Writers and Readers and Fuzzy Puppets Gather in WeHo

The one-day page party has Molly, Sarah, and readers galore.

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West Hollywood Book Fair

What are some of the things we like most about the West Hollywood Book Fair, which returns in 2010 on Sunday, Sept. 26?

Well, that it always seems to come at the start of autumn is a big thing to like. After all, this is about the time of year that we're all compelled to do the cozy-up-with-a-thriller-type reading, in some giant "Masterpiece-Theatre"-ready wingback chair if possible, if we're not given to that sort of good practice all year long.

That the fair attracts an interesting and funky array of authors is another plus. Both Molly Ringwald and Sarah Silverman are set to take to the West Hollywood Park stages on Sept. 26, along with several other writers.

That it has nearly made it to a decade. When any fest hits the decade mark, that's major. Props.

That it only lasts for a day appeals. Yes, we do have a soft spot for the larger literary outings, but a one-day-and-out deal is finite enough for us to get out and get going and get there and stop winging about leaving the house. Either you're there on Sept. 26, and you wait for 2011.

That some 30,000 people are expected. Crowdy enough to make it feel convivial. And there are various stages and areas if you feel compelled to move about.

That the West Hollywood Book Fair has employed some sort of crazy, fuzzy mascot to talk it up. Okay, this might be out favorite thing about the fair this year. You've charmed us, West Hollywood Book Fair. Charmed us into attending.

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