Literary Arts
NEA Big Read Kick Off

Pasadena Public Library presents the National Endowment for the Arts’ NEA Big Read. This month the library will feature programming designed around the book “When the Emperor Was Divine,” by author Julie Otsuka. On Saturday, February 3, from 11 a.m.–5 p.m., the Pasadena Central Library, kicks off the NEA Big Read. Beginning at 11 a.m. in the Donald Wright Auditorium enjoy Makoto Taiko – Japanese…

Local Professionals Launch “Ask the Experts” Book at Special Opening Party in Old Pasadena

Authors of “Ask the Experts,” an advice-laden book with chapters written by six local professionals, rolled out the book at a special launch party last Thursday, January 25, at the Rococo Room in Old Pasadena.…

Pasadena Author Greg Critser Reported Dead at 63

Pasadena-based medicine, science, food and health writer Greg Critser died Saturday night, a family spokesperson told City News Service on Sunday. Critser was 63. Critser was published in international periodicals ranging from the New York…

With Literary Scene in Pasadena Blossoming, Red Hen Press Celebrates and Celebrates

“A poem begins in delight and ends in wisdom,” wrote the poet Robert Frost. Thus was poet A.E Stallings introduced by poet and writer Dana Gioia at the 23rd annual Red Press Champagne luncheon Sunday…

Local Authors Want to Inspire Pasadena Public School Students With More Real-Life Stories

Jervey Tervalon (l) and Tom Coston (r) Pasadena non-profit Light Bringer Project is about to launches the fifth issue of its online literary journal created by local authors as a resource for engaging and inspiring…

Sunday, February 25

Flintridge Bookstore & Coffeehouse Presents an Author Panel on Romance, Love & Lust: Is it All The Same in YA Lit?

L-R: Lauren Miller, Brandy Colbert, Iva-Marie Palmer and Moderator Cat Jordan. On Sunday, February 25 at 4:00 p.m., in keeping with February’s theme of love,…

Monday, February 26

High Schools, Nonprofits Team Up for Pasadena LitFest’s Short Science Fiction Writing Competition “Tomorrow Prize”

High school students from schools across Los Angeles County are invited to submit their original short science fiction stories to The Tomorrow Prize now through…

Thursday, March 08

Rise of the Rocket Girls is Pasadena’s 2018 One City, One Story Selection

The book selection for Pasadena Public Library’s 2018 One City, One Story community reading celebration is the New York Times bestselling book Rise of the…

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Young Adult Author Sherri L. Smith Releases ‘Pasadena,’ a Murder Mystery Set in the City of Roses

Award-winning young adult author Sherri L. Smith has a new novel: a page-turner murder mystery set in California’s City of Roses, where Jude’s best friend Maggie is found dead in a swimming pool, and she calls it murder even when the victim’s family calls it an accident. In the process of getting closer to the truth, Jude digs the past like bones from a shallow grave. And when the secrets start turning up, Jude realizes she’s got a few skeletons of her own. “Pasadena” is a tale of love, damage and salvation set against the sweltering backdrop of Pasadena in…

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