Dozens of writers will take part in the 17th annual El Segundo Public Library Author Fair Sunday, June 11, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., to discuss topics ranging from Southern California history to mystery fiction writing.
Since El Segundo is celebrating its centennial this year, history is a primary focus of the fair, featuring the Automobile Driving Museum displaying vintage cars in front of the library to a history authors panel from 2 to 3 p.m. But senior librarian and Author Fair coordinator, Julie Todd, said there are a broad variety of topics for all book lovers.
“We try to keep the genres a variety so that everybody can enjoy it and it's not heavily focused on one genre,” Todd said.
So Cal history
Eight writers are featured in the history author's panel including Manhattan Beach historian Jan Dennis, who will publish her eighth book later this year. Dennis published her first book, “Walk Beside the Sea,” 30 years ago. She was mayor when Manhattan Beach celebrated its 75th birthday. Dennis said, at the time, she tried to convince her council colleagues that a book should be written about the city's history, but they were not enthused by the idea, but she persisted.
“Finally one of the councilmen said, 'Jan, you want a book, go write it,' very sarcastically,” she recalled. “And I said, 'Okay I will.' Driving home that night from council I said, 'What the heck have I done?'”
Her latest book about the history of Sepulveda Boulevard is expected to be published later this year. She said it's timely since the city of El Segundo recently approved the name change from Sepulveda Boulevard to Pacific Coast Highway, and have requested Manhattan Beach do the same. Dennis, who will be also conducting a book signing after the panel discussion, said she's “dead set” against that idea since the name Sepulveda has a rich history in Manhattan Beach.
Numerous book signings and panels take place throughout the day. In the Friends of the Library Room, panels include “The History of Mystery,” from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; history writer's panel, from 1 to 2 p.m.; and the “Novel Invention & Intriguing Stories,” panel from 3 to 4 p.m. “A Casual Talk with Hollywood” panel takes place from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the upstairs music area.
Other events include live music; the Centennial History Tent; food from Britt's Barbeque; a demonstration from the International Printing Museum; Poet's Corner from 3 to 4 p.m. A young people's program takes place with children's author and illustrator signings, dinosaur encounters with Rocky the T-Red and storytelling.
Because of its popularity, Todd said they've extended the hours of the fair to “allow more face time,” with the writers.
For more information, call (310) 524-2722.