LITLIT, or The Little Literary Fair, is a celebration of independent booksellers, book publishers, and book makers from Los Angeles and beyond.
We saw how incredible it was when local publishers came together at the LARB Publishing Workshop's internal independent book press fair and wanted readers from all over the city to have the same opportunity. As part of LARB's mission to increase access to literary and cultural production, LITLIT aims to strengthen public and institutional support for independent presses both large and small. This year we're thrilled to have partnered with Hauser & Wirth Publishers and Hauser & Wirth LA to bring this gathering to both participating exhibitors and the public free of charge.
Located in Hauser & Wirth's beautiful Arts District complex, LITLIT 2019 took place against the backdrop of a rare show by artist David Hammons — his first L.A.-based solo show in 45 years — and the first Los Angeles exhibition of Argentine artist Guillermo Kuitca. Our inaugural two-day fair welcomed over 5,000 members of the public from all over Southern California and the globe.
Participating publishers, booksellers, and vendors included: Angel City Press, Artbook, Counter Culture Coffee, DoppelHouse Press, Hauser & Wirth Publishers, Hay House, Insert Blanc Press, Inventory Press, Jaded Ibis Press, Kaya Press, LARB Books, LARB Publishing Workshop, Los Angeles Public Library, Not A Cult, Nouvella Books, Otis Books, Prospect Park Books, Rare Bird Books & Literary, Red Hen Press, Tia Chucha Press & Centro Cultural, Tsehai Publishers & Harriet Tubman Press, Two Lines Press & Center for the Art of Translation, Unnamed Press, Words Uncaged, Writing Workshops Los Angeles, and X Artists Books.
Programming included interviews and panel discussions with publishers, authors, artists, and community organizers including Jessica M. Wilson Cárdenas of Tia Chucha, Dawn Finley of the Feminist Library On Wheels, Dr. Bidhan Chandra Roy and Tobias Tubbs of Words Uncaged, Elias Wondimu of Tsehai Publishers, Dagny Corcoran of Art Catalogues, artist and X Artists' Books co-founder Alexandra Grant, artist Paul McCarthy, Dr. Michaela Unterdörfer of Hauser & Wirth Publishers, poets Yesika Salgado and Vickie Vértiz, and writers Melissa Broder and Alissa Nutting.
Watch these conversations on Activism in Words, Arts and Books, Latinx/LA Poetics, and Absurdity in Writing below: