If all the Halloween activities have taken their toll and you want to spend the weekend doing something a little more rejuvenating than watching The Shining for the 100th time or eating endless amounts of candy (vegan or otherwise), maybe consider heading over to the inaugural Vegan Book Fair on Sunday, Nov. 3, in Pasadena.
You won't find much in the way of leather-bound first editions, but you will find lectures, Q&As and book signings by authors well-versed in the subject of vegan living. Organized by the nonprofit animal-advocacy group Compassion Over Killing, the fair is taking place at the Animal Advocacy Museum and is oriented to appeal to both vegans and omnivores.
Authors participating include Matt Frazier and Matt Ruscigno, No Meat Athlete: Run on Plants and Discover Your Fittest, Fastest, Happiest Self; Heather Lounsbury, Fixing Your Mood With Food: The “Live Natural, Live Well” Approach to Whole Body Health; David Simon, Meatonomics: The Bizarre Economics of Meat and Dairy; Carolyn Scott-Hamilton, The Healthy Voyager's Global Kitchen; and Hope Bohanec, The Ultimate Betrayal: Is There Happy Meat?
Compassion Over Killing (COK) focuses on cruelty to animals in agriculture and promotes vegetarian eating. Based in Washington, D.C., it also has an office in Los Angeles.
The fair runs from 2-6 p.m. this Sunday, and it's free. The first 50 people will get a goody bag with vegan snacks; if you're still hungry, after the event the authors and interested attendees will head over to Green Earth Vegan Cuisine, which is donating 15% of the evening's sales to Compassion Over Killing's work. RSVP through its Facebook page.
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