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West Hollywood Book Fair coming Sunday

September 28, 2011 |  4:55 pm

Sunday marks the 10th anniversary of the West Hollywood Book Fair, an event that features booths, panels, performance stages, a reading area for kids and book signings.

Some highlights include:

Jackie Collins -- the queen of bad-girl bestsellers is scheduled to appear at 1 p.m.;

Justin Torres -- the rising short fiction star is on the 10:30 a.m. panel, "New Fiction from LGBT Authors";

Meredith Baxter at 2:15 p.m. and Tatum O'Neal at 4:15 p.m. -- the actresses will each discuss their memoirs;

Len Wein, co-creator of "Swamp Thing" and "Wolverine," appears on the panel "Comics to Screen and Back Again" at 4:00 p.m.;

Two actresses from the original "Dark Shadows" cast -- Lara Parker and Karthryn Lee Scott -- join  Catwoman (1966-'67) Julie Newmar at 3:30 p.m.;

Simon Reynolds -- the author of "Retromania" appears on the 12:15 p.m. panel "Rockers, Ravers, Roadies and other Rabble-Rousers in Music Land";

Novelists Gary Phillips and Naomi Hirahara, comics creator Joshua Dysart and nonfiction writer Adam Winkler cross genres to discuss our fascination with guns and violence at 11 a.m.

Appearing from the L.A. Times are Book Critic David L. Ulin (in conversation with novelist Lisa See); journalist Hector Tobar, discussing his debut novel, "The Barbarian Nurseries" with novelist Susan Straight; and Deborah Vankin, talking about her graphic novel for young adults, "Poseurs."

The West Hollywood Book Fair begins at 10 a.m. and ends at 6 p.m.; it includes free parking. The brand new West Hollywood Library, which is just down the way, is closed Sundays -- but it's holding its grand opening Saturday, for those who want to get a look inside.

At the West Hollywood Book Fair, there are also snacks and drinks. Last year, on a very hot fall day, the Hawaiian Ice cart was very popular -- this year, other carts may present some competition -- temperatures are supposed to stay in the 70s.


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-- Carolyn Kellogg

Photo: The 2010 West Hollywood Book Fair. Credit: Carolyn Kellogg