Sure you can watch football or go to church on Sunday (same thing for some of us), but this particular Sunday, Sept. 29, you might want to head to West Hollywood, where the 12th edition of the West Hollywood Book Fair will be going on. Yes, books. We still read them, and the people who actually write them still show up for happy atavistic events like this one, for which we are all very grateful.
And not only books, but cookbooks and a whole "culinary stage" in the Culinary Pavilion, in which you'll find celebrated local author Anne Willan with Evan Kleiman (hi Evan!) discussing Willan's new book One Souffle at a Time. Also look for Pati Zarate with the Los Angeles Times' Mary MacVean talking about Zarate's new Homegirl Cafe Cookbook and doing a cooking demo. There will be more cooking demos and author discussions, plus wine tips and a demo from Caitlin Stansbury and Heidi Shink discussing Stansbury's new book Wineocology.
There are many other culinary- and non-culinary-oriented reasons to head to the fair, not least of which is headliner T.C. Boyle himself, author of The Tortilla Curtain (lots of food in that one) and other notable novels, who will be presenting his latest short story collection. Also at the fair: Debbie Reynolds and William Friedkin, as if you needed more reasons to go. Thirteen outdoor stages and indoor venues in both West Hollywood Park and West Hollywood Library will host literary and arts programming, performances and music. All food for thought, as it were, if not actual food.
Oh, and maybe after all that food-related fun, stick around until 7 p.m. for a free outdoor screening in the park of Singin' In The Rain (see: Debbie Reynolds), all newly remastered and everything.
The Book Fair is taking place from 10 a.m. into the evening on Sunday, Sept. 29, at the West Hollywood Park and West Hollywood Library; admission is free and bicycle and stroller valet (stroller valet!) will be provided. Parking is available at Pacific Design Center for $10; West Hollywood CityLine (free) shuttles will apparently be transformed into a "book ferry" to and from the event. See the WHBF website for more information.