The Little Literary Fair, LITLIT, Returned to Los Angeles
‘Increasing access to vibrant, cultural conversations and the world of literary production has been essential to LARB’s mission, publications, and programs since our founding,’ says LARB Executive Director Irene Yoon. ‘We’re thrilled to bring LITLIT back and celebrate the transformative work of local independent presses with our L.A. community.’
LITLIT offers local independent presses and literary arts organizations the opportunity to share their work and ideas with fair attendees. Free and open to the public, programming included panel discussions with publishers, authors, artists, and community organizers, as well as bookish demonstrations for all ages, including traditional bookbinding and letterpress and screen printing. The goal is to increase public and institutional support for small presses and the communities they sustain and create. Since the pandemic, LITLIT may now be the only fair of its kind in Los Angeles, a celebration of print culture and L.A.’s multicultural, multilingual, multi-genre literary scene.
Located in Hauser & Wirth’s beautiful Arts District complex and taking place alongside Mika Rottenberg’s first Los Angeles solo exhibition of recent works in video, drawing, and sculpture, LITLIT is a unique opportunity to situate the literary arts within one of Los Angeles’s most exciting cultural spaces. In addition to important, groundbreaking exhibits, Hauser & Wirth also hosts attractions like the bookstore ARTBOOK, the restaurant Manuela, and the Gallery Shop retail space, all of which are set around a 6,000-square-foot open courtyard that frequently serves as a venue for outdoor installations.
‘Following the success of its inaugural year, we are pleased to partner again with the Los Angeles Review of Books to bring LITLIT back to Los Angeles. As an international publisher with deep roots in the arts scene, it is a great honor to support and showcase the many local independent presses who are a testament to this vibrant literary community.’—Dr. Michaela Unterdörfer, Publisher of Hauser & Wirth Publishers
Participating publishers, booksellers, and vendors included: 826LA, Alegría Publishing, Angel City Press, Art of Tea, Artbook, Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center, Brown Paper Press, Cena Vegan, colour bloc creativ, Con Todo Press, Contemporary Art Review Los Angeles (carla), Deluge, DoppelHouse Press, Dryland Literary Journal, Dwellers (ft. Canyon Coffee), Ellie Baked It, Harvard Square Editions, Heavy Manners Library, Heyday, Inlandia Institute, Insert Press, Inventory Press, Kaya Press, Los Angeles Poet Society, Los Angeles Public Library, New Documents / Fillip, Not a Cult, Paper Chase Press, PARA LLEVAR Magazine, PEN America, Rare Bird, Red Hen Press, Semiotext(e), The Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens, The International Printing Museum, The Los Angeles Press, The Village Well Books & Coffee, theLAnd, Tía Chucha’s Centro Cultural and Bookstore, Two Lines Press (Center for the Art of Translation), UCLA Extension Writers’ Program, Unnamed Press, What Books Press, Words Uncaged, World Stage Press / Community Literature Initiative, and X Artists’ Books.
LITLIT—the Little Literary Fair, presented by Los Angeles Review of Books and Hauser & Wirth Publishers—took place on 30 and 31 July 2022, from 11 am – 6 pm at Hauser & Wirth Los Angeles, located at 901 E. 3rd Street, Los Angeles, CA 90013. LITLIT was free and open to the public. Find more information at litlit.org.
This year’s fair was made possible in part by a grant from the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs.