Lauren Kate, an internationally bestselling author of young adult fiction, will delight countless fans when she appears at the Mission Viejo Readers’ Festival on Sunday.
The spectacular festival, which caters to all ages, is from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. October 14 at Oso Viejo Park and the Norman P. Murray Community and Senior Center, 24932 Veterans Way.
Kate’s paranormal romance books have been translated into more than 30 languages and include “Fallen”; “Torment”; “The Betrayal of Natalie Hargrove”; and “Passion.” Disney optioned the film rights to the entire series on the day of Fallen’s release in 2009. Kate’s latest book in the Fallen series, “Rapture,” will be available for purchase at the event. She will appear at 4:15 p.m. in the Norman P. Murray and Community Center’s Palo Verde room.
Kate will join other popular writers like former baseball player Jim Abbott, novelist T. Jefferson Parker, former O.J. Simpson prosecutor Marcia Clark and actress Molly Ringwald at the free Mission Viejo Readers’ Festival that brings books to life.
Along with meeting their favorite authors inside the community center, festival-goers will experience life in the Middle Ages at Oso Viejo Park with live demonstrations of archery, knights in battle, catapult launching and craft activities. The event includes a vivid live chess game on a life-size board, celebrity and author readings, book signings and sales, photo opportunities, fabulous fare and so much more. Queen Elizabeth 1 will stroll the venue knighting folks who recite a poem or sing a song for her.
This free festival, sponsored by the Friends of the Mission Viejo Library, includes convenient free shuttle service from 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. from the Mission Viejo Library at 100 Civic Center. To accommodate festival-goers, the library will be closed that day.
For more information about this one-of-a-kind festival, visit cityofmissionviejo.org/ReadersFestival.