Wow. What a weekend of being wonderfully overwhelmed by the love of words and creative peers! I received a double dose of it by attending both the West Hollywood Library's official opening on Saturday and the Book Fair on Sunday. The air was indeed charged with excitement and I'm definitely glad I was there to grab and participate in some of that energy.
In an era of online media and e-books, it's great to see a library built with great style in mind - honoring the library as a place for people to gather and share in the glory of the printed word. The book fair looked in high form with so many options - perhaps too much, but that's the world we live in with so many choices. As I wrote an performed in my song "There are so many stories / wanting to be told / everyday the new ones / join voices with the old..."
Here are some photos from the weekend experience (as per usual, click on image to enlarge):
|One of many aisle of booths and books|
|The Library and Pacific Design Center in background|
|Homo-centric founder and word guru Hank Henderson with writer Travis Wood|
|The homo-centric booth right next to the mainstage|
|I'll sing away all day if needed|
|Ian MacKinnon thrilled audiences with selections from his Gay Hist-orgy part 1 & 2|
|Michael Kearns and his "Renegades" wowed audiences to close the fair|
|Shepard Fairey is one of several remarkable murals as part of the new Library|
|The views from the library second floor are so wonderful it may distract a reader...|
|An ornate ceiling caps the second floor and is from "green" wood material|
|"The Library Tree"|
|A little humor on the way home from a gorgeous day|