There were about three memoir panels at the festival this year. It’s a very popular genre, apparently. Tickets for all panels, according to the super helpful and adorable information volunteers, were completely sold out. Sure, tickets were free – er $.75 through Ticketmaster – but still, nice turn out. All the panels were packed. Some with long lines of stand-bys.
Moderating this panel was Erika Schickel. Panelists included Gustavo Arellano of Ask a Mexican fame, Chris Ayers, Marion Winik and The Love Junkie, Rachel Resnick.
Ayers, author of War Reporting for Cowards, began by saying that he was the Hollywood correspondent for the London Times who was in Iraq for a whopping nine days, “I have the distinction of being the first journalist to desert the troops I was embedded with.” Ayers moved to LA got by his own admission a million dollar loan and a Range Rover on easy credit in 2006. “All writers do that. If something terrible happens to you, you think ‘I can write about this’.” And that was the basis for his latest book Death by Leisure: A Cautionary Tale. The amazing part of the book was the timing. Ayers explained,”Events started to catch up to me.”