The LA Times Festival of Books…and New Poem for Poetry Monday!

It’s Monday already?! I had a really great weekend….photographing a dress rehearsal, hanging out a bit in Downtown Long Beach for the Toyota Grand Prix, the Bloggy Boot Camp and of course…one of my favorite events in SoCal went down for its 18th time, The Festival of Books presented by The Los Angeles Times. Last year was amazing as I set out to see Julie Andrews and Betty White. This year, I decided to not map out a schedule quite as much and just roam, chat with fellow bookies…here are some shots I got….158

142C-SPAN was on hand to interview some of the speakers…my parents were even able to see me wave to them on TV 😉

149A Gluten Free basket of goodies at the Trader Joe’s book tent!!! It made me really feel like their mac ‘n cheese….

159It’s not just all about BOOKS at this fair. You could also relax at several stage stops and hear pop (above), mariachi, rock and experimental at the USC stage and as always, my favorite stage is the Children’s Stage (below) presented by Target!

171168If you haven’t been able to tell yet…I am a kid at heart! 😉 Here is their cool Reading Garden!

161On the lower left-hand, I wrote “Tori Amos”, can you see?

181Awesome Downtown view from the parking structure…..

I also was searching some for Facebook’s aimed at National Poetry Month and I came across this fun challenge….even though I am a little late to the party, wouldn’t it be fun to write a poem a day?! I dare you! Here’s one I wrote quite a long time ago…..

Untitled, by Mary Lansing

He moves on and gravitates to all in the other world

Leaving behind someone who could be the only loner

Who ever gave a damn

But he is just too blind to see truth behind pure eyes

And rather would go to the safe clingers

In his cold circle all while deciding on the cruel path

For those who don’t apologize for the true heart

Within their bleeding souls.

(What do you think? xo)


  1. Susan Cooper/

    April 23, 2013 at 4:16 am

    Love a good book fair and that one sounds amazing. All in all you had a GREAT week-end. I also enjoyed your poem. 🙂

  2. krugthethinker

    April 23, 2013 at 4:46 pm

    Cool! We didn’t make it this year, but I hope we can next year–so cool! I totally found your “Tori Amos” too:) I really liked your poem–especially those last two lines!

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