First of all, go visit Jacket Copy, if you haven’t already. Carolyn Kellogg presided over a host of helpful bloggers (including me!) that captured the spirit of the event.

Highlights:

  • The Granta soiree at Equator books — I’d actually never been there before, but it’s a beautiful bookstore, with exquisite collector’s books.
  • Drinks with LA Times folk and David Kipen at the W.
  • Tod Goldberg called BookFox “one of the shining lights of Los Angeles.” Should it be my new tagline?
  • Chatting up John Freeman at the Granta booth.
  • The many wonderful panels with Mary Gaitskill and Wells Tower and Muriel Barbery and all the new authors I got to know.
  • Shaking Marilynne Robinson’s hand and talking to her about her fiction.
  • That the weather wasn’t oppressively hot like last year — just warmish.
  • Despite the hullabaloo I heard before the event about the shrinking number of booths and attendees, the Festival seemed just as kinetic.

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