'West Hollywood Writes' Gives Local Authors Chance to Showcase Work

Residents can sign up through August 25 to display and sell their published or self-published writing at the October 2 West Hollywood Book Fair.

Each autumn, the West Hollywood Book Fair presents more than 300 novelists, journalists, poets and other writers from Southern California and beyond in panels, readings, and other special appearances – yet many who wish to participate are inevitably left out.

Fortunately for local writers, the city includes West Hollywood Writes on the book fair’s large and eclectic program. The event offers local residents one to three hours of free booth space, where they can display and sell their published or self-published writing. 

“There is such a wealth of creative and talented people living in our city, and we are honored to be able to offer a way for local authors to exhibit their work, free of cost,” said Michael Che, an administrative specialist at .

Che is coordinating this year’s West Hollywood Writes program with the assistance of West Hollywood residents Michael Zanella and Richard Blons, longtime members of the Book Fair Planning Committee, who have organized the popular program in the past.

The 10th annual West Hollywood Book Fair will be held on Sunday, October 2 in , 647 N. San Vicente Blvd., following the official opening of the park’s new West Hollywood Library the previous day. The city expects more than 25,000 visitors to attend.

Because booth space for West Hollywood Writes is limited, interested residents are encouraged to sign up before the August 25 deadline.  Applications are available online. Last year, 29 local writers participated.

The book fair also needs volunteers to serve in various capacities. The website includes volunteer FAQs, as well as general volunteer information and applications. Additional questions should be addressed to volunteer coordinator Larissa Fooks at lfooks@weho.org.

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