La Jolla brings out its literary side
by Kendra Hartmann
Published - 09/20/12 - 09:24 AM | 3694 views | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print

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Proving that La Jolla offers much more than top-notch dining and venerated research institutions, those looking for a little bookish culture this weekend can wander down to the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego in La Jolla for the inaugural La Jolla Literary Festival from Sept. 21-23.

Featuring 17 notable speakers with expertise on topics ranging from art to international affairs, the festival encompasses fiction, nonfiction and journalism for a three-day event that promises a little something for everyone trying to get in touch with their scholarly side.

Speakers will host panel discussions on a wide range of topics, with presentations geared toward readers as opposed to writers or those working in the publishing industry.

Speakers include CBS’ “This Morning” contributor Lee Wood- ruff; former CIA operative Antonio J. Mendez; James Bradley, son of one of the men who raised the flag at Iwo Jima and author of “Flags of Our Fathers”; actor, screenwriter and director Kris Arnold; and Adam Lashinsky, senior editor-at-large for Fortune magazine.

Mitch Albom, author of “The Five People You Meet in Heaven” and “Tuesdays with Morrie” — the No. 1 bestselling memoir of all time — will provide the keynote speech. Albom’s books have sold more than 28 million copies worldwide.

The La Jolla Literary Festival will take place at MCASD, 700 Prospect St. Event passes are $250, with group rates available. For tickets or more information, call (858) 866-6635. For those who wish to have $50 of the ticket price donated to the La Jolla Historical Society, let the ticket agent know.

Biographies of all the scheduled speakers (as well as online ticket purchases) are available on the event’s website,

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