The City is gearing up for the third annual Mission Viejo’s Reader’s Festival on Saturday, October 1, a free fun-filled event that brings books to life and is expected to attract thousands from this fair City and beyond.
The Readers’ Festival is from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Oso Viejo Community Park and the Norman P. Murray Community and Senior Center, 24932 Veterans Way.
This year’s festival exclusively features the early release of Linda Evans’ memoir, “Recipes For Life.” Her memoir reveals behind-the-scenes tales of her romantic adventures, friendships with the rich and famous, and Evans’ inspiring journey of self discovery. Filled with more than 70 spectacular photos and 40 mouthwatering recipes, “Recipes for Life” is a treasure trove of stories from a life well-lived by a woman well-loved.
Molly Shannon, a comic actress best known for her work on “Saturday Night Live,” will also debut her first literary work – a children’s book, “Tilly the Trickster.” The book focuses on a mischievous girl who loves nothing more than causing a little trouble.
The two personalities will join other well-known authors and illustrators that include Gregory Boyle; Jamie Ford; Heather Vogel Frederick; Cornelia Funke; Robin Preiss Glasser; Gretchen McNeil; Wendy Mass; Marlene Perez; Cindy Pon; Andrew Winer; and Lisa Yee.
Along with the chance to meet and hear their favorite authors and illustrators, festival-goers will enjoy food, entertainment, merchandise and more. Young readers will enjoy storytelling and storybook characters roaming the festival grounds. The Modjeska Playhouse will present its Blue the Book Loving Buccaneer, a 25-minute play that’s fun for the whole family and encourages everyone to turn off their televisions and tune into reading.
This free event is sponsored by the Friends of the Mission Viejo Library and The Whale of a Tale Children’s Bookshoppe, which will sell signed copies of the presenting authors’ books.
With convenient, free shuttle service from the Mission Viejo Civic Center at 200 Civic Center from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., parking is a breeze. Along with the festival grounds, free parking is available at Newhart Middle School, the Civic Center and Thomas R. Potocki Conference Center.
The Mission Viejo Library will be closed that day so library patrons can enjoy a full-filled day at the Readers’ Festival.
For detailed appearance schedules and more, visit www.mvreadersfestival.org.