Wit, wisdom and war
Local personalities will joust at Castle Green to raise funds for Pasadena’s LitFest
By Sara Cardine 10/18/2012
Several notable LA personalities and purveyors of lit and wit will throw down the gauntlet Oct. 25 at Castle Green in “WitFest,” a quiz show designed to raise funds for LitFest, Pasadena’s first-ever communitywide book festival.
Last May, nearly 2,000 lovers of the written word descended on Pasadena’s Central Park for the inaugural event, which featured book readings and signings as well as speaker panels and events aimed at young readers. The affair was funded almost entirely by individual donations, with business support services provided through a partnership with Pasadena Arts Council’s EMERGE fiscal sponsorship program.
This year, Litfest organizers — including local author and creative writing teacher Jervey Tervalon, Pasadena Star-News Editor Larry Wilson and Tom Coston, founder of the Light Bringer Project and producer of the Doo Dah Parade — are working to create a sort of LitFest 2.0 with help from a $6,000 grant from the city of Pasadena’s Arts Commission but need help from the community to keep it going and offer free admission.
Billed as “a battle of the gliterary minds,” the quiz show will feature KPCC commentator Sandra Tsing Loh, book critic and owner of independent bookstore Libros Schmibros, David Kipen, LA author Gary Phillips and LA Times columnist Patt Morrison. LA Times’ Pulitzer Prize-winning food writer Jonathan Gold will be the guest of honor.
Sponsorship levels range from $250 to $5,000, and tax-deductible checks can be made out to the Pasadena Arts Council with “LitFest Pasadena” in the memo line at the bottom and mailed to P.O. Box 93182, Pasadena, CA 91109.
“WitFest” takes place 7 p. m. Thursday, Oct. 25, at Castle Green, 99 S. Raymond Ave., Pasadena. Tickets, which include food, drinks, games and unspecified “more,” are $75 per person, or $125 for two.