Saturday, May 17, 5pm
LitFest on the Prowl Kick-Off at Vroman's with
presenting & signing her debut novel,
interviewed by Laurie Ochoa
Spring is in the air and so is LitFest, returning for its third year with a brand-new venue: The byways, bookstores, wine bars, theaters and streets of Pasadena's Playhouse District. Vroman's Bookstore helps LitFest on the Prowl kick off with a bang at 5p.m. on Saturday, May 17, when food-world legend Ruth Reichl premieres her first novel, Delicious!
In Delicious!, Billie Breslin has traveled far from her home in California to take a job at Delicious!, New York’s most iconic food magazine. Away from her family, particularly her older sister, Genie, Billie feels like a fish out of water—until she is welcomed by the magazine’s colorful staff. She is also seduced by the vibrant downtown food scene, especially by Fontanari’s, the famous Italian food shop where she works on weekends. Then Delicious! is abruptly shut down, but Billie agrees to stay on in the empty office, maintaining the hotline for reader
complaints in order to pay her bills.
To Billie’s surprise, the lonely job becomes the portal to a miraculous discovery. In a hidden room in the magazine’s library, Billie finds a cache of letters written during World War II by Lulu Swan, a plucky twelve-year-old, to the legendary chef James Beard. Lulu’s letters provide Billie with a richer understanding of history, and a feeling of deep connection to the young writer whose courage in the face of hardship inspires Billie to comes to terms with her fears, her big sister and her ability to open her heart to love. (Random House)
Ruth Reichl, former chief restaurant critic of the L.A. Times and New York Times and former editor of Gourmet Magazine, is the best-selling author of memoirs Tender at the Bone and Garlic and Sapphires.
Laurie Ochoa is the Arts and Entertainment editor for the Los Angeles Times
and co-founder of Slake.
Refreshments will be available, including a special beef guanciale prepared by Robert Simon of Bistro 45 in honor of Ruth Reichl, and beverages from Everson Royce Wine & Spirits.
For more information and a complete schedule of events: LitFest on the Prowl
Vroman's will be selling books for LitFest outside our Colorado Blvd. entrance from 5pm-9pm on the evening of 5/17.
Those wishing to get books signed will be asked to purchase at least one copy of the author's most recent title from Vroman's. For each purchased copy of the newest title, customers may bring up to three copies from home to be signed. This policy applies to all Vroman's Bookstore events unless otherwise noted. Save your Vroman's receipt; it will be checked when you enter the signing line.