If Linda Evans ever doubted her timeless star power, Saturday’s Readers’ Festival served as a vivid reminder that her adoring fans are many.
Evans headlined the 3rd annual Mission Viejo Readers’ Festival, which attracted thousands, and introduced her new memoir “Recipes For Life” ahead of its release date just for the City’s event.
With eyes glued to the seemingly ageless 68-year-old actress, the “Dynasty” star spoke candidly about her personal relationships, behind-the-scenes TV drama and friendships with the rich and famous. She also spoke about her passion for food.
Sharing the author’s stage throughout the daylong event was actress Molly Shannon of “Saturday Night Live ” fame, who debuted her first children’s book – “Tilly the Trickster” – along with 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.
“I love hearing how Heather Vogel Frederick got her inspiration to write,” said 11 year-old Maya from Laguna Hills.
Resident Anita Razin said she was so impressed with how the Readers’ Festival has put Mission Viejo on the literary map. While listening to author Wendy Mass, she said she felt she was “in the presence of greatness.”
“Wendy so precisely shared tips on techniques for writing and she articulated it so concisely,” she said. “I love how organized this event is and the volunteers were friendly and knowledgeable.”
The festival, which brought books to life, catered to people of all ages. There was storytelling, and storybook characters roamed the festival grounds. Young and old alike also enjoyed the Modjeska Playhouse’s Blue the Book Loving Buccaneer.
Maddy, 4, came to see “Fancy Nancy.”
“I loved her crown and boa … she was great,” she said with enthusiasm.
Maddy’s grandmother was impressed with Fancy Nancy illustrator Robin Preiss Glasser and how close and personal she was with the children, even allowing photos.
The free fun-filled event was sponsored by the Friends of the Mission Viejo Library and The Whale of a Tale Children’s Bookshoppe.
“This year’s Readers’ Festival was simply phenomenal,” said Mayor Dave Leckness. “Our residents loved it and are grateful to our City for bringing books to life!”