Well, the next best thing to going there is reading about it.
Here are some fellow bloggers take on the festival:
Lee Goldberg at A Writer's Life met a lot of authors and moderated a panel.
Laura Clark at L.A. Story took plenty of video at the Festival, including an interview with The Fresh Beat Band from Nickelodian, as well as a print interview with Caitlin Sanchez, the voice of Dora the Explorer.
Julian Ayres from The Tattler witnessed a foul-mouthed fracas on one of the mainstages!
The Publishing Maven ruminates about publicity opportunities at the Festival.
Notes from Vivace did a week's worth of blog posts about the Festival.
Jonathan Bernstein spent his time with other Young Adult authors.
Andrew Smith at Ghost Medicine says that this was the best Festival ever.
John Matthew Fox at Book Fox posted plenty about the panels he attended.
I'm jealous of Little Willow at ReaderGirlz (a group blog) who ran into Robin Benway, author of one of my favorite books, Audrey Wait!
Carolyn Kellogg from Jacket Copy moderated a new media panel with Wil Wheaton, Pablo Defendini, and Dana Goodyear. She provides lots of links to yet more bloggers who covered the event as well.