Literary Arts
May’s Two-Day Literary Festival LitFest Pasadena is Canceled

Janet Fitch, Lisa See and Nina Revoyr panel; Photo by Brian Biery, 2019 Under the recommendation of the CDC, the upcoming LitFest Pasadena, scheduled for May 16-17, 2020, is canceled. “As we move forward, organizers are discussing future programming as conditions subside.” LitFest Pasadena, the second-largest literary festival in Southern California, was to hold its 9th annual free community event, featuring 200 authors and 50…

It Matters: Heidi Turner’s ‘Barefoot’ is Sacred

When we were young we let the waves tumble us and shipwreck our bodies on the sand, panting in the whitewash        — From Faith When I first met Heidi Turner, I immediately…

Celebrate Pasadena’s One City, One Story Community Conversation with Lara Prescott, Author of the 2020 Selection “The Secrets We Kept”

To celebrate the 18th year of Pasadena’s One City, One Story community reading project, the public is invited to a conversation with Lara Prescott, author of this year’s selected novel “The Secrets We Kept”, Thursday,…

Altadena Library District Introduces Book Selection for Read-A-Dena, Upcoming One Community, One Book Initiative

The Altadena Library District is honored to announce its first annual Read-a-Dena book selection, Wild LA: Explore the Amazing Nature In and Around Los Angeles by the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, Lila…

ArtScience and Awe at ArtCenter

Tom Hall, Photo by Marcus Fischer Awe: an emotion variously combining dread, veneration, and wonder that is inspired by authority or by the sacred or sublime. So goes Noah Webster’s dictionary definition, although it is…

Literary Leverage: A Conversation with Caltech’s Jocelyn Holland

Jocelyn Holland Credit: Caltech While Caltech engineers are known for building some of the world’s most complex machines, Comparative Literature Professor Jocelyn Holland focuses on…

Pasadenan’s Memoir Recounts Struggles of Blended Family Life

Author Carla Rachel Sameth It may not be easy This blended family, but baby That’s what you do, what you do, what you do What…

Weekend’s LitFest Pasadena to Be Good as (Jonathan) Gold

Jonathan Gold will be both absent and star of the show at this year’s Pasadena LitFest. The Pulitzer Prize-winning food critic, who recently passed, was…

Pasadena Author Naomi Hirahara’s Hiroshima Boy Nominated for an Edgar

Pasadena author Naomi Hirahara was nominated for a 2019 Edgar® Award on January 22nd for her seventh and final of the Mas Arai mystery series,…

Caltech’s Cindy Weinstein to Tackle Alzheimer’s Disease in New Book that Combines Memoir, Literature, and Science

Cindy Weinstein, Caltech's Eli and Edythe Broad Professor of English, vice provost, and chief diversity officer Credit: Caltech For Cindy Weinstein, graduate school was a complicated time. Like many students, she was juggling the usual commitments of assignments, teaching, and research, but on top of that, she carried the burden of watching her father succumb to early-onset Alzheimer’s disease. As her father’s condition worsened, she was faced with moving home to the East Coast to help take care of him or staying at UC Berkeley to finish her PhD. Knowing she was unlikely to complete her degree if she left…

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