On a recent sunny weekend on the USC campus, more than 100,000 bookies gathered to read, attend author seminars, panels and lunch from ubiquitous food trucks.
The Los Angeles Times 19th annual Festival of Books also featured author readings and screenings as well as musical and cooking demonstrations. It attracted Southland readers, many of them pushing strollers for the littlest of would-be wordsmiths.
About 60 Glendale Community College students from two freshmen comp classes, taught by yours truly, met at the popular statue of Tommy Trojan to begin their field trip.
Their assignment was to interview an author and/or publisher of their choice. Some of them headed to the Angel City Press booth that displayed books with Los Angeles themes. Those students with an artistic bent paged through "Exhibitionist" written by April Dammann. The coffee-table book is about art dealer Earl Stendahl, grandfather of the author's husband.
The students stood in front of Tommy Trojan to snap selfies with their friends and families joining them at the festival. Anihit Grigoryan posed with her mother, Satenik Gabrielyan. Amineh Ghazarian took a selfie with friend Nairi Mnasaghanian. Her husband, Mher Mgerdoun, approved. Farnaz Yazdani left her camera at home, but brought her 10-year-old daughter, Elin Hovsepian. Nancy Sayadian was accompanied by her 5-year-old son, Ejmin Manokian.