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826LA’s First Ever Holiday Lit Mart

Season’s readings! This weekend, 826LA celebrated with our first ever Holiday Lit Mart at our Echo Park location.

The same day as the Echo Park Community Parade and the Echo Park Shop Hop, 826LA’s Holiday Lit Mart was a special afternoon where our writing lab was transformed into a festive book fair. Passersby, friends, and family were invited to enter our writing lab to browse an assortment of student- and locally-authored books, holiday button-making, gifts with student quotations, and other LA-themed goodies from our Time Travel Mart Tri-Dimensional Gift Guide.

Best of all, the Holiday Lit Mart featured a series of readings by:

Longtime 826LA student Vincent
Cecil Castellucci, Soupy Leaves Home
Rico Gagliano and Brendan Francis Newnam, Brunch Is Hell: How to Save the World by Throwing a Dinner Party
Meg Howrey, The Wanderers
Lilliam Rivera, The Education of Margot Sanchez
J. Ryan Stradal,Kitchens of the Great Midwest
Chris Terry, Zero Fade
Sara Finnerty

Check out more photos of our Holiday Lit Mart on our Flickr album here. To browse our collection of student publications, locally-authored books, and holiday stocking stuffers, please visit the Time Travel Mart store here.

A special thank you to all of the authors who read at the event! And thank you to everyone who came by to get ~LIT~erary!


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