The participants in that Fair included a fair number of organizations that maintained an affiliation with a local artistic group. For example, the list of participating organizations included The Alliance of Los Angeles Playwrights, The Los Angeles Book Arts Center and the MAK Center for Art and Architecture. The presence of booths from those organizations highlighted the proximity of West Hollywood to the City of Los Angeles.
Yet artists residing within West Hollywood also operated booths at the Book Fair. The West Hollywood Parks Department had a booth that featured recreation book crafts. That booth helped to reveal the talents of West Hollywood's future artists. Other artwork could be found at the booth for the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA).
The Fair showed that the individuals interested in West Hollywood arts did not shrink from expressing their opinions. Some Fair attendees announced their opinions at various panels and other Fair events. For example, there was one panel called "Iraq, My Brain: On the Culture of War." Some panels had lighter topics, like the one on "Rock'n Roll Myths." Other panels had an equally serious subject, like the one on "Writing about Religion and Spirituality."
The events at the West Hollywood Book Fair helped to compensate for the lack of art classes in the elementary schools. That lack had been an unfortunate outcome from the decrease in tax money assigned to the school system. No tax money had been needed, in order to have at the Fair some invited celebrities, celebrities who had come to read children's books. The Fair also offered a Children's Theater Pageant. Even when children wandered away from the booths, they could still meet-up with one of the Fair's strolling literary characters.
The creativity of the children in West Hollywood, some of it enhanced by their encounters with imaginary characters, definitely came into focus at the Book Fair. There was one booth where children received all the materials they needed for the creation of bookmarks. Another booth challenged their creativity by inviting them to make a packet from the assembled "goodies" (lace, felt, wool scraps, colored swatches of lighter materials and even tiny pieces of wood).
After visiting the Book Fair, one could easily understand why so many artists settle in and around West Hollywood. Perhaps a more artistic essay on the Book Fair will one day be created by someone who went to the booth sponsored by WriteGirl, The Writer's Store or the Independent Writers of Southern California (IWOSCI).