Epilogue: LA Times Festival of Books

Publisher’s Weekly chimes in with a wrap-up of the 16th annual LA Times Festival of Books, held this past weekend on the campus of USC rather than UCLA.

While an LA Times rep informs there were 12% more exhibitors compared to 2010 and twice the amount of sponsors, the move from LA’s west side to downtown also triggered some more subtle adjustments. For example, employees of African-American bookstore Eso Won returned after a year absence with this intriguingly adjusted approach:

“The only difference for us is in our inventory,” said co-owner Tom Hamilton. “We knew there would be more non-white folks here who have less expendable income, so we brought a lot of remainders, and they’re selling.”

Another exhibitor, Natalie Compagno of Traveler’s Bookcase, also downscaled her inventory for USC and confirmed to reporter Wendy Werris that the advance expectation of fewer westsiders venturing east of the 405 turned out to be true. FishbowlLA noticed a number of tweets over the weekend from people grumbling about increased traffic and parking challenges compared to UCLA, but despite any of that, USC will be the locale for the event again next year.

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