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Look! It's LitFest Pasadena!!!

It was a gorgeous day in Pasadena. Well, that is if you consider blue skies and temps in the high 70s nice . . .

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Perfect weather for the very very very first LitFest Pasadena -- and we were there!

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Before the festival began, we wandered around and checked it out . . .

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Wait! Who's that attractive trio? Why it's Co-founder of the Lit Fest, Pasadena Star Newsman Larry Wilson; author of HELEN OF PASADENA, Lian Dolan; and YA author/poet Ron Kortege hanging out in the Green Room!

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We were thrilled to visit Little Junebugs, a new bookstore-and-fun-things-store in Pasadena . . .

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Can it be? Yes! It's one of our fav indie bookstores, Once Upon a Time . . .

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Hey, is that Candace Ryan and James Burks

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(The correct answer is YES!)

While we were wandering about, we ran smack into YA author Blake Nelson wandering about, too. He didn't see us at first, at least, that's his story . . .

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Maybe he was distracted by the Muggles playing Quiddich . . .

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To kick off the inaugural fest, Larry spoke and Lian read from her new book -- so new that it's not out yet or even finished, and then we heard from Sandra Tsing Loh . . .

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Soon it was time for our panel discussion . . .

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(Above: Ron, MeCecil CastellucciSherri Smith, Blake, and Jessica Brody)

Okay, so here's a popular game I invented just for you! It's called Guess Which LitFest YA Author is Wearing What/Whose Shoes . . .

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Here are the answers in order of shoes: Ron, Cecil, Blake, Lisa, Jessica, Sherri.

The panelists had a wonderful time taking about Young Adult novels, the industry, Colin Firth as Mr. Darcy, the writing, the controversy, the state of geometry with regards to its impact on astrophysics, and adjectives. (Okay, so maybe we didn't talk about one of those topics, but we would have had we not run out of time.)

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Later, Peepy had her own solo panel called "How to Be a Bestselling Author Without Even Writing a Book or Knowing What a Conjunction Is" . . .

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Thanks, LitFest Pasadena, we had a great time!

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