Reading, writing and renegade art at the WeHo Book Fair
We've all heard that the printed word is over. But this Sunday, books are the subject of celebration at the tenth annual West Hollywood Book Fair, an event as wide-ranging, fun and alternative as its home.
With eclectic attendees and exhibitors ranging from Bodhi Tree Bookstore to Book Soup, the daylong festival's lineup is reason enough to attend. But this year, the festival also offers location, location, location: It's on the grounds of the brand-new West Hollywood Library, a sprawling LEED-certified structure sheathed in striking murals by artists Shepard Fairey, Kenny Scharf and Retna.
WeHo Book Fair highlights include Kate Durbin, a performance artist who leads poetry-writing workshops using the persona of a princess "kicked out of Disneyland for bad behavior;" an open invitation for amateurs to read their work for an online video literary magazine; and free parking and admission and even a bicycle valet.
And we're especially interested in the Tinseltown insiders: Dyan Cannon reads from Dear Cary: My Life with Cary Grant; Tatum O'Neal shares Found: A Daughter's Journey Home; and hairdresser-to-the-stars Carrie White promotes her champagne-and-cocaine memoir of recovery, Upper Cut: Highlights of My Hollywood Life.
West Hollywood Library, 647 N. San Vicente Blvd., West Hollywood; westhollywoodbookfair.org