Sunday, April 25, 2010
Sunday Salon: Los Angeles Book Festival
The street/library art project is almost finished; I hope that Tuesday will be their last day. A couple people mentioned Banksy to me in regards to this project. I had no idea what they were talking about, then a colleague sent me this link, which has a movie trailer for the film Exit Through the Gift Shop, which looks pretty interesting. Art has always been an interest of mine (I did the equivalent of an art history minor in college) as has political activism. Street art can combine both of those ideas (and yes, sometimes it's just people being stupid and committing vandalism).
Yesterday my daughter and I headed down to Los Angeles to the LA Times Book Festival, which was held on the UCLA campus. A Book Festival...doesn't that just sound like heaven?! It was packed with people and booths manned by authors, publishers, radio stations, and, really, anything to do with books. It felt like there were tons of booths about how to find your inner self, parenting, religions (we even got a free Koran and a free book on Buddhism for my school library). If I had gone alone I would have spent time listening to the author panels, which looked like they were really interesting. I was pretty wiped out by the end of the day. Driving 1.5 hours each way then wandering around in the sun for hours did us in!
We bought only a couple books for me, neither of which I am totally excited about. But I was bummed (and in general am disappointed) with the lack of books available for my daughter's age/reading level. She is in the 4th grade and really likes realistic fiction and historical fiction, particularly civil rights topics. There doesn't seem to be a lot out there. Does anyone have suggestions?