kimble
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I have just concluded my day at the Festival of Books and sadly must admit that it is not UCLA. Granted that it is USC first attempt, however, they had the smarts to follow UCLA's floorplan except one critical mistake - that being it was spread out too much, i.e., the signing and panels lost in the campus layout, lack of notable authors, and too many celebrity children book authors, and yes I understand that money attracts but it is the parents that buy the books and parents like to read grown-up literature and mystery novels. And a huge mistake is the lack of food outlets. The only location for food was fifteen times longer than the signing line for Michael Connelly. USC should have followed UCLA with three outboard food locations. I will attend on Sunday to hear Walter Mosely and try to give USC another chance, since it is their first
attempt - but I do miss UCLA.
Frank Corralez |
April 30, 2011 at 04:19 PM
Disagree re food. Plenty of food and/or beverage locations. Perhaps the line was long at a particularly popular / appetizing option?
I liked the long street of tents. Easier to get to all tents without worrying about missing something. But agree with previous posters that several panels and signing areas were too distant from where the action / tents were.
April 30, 2011 at 06:58 PM
And yes, Frank C. is right about the lack of available food... all food lines on campus were ridiculously long, and people were choosing to go hungry rather than wait. For me it was simply one more inconvenience (thanks again USC), but for people there with hungry children it was a serious problem. Where were the food vendors? There should have been at least a few. I was there all day, without food. Tomorrow I'll pack a lunch. I'd skip Sunday altogether if it weren't for the one panel I've been waiting for. Anyway USC, if you want to keep this a favorite Los Angeles event, you have plenty of work to do.
Jane Doe |
April 30, 2011 at 07:13 PM
Were you guys aware of the food options on Figueroa? From a block north to a block south of campus, there are about 10 eateries.
I guess USC needs to do a better job directing folks to all food options, not just the ones within the boundary of the festival.
May 01, 2011 at 09:19 AM