Pasadena Literary Alliance to Resume In-Person Events

first_img STAFF REPORT Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Business News Pasadena Literary Alliance’s previous years’ Festival of Women Authors courtesy photoFollowing a successful year of online activities, the Pasadena Literary Alliance is looking forward to resuming in-person author discussions and other events in the coming months as the organization turns another chapter, representatives said.The group has long run a series of panel discussions with authors called Open Book, which transitioned to an online format and became Open Book On Location in May 2020 in response to the pandemic. They produced 13 monthly videos.“Our sort of special sauce for that program was to put together two or three authors that we thought wouldn’t have met each other before and to hear them talk to each other,” according to PLA Board of Directors Chair Katie Poole.The PLA’s other signature annual event, the Pasadena Festival of Women Authors, was also moved online for 2021, she said.But as restrictions gradually lift and the region sits on the verge of transitioning into the least restrictive “yellow” tier under the state’s reopening framework, and having enjoyed continued support from the community, real-life gatherings are once again on the horizon.“We have survived COVID,” Poole said. “We have, I would say, excelled in our outreach. We’ve continued to get the author interviews and to celebrate authors. That’s what we do.”An in-person Open Book event is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Oct. 19 at NOOR Events in Pasadena with authors Attica Locke and Rachel Howell Hill, Poole said.The PLA was also planning to host next year’s Pasadena Festival of Women Authors at the Pasadena Convention Center on Feb. 19.More details on both events were to follow. It had not yet been determined whether the online Open Book On Location series would continue.Additionally, Poole said, “We’re just so happy that we’ve been able to keep up our granting. We had to take a break last spring, but we’ll be able to do our grants this spring. And I think that that has spoken really well to our financial management, to be able to continue with our granting.”PLA grants support community organizations including Pasadena City College, the Pasadena Senior Center, the Pasadena Public Library, PEN America and WriteGirl.Ticketed events, such as the Open Book series and the Pasadena Festival of Women Authors, are the PLA’s primary fundraisers, Poole explained.“We give money to a lot of different literary organizations and the way we raise the funds for that is by having ticketed events,” she said. “For 11, 12 years, we’ve averaged about $50,000 a year in grants. So when COVID came, we were challenged like every other nonprofit on how to have in-person ticketed events to raise our grant money.”The online programs created by the PLA were available for free, but donations of $25 were suggested.The Open Book On Location series can be accessed online at 2021 Pasadena Festival of Women Authors can be viewed at Community News CITY NEWS SERVICE/STAFF REPORT Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday HerbeautyWhat’s Your Zodiac Flower Sign?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThis Trend Looks Kind Of Cool!HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWant To Seriously Cut On Sugar? You Need To Know A Few TricksHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThese Are 15 Great Style Tips From Asian WomenHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyAre You His Ms. Right? 12 Signs He Thinks You AreHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyYou Can’t Go Past Our Healthy Quick RecipesHerbeautyHerbeauty 7 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it STAFF REPORT First Heatwave Expected Next Week Subscribe Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Top of the News center_img Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Uncategorized Pasadena Literary Alliance to Resume In-Person Events By DAVID CROSS and BRIAN DAY Published on Monday, May 3, 2021 | 3:28 pm More Cool Stuff Make a comment Community News Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimeslast_img

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