I picked up my media badge on Thursday afternoon, which will admit me to the press room and serve as my ticket to any and all panels. I have three I'd like to go to today--and lucky me, they're all in the same room!
Interviewer: Lev Grossman
12:30 pm Susan Orlean in Conversation with Michael Silverblatt (Panel 1092)
Interviewer: Michael Silverblatt
2:30 pm Judy Blume in Conversation with Mary McNamara (Panel 1093)
Interviewer: Mary McNamara
I may be even more excited about seeing blogging friends than I am about the authors, to be honest. I'm hoping to meet up with Amy, Danielle, and Anastasia, and possibly several of my MomsLA co-contributors as well (I wouldn't have that media badge if not for them!). If you're not Readathon-ing, please @ me on Twitter if you'll be at USC today too!
Despite the very warm forecast today, I also intend to make the rounds of the exhibitors and, hopefully, do a little book shopping! Most of SoCal's best indie bookstores will have booths on-site, and some will be hosting signings as well, with signed books available for purchase.
I'll probably try to get everything done today, because I'm not sure if I'll go back to the Festival tomorrow. But if I do, I want to see this panel (which may be the closest thing to Comic-Con I do this year):
3:00 pm The Nerds Shall Inherit the Earth. (Panel 2093)
Interviewer: Amber Benson
If you're on Twitter, watch the hashtags #books, #bookfest, and #LATFoB for Festival of Books updates all weekend long, and I expect to have a recap post or two (with photos, of course!) some time next week.