This past weekend, April 24-25, 2010, I got the opportunity to work at UCLA’s Festival of Books, an event which brings authors and book lovers together. As predicted, it was a highly successful event attracting more than 130,000 people. I did not get to indulge in all the festivities because I was there to work, but I did get to peek in on a couple great interviews with a couple great authors.
On Saturday, I sat in on Kari Moran’s live BookRadio Show interview with seasoned music journalist, Phil Gallo, one of the authors of Record Store Days: From Vinyl to Digital and Back Again.
Gallo and Moran discussed the rebirth of indie record stores in Los Angeles during the height of the digital age, and how record stores framed the history of popular music today. It was a great interview, you can catch the podcast here.
I was able to meet Gallo (shame that I didn’t have a camera. It is at the top of my wish list) and he and his lovely wife offered tips on how to launch a successful entertainment journalism career.
On Sunday, I peeked in on Sarah Silverman’s jam-packed question and answer session. Here she is reading a segment from her book The Bedwetter: Stories of Courage, Redemption and Pee:
She is cute as button in person and, of course, very funny.
It was an awesome event, and I promise myself to make sure that I attend (not work) next year. By then I should have my camera (a Nikon D90 SLR Digital Camera with a Nikon 18-105mm VR Lens, hopefully),and have great interviews/segments to share.
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