When: April 28-29, 2007

Where: UCLA Campus, Westwood, CA.

A circus of literary events that has to be seen to be believed. From the Festival of Books website:

Welcome to the 12th Annual Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, the country’s largest celebration of the written word.
For one weekend in April, people who love books will gather with people who love to write, publish and sell books. And, there’s nothing like it anywhere.

130,000 attendees
400+ authors
300+ exhibitors
900+ volunteers
97 author panels
6 outdoor stages
2 children’s areas
Saturday, April 28 • 10 am to 6 pm
Sunday, April 29 • 10 am to 5 pm
UCLA Main Campus
Admission to the Festival of Books is free. Parking is $8

SATURDAY, APRIL 28
12:00 PM
Mysterious Galaxy
Booth # 614
Zone F
Dickson Court North

Eldon had the following to say about this year’s appearance at the Festival of Books:

“First, let me give a quick shout to Takeshi Nakazawa and family for braving the heat and the traffic to stop by and pay me a visit. I know Take from the gym, but this was the first time I’d had the pleasure of meeting his lovely wife and their four darling daughters. He further tackled Mysterious Galaxy’s customer lines in order to purchase a signed copy of The Crimson Sword—which I hope he doesn’t intend to let his daughters read until they are little older. Either way, thanks Take.

Second, let me say what a pleasure it was to meet fellow authors Joanne Fluke (thanks for bringing the cookies!), Taffy Cannon, and Stuart Woods. Kind folks all, who helped me to feel welcome, even though all three write mystery, making me the lone fantasy writer among them. Of course, none were more welcoming than the Mysterious Galaxy staff and volunteers, who kept us watered and well-stocked with books. As always, their hospitality is top notch.

Naturally, the greatest pleasure in all of this is the opportunity to meet existing fans and new readers alike. Not every reader out there is willing to take a shot on someone they haven’t read (or maybe even heard of) before. But this event always introduces me to a few who are willing, and I’m left to hope that they aren’t disappointed with their decision later on. For any of you who are, however, know that you’ll likely be able to find me in the same place at roughly the same time next year, in case you wish to discuss that disappointment or request a refund. If nothing else, perhaps I’ll follow Joanne’s lead and bring cookies—shaped like dragons, of course.”