LA Times Festival of Books: Panels! Panels! Panels!

I got schooled by the LA Times Festival of Books…in the best of ways. I arrived at the University of Southern California on a bright promising morning this past Saturday, about half an hour before the event started, and wandered out at dusk in a haze, after the last panel, with 23 pages of notes.

I made it to four panels, covering graphic novel writing, young adult writing, and publishing. They were:

Robert Kirkman, author of The Walking Dead, in conversation with Geoff Boucher;

Young Adult Fiction: Writing YA with Libba Bray, author of A Great and Terrible Beauty and Going Bovine, and Pete Hautman, author of The Big Crunch;

Judy Blume–she needs no introduction…okay, Sheila the Great and theĀ Fudge books–in conversation with Mary McNamara;

and, Publishing: Nuts & Bolts, with literary agent Betsy Amster, Liveright (Norton) editor in chief Robert Weil, Bloomsbury publishing director George Gibson, Byliner founder and CEO John Tayman, and Goodreads community manager Patrick Brown.

I gained a wealth of advice, insights and inspiration from each panel, which I fully intend to share with you. But there’s way too much to fit into one post, so I’ll be dedicating one post per panel each day of this week, starting with Robert Kirkman in conversation with Geoff Boucher tomorrow!

And here’s a picture of my Corgi, moping on my panel notes, for posterity: