For years I have attended The Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, held this year on the University of Southern California campus. It was a beautiful day. The first panel presentation was “Novel Arts. The Artist in Fiction.” Considering my next novel to be published, ”The Woman with an Ostrich Feather Fan,” that seemed like a natural for me, –and it was.
Ths panel staff was excellent, well balanced writers, editors, etc. The big surprise for me was one of the panelists, Adrienne Sharp, was the author of a book on the infamous Russian ballerina, Mathilde Kschessinska, a character who lived to be 100, mistress of Czar Nicholas II, and many others. More on this in a separate post here.
My focus was on the maze of publishing today. The panelists on this subject were well chosen, experts in their field and qualified to discuss their particular niche in the business. Being experts, naturally they did not agree and that left most of us not much better informed. I at least learned that no one knows for sure, and that they had all been wrong about the future of e-books five years ago. E-books are booming even in fiction. But still, no one was predicting the end of print. So much to learn! But, it was certainly worth a long day in my moccasins and Hawaiian beach shirt.
Any comments from others on the The Los Angeles Times Festival of Books?