Autry Museum of the American West

Go West Book Fest at the Autry



Date / Time:

Sunday, Apr 29, 2012, 11:00 am - 5:00 pm


The Autry in Griffith Park


Museum Admission Rates Apply / Free for Autry Members


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Stories are the way we connect with one another; through stories we come to explore the past, the future, our imaginations, our histories, ourselves. Join us as the Autry  celebrates stories, books, and the joy they bring to our lives with a day filled with storytellers, author readings, a book sale, craft activities for families, and a panel discussion—all about books!

11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Annual Friends of the Braun Library Book Sale on the Plaza
The Annual Friends of the Braun Library Book Sale will feature a variety of topics and over 3,500 books. All books are donated to the Library for the purpose of the sale and proceeds go into the Library’s acquisition fund.
Discussions With Authors

11:30 a.m. – 1:00p.m. M.G. Lord & Kate Burton      
M.G. Lord's new book, The Accidental Feminist: How Elizabeth Taylor Raised Our Consciousness and We Were Too Distracted By Her Beauty To Notice, looks at the actress and icon in a new way. Featuring clips from the movie Giant.

On KCRW: Lisa Napoli interviews M.G. Lord

1:00 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. Gustavo Arellano
Gustavo Arellano, author of Taco USA: How Mexican Food Conquered America, is a staff writer with OC Weekly and a contributing editor to the Los Angeles Times Op/Ed pages. His ¡Ask a Mexican! column won the 2006 Association of Alternative Newsweeklies award for the best column in a large circulation weekly.

From the Trading Posts blog: Gustavo Arellano Talks Mexican Food

2:00 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. Gabrielle Burton
Searching for Tamsen Donner follows Burton’s own 1977 journey in which she retraced the Donner Trail of 1846 with her family. It also includes all of Tamsen Donner’s letters, published for the first time. Burton has written for the Washington Post, the New York Times, and the Huffington Post.

3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Panel Discussion on Book Clubs          
In the online era it is interesting to see the growth of in-person book clubs. Why is it that when we talk about books and share our love of stories, we want to do it live? Book talk events are valuable because they build community and strengthen our personal relationships.  

Panelists will include a variety of perspectives:


  • Denise Hamilton – author who participates in book club events
  • Judith Palarz (“Judibook”) – book club facilitator
  • Emily Pullen (Skylight Books) – manages in-store book groups and coordinates neighborhood book groups
  • Linda Friedman – moderator

In-Gallery Presentations

11:45 a.m., 12:45 p.m.. 1:45 p.m., 2:45 p.m. Uncover the Story (15 minutes each)
Members of the Autry Libraries staff, share their work and discuss how they discover the fascinating stories of single objects through research and library resources.

12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Visit the Old West Galleries with Michael Blake
Stop by the Old West Saloon, the O.K. Corral and the Law & Order galleries to meet the author of Hollywood and the O.K. Corral: Portrayals of the Gunfight and Wyatt Earp, which examines eight movies, produced from 1939 to 1994, of the legendary gunfight.

Children’s Storytelling & Activities
Noon – 12:45 p.m. Storyteller Sheri Foster Blake in Journeys Gallery
Noon – 3:00 p.m. Craft: Make your bookmark or journal in the Autry  Lobby
2:00 p.m. – 2:45p.m. Storyteller Kathleen Contreras in Imagination Gallery

11:30 a.m., 1:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m. Museum Tours
Docent-led tours of the Autry's galleries

Noon, 2:00 p.m. The Poetic West Gallery tour
Readings of cowboy lyrics and testimonials, Native American poems, novel excerpts, and traditional and contemporary poetry will be incorporated to deepen the meaning of the Autry’s art and artifacts.



Go West Book Fest

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  • M.G. Lord

    Author of The Accidental Feminist: How Elizabeth Taylor Raised Our Consciousness and We Were Too Distracted By Her Beauty To Notice

  • Gustavo Arellano

    Author of Taco USA: How Mexican Food Conquered America

  • Gabrielle Burton

    Author of Searching for Tamsen Donner

  • Denise Hamilton

    Author who participates in book club events

  • Judith Palarz

    Facilitator of the book group Judibook

  • Emily Pullen

    Skylight Books manager of in-store book groups

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