Book Fest is almost here!

LQ Book Fest is this Saturday, February 1, 2020!!!!! We're so excited and hope you are too.

Here are a few things to know before you get here:

Where do I park?
Parking is free, but limited. Please note there will be some spots reserved for the attending authors, guest speakers and the book store. See the image below. In addition to the parking lot here at the library, there is also overflow parking over in the lot on the corner of Washington St. and Calle Tampico across from City Hall and behind City Hall on the corner of Washington St. and Avenida La Fonda.

What time should I be there?
Check-in starts at 10:15am at the Library. Regardless of where your first panel is, please stop by the library first. The panels start at 11:00am but there is also an exhibit on the history of the American public library that you can check out before if you have some time before your panel. When you check-in, you will get a badge with your panel selections and there will be posters and signs that wi…

How to Talk to Authors

LQ Book Fest is 10 DAYS AWAY! Wow! We are so excited and we hope you are too!

We have a new book display up featuring some of the authors' books so be sure to check some out if you haven't read them already!

Don't forget that we will have the wonderful folks from Cellar Door Books coming to sell the authors' books if you want to purchase them for the Author Signing session at the end of the day. If you do plan to participate in it, here are some tips about talking with the authors:
If you've read their work, tell them how much you like or love it and/or how much it means to you. Did you love a certain phrase or character? Did the book inspire you to be creative or take some action? Think about if you wrote a book, what would you want a reader to tell you at a signing?Say something relevant to what they said at the event or panel discussion they were on. Keep it brief! Remember that they may have a lot of signing to do and unfortunately not a lot of time to chat but…

Pre-Book Fest Event: Free Screening of "The Public"

Join a pre-Book Fest screening of The Public, written and directed by Emilio Estevez on Saturday, January 18 at 11:00 a.m. Learn about the role public librarians and libraries play in serving their patrons, many of whom are homeless, mentally ill, and marginalized members of the community. This film focuses on these people, along with the library staff that form emotional connections with these patrons and develop a sense of obligation to care for them. This story tackles some of our nation's most challenging issues and sets the drama inside one of the last bastions of democracy-in-action: your public library.
Plot: An act of civil disobedience turns into a standoff with police when homeless people in Cincinnati stage a sit-in at the public library to seek shelter from the bitter cold.
Watch the Preview:
Seating is available on a first come, first served basis. Doors will open at 10:45am, and the screening will begin at 11am.

Book Fest 2020 Update: Announcing Sean R. Corbin!

We are excited to announce Sean R. Corbin a La Quinta Book Fest 2020 guest panelist! Sean R. Corbin is the Teen Librarian at the Palm Springs Public Library. Originally from Twentynine Palms, Sean moved down to the valley in 2003. He found his career on accident, when he took his first library job in 2005, initially looking for a way out of waiting tables; since then he has worked at both public and academic libraries, and has developed a passion for helping patrons.
A graduate of Cal State, San Bernardino (BA, English), Sean is currently pursuing his Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) degree at San José State University. As a Teen Librarian, he is driven to provide engaging and entertaining programs, as well as provide opportunities for teens to give back to their community.

Favorite book: The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
Favorite album: Computer World by Kraftwerk
Hobbies: Hiking, camping, writing, photography
Sean will be a panelist in our &q…

Book Fest 2020 Update: Announcing Ezra Claytan Daniels

Welcome Ezra Claytan Daniels as a La Quinta Book Fest 2020 guest author and panelist! Ezra Claytan Daniels is a writer and illustrator based in Los Angeles, CA. His Eisner, Harvey, and Ignatz Award-nominated graphic novel, UPGRADE SOUL, was the recipient of the Dwayne McDuffie Award for Diversity in Comics and was named one of the best books of 2018 by Publishers Weekly, Vulture, The Library Journal, and Paste. His graphic novel collaboration with Ben Passmore, entitled BTTM FDRS, was released in June 2019 by Fantagraphics Books.
Learn more about his work:
- Watch a trailer for his graphic novel, UPGRADE SOUL:
- Read Who Is the Monster? Spotlight on Ezra Claytan Daniels
- Read an NPR interview about his newest graphic novel BTTM FDRS, written in collaboration with Ben Passmore
Find him on Twitter, Instagram, &
Ezra will be a panelist in our "Why Read Graphic Novels?" and "Books as Social Commentary" panels at Book Fest 2020 on Satur…

Book Fest 2020 Update: Announcing Liza Palmer

Welcome Liza Palmer as a La Quinta Book Fest 2020 guest author and panelist! Liza Palmer is an internationally bestselling author of nine novels, including Conversations with the Fat Girl, Nowhere but Home, and, most recently, The Nobodies. An Emmy-nominated writer, she lives in Los Angeles and works for BuzzFeed.

Read an interview with Liza where she discusses her newest book, The Nobodies
Liza will be a panelist in our "On Writing" panel at Book Fest 2020 on Saturday, February 1!

Find her on Twitter & Instagram
Explore our blog for more info about guest authors/panelistspanel sessions, and registration.

Book Fest 2020 Update: Announcing Allyson Jeffredo!

We are excited to announce Allyson Jeffredo as a guest panelist for La Quinta Book Fest 2020!Allyson is the Riverside County Library System (RCLS) Family Literacy Coordinator and will be participating in our "So You Think You Know About Libraries?" panel.
Throughout her time in the RCLS Literacy Department, she has instituted Family Literacy programming, refreshed the Adult Literacy services, and undertaken STEAM programming for families with young children. In addition to literacy, Allyson has worked in the community college system teaching various levels of English. She has a love for writing, and her poetry and essays can be found online. At the end of the day, she enjoys walking her two huskies and soaking in the unrivaled Coachella Valley sunset.

Explore our blog for more info about guest authors/panelists, panel sessions, and registration.