The Los Angeles Times Festival of Books began in 1996 with a simple goal: to bring together the people who create books with the people who love to read them. The festival was an immediate success and has become the largest and most prestigious book festival in the country, attracting more than 130,000 book lovers each year.
Of all the authors here, Aimee Bender was the most familiar to me. I was glad to hear one author point out that many, many authors in the science fiction and fantasy field have been writing Literary quality fiction for years. It's been common since the New Weird, but sadly very few Literary critics give it any notice.
But it's good to see the established giving greater credit where credit has been long overdue.