LitFest Pasadena has been a free, communitywide literary gathering for the past seven years, spotlighting local scribes and others. Among the 200-plus writers and performers scheduled to appear this year are Jerry Stahl, Janet Fitch, Lisa Teasley, Naomi Hirahara, Erin Aubry Kaplan, Michelle Huneven, Laurie Kilmartin, Sholeh Wolpe, Congressman Adam Schiff, Assemblymember Laura Friedman and Pasadena Mayor Terry Tornek. Daylong activities taking place in and around landmark venues such as the Pasadena Playhouse and Vroman's Bookstore include readings, poetry, art exhibits, walking tours, kids activities and the Roswell Award, which honors science fiction writers. There will be panel talks on such topics as "Combchella: Normalizing Natural Hair Through Literature," "The Border as a Character: Storytelling About Fences, Walls and the People They Shape" and "Getting Off: Sex, Porn & Female Sexuality." A highlight is L.A. Times food critic — and Pasadena resident — Jonathan Gold, who discusses "Writing About Home Cooking" with chef Nadine Levy Redzepi.