This Saturday I took a trip all the way to LA to go to the LA Book Fair. I was expecting a small set up of local authors trying to sell their books, but once we arrived I was shocked to see that it was actually full of not only authors, but artists trying to sell their pieces. There were crowds of people lined up to see what they were offering, each table offering something different than the last.
Maryam and I drove into the city, amazed by the hustle and bustle of all the people walking around. We were a little caught off guard because we had never been to LA by ourselves before, so we knew we were in for an interesting experience. After taking close to an hour trying to find parking and then walking over to the Geffen Contemporary, we took in all the sights of the city, like the shops and restaurants of Little Tokyo. Once we finally made it to the Book Fair, we noticed how nicely everyone was dressed, resembling something out of an Urban Outfitters catalog. We spent sometime walking around the Book Fair and checked most of the tables and what each artist was selling or displaying. On our way back to the car, we found a lady making street tacos, so we made a quick stop before heading back to Long Beach.
The experience overall was pretty cool. It was the first time I had been to another part of LA, other than the Staples Center. I could also really tell that each artist at the Book Fair was excited to get there name and art out there, and the people attending were supportive of all of them. Although I was full of anxiety walking through an unfamiliar area, it was nice to step out of my comfort zone and an experience that I am happy to have had.