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Saturday, April 13
 

10:00am

Erica Jong, Reading from "The World Began With Yes"
Award-winning poet Erica Jong reads selected poems from her latest collection.

Speakers
avatar for Erica Jong

Erica Jong

Erica Jong is a celebrated poet, novelist & essayist with over twenty-five published books. Her most popular novel, "Fear of Flying," celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2013. Never out of print, it has sold over thirty-five million copies translated into over forty-five languages... Read More →


Saturday April 13, 2019 10:00am - 10:20am
Poetry Stage, Signing Area 2

10:00am

LA Librería: Bilingual Storytime with Ms. Angel **Bilingual Programming
Join the marvelous Ms. Angel for an interactive storytelling of some of the funniest books from around the world.


Speakers
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Ms. Angel

Mrs. Angel is a Spanish Bilingual children’s storyteller with the Anaheim Public Library.  She has earned an Associates and Bachelor’s degree in Child Development and has worked with children for 30 years as a preschool and elementary school teacher and school librarian.  Her... Read More →


Saturday April 13, 2019 10:00am - 10:25am
Reading by 9 Children's Stage Presented by Target, Signing Area 7

10:00am

Festival Kickoff with the Trojan Marching Band
Kick off this year’s Festival of Books with special guests from the Los Angeles Times and USC and a performance by the Trojan Marching Band, one of the most innovative collegiate marching bands in the country.

Speakers
avatar for The Trojan Marching Band

The Trojan Marching Band

Shortly after the University of Southern California was founded in 1880, a group of musicians first came together to form what would become the Trojan Marching Band. Now the largest spirit organization on campus, the band has developed into one of the most exciting and innovative... Read More →


Saturday April 13, 2019 10:00am - 10:30am
USC Stage

10:00am

Los Angeles: The People and Places That Shaped A City - Conversation 1101 - REQUIRES TICKET
Anyone who still believes that Los Angeles is a city without history hasn't been doing much reading lately. Join Lili Anolik, Tosh Berman, Lynell George and David Kipen for a discussion of the key figures and iconic locations that formed their most recent books and the rich history of the City of Angels.

Moderators
avatar for William Deverell

William Deverell

Deverell is professor of history and director of the Huntington-USC Institute on California and the West at the University of Southern California. He is the author of numerous studies of the nineteenth- and twentieth-century American West, including "Whitewashed Adobe: The Rise of... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Lili Anolik

Lili Anolik

Lili Anolik is a contributing editor at Vanity Fair. Her work has also appeared in Harper's, Esquire, and The Believer. She is the author of Hollywood's Eve and lives in New York City with her husband and two small sons.
avatar for Tosh Berman

Tosh Berman

Tosh Berman is a writer, poet, and publisher of TamTam Books. As a publisher, he focused on post-war French figures such as Boris Vian, Guy Debord, Serge Gainsbourg and French gangster Jacques Mesrine, as well as publishing Sparks (Ron Mael & Russell Mael) and Lun*na Menoh. His previous... Read More →
avatar for Lynell George

Lynell George

Lynell George is a journalist and essayist. "After/Image: Los Angeles Outside the Frame" is her first book of essays and photography, exploring the city where she grew up. She is also the author of "No Crystal Stair: African Americans in the City of Angels," a collection of features... Read More →
avatar for David Kipen

David Kipen

David Kipen founded the nonprofit Boyle Heights lending library Libros Schmibros in 2010. Former literature director of the National Endowment for the Arts, book editor/critic of the San Francisco Chronicle, and contributor to multiple volumes of California cultural history, Kipen... Read More →


Saturday April 13, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
Taper Hall 101, Signing Area 5

10:00am

Fiction: Contemporary Concerns - Conversation 1081 - REQUIRES TICKET
Some novels immerse the reader in imaged universes, while others render the pressing issues of our time in characters, plot, and scene. Join these contemporary novelists for a discussion of writing timely cultural concerns into fictive worlds.

Moderators
avatar for Edan Lepucki

Edan Lepucki

Edan Lepucki is the New York Times bestselling author of the novels California and Woman No. 17, and she will be the guest editor of Best American Nonrequired Reading 2019. Her short fiction and nonfiction have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Esquire, and McSweeney's, among other... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Caeli Wolfson Widger

Caeli Wolfson Widger

Caeli Wolfson Widger is the author of the novel Real Happy Family. Her other work has appeared in numerous literary journals, the New York Times Magazine, and Amazon’s Day One and on NPR. Caeli lives with her husband and three children in Santa Monica, California, where she runs... Read More →
avatar for Susan Choi

Susan Choi

Susan Choi is the author of the novels "My Education," "A Person of Interest," "American Woman," and "The Foreign Student." Her work has been a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and the PEN/Faulkner Award and winner of the PEN/W.G. Sebald Award and the Asian-American Literary Award... Read More →
avatar for John Wray

John Wray

John Wray is the author of "The Lost Time Accidents," "Lowboy," "Canaan's Tongue," "The Right Hand of Sleep," and most recently, "Godsend." The recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Whiting Award, a Cullman Fellowship from the New York Public Library, and a Mary Ellen von der Heyden... Read More →


Saturday April 13, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
Seeley G. Mudd 124, Signing Area 4

10:00am

It Takes Two: Co-Authoring Middle Grade Fiction - Conversation 1011 - REQUIRES TICKET
Whether you're journeying as far as outer space or as close as a birthday party, it's always better to have a partner in crime. Join the author teams of "Klawde: Evil Alien Warlord Cat" and the "Dork Diaries" series for a discussion of crafting middle grade stories in pairs. 

Moderators
avatar for Holly Goldberg Sloan

Holly Goldberg Sloan

Holly Goldberg Sloan was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan and spent her childhood living in Holland; Istanbul, Turkey; Washington, D.C.; Berkeley, California; and Eugene, Oregon. After graduating from Wellesley College and spending some time as an advertising copywriter, she began writing... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Emily Chenoweth

Emily Chenoweth

Emily Chenoweth is the author of "Hello Goodbye" and the ghostwriter of several young adult New York Times bestsellers. Under the name Emily Raymond, she has co-authored eight books with James Patterson, including "First Love," "Expelled," and "Witch & Wizard: The Lost." Her latest... Read More →
avatar for Johnny Marciano

Johnny Marciano

Johnny Marciano is a New York Times-bestselling author and illustrator. He has written non-fiction books for all ages such as Anonyponymous, while his work for children includes "The Witches of Benevento" series, "The No-Good Nine," and "Madeline at the White House." His latest, "Klawde... Read More →
avatar for Rachel Renée Russell

Rachel Renée Russell

Rachel Renée Russell is a former attorney turned #1 New York Times bestselling author of the blockbuster book series "Dork Diaries." Her daughter, Nikki Russell, inspired the series and now help to illustrate it. With more than 38 million copies in print worldwide, the 13th "Dork... Read More →
avatar for Nikki Russell

Nikki Russell

Daughter of the best-selling author Rachel Renée Russell, Nikki Russell has been a member of the writing world for years as the namesake of the main character of the "Dork Diaries" series. For many years she has also illustrated some of the "Dork Diaries" books. Her most recent... Read More →


Saturday April 13, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
Hoffman Hall, Signing Area 1

10:00am

Identity and Memory: The Performance of the Self in Contemporary Poetry - Conversation 1031 - REQUIRES TICKET
Join Jos Charles, Terrance Hayes, Illya Kaminsky, and Diana Khoi Nguyen for a conversation on excavating the self as a subject for their poetry.

Moderators
avatar for Cyrus Cassells

Cyrus Cassells

Born in Dover, Delaware, Cyrus Cassells grew up in the Mojave Desert near Los Angeles, California. He earned a BA from Stanford University. Cassells is the author of The Mud Actor (1982), winner of the 1981 National Poetry Series competition; Soul Make a Path through Shouting (1994... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Jos Charles

Jos Charles

Jos Charles is a trans poet, translator, editor, and author of "feeld," a National Book Award long-listed finalist and winner of the 2017 National Poetry Series, selected by Fady Joudah (Milkweed Editions) and Safe Space (Ahsahta Press). Charles has poetry published with POETRY, Poem-a-Day... Read More →
avatar for Terrance Hayes

Terrance Hayes

Terrance Hayes is a 2014 MacArthur Fellow. Hayes served as the 2017-2018 poetry editor for New York Times Magazine. He was guest editor of "The Best American Poetry 2014," the preeminent annual anthology of contemporary American poetry. His poems have appeared in ten editions of the... Read More →
avatar for Ilya Kaminsky

Ilya Kaminsky

Ilya Kaminsky was born in the former Soviet Union. He is the author of the poetry collections "Deaf Republic" and "Dancing in Odessa," and coeditor of The Ecco Anthology of International Poetry. He was a 2014 finalist for the Neustadt International Prize for Literature.
avatar for Diana Khoi Nguyen

Diana Khoi Nguyen

Born and raised in Los Angeles, Diana Khoi Nguyen is a multimedia artist and award-winning poet whose work has appeared widely in literary journals such as Poetry, American Poetry Review, Boston Review, PEN America, and The Iowa Review, among others. She recently won the 92Y Discovery... Read More →


Saturday April 13, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
Mudd Hall 203, Signing Area 1

10:00am

Citizens Influencing Change: Activism Past and Present - Conversation 1051 - REQUIRES TICKET
Protests and direct action are having a moment, but they've always been part of America's foundation and ethos. Authors Jennifer L. Eberhardt, Adam Hochschild, L.A. Kauffman and Christopher Noxon discuss the influence of activism and what called them to write their most recent books. 

Moderators
avatar for Marcus Anthony Hunter

Marcus Anthony Hunter

Professor Hunter is the Scott Waugh Endowed Chair in the Division of the Social Sciences, Associate professor in sociology, and Chair of the department of African American Studies at UCLA. He is author of three books: "Black Citymakers: How The Philadelphia Negro Changed Urban America... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Adam Hochschild

Adam Hochschild

Adam Hochschild is a journalist and author who has written on issues of human rights and social justice. His books include the bestselling "King Leopold's Ghost" and most recently, "Lessons from a Dark Time and Other Essays." He has been a finalist twice for the National Book Critics... Read More →
avatar for Jennifer L. Eberhardt

Jennifer L. Eberhardt

Dr. Jennifer Eberhardt is a professor of psychology at Stanford and a recipient of a 2014 MacArthur "genius" grant. She has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and was named one of Foreign Policy's 100 Leading Global Thinkers. She is co-founder and co-director of SPARQ (Social Psychological Answers to Real-World Questions), a Stanford Cen... Read More →
avatar for L.A. Kauffman

L.A. Kauffman

L.A. Kauffman has been a grassroots organizer and movement journalist for more than thirty-five years. She was the mobilizing coordinator for some of the largest demonstrations in U.S. history"”the massive Iraq antiwar protests of 2003 and 2004"”and has played key roles in many... Read More →
avatar for Christopher Noxon

Christopher Noxon

Christopher Noxon is a journalist who has written for the New Yorker, the New York Times Magazine, the Atlantic, Los Angeles Magazine, and Salon. His book "Good Trouble: Lessons from the Civil Rights Playbook," was released earlier this year. Noxon splits his time between Los Angeles... Read More →


Saturday April 13, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
Ronald Tutor Campus Center, Signing Area 3

10:00am

Marcela Luévanos, Emcee for LA Times En Español Stage
Speakers
avatar for Marcela Luévanos

Marcela Luévanos

With over 17 years of experience in radio broadcasting, the Mexican-American, Burbank- native, Marcela Luévanos has held some of the most important positions in Los Angeles Radio and on a national level while working with some of the most prominent Morning Radio Personalities. Her... Read More →


Saturday April 13, 2019 10:00am - Sunday April 14, 2019 5:00pm
LA Times En Español Stage

10:00am

Ms. Angel, Emcee for Children's Stage
Speakers
avatar for Ms. Angel

Ms. Angel

Mrs. Angel is a Spanish Bilingual children’s storyteller with the Anaheim Public Library.  She has earned an Associates and Bachelor’s degree in Child Development and has worked with children for 30 years as a preschool and elementary school teacher and school librarian.  Her... Read More →


Saturday April 13, 2019 10:00am - Sunday April 14, 2019 5:00pm
Reading by 9 Children's Stage Presented by Target, Signing Area 7

10:00am

Elena Karina Byrne, Emcee for Poetry Stage
Elena Karina Byrne hosts an array of notable poets, reading from their most recent collections on our Poetry Stage.

Speakers
avatar for Elena Karina Byrne

Elena Karina Byrne

Elena Karina Byrne, the author of three books of poetry, most recently Squander (Omnidawn 2016). Her collection Phantom Limbs is forthcoming from Omnidawn in 2021. Elena is a freelance editor and Literary Programs Director for The Ruskin Art Club. Her publications include the Pushcart... Read More →


Saturday April 13, 2019 10:00am - Sunday April 14, 2019 5:00pm
Poetry Stage, Signing Area 2

10:00am

Marty Williams, Emcee for Poetry Stage
Marty Williams hosts an array of notable poets, reading from their most recent collections on our Poetry Stage.

Speakers
avatar for Marty Williams

Marty Williams

Williams is author of "Other Medicines" and co-editor of "How Much Earth: The Fresno Poets." His work has appeared or is forthcoming in many journals and anthologies, including most recently Western Humanities Review, Miramar, Live Encounters, The Journal of Florida Studies, The Cortland... Read More →


Saturday April 13, 2019 10:00am - Sunday April 14, 2019 5:00pm
Poetry Stage, Signing Area 2

10:20am

Diane Seuss, Reading from "Still Life with Two Dead Peacocks and a Girl"
Pulitzer Prize finalist Diane Seuss presents selected poems from her newest collection.

Speakers
avatar for Diane Seuss

Diane Seuss

Diane Seuss was born in Indiana and raised in Michigan. She earned a BA from Kalamazoo College and an MSW from Western Michigan University. Seuss is the author of the poetry collections "Still Life with Two Dead Peacocks and a Girl;" "Four-Legged Girl," finalist for the Pulitzer Prize... Read More →


Saturday April 13, 2019 10:20am - 10:40am
Poetry Stage, Signing Area 2

10:30am

Isabel Galupo, Author of "Maiden & Princess"
Speakers
avatar for Isabel Galupo

Isabel Galupo

Isabel Galupo lives and works in Los Angeles. She graduated from Ithaca College as a Park Scholar with a BS in screenwriting and also participated in the Lambda Literary Writers Retreat for Emerging LGBTQ Voices. When not writing, Isabel FaceTimes with her four younger sisters... Read More →


Saturday April 13, 2019 10:30am - 10:55am
Reading by 9 Children's Stage Presented by Target, Signing Area 7

10:30am

Father Gregory Boyle, Author of "Barking to the Choir: The Power of Radical Kinship," interviewed by Steve Lopez
Community leader, Homeboy Industries founder, and Jesuit Priest Father Gregory Boyle discusses his Los Angeles Times bestselling book "Barking to the Choir: The Power of Radical Kinship" with LA Times columnist Steve Lopez.

Moderators
avatar for Steve Lopez

Steve Lopez

Steve Lopez is a California native who has been an L.A. Times columnist since 2001. He has won more than a dozen national journalism awards for his reporting and column writing at seven newspapers and four news magazines, and is a three-time Pulitzer finalist for commentary—in 2012... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Father Gregory Boyle

Father Gregory Boyle

Gregory Boyle is the founder of Homeboy Industries, the largest gang-intervention, rehabilitation, and re-entry program in the world. A native Angeleno and Jesuit priest, from 1986 to 1992 Father Boyle served as pastor of Dolores Mission Church in Boyle Heights, then the poorest Catholic... Read More →


Saturday April 13, 2019 10:30am - 11:15am
LA Times Main Stage

10:30am

The Enduring Allure of Shakespeare - Conversation 1131 - REQUIRES TICKET
In the preface to the First Folio, Ben Johnson famously deemed Shakespeare to be “not of an age, but for all time.” Why is Shakespeare so enduring, and how did this come to pass? A world-class collection of Shakespeare scholars and artists will consider the enduring impact and allure of Shakespeare today.

Moderators
avatar for David Bridel

David Bridel

David Bridel was appointed dean of the USC School of Dramatic Arts in 2016. He is the inaugural holder of the Braverman Family Dean's Chair. Prior to his appointment as dean, he served as interim dean of the School of Dramatic Arts, associate dean of global initiatives, and director... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Emily Anderson

Emily Anderson

Emily Hodgson Anderson is Professor of English at USC, where she works on topics related to 18th-c literature and culture. "Shakespeare and the Legacy of Loss," her most recent book, explores the historical origins of a continuing fascination: why audiences and actors gravitate toward... Read More →
avatar for Rebecca Lemon

Rebecca Lemon

Rebecca Lemon is the author of three books on Shakespeare, including most recently Shakespeare’s King Richard III: Language and Writing (2018) and Addiction and Devotion in Early Modern England (2018). She is professor of English at the University of Southern California, and... Read More →
avatar for Natsuko Ohama

Natsuko Ohama

Natsuko Ohama is a professor of theatre practice in voice at the USC School of Dramatic Arts. Trained under legendary voice teacher Kristin Linklater, Ohama is a founding member and permanent faculty member of Shakespeare and Company Lenox, Mass. She is a senior artist at Pan Asian... Read More →
avatar for Andy Stott

Andy Stott

Andrew Stott is the author of "Comedy;" "The Pantomime Life of Joseph Grimaldi," which won the Royal Society of Literature Jerwood Prize for Non-Fiction, the Sheridan Morley Prize for Theatre Biography, the George Freedley Memorial Award, and was a BBC Radio 4 "Book of the Week... Read More →


Saturday April 13, 2019 10:30am - 11:30am
Wallis Annenberg Hall Presented by USC, Signing Area 10

10:30am

The Art of the Graphic Novel: Ink and Dialogue - Conversation 1091 - REQUIRES TICKET
These graphic novel writers and illustrators continue to push their hybrid written/visual form toward new creative heights.  Join Aisha Franz, Gareth Hinds, Michelle Perez and Maximilian Uriarte for a conversation about their most recent books.

Moderators
avatar for Angie Wang

Angie Wang

Angie Wang is an illustrator and cartoonist based in Los Angeles. She is a co-founder of the annual comics festival Comic Arts Los Angeles.

Speakers
avatar for Aisha Franz

Aisha Franz

Aisha Franz is a German illustrator and comic book artist. The daughter of Colombian-Chilean immigrants, she was born in Fürth. Franz originally wanted to be a figure skater and create animated drawings for Walt Disney. She went on to study illustration at the School of Art and Design... Read More →
avatar for Gareth Hinds

Gareth Hinds

Gareth Hinds is the acclaimed creator of the graphic novels "The Odyssey," "Poe," "Beowulf," "Macbeth," "Romeo and Juliet," "The Merchant of Venice," and "King Lear." His latest graphic novel adaptation, "The Iliad," was released in March. He lives near Washington, D.C.
avatar for Michelle Perez

Michelle Perez

Michelle Perez is a writer who started out doing games criticism and humor with the now defunct Medium Difficulty blog. She has been a D.I.Y. writer, mainly done physical labor: factory work, day labor, and at one point political cold calling. I've been all over America and experienced... Read More →
avatar for Maximilian Uriarte

Maximilian Uriarte

"Terminal Lance Ultimate Omnibus" was written and illustrated by infantry Marine and Iraq veteran Maximilian Uriarte, creator of the hit comic strip "Terminal Lance." Uriarte enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in 2006 at the age of 19 and served for four years. During his... Read More →


Saturday April 13, 2019 10:30am - 11:30am
Salvatori Computer Science Center 101, Signing Area 4

10:30am

Glow Up: Refreshed Favorites for Young Adults
Acclaimed YA authors Elana K. Arnold, Alexa Donne, Jen Wang  and Cat Winters discuss how they reworked classic devices into fresh and exciting new tales.

Moderators
avatar for Sarah Enni

Sarah Enni

Sarah Enni produces and hosts the First Draft podcast, where she encourages other writers like Tomi Adeyemi, Victoria Aveyard, and Becky Albertalli to spill their juicy secrets. "Tell Me Everything" is her first novel.

Speakers
avatar for Elana K. Arnold

Elana K. Arnold

Elana K. Arnold is the author of many books for children and teens, including the middle grade novels "The Question of Miracles," "Far from Fair," and "A Boy Called Bat," and the YA novels "What Girls Are Made Of" and "Infandous." "What Girls Are Made Of" was a 2017 National Book... Read More →
avatar for Alexa Donne

Alexa Donne

Alexa Donne is a Ravenclaw who wears many hats, including teen mentor, college admissions essay advisor, fan convention organizer, YouTuber, and podcaster. Her latest novel "Brightly Burning," is a YA retelling of Jane Eyre, set in space. When she's not writing science fiction and... Read More →
avatar for Jen Wang

Jen Wang

Jen Wang is a cartoonist and illustrator currently living in Los Angeles. Her works have appeared in the "Adventure Time" comics and LA Magazine. She recently illustrated "Tom Angleberger's Fake Mustache." Her graphic novels "Koko Be Good," "In Real Life" (with author Cory Doctorow... Read More →
avatar for Cat Winters

Cat Winters

Cat Winters is the author of the critically acclaimed young adult novels "Odd & True," "The Steep and Thorny Way," "The Cure for Dreaming," and "In the Shadow of Blackbirds," which collected three starred reviews and was a finalist for the William C. Morris Award for debut YA fiction... Read More →


Saturday April 13, 2019 10:30am - 11:30am
YA Stage Presented by HS Insider, Signing Area 9

10:30am

Testing the Boundaries: LGBTQ Young Adult Fiction - Conversation 1111 - REQUIRES TICKET
These teens might have their sexuality figured out, but that's about the only thing that's certain in their lives. e.E. Charlton-Trujillo, Amy Spalding and Nic Stone discuss their teen characters' various dramas, both because of and unrelated to, who they love.

Moderators
avatar for Sara Benincasa

Sara Benincasa

Sara Benincasa is a stand-up comedian, actress, and the author of "Real Artists Have Day Jobs" (William Morrow 2016); "DC Trip" (Adaptive 2015); "Great" (HarperTeen 2014); and "Agorafabulous!: Dispatches From My Bedroom" (William Morrow 2012). She also wrote a very silly joke boo... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for e.E. Charlton-Trujillo

e.E. Charlton-Trujillo

e. E. Charlton-Trujillo is the author of "Fat Angie," which received a Stonewall Book Award and was a Lambda Literary Award Finalist. A filmmaker and YA novelist, she lives in California.
avatar for Amy Spalding

Amy Spalding

Amy Spalding grew up in St. Louis, but now lives in the better weather of Los Angeles. She has a B.A. in Advertising & Marketing Communications from Webster University, and an M.A. in Media Studies from The New School. Amy studied longform improv at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre... Read More →
avatar for Nic Stone

Nic Stone

Atlanta native Nic Stone is the author of the New York Times bestselling "Dear Martin," which Booklist called "vivid and powerful." "Odd One Out" is Nic's second novel and the book she wishes she'd had back when she was trying to figure out who it's okay to love


Saturday April 13, 2019 10:30am - 11:30am
Taper Hall 201, Signing Area 5

10:30am

Crime Fiction: The Hunters and The Hunted - Conversation 1071 - REQUIRES TICKET
In these page turners, if you're not the cat, you're the mouse. Join Rachel Howzell Hall, Maria Hummel, Thomas Perry and Stuart Woods for a discussion on how to craft the perfect thriller.  

Moderators
avatar for Tod Goldberg

Tod Goldberg

Tod Goldberg is the New York Times bestselling author of over a dozen books, including "Gangster Nation," "Gangsterland," which was a finalist for the Hammett Prize, "The House of Secrets," which he co-authored with Brad Meltzer, and "Living Dead Girl," a finalist for the Los Angeles... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Rachel Howzell Hall

Rachel Howzell Hall

Rachel Howzell Hall writes the popular "Lou Norton" series and is the co-writer of "The Good Sister" alongside James Patterson. Her latest novel is the stand alone thriller, "They All Fall Down." She is on the board of directors for Mystery Writers of America and lives in Los Ang... Read More →
avatar for Maria Hummel

Maria Hummel

Maria Hummel is the author of "Motherland," an SF Chronicle Book of the Year; "House and Fire," and "Wilderness Run." Her newest novel "Still Lives" was a Reese's Book Club x Hello Sunshine Selection. Hummel worked at MOCA in Los Angeles, then received a Stegner Fellowship at Stanford... Read More →
avatar for Thomas Perry

Thomas Perry

Thomas Perry is the bestselling author of over twenty novels, including the critically acclaimed "Jane Whitefield" series, "Forty Thieves," and "The Butcher's Boy," which won the Edgar Award. His latest novel, "The Burglar," was released earlier this year. He lives in Southern Ca... Read More →
avatar for Stuart Woods

Stuart Woods

Stuart Woods began his writing career in the advertising industry. After more than seventy novels and fifty consecutive hardcover bestsellers, Stuart Woods' thrillers continue to be a brand that readers come back to year after year for their swift action, racy characters, and crackling... Read More →


Saturday April 13, 2019 10:30am - 11:30am
Seeley G. Mudd 123, Signing Area 4

10:30am

Stories + Art Showcase: Change Starts with Us
The youth are taking the stage for the second-ever Stories + Art collaborative showcase. L.A. Times High School Insider, PBS SoCal and artworxLA have brought together high school students from all across Los Angeles to explore their place in the evolving American landscape through writing and art, with the goal of amplifying diverse student perspectives on major community issues. Join us as we uplift and celebrate the stories of these trailblazing young people through written, visual and performance art.



Saturday April 13, 2019 10:30am - 11:30am
Newstory Stage

10:30am

The Art of the Podcast - Conversation 1121 - REQUIRES TICKET
Members of the Los Angeles Times' podcast team look at all things podcasts: How the medium has evolved, what makes a distinctive podcast and which podcasts are breaking new ground. Moderators Clint Schaff, Vice President of Strategy and Development at The Times, and Camila Victoriano, Development Manager of Programming, will facilitate a discussion about the future of the genre as interest, investment and resources pour into it.


Moderators
avatar for Clint Schaff

Clint Schaff

Clint Schaff is the VP of Strategy and Development for the Los Angeles Times.
avatar for Camila Victoriano

Camila Victoriano

Camila Victoriano is Development Manager of Programming & Partnerships for the Los Angeles Times.

Speakers
avatar for Joanne Faryon

Joanne Faryon

Joanne Faryon is an investigative reporter and teaches audio journalism at Columbia Graduate School of Journalism. Joanne has reported in Canada and the U.S. for both regional and national news programs. She's won numerous awards in both counties, including an IRE first place for... Read More →
avatar for Jonathan Hirsch

Jonathan Hirsch

Jonathan Hirsch is an award-winning producer, editor, and storyteller. He is the creator of the Dear Franklin Jones podcast, and the Executive Director of Neon Hum Media, a podcast production studio located in downtown Los Angeles.  
avatar for Paige Hymson

Paige Hymson

Paige Hymson is a podcast producer at the Los Angeles Times.
avatar for Daniel Miller

Daniel Miller

Daniel Miller is an enterprise business reporter for the Los Angeles Times, working on investigations, features and projects. He is also the host of the upcoming podcast Larger Than Life.


Saturday April 13, 2019 10:30am - 11:30am
Norris Theater, Signing Area 5

10:30am

Using VR and AR to Tell Stories for Social Good - Conversation 1061 - REQUIRES TICKET
Virtual and augmented reality have the power to create immersive experiences far beyond entertainment and gaming. In this talk, Friends With Holograms’ Cortney Harding will discuss how to use the new mediums to tell stories for maximum social impact by allowing viewers to be fully engaged with and in control of their experiences.

Speakers
avatar for Cortney Harding

Cortney Harding

Cortney Harding is the founder and CEO of the Friends With Holograms, a full-service virtual and augmented reality agency. She has created groundbreaking voice-activated VR experiences for Accenture and is currently advising Coca-Cola on its augmented reality strategy. Other agency... Read More →


Saturday April 13, 2019 10:30am - 11:30am
Annenberg Auditorium, Signing Area 3

10:30am

Exposing Truths: The Stories Affecting America - Conversation 1001 - REQUIRES TICKET
In their most recent books, these writers unflinchingly explore the influential people and companies behind some of the corruption facing Americans. Join their discussion about how they put together these essential works of nonfiction. 

Moderators
avatar for Robert Lee Hotz

Robert Lee Hotz

Robert Lee Hotz is a senior special writer for The Wall Street Journal where he covers new research and its impact on society. He is also president of the Alicia Patterson Foundation, which funds independent journalism projects around the world. He is a Distinguished Writer in Residence... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Mona Hanna-Attisha

Mona Hanna-Attisha

Author of What the Eyes Don't See, a first-hand account of the Flint water crisis, Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha is an associate professor of pediatrics and human development at Michigan State University. She is also the founder and director of the Michigan State University and Hurley Children's... Read More →
avatar for Eliza Griswold

Eliza Griswold

Eliza Griswold is the author of "The Tenth Parallel: Dispatches from the Fault Line Between Christianity and Islam," which won the 2011 J. Anthony Lukas Book Prize. Her translations of Afghan women's folk poems, "I Am the Beggar of the World," was awarded the 2015 PEN Award for Poetry... Read More →
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Beth Macy

Beth Macy is the author of three New York Times-bestselling books. Her latest book, "Dopesick: Dealers, Doctors, and the Drug Company That Addicted America," is short-listed for the Carnegie Medal and was described as a "masterwork of narrative nonfiction" by The New York Times... Read More →


Saturday April 13, 2019 10:30am - 11:30am
Hancock Foundation, Signing Area 1

10:30am

Laurie Halse Anderson, Author of "Shout," and Roxane Gay, Editor of "Not That Bad: Dispatches From Rape Culture," in Conversation with Robin Abcarian - Conversation 1041 - REQUIRES TICKET
Acclaimed writers Roxane Gay, editor of "Not That Bad: Dispatches from Rape Culture," and Laurie Halse Anderson, author of the numerous young adult novels and the new memoir "Shout," discuss their most recent works with LA Times columnist Robin Abcarian.

Moderators
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Robin Abcarian

Robin Abcarian is a columnist at the Los Angeles Times. Focusing mostly on California culture, news and politics, she roams the Golden State, reporting stories that help readers understand what makes this place unique. She often writes about hot-button social issues, like abortion... Read More →

Speakers
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Laurie Halse Anderson

Laurie Halse Anderson is a New York Times-bestselling author who writes for all ages. Known for tackling tough subjects with humor and sensitivity, her work has sold nearly five million copies. Two of her books, "Speak" and "Chains," were National Book Award finalists. "Chains" also... Read More →
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Roxane Gay

Roxane Gay's writing appears in Best American Mystery Stories 2014, Best American Short Stories 2012, Best Sex Writing 2012, A Public Space, McSweeney's, Tin House, Oxford American, American Short Fiction, Virginia Quarterly Review, and many others. She is a contributing opinion writer... Read More →


Saturday April 13, 2019 10:30am - 11:30am
Bovard Auditorium, Signing Area 3

10:30am

Susan Orlean, Author of "The Library Book," in Conversation with Julia Turner - Conversation 1021 - REQUIRES TICKET
Susan Orlean, author of  2018 L.A. Times Book Prize finalist "The Library Book," discusses her latest work of nonfiction with novel with L.A. Times Deputy Managing Editor Julia Turner.

Moderators
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Julia Turner

As deputy managing editor for arts and entertainment at the Los Angeles Times, Julia Turner oversees the paper's coverage of culture and the entertainment industry. Before joining the Los Angeles Times in November 2018, Turner was the editor-in-chief of Slate. During her four years... Read More →

Speakers
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Susan Orlean

Susan Orlean has been a staff writer at The New Yorker since 1992. She is the author of seven books, including "Rin Tin Tin," "Saturday Night," and "The Orchid Thief," which was made into the Academy Award-winning film adaptation. She lives with her family and her animals in upstate... Read More →


Saturday April 13, 2019 10:30am - 11:30am
Town & Gown, Signing Area 1

10:40am

Carl Phillips, Reading from "Wild is the Wind"
Celebrated poet Carl Phillips reads selections from his newest collection of poetry.

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Carl Phillips

Referred to as "one of America's most original, influential, and productive of lyric poets," Carl Phillips is the author of a dozen books of poetry and two works of criticism. He earned a BA from Harvard, an MAT from the University of Massachusetts, and an MA in creative writing from Boston University. Before teaching English at the university level, he taught Latin at sever... Read More →


Saturday April 13, 2019 10:40am - 11:00am
Poetry Stage, Signing Area 2

10:45am

Introducing: The LA Times Book Club
Donna Wares introduces the upcoming LA Times book club, which will regularly convene our readers to hear from notable authors and engage with their work.  Donna will launch the book club in the coming months.

Speakers
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Donna Wares

Donna Wares is the editor of the LA Times Book Club. Donna is a veteran of The Times, where she was the national weekend editor in the early aughts. She’s also the author of several books. She has been a reporter for the Miami Herald, an editor for Entrepreneur Media, NBCNews.c... Read More →


Saturday April 13, 2019 10:45am - 10:55am
LA Times Live

11:00am

Storytime with Naibe Reynoso, Author of "Be Bold! Be Brave!" **Bilingual Programming
"Be Bold! Be Brave! 11 American Latinas who made U.S. History", "Sé Audaz! Sé Valiente!: 11 Latinas que hicieron historia en los Estados Unidos" is a bilingual book that highlights 11 Latinas who
excelled in their professional fields and made U.S. History by accomplishing something that hadn't been done before in various fields including medicine, science, sports, art and politics. By presenting the true biographical stories of these outstanding Latinas in rhyming verses, young readers will easily follow their journey to success. Some of the women highlighted include Antonia Novello (first female Surgeon General in the U.S.), Ellen Ochoa (first Latina to go to space), Sonia Sotomayor (first Latina Supreme Court Justice,) Rita Moreno (first Latina to win an Oscar), and Pura Belpre (first Latina to incorporate and promote bilingual literacy in Public Libraries). Other women highlighted include Dolores Huerta, Hilda Solis,
Selena, Judy Baca, Maria Hinojosa and Lisa Fernández.

Speakers
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Naibe Reynoso

Currently Mrs. Reynoso is Executive Producer and Host of "The Trend Talk Show," -an English language talk/entertainment show focusing on Latino. Multiple-Emmy Award winning Journalist Naibe Reynoso's  background includes investigative reporting, TV production and entertainment reporting... Read More →


Saturday April 13, 2019 11:00am - 11:15am
LA Times En Español Stage

11:00am

Jericho Brown, Reading from "The Tradition"
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Jericho Brown

Jericho Brown is the recipient of a Whiting Writers' Award and fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Brown's first book, "Please," won the American Book Award... Read More →


Saturday April 13, 2019 11:00am - 11:20am
Poetry Stage, Signing Area 2

11:00am

Andrea Beaty, Author of "Ada Twist and the Perilous Pants"
Beloved author Andrea Beaty does a storytime reading of her newest book.

Speakers
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Andrea Beaty

Andrea Beaty is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of "Iggy Peck, Architect" and "Rosie Revere, Engineer," among other children's titles. Her latest book, "Ada Twist and the Perilous Pants" explores the continued adventures of her beloved characters. She lives just outside... Read More →


Saturday April 13, 2019 11:00am - 11:25am
Reading by 9 Children's Stage Presented by Target, Signing Area 7

11:00am

Column One: How to Spot and Tell a Great Story
Moderators
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Steve Padilla

Steve Padilla is the Column One editor and Metpro director at the LA Times. He is a sometime writing coach, and musician (tenor) into Renaissance repertoire.

Speakers
avatar for Carolyn Cole

Carolyn Cole

Carolyn Cole is a staff photographer for the Los Angeles Times. She won the Pulitzer Prize for Feature Photography in 2004 for her coverage of the siege of Monrovia in 2003, the capital of Liberia.
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Nathan Fenno

Nathan Fenno is a sports enterprise and general assignment reporter for the Los Angeles Times. A Seattle native, he previously wrote for the Washington Times, the Ann Arbor News in Michigan and the King County Journal in Bellevue, Wash.
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Esmeralda Bermudez

Esmeralda Bermudez writes narrative stories about the lives of Latinos for the Los Angeles Times. She was born in El Salvador, raised in Whittier and graduated from the University of Southern California. Before joining The Times in 2008, Bermudez worked at the Oregonian in Portland... Read More →
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Molly Hennessy-Fiske

Molly Hennessy-Fiske has been a staff writer for the Los Angeles Times since 2006. She won a 2018 APME International Perspective Award; 2015 Overseas Press Club award; 2014 Dart Award from Columbia University; and was a finalist for the Livingston Awards and Casey Medal. She completed... Read More →


Saturday April 13, 2019 11:00am - 11:40am
LA Times Live

11:00am

Cooking Demonstration Featuring Margarita Manzke, Author of "Baking at République"
The icon of the Los Angeles food scene and co-owner/pastry chef at République cooks recipes from "Baking at Republique." 

Speakers
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Margarita Manzke

Margarita Manzke is the baker and co-owner of République, Sari Sari in L.A.'s Grand Central Market, Pettycash in L.A.'s DTLA district, and five Wildflour cafe-bakeries in Manila. She is a graduate of the CIA (Hyde Park) and a five-time semifinalist for the James Beard Foundation's... Read More →


Saturday April 13, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm
Cooking Stage, Signing Area 9

11:20am

Rigoberto González, Reading from "The Book of Ruin"
Award-winning poet Rigoberto Gonzalez reads selections from his latest collection on the history and uncertain future of the Americas.

Speakers
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Rigoberto González

Rigoberto González is the author of five books of poetry, most recently "The Book of Ruin." His twelve books of prose include two bilingual children's books, three young adult novels, and the memoir "What Drowns the Flowers in Your Mouth," which was a finalist for the National Book... Read More →


Saturday April 13, 2019 11:20am - 11:40am
Poetry Stage, Signing Area 2

11:30am

Storytime with Maritere Bellas, Author of "Luisito's Island" **Bilingual Programming
Speakers
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Maritere R. Bellas

Maritere is an award-winning book author, bilingual and bicultural parenting expert, influencer, features writer, and speaker with a master’s degree in communications.  She became the voice of Latino parents over twenty years ago with her weekly parenting column published for twelve... Read More →


Saturday April 13, 2019 11:30am - 11:45am
LA Times En Español Stage

11:30am

Matthew Gray Gubler, Author of "Rumple Buttercup: A Story of Bananas, Belonging, and Being Yourself" **Please click through to see signing instructions
Author and actor Matthew Gray Gubler reads from his first picture book.

**SIGNING/MEET AND GREET INSTRUCTIONS:
  • Signed copies of "Rumple Buttercup" will be available for purchase at the Once Upon a Time Special Seller booth after Matthew's stage event while supplies last. 
  • Due to schedule issues, only a limited number of attendees will be able to have a meet and greet with Matthew. 
  • For a meet and greet ticket, the first people to purchase "Rumple Buttercup" from the Once Upon a Time Special Seller booth once festival hours begin (10:00AM) will be given a line ticket and their receipt upon purchase, which will allow them into the meet and greet line after Matthew's stage event is done.
  • No one without a line ticket/receipt will be allowed in the meet and greet line.
  • There are only limited line tickets available.
  • Once the meet and greet begins, line ticket holders will get to chat with Matthew, and will be given their signed book at the meet and greet table in exchange for their line ticket.

Speakers
avatar for Matthew Gray Gubler

Matthew Gray Gubler

Matthew Gray Gubler is an Emmy Award-winning actor, director, painter, writer, and magician from Las Vegas, Nevada. He also loves to voice cartoon characters, tell ghost stories, and wear soft pajamas, and one time he helped unearth a prehistoric dinosaur. "Rumple Buttercup: A Story... Read More →


Saturday April 13, 2019 11:30am - 11:55am
Reading by 9 Children's Stage Presented by Target, Signing Area 7

11:30am

In Conversation: LA Times Owner Patrick Soon-Shiong and Executive Editor Norman Pearlstine
Speakers
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Norman Pearlstine

Norman Pearlstine is executive editor of the Los Angeles Times. Before joining The Times in 2018, Pearlstine served as vice chairman of Time Inc., where he was charged with seeking growth opportunities for the company’s brands and content. Prior to that he was chief content officer... Read More →
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Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong

Patrick Soon-Shiong, MD, is the owner and executive chairman of the Los Angeles Times, San Diego Union-Tribune, Los Angeles Times en Español and other publications under the California Times. Dr. Soon-Shiong, a physician, surgeon, scientist, inventor, technologist and philanthropist... Read More →


Saturday April 13, 2019 11:30am - 12:15pm
LA Times Main Stage

11:30am

Fiction: Epic Storytelling - Conversation 1082 - REQUIRES TICKET
Large in scope but intimate in detail, these authors' novels span great distances while keeping the reader close to artfully drawn characters. Join Yangsze Choo, Rabeah Ghaffari, Paula Saunders and Lisa See for a conversation about their most recent novels.

Moderators
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Chris Daley

Chris Daley is the director of Writing Workshops Los Angeles and she teaches academic writing at the California Institute of Technology. Her writing has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, FORTH Magazine, Angels Flight "¢ literary west, The Collagist, DUM DUM Zine, Cease, Cows, Front... Read More →

Speakers
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Yangsze Choo

Yangsze Choo is a fourth generation Malaysian of Chinese descent. Due to a childhood spent in various countries, she can eavesdrop (badly) in several languages. After graduating from Harvard University, she worked in various corporate jobs and had a briefcase before writing her first... Read More →
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Rabeah Ghaffari

RABEAH GHAFFARI was born in Iran and lives in New York City. She is a writer and film editor whose fiction was included in Reflections on Islamic Art and whose documentary, The Troupe, featured Tony Kushner. Her most recent feature-length screenplay, The Inheritors, was commissioned... Read More →
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Paula Saunders

Paula Saunders graduated from the Syracuse University Creative Writing program, where she studied with Tobias Wolff and Douglas Unger. It was during this time that she and her husband, the writer, George Saunders, met and married. After Syracuse, Paula was the recipient of the prestigious... Read More →
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Lisa See

Lisa See is the New York Times bestselling author of "Snow Flower and the Secret Fan," "Peony in Love," "Shanghai Girls," "Dreams of Joy," "China Dolls," and "The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane." Her newest book is "The Island of Sea Women." Ms. See was honored as National Woman of... Read More →


Saturday April 13, 2019 11:30am - 12:30pm
Seeley G. Mudd 124, Signing Area 4

11:30am

Tayari Jones, Author of "American Marriage: A Novel," in Conversation with Michael Silverblatt - Conversation 1102 - REQUIRES TICKET
Tayari Jones, author of 2018 L.A. Times Book Prize finalist "American Marriage: A Novel," discusses the novel and her other works with Michael Silverblatt, host of KCRW's Bookworm.

Moderators
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Michael Silverblatt

Michael Silverblatt is an American broadcaster who has been the host of Bookworm, a nationally syndicated radio program focusing on books and literature, since 1989. He broadcasts from Los Angeles public radio station KCRW.

Speakers
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Tayari Jones

New York Times best-selling author, Tayari Jones, is the author of the novels "Leaving Atlanta," "The Untelling," "Silver Sparrow," and "An American Marriage." Her writing has appeared in Tin House, The Believer, The New York Times, and Callaloo. A member of the Fellowship of Southern... Read More →


Saturday April 13, 2019 11:30am - 12:30pm
Taper Hall 101, Signing Area 5

11:30am

This is How It Happened: Young Adult Nonfiction - Conversation 1032 - REQUIRES TICKET
Now more than ever, teens are engaged with the cultural issues of the times and the historical events that led to them. These writers feed that appetite for understanding with their most recent books. Join them for a conversation on how to craft nonfiction for young adult readers.

Moderators
avatar for Andrew Aydin

Andrew Aydin

Andrew Aydin is creator and co-author of the graphic memoir series, "March," which chronicles the life of Congressman and civil rights icon John Lewis. Co-authored with Rep. Lewis and illustrated by Nate Powell, "March" is the first comics work to ever win the National Book Award... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Julissa Arce

Julissa Arce

Julissa Arce is a best-selling author of "My (Underground) American Dream." She was named one of People en Español's 25 Most Powerful Woman of 2017. She is a leading voice in the fight for social justice, immigrant rights and education equality. Her second book, "Someone Like Me... Read More →
avatar for Claire Hartfield

Claire Hartfield

Claire Hartfield is a nationally recognized children's book author and education leader. Hartfield's career has centered on providing underprivileged children with opportunity to achieve their potential through education. After graduating from Yale University and University of Chicago... Read More →
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Greg Neri

G. Neri is the Eisner-nominated, Coretta Scott King Honor-winning author of "Yummy: the Last Days of a Southside Shorty," which Flavorwire hailed as one of the top 25 essential graphic novels of all time. He has written ten books for young people, including the Lee Bennett Hopkins... Read More →
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Susan Goldman Rubin

Award-winning author Susan Goldman Rubin has written many biographies for young people, most recently "Degas, Painter of Ballerinas." Her books also include "Coco Chanel," "Diego Rivera: An Artist for the People," and "Hot Pink: The Life and Fashions of Elsa Schiaparelli." She lives... Read More →


Saturday April 13, 2019 11:30am - 12:30pm
Mudd Hall 203, Signing Area 1

11:30am

Crime Fiction: Wrong Place, Right Time - Conversation 1012 - REQUIRES TICKET
In these authors' mystery novels, the most fascinating element is how the crime affects the investigator solving it.  In this conversation, Kent Anderson, Tim Johnston and Attica Locke discuss their craft and how to make murder personal. 

Moderators
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Miles Corwin

Corwin, a former crime reporter for the Los Angeles Times, is the author of three nonfiction books: "The Killing Season," a national bestseller; "And Still We Rise," the winner of the PEN West award for nonfiction and a Los Angeles Times Best Book of the Year; and "Homicide Special... Read More →

Speakers
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Kent Anderson

Kent Anderson served with the U.S. Special Forces in Vietnam and as a police officer in Portland, Oregon, and Oakland, California. He is also the author of Sympathy for the Devil and the New York Times Notable Book Night Dogs. Anderson has taught literature at Boise State University... Read More →
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Tim Johnston

Tim Johnston, a native of Iowa City, is the author of "The Current" and the New York Times bestseller "Descent," as well as a young adult novel, "Never So Green," and the story collection "Irish Girl," winner of the Katherine Anne Porter Prize in Short Fiction.
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Attica Locke

Attica Locke is the author of "Pleasantville," which won the 2016 Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction and was long-listed for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction; "Black Water Rising," which was nominated for an Edgar Award; and "The Cutting Season," a national bestseller and winner... Read More →


Saturday April 13, 2019 11:30am - 12:30pm
Hoffman Hall, Signing Area 1

11:30am

Karin Slaughter, Author of "Pieces of Her," and Don Winslow, Author of "The Border," in Conversation with Paula Woods - Conversation 1052 - REQUIRES TICKET
Karin Slaughter, author of "Pieces of Her," and Don Winslow, author of "The Border," discuss their bestselling and acclaimed works with writer Paula Woods. 

Moderators
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Paula Woods

A lifelong lover of books, novelist Paula L. Woods is also the editor of the critically-acclaimed anthology "Spooks, Spies, and Private Eyes: Black Mystery, Crime, and Suspense Fiction of the 20th Century," which was nominated for Anthony and Macavity Awards and received an award... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Karin Slaughter

Karin Slaughter

Karin Slaughter is one of the world's most popular and acclaimed storytellers. Published in 37 languages, with more than 35 million copies sold across the globe, her eighteen novels include the "Grant County" and "Will Trent" books, as well as the Edgar-nominated "Cop Town" and the... Read More →
avatar for Don Winslow

Don Winslow

Don Winslow is the New York Times bestselling author of thirteen crime and mystery novels as well as short stories and film screenplays. "A Cool Breeze on the Underground," Winslow's debut and the first novel in his popular Neal Carey series, was nominated for an Edgar Award. Before... Read More →


Saturday April 13, 2019 11:30am - 12:30pm
Ronald Tutor Campus Center, Signing Area 3

11:40am

Rae Armantrout, Reading from "Wobble"
Pulitzer Prize winning poet Rae Armantrout reads selections from her newest collection.

Speakers
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Rae Armantrout

Rae Armantrout is an American poet generally associated with the Language poets. She has published ten books of poetry and has also been featured in a number of major anthologies. Armantrout currently teaches at the University of California, San Diego, where she is Professor of Poetry... Read More →


Saturday April 13, 2019 11:40am - 12:00pm
Poetry Stage, Signing Area 2

11:40am

USC Kaufman Students—Dance Performance
The USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance is at the forefront of developing a hybrid art form comprised of intersecting dance techniques expressed in new media, scholarship, studio practice, and choreography for the 21st century. Dancers will showcase this interdisciplinary, collaborative, and transformative approach with works choreographed by USC Kaufman students.  

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USC Kaufman Students

The USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance is at the forefront of developing a hybrid art form comprised of intersecting dance techniques expressed in new media, scholarship, studio practice, and choreography for the 21st century. Dancers will showcase this interdisciplinary, collaborative... Read More →


Saturday April 13, 2019 11:40am - 12:10pm
USC Stage

12:00pm

Terrance Hayes, Reading from "American Sonnets for My Past and Future Assassin"
Award-winning poet Terrance Hayes reads from his new collection on meanings of American, of assassin, and of love.

Speakers
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Terrance Hayes

Terrance Hayes is a 2014 MacArthur Fellow. Hayes served as the 2017-2018 poetry editor for New York Times Magazine. He was guest editor of "The Best American Poetry 2014," the preeminent annual anthology of contemporary American poetry. His poems have appeared in ten editions of the... Read More →


Saturday April 13, 2019 12:00pm - 12:20pm
Poetry Stage, Signing Area 2

12:00pm

Nidhi Chanani, Illustrator of "I Will Be Fierce"
Beloved illustrator Nidhi Chanani presents her powerful new picture book.

Speakers
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Nidhi Chanani

Nidhi Chanani was born in Kolkata, India, and raised in Southern California. She holds a degree in literature from the University of California, Santa Cruz. In 2012 she was honored at the White House as a Champion of Change for her art. She has worked with companies like Disney and... Read More →


Saturday April 13, 2019 12:00pm - 12:25pm
Reading by 9 Children's Stage Presented by Target, Signing Area 7

12:00pm

Become Your Child's Advocate
 Become Your Child's Advocate panel is an open conversation between professionals in the special education field and parents of children with special needs. The panel is one approach to identify when a child may have a learning disability and the basic steps parents need to follow in order to get the appropriate treatment and educational program. Our purpose is to bring awareness to the most common challenges parents faced while raising a child with special needs and trying to navigate the school and legal systems.

Moderators
avatar for Erika Garza

Erika Garza

Erika Garza, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist & Journalist. Experience diagnosing and treating mental and emotional disorders, including cognitive, affective, or behavioral, within the context of community mental health systems. Specialized in working with at-risk adults... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Samuel Girguis

Samuel Girguis

Samuel M. Girguis, PsyD, is the Director of the Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology Program at Azusa Pacific University. He is a licensed clinical psychologist who has specialized in child/adolescent trauma assessment/intervention. Prior to working at APU, Dr Girguis was... Read More →
avatar for Abby Tanori

Abby Tanori

Abby's expertise ranges from public relations to video production, photography and marketing. As an affiliate producer for Univision Network, publicist to the likes of Kirk Franklin and other Fortune 500 companies; Abby brings a customized touch to marketing and publicity. Abby has produced... Read More →
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Giovanna Healy

Giovanna Healy is an entrepreneur and co-founder at Sisters Of Strength. She was born in Colombia and spent several years of her life in Europe while attending school. She migrated to California a decade ago and made Los Angeles her home. Giovanna received her Masters degree... Read More →
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Tim Adams

Tim is the President and CEO of Adams & Associates APLC, a disability rights law firm. He received his Bachelor's degree from the University of California, Irvine and Juris Doctorate degree from Pepperdine University School of Law. He is admitted to practice as an attorney in California... Read More →


Saturday April 13, 2019 12:00pm - 12:45pm
LA Times En Español Stage

12:00pm

American History: Leaders & Moments that Shaped Our Modern Country - Conversation 1002 - REQUIRES TICKET
Join Susan Page, Miriam Pawel and Jon Ward for a discussion of their dynamic biographies and histories of key figures and times that shaped the politics and culture of the United States.  

Moderators
avatar for Henry Weinstein

Henry Weinstein

Professor Weinstein has worked for the Los Angeles Times, New York Times, San Francisco Examiner and Wall Street Journal and has written more than 3,000 stories, reporting on the ground in 36 states plus the District of Columbia and Canada. He also has written about events and issues... Read More →

Speakers
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Susan Page

Susan Page is the Washington Bureau chief of USA Today, where she writes about politics and the White House. Susan has covered six White House administrations and ten presidential elections. She has interviewed the past nine presidents from Richard Nixon through Donald Trump... Read More →
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Miriam Pawel

Miriam Pawel is the author of "The Browns of California: The Family Dynasty that Transformed a State and Shaped a Nation," a finalist for the 2018 L.A. Times Book Prize in History and a Los Angeles Times and San Francisco Chronicle bestseller. Her earlier work includes "The Crusades... Read More →
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Jon Ward

Jon Ward has chronicled American politics and culture for two decades, as a city desk reporter in Washington D.C., as a White House correspondent who traveled aboard Air Force One to Africa, Europe and the Middle East, and as a national affairs correspondent who has traveled the country... Read More →


Saturday April 13, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Hancock Foundation, Signing Area 1

12:00pm

Beyond the Cookbook: Stories from the World of Food - Conversation 1022 - REQUIRES TICKET
L.A. Times food columnist Lucas Kwan Peterson leads Ruth Reichl, Jonathan Kauffman, Matt Lee and Ted Lee in a conversation about their lives and careers in the culinary world, along with delicious servings of food history, restaurant culture and the ins and outs of food journalism. 

Moderators
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Lucas Kwan Peterson

Lucas Kwan Peterson is a columnist and video producer for the food section. Before coming to the Los Angeles Times, he wrote the New York Times' Frugal Traveler column for nearly three years and hosted and produced more than 100 episodes of the food series "Dining on a Dime" for Eater. He is from Oak Park, Ill., and attended Williams College... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Jonathan Kauffman

Jonathan Kauffman

A former cook and dishwasher, Jonathan Kauffman is a James Beard Award winning journalist and staff writer at the San Francisco Chronicle. He was previously the restaurant critic at the East Bay Express, Seattle Weekly and SF Weekly, as well as the San Francisco editor at Tasting... Read More →
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Ted Lee

Ted is a food writer and has written for Travel + Leisure, Bon Appétit, Food & Wine, GQ, and The New York Times. With his brother Matt, they were on-air commentators on Unique Eats on the Cooking Channel. He is the co-author of four books, which have won six IACP and James Beard... Read More →
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Matt Lee

Matt is a food writer and has written for Travel + Leisure, Bon Appétit, Food & Wine, GQ, and The New York Times. With his brother Ted, they were on-air commentators on Unique Eats on the Cooking Channel. He is the co-author of four books, which have won six IACP and James Beard... Read More →
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Ruth Reichl

Ruth Reichl is the bestselling author of the memoirs "Tender at the Bone," "Comfort Me With Apples," "Garlic and Sapphires," and "For You, Mom, Finally," the novel "Delicious!" and most recently, the cookbook "My Kitchen Year." Her newest memoir, "Save Me The Plums," was released... Read More →


Saturday April 13, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Town & Gown, Signing Area 1

12:00pm

Middle Grade Fiction: Magic and Mysteries
From mysterious islands to for-real magicians to unusual contraptions, these books stretch kids' imaginations. Join the authors for a conversation on their fantastical middle grade books "The Darkdeep," "Sal and Gabi Break the Universe" and "The Remarkable Inventions of Walter Mortinson."

Moderators
avatar for Lee Wind

Lee Wind

The founding blogger of "I'm Here. I'm Queer. What The Hell Do I Read?", Lee Wind is the author of the upper middle grade novel "Queer as a Five-Dollar Bill," a BookLife Prize Semi Finalist and one of Publishers Weekly's top five independently published MG & YA novels of 2018. His... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Ally Condie

Ally Condie

Ally Condie is the author of the #1 New York Times bestselling "Matched Trilogy" and of the middle-grade novel "Summerlost," a 2016 Edgar Award Finalist for Best Juvenile Mystery. A former English teacher, she lives with her husband and four children outside of Salt Lake City, Utah... Read More →
avatar for Carlos Hernandez

Carlos Hernandez

Carlos Hernandez has published more than thirty works for fiction, poetry, and drama, most notably a book of short stories for adults entitled "The Assimilated Cuban's Guide to Quantum Santeria." His latest, "Sal and Gabi Break the Universe" was released last month. He is an English... Read More →
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Brendan Reichs

Brendan Reichs's latest novel, "The Darkdeep," was co-authored by Ally Condie. Reich is the author of the instant New York Times bestseller "Nemesis" and its sequel "Genesis," and co-author of the six-volume "Virals" series. Brendan is also a member of the Executive Board for both... Read More →
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Quinn Sosna-Spear

Quinn Sosna-Spear was named a California Young Playwright at seventeen and went on to study at the University of Southern California. She has since written books, films, and virtual reality projects. The Remarkable Inventions of Walter Mortinson, her debut novel, was inspired by the... Read More →


Saturday April 13, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm
YA Stage Presented by HS Insider, Signing Area 9

12:00pm

Bob Baker Marionettes
 For over 55 years, the Bob Baker Marionettes have been on the road performing at schools, birthday parties, country clubs, and anywhere there's fun to be had! This spectacular puppet variety show features a catchy soundtrack and talented puppet performers- evoking joy, empathy, and imagination! Truly a show you won't want to miss!


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Bob Baker Marionettes

Bob Baker saw his first puppet show at the age of 6, and was so taken by the performance that he dedicated his entire life to puppetry. Over the course of his 70+ year career, he created more than 2,000 handcrafted marionettes, and an amazing world of imagination and fantasy... Read More →


Saturday April 13, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Newstory Stage

12:00pm

StoryFile: Video that Talks Back - Conversation 1062 - REQUIRES TICKET
In Video that Talks Back, Heather & Stephen Smith will explore StoryFile's ability to capture and preserve stories with its unprecedented technology. With StoryFile, your responses and memories will live on for future generations to engage with, diving into the evolution of this idea and the engine behind the interaction. *To experience StoryFile and record your own story, check out the Newstory Playground.

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Heather Smith

Heather Smith is an experiential exhibit designer who has exhibited in Los Angeles, Cuba, and The United Nations. Heather is the concept creator and producer of New Dimensions in Testimony, the technology behind future generations being able to have a conversation with a Holocaust... Read More →
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Stephen Smith

Stephen Smith is a storytelling academic and entrepreneur. He is the producer of ‘New Dimensions in Testimony’; producer of ‘The Last Goodbye’ VR; and Executive Director of USC Shoah Foundation, the world’s largest audio-visual life-history archive. Stephen holds a PhD... Read More →


Saturday April 13, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Annenberg Auditorium, Signing Area 3

12:00pm

The Art of Presence: Into an Immersive Future - Conversation 1122 - REQUIRES TICKET
The dawn of the Internet Age promised us an era of connection that would be unlike any other. No matter where you were in the world, you’d be able to find your tribe. Loneliness would be a thing of the past, as human potential was fulfilled. What we got was Facebook and Twitter, Amazon Prime and YouTube: a world where the appearance of connection trumps the reality. For the past five years, journalist Noah Nelson has been chronicling the response: the rise of immersive art and entertainment. From intimate theatre experiments in apartments to VR projects from pop culture’s biggest names, a multigenerational cohort of creators and producers has answered the call to fulfill that broken promise. To do so, they’re calling upon every tool in the artistic palette — from music to magic — and along the way are discovering a new form: the Art of Presence.

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Noah Nelson

Noah Nelson is the founder and publisher of No Proscenium, a publication dedicated to exploring the immersive and experiential arts and a co-founder of LEIA - the League of Experiential & Immersive Artists. He holds a bachelor in Theatre Arts from San Francisco State University, and... Read More →


Saturday April 13, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Norris Theater, Signing Area 5

12:00pm

A Swiftly Heating Planet: Writing Climate Change Across Genres, presented by the National Book Foundation - Conversation 1092 - REQUIRES TICKET
The threat of climate change looms so large that it captures the attention and imagination of writers from all different mediums. Join sociologist Arlie Russell Hochschild and novelist Claire Vaye Watkins for a discussion of how the environmental crisis effects their work.

Moderators
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Carolyn Kellogg

Carolyn Kellogg was book editor of the Los Angeles Times from 2016 to 2018. She joined the L.A. Times in 2010 as a staff writer in books with an emphasis on digital projects. Her work was recognized with the paper's editorial award. For six years, she served on the board of directors... Read More →

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Arlie Russell Hochschild

Arlie Russell Hochschild is an American sociologist and academic. She is professor emerita of sociology at the University of California, Berkeley. Hochschild has long focused on the human emotions which underlie moral beliefs, practices, and social life generally.
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Claire Vaye Watkins

Claire Vaye Watkins was raised in the Mojave Desert, in Tecopa, California and Pahrump, Nevada. A graduate of the University of Nevada Reno, Claire earned her MFA from the Ohio State University, where she was a Presidential Fellow. She is the author of the novel "Gold Fame Citrus... Read More →


Saturday April 13, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Salvatori Computer Science Center 101, Signing Area 4

12:00pm

Feminisms in Motion: Intersectional Voices for Social Change - Conversation 1132 - REQUIRES TICKET
From 2007 to 2017, Los Angeles–based magazinemake/shift published some of the most inspiring feminist voices of the decade on issues like immigration, climate change, prison abolition, and more. The new anthology Feminisms in Motion: Voices for Justice, Liberation, and Transformation documents 10 years of make/shift. Angela Y. Davis calls it “a historical record of significant antiracist feminist interventions and a roadmap for moving us in the direction of freedom and justice.” This lively reunion of Feminisms in Motion co-editors and writers will highlight ten years of intersectional feminist thought and action.

Moderators
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Jessica Hoffmann

Jessica Hoffmann is a coeditor, with Daria Yudacufski, of the anthology "Feminisms in Motion: Voices for Justice, Liberation, and Transformation. From 2007 to 2017," she and Yudacufski coedited and copublished the independent, intersectional feminist magazine make/shift. Her writing... Read More →
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Daria Yudacufski

Daria Yudacufski is the coeditor of Feminisms in Motion: Voices for Justice, Liberation, and Transformation. From 2007 to 2017, she published the intersectional feminist magazine make/shift. She is the executive director of Visions and Voices: The Arts and Humanities Initiative... Read More →

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avatar for Erin Aubry Kaplan

Erin Aubry Kaplan

Erin Aubry Kaplan is a contributing opinion writer for The New York Times. She is a journalist and author who was the first weekly African-American columnist for The Los Angeles Times, from 2006 to 2007. Before that, she was a staff writer for LA Weekly and New Times Los Angeles... Read More →
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Stephanie Abraham

Stephanie Abraham is a non-fiction writer and media critic based in Los Angeles. Her writings have appeared in numerous publications, such as McSweeney's, Al Jazeera, Ms. and Bitch, as well as the anthologies "Nobody Passes: Rejecting the Rules of Gender and Conformity" and "We Don't... Read More →
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Randa Jarrar

Randa Jarrar's work has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Buzzfeed, Salon, The Rumpus, The Oxford American, Ploughshares, The Sun, Medium, and others. Her first book, the Arab-American coming of age novel, "A Map of Home," is now on many college syllabi. It won a Hopwood Award... Read More →


Saturday April 13, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Wallis Annenberg Hall Presented by USC, Signing Area 10

12:00pm

Terry Tempest Williams, 2018 Robert Kirsch Award Winner, in Conversation with Tom Curwen - Conversation 1112 - REQUIRES TICKET
Terry Tempest Williams, 2018 Los Angeles Times Robert Kirsch Award Winner, discusses her award-winning body of work with L.A. Times writer Tom Curwen.

Moderators
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Tom Curwen

Thomas Curwen is an award-winning staff writer for the Los Angeles Times, where he has worked as editor of the Outdoors section, deputy editor of the Book Review and an editor at large for features. He was part of the team of Times reporters who won a Pulitzer for their work covering... Read More →

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Terry Tempest Williams

Terry Tempest Williams is the author of "Refuge: An Unnatural History of Family and Place," "An Unspoken Hunger: Stories from the Field," "Desert Quartet," "Leap," "Red: Patience and Passion in the Desert," "The Open Space of Democracy," and "Finding Beauty in a Broken World." She... Read More →


Saturday April 13, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Taper Hall 201, Signing Area 5

12:00pm

Science Fiction: Our Planet, Reimagined - Conversation 1072 - REQUIRES TICKET
Science fiction writers K. Chess, Deji Olukotun and Daniel Suarez created alternative worlds and new societies as a means to convey deeper truths about our own. Join them for a conversation about their most recent sci-fi novels.

Moderators
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Daniel Suarez

Daniel Suarez is a New York Times bestselling author, TEDGlobal speaker, and former systems analyst. His unique brand of high-tech fiction explores the causes and impacts of rapid technological change. The author of six novels, his latest, "Delta-v," is a realistic space-tech adventure... Read More →
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K. Chess

K Chess is the author of "Famous Men Who Never Lived." Her short fiction has appeared in The Chicago Tribune's Printer's Row Journal, PANK, Midwestern Gothic, and other fine journals. She earned a BA from Vassar College and an MFA from Southern Illinois University. K was awarded the... Read More →
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Deji Olukotun

Deji Bryce Olukotun is the author of two novels and his fiction has appeared in five different book collections. His novel "After the Flare" won the 2018 Philip K. Dick special citation award, and was chosen as one of the best books of 2017 by The Guardian, The Washington Post, Syfy.com... Read More →


Saturday April 13, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Seeley G. Mudd 123, Signing Area 4

12:10pm

A Window Into the Future: The Evolution of Work and Business in Los Angeles
Moderators
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Sam Dean

Sam Dean is a business reporter for the Los Angeles Times covering the technology industry in Southern California. He has previously worked as a feature writer for a number of publications including Newsweek, the Verge, 538 and Lucky Peach.

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avatar for Margot Roosevelt

Margot Roosevelt

Margot Roosevelt covers California economic, labor and workplace issues for the Los Angeles Times. A former environmental reporter for The Times, she previously wrote for TIME Magazine as a foreign and national correspondent, for the Washington Post on the Congressional beat, and... Read More →
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Johana Bhuiyan

Johana Bhuiyan is a business reporter at the Los Angeles Times covering the technology industry with a focus on accountability. Bhuiyan, who previously covered the future of transportation for more than four years, is particularly interested in interrogating how tech impacts real... Read More →
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Meg James

Meg James is a corporate media reporter for the Los Angeles Times, covering the business of television and advertising. She has been a member of the Company Town team for more than a decade. She previously wrote for the Miami Herald and the Palm Beach Post. A native of Wyoming, she... Read More →


Saturday April 13, 2019 12:10pm - 12:50pm
LA Times Live

12:30pm

Donna Spruijt-Metz, Reading from "Slippery Surfaces"
Poet Donna Spruijt-Metz reads select poems from her new chapbook.

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Donna Spruijt-Metz

Donna Spruijt-Metz is a poet, translator, and Professor of Psychology and Preventive Medicine at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. Her first career was as a professional flutist. Her poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in venues such as the American Journal of... Read More →


Saturday April 13, 2019 12:30pm - 12:45pm
Poetry Stage, Signing Area 2

12:30pm

David Shannon, Author of "Grow Up, David!"
Award-winning author and illustrator David Shannon shows off his latest picture book.

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David Shannon

David Shannon is the internationally acclaimed creator of more than thirty picture books, including "No, David!," a Caldecott Honor Book and his second New York Times Best Illustrated Book of the Year, and four more "David" picture books, most recently, "Grow Up, David!" Shannon's... Read More →


Saturday April 13, 2019 12:30pm - 12:55pm
Reading by 9 Children's Stage Presented by Target, Signing Area 7

12:30pm

James Rallison, Author of "The Odd 1s Out: How to Be Cool and Other Things I Definitely Learned from Growing Up," interviewed by Colleen Shalby
James Rallison, YouTube creator and author of "The Odd 1s Out: How to Be Cool and Other Things I Definitely Learned From Growing Up," is interviewed by an L.A. Times writer.

Moderators
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Colleen Shalby

Colleen Shalby is an engagement editor for the Los Angeles Times. She previously worked at PBS NewsHour in Washington, D.C. She’s a graduate of George Washington University and a native of Southern California.

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James Rallison

James Rallison is an American webcomic artist and "YouTuber." He is best known for his webcomic character "TheOdd1sOut," which he uses in his web stories. He uses the name of the webcomic character as one of his online pseudonyms. Most of Jame's webcomics revolve around his childhood... Read More →


Saturday April 13, 2019 12:30pm - 1:15pm
LA Times Main Stage

12:30pm

LA Times Ideas Exchange: Valerie Jarrett interviewed by Jackie Calmes - Conversation 1042 - REQUIRES TICKET **
Valerie Jarrett, bestselling author of "Finding My Voice" in conversation with LA Times writer Jackie Calmes  in a special Los Angeles Times Ideas Exchange.

**Tickets are required for this event. There will be no standby line.

$45 orchestra-level tickets includes VIP section seating, a pre-signed copy of Valerie Jarrett’s “Finding My Voice: My Journey to the West Wing and the Path Forward” and post-conversation photo with Valerie Jarrett.

$10 balcony tickets are seat-only. Balcony ticketholders will be able to purchase an unsigned copies of Valerie Jarrett's book after the event. 

Moderators
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Jackie Calmes

Jackie Calmes is the White House editor for the Los Angeles Times Washington bureau. In May 2005, Ms. Calmes was awarded the Gerald R. Ford Journalism Prize for Reporting on the Presidency. Ms. Calmes began her journalism career in 1978 at the Abilene (Texas) Reporter-News. In 1979... Read More →

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Valerie Jarrett

Valerie Jarrett was the longest serving senior adviser to President Barack Obama. She oversaw the Offices of Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs and chaired the White House Council on Women and Girls. Before joining the White House, she served as the chief executive officer... Read More →


Saturday April 13, 2019 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Bovard Auditorium, Signing Area 3

12:30pm

Cooking Demonstration Featuring Alana Newhouse, Author of "The 100 Most Jewish Foods: A Highly Debatable List" with Special Guest Joshua Malina
The editor in chief of Tablet cooks recipes from her latest cookbook, "The 100 Most Jewish Foods: A Highly Debatable List." 

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Joshua Malina

Joshua is an actor who has appeared on many television shows including The West Wing, Sports Night, Scandal and The Big Bang Theory, and films including The American President, In The Line of Fire, and A Few Good Men.  He is the co-host of the podcast The West Wing Weekly.
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Alana Newhouse

Alana is the founder and editor-in-chief of Tablet magazine. She has contributed to the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Boston Globe, and Slate. Alana is the author of "The 100 Most Jewish Foods: A Highly Debatable List."


Saturday April 13, 2019 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Cooking Stage, Signing Area 9

12:45pm

Carol Muske-Dukes, Reading from "Blue Rose"
Award-winning poet Carol Muske-Dukes reads selected poems from her new collection published this month.

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Carol Muske-Dukes

Carol Muske-Dukes is a professor at the University of Southern California and a former Poet Laureate of California. She is an author of 8 books of poems and four novels. She is also an essayist and anthology editor. Many of her books have been NY Times Most Notable Books. She is professor... Read More →


Saturday April 13, 2019 12:45pm - 1:00pm
Poetry Stage, Signing Area 2

12:50pm

The Trojan Men—a cappella Musical Performance
With the swagger and style of Bruno Mars, the tight harmonies of Pentatonix, the groove and soul of Stevie Wonder, and the energy of Maroon 5, The Trojan Men are USC’s only all-male a cappella group. They perform at universities and auditoriums across the country, bringing with them a class, sophistication, and Trojan spirit uniquely their own.

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The Trojan Men

With the swagger and style of Bruno Mars, the tight harmonies of Pentatonix, the groove and soul of Stevie Wonder, and the energy of Maroon 5, The Trojan Men are USC’s only all-male a cappella group. They perform at universities and auditoriums across the country, bringing with... Read More →


Saturday April 13, 2019 12:50pm - 1:20pm
USC Stage

1:00pm

Culinary Demonstration Featuring Chef Saul Jauregui Sharing DOLEicious Snacks for Families on the go
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Chef Saul Jauregui

Saul Jauregui’s lifelong passion for food began at a very young age. He was fortunate enough to grow up in a household that stressed the importance of having home cooked meals at the table surrounded by family and friends. He believes that food is the universal language and cultural... Read More →


Saturday April 13, 2019 1:00pm - 1:20pm
LA Times En Español Stage

1:00pm

Ilya Kaminsky, Reading from "Deaf Republic"
Pushcart Prize winning poet Ilya Kaminsky reads selections from his latest collection.

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Ilya Kaminsky

Ilya Kaminsky was born in the former Soviet Union. He is the author of the poetry collections "Deaf Republic" and "Dancing in Odessa," and coeditor of The Ecco Anthology of International Poetry. He was a 2014 finalist for the Neustadt International Prize for Literature.


Saturday April 13, 2019 1:00pm - 1:20pm
Poetry Stage, Signing Area 2

1:00pm

Little Yoginis Presents "I Am Yoga"
The Little Yoginis lead the audience in fun and kid-friendly yoga poses from Peter H. Reynolds' picture book "I Am Yoga."

Speakers
avatar for Teresa Power

Teresa Power

Teresa Power is an attorney, publisher, internationally recognized yoga expert, and best-selling author of the award-winning product line The ABCs of Yoga for Kids which has been translated into 4 languages. Her 16+ years of teaching children yoga in schools, yoga studios, and... Read More →
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Tina Koneazny

Tina Koneazny is Associate Director at the Joint Educational Project (JEP) at the University of Southern California, where she has worked for the past 20 years. A former elementary teacher from the Milwaukee Public School District, Tina he holds a B.A. In Education from the University... Read More →
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Little Yoginis

Little Yoginis is a yoga and mindfulness curriculum developed by Tina Koneazny at USC Dornife’s Joint Educational Project. The program is presented at USC neighborhood schools, primarily for grades 1 – 3.  Each lesson begins with a yoga theme shared through reading and discussion... Read More →


1:00pm

Love, Actually: Writing the Modern Romance - Conversation 1013 - REQUIRES TICKET
Love isn't dead, and the romance genre is proof of just how much people enjoy swooning vicariously while flipping through pages. Jasmine Guillory, Alyssa Cole and Camille Perri discuss their most recent novels, which satisfy our romantic urges while expanding the scope of the genre to include characters of color and across the sexuality spectrum.

Moderators
avatar for Erin Judge

Erin Judge

Erin started out doing stand-up at the best comedy club in the world: the Comedy Studio in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Since then, she's appeared on NBC's Last Comic Standing (2014), on Comedy Central's Live at Gotham (2008), and at lots of festivals, including Women in Comed... Read More →

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avatar for Alyssa Cole

Alyssa Cole

Alyssa Cole is an award-winning author of historical, contemporary, and SFF romance. Her Civil War-set espionage romance "An Extraordinary Union" was chosen as the RT Reviewers' Choice Award's Best Book of 2017 and the American Library Association's RUSA Best Romance for 2018. She's... Read More →
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Jasmine Guillory

Jasmine Guillory is the New York Times bestselling author of The Proposal and The Wedding Date. She is a graduate of Wellesley College and Stanford Law School and practices in the Bay Area. Her writing has been featured on Jezebel, Thrillist, and The Toast. Learn more at jasmineg... Read More →
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Camille Perri

Camille Perri is the author of "The Assistants" and "When Katie Met Cassidy." She has worked as a books editor for Cosmopolitan and Esquire. She has also been a ghostwriter of young adult novels and a reference librarian. She holds a bachelor of arts degree from New York University... Read More →


Saturday April 13, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Hoffman Hall, Signing Area 1

1:00pm

Tommy Orange, Author of "There There," in Conversation with Natashia Deón - Conversation 1103 - REQUIRES TICKET
Tommy Orange, author of 2018 L.A .Times Book Prize finalist "There There," discusses his critically acclaimed debut novel with writer Natashia Deón.

Moderators
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Natashia Deón

Natashia Deón is an NAACP Image Award Nominee and 2017 American Library Association's Black Caucus Award Winner for Best Debut Fiction for her novel "Grace" which was also named a New York Times Top Book and a Kirkus Review Best Book of the Year. Deón is a Pamela Krasney Moral Courage... Read More →

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Tommy Orange

Tommy Orange is a graduate of the MFA program at the Institute of American Indian Arts. An enrolled member of the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma, he was born and raised in Oakland, California. "There There" is his debut novel.


Saturday April 13, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Taper Hall 101, Signing Area 5

1:00pm

Kwame Alexander & Kadir Nelson, Author & Illustrator of "The Undefeated" in Conversation with Claudette S. McLinn - Conversation 1083 - REQUIRES TICKET
New York Times bestselling author Kwame Alexander and celebrated illustrator Kwame Alexander present their newest illustrated poetry book.

Moderators
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Claudette S. McLinn

McLinn is the executive director of the Center for the Study of Multicultural Children's Literature (CSMCL). She is the recipient of numerous awards and honors including the Dorothy McKenzie Award for Distinguished Contribution to the Field of Children's Literature sponsored by the... Read More →

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Kwame Alexander

Kwame Alexander is a poet, educator, and the New York Times Bestselling author of 28+ books, including SWING, SOLO, and REBOUND, the follow-up to his, Newbery-medal winning middle grade novel, THE CROSSOVER. Some of his other works include BOOKED, a NATIONAL BOOK AWARD Nominee, THE... Read More →
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Kadir Nelson

Kadir Nelson is a two-time Caldecott Honor recipient. Among his other awards are an NAACP Image Award, and the 2009 and 2014 Coretta Scott King Author Award. His work has appeared in The New York Times, Sports Illustrated, and The New Yorker. His latest book, "The Undefeated," was... Read More →


Saturday April 13, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Seeley G. Mudd 124, Signing Area 4

1:00pm

Creating Poetic Voice in the Age of Witness - Conversation 1033 - REQUIRES TICKET
Join David Baker, Jericho Brown, Carl Phillips and Diane Seuss for a discussion about the craft of creating a politically relevant book of poetry. 

Moderators
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David Baker

David Baker is author of twelve books of poetry, most recently "Swift: New and Selected Poems," "Scavenger Loop," and "Never-Ending Birds," awarded the Theodore Roethke Memorial Poetry Prize in 2011. His six books of prose include "Show Me Your Environment: Essays on Poetry, Poets... Read More →

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Jericho Brown

Jericho Brown is the recipient of a Whiting Writers' Award and fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Brown's first book, "Please," won the American Book Award... Read More →
avatar for Victoria Chang

Victoria Chang

Victoria Chang's fourth book of poems, "Barbie Chang" was published by Copper Canyon Press in 2017. "The Boss" won a PEN Center USA Literary Award and a California Book Award. Her other books are "Salvinia Molesta" and "Circle." She also edited an anthology, "Asian American Poetry... Read More →
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Carl Phillips

Referred to as "one of America's most original, influential, and productive of lyric poets," Carl Phillips is the author of a dozen books of poetry and two works of criticism. He earned a BA from Harvard, an MAT from the University of Massachusetts, and an MA in creative writing from Boston University. Before teaching English at the university level, he taught Latin at sever... Read More →
avatar for Diane Seuss

Diane Seuss

Diane Seuss was born in Indiana and raised in Michigan. She earned a BA from Kalamazoo College and an MSW from Western Michigan University. Seuss is the author of the poetry collections "Still Life with Two Dead Peacocks and a Girl;" "Four-Legged Girl," finalist for the Pulitzer Prize... Read More →


Saturday April 13, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Mudd Hall 203, Signing Area 1

1:00pm

The Second Amendment: A Discussion of Guns In America - Conversation 1053 - REQUIRES TICKET
The issue of gun control and ownership in America is incredibly complicated; no one perspective can properly sum it up. Jennifer Carlson, Roxane Dunbar-Ortiz, Alex Kotlowitz and Igor Volsky discuss all the shades of gray that make up this complex, timely topic.

Moderators
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Kurtis Lee

Kurtis Lee is a national correspondent for the Los Angeles Times, who frequently reports on the nation's debate over guns, the evolution of marijuana legalization and how Trump administration policies are affecting states. He's filed reports from the unrest in Ferguson, Mo., chronicled... Read More →

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avatar for Jennifer Carlson

Jennifer Carlson

Jennifer Carlson is an Assistant Professor of Sociology and Government & Public Policy at the University of Arizona. Her research examines American gun culture, policing and public law enforcement, and conservative politics. She is the author of the book "Citizen-Protectors: The Everyday... Read More →
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Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz

Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz is a historian, author, memoirist, and speaker who researches Western Hemisphere history and international human rights. Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz grew up in rural Oklahoma, the daughter of a tenant farmer and part-Indian mother. She has been active in the international... Read More →
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Alex Kotlowitz

Alex Kotlowitz is the author of the national bestseller "There Are No Children Here," which the New York Public Library selected as one of the 150 most important books of the twentieth century. His second book, "The Other Side of the River," was awarded the Heartland Prize for Non-Fiction... Read More →
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Igor Volsky

Igor Volsky is the co-founder and executive director of Guns Down America, an organization dedicated to building a future with fewer guns. He made headlines in 2015 for shaming lawmakers who took money from the NRA and sent "thoughts and prayers" after mass shootings. A lively interlocutor, he has appeared on MSNBC, CNN, Fox News, CNBC television, and many radio shows. The author of "Guns Down: How to Defeat the NRA and Build a Safer Future with Fewer Guns," he lives in Washington, DC... Read More →


Saturday April 13, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Ronald Tutor Campus Center, Signing Area 3

1:20pm

Morgan Parker, Reading from "Magical Negro"
Pushcart Prize winning poet Morgan Parker reads selections from her collection exploring black American womanhood.

Speakers
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Morgan Parker

Morgan Parker is the author of "There Are More Beautiful Things Than Beyonce," "Other People's Comfort Keeps Me Up At Night," and the recently released poetry collection"Magical Negro." Her debut young adult novel "Who Put This Song On?" is forthcoming in late 2019, and her debut... Read More →


Saturday April 13, 2019 1:20pm - 1:40pm
Poetry Stage, Signing Area 2

1:20pm

Opinion Live
Moderators
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Nick Goldberg

Nicholas Goldberg joined the Los Angeles Times in 2002 was named editor of the editorial pages in 2009. He is a former reporter and editor at Newsday in New York, where he worked as Middle East bureau chief from 1995 to 1998. Goldberg also covered the 1992 presidential campaign of... Read More →

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avatar for Jon Healey

Jon Healey

Jon Healey is the deputy editorial page editor, which means he’s one of the individuals editing (and sometimes writing) byline-free screeds that, technically speaking, reflect the views of the publisher. He writes most often about healthcare policy, intellectual property, technology... Read More →
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Robert Greene

Robert Greene is an editorial writer covering water, drought, criminal justice reform and Los Angeles County government. Greene previously was a staff writer for the L.A. Weekly and a reporter and associate editor for the Metropolitan News-Enterprise. Prior to becoming a journalist... Read More →
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Carla Hall

Carla Hall is an editorial board member who writes about homelessness, reproductive rights, popular culture, animal welfare, and human rights in Asia and Africa, among other topics. Before joining the board, she was a general assignment reporter for the Los Angeles Times’ California... Read More →


Saturday April 13, 2019 1:20pm - 2:00pm
LA Times Live

1:30pm

Suzanne Kaufman, Illustrator of "All Are Welcome"
Beloved author and illustrator Suzanne Kaufman shares her newest book as part of our ongoing children's reading series.

Speakers
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Suzanne Kaufman

Suzanne Kaufman is an author, illustrator, and animator. Over the years she's done everything from animating special effects for Universal Television and the Discovery Channel to animating award-winning video games for children. She's the illustrator of a number of books for children... Read More →


1:30pm

Storytime with Patty Rodriguez & Ariana Stein, Founders of Lil' Libros **Bilingual Programming
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Patty Rodriguez

Patty Rodriguez, unable to find bilingual first concept books she could enjoy reading to her baby, Patty came up with the idea behind Lil’ Libros. Mother of two and a community leader that enjoys empowering tomorrow’s young leaders at conferences and summits, can be seen on a... Read More →
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Ariana Stein

Ariana Stein, a graduate from California State University, Dominguez Hills, has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration. Ariana spent the first 8 years of her professional career in real estate management. She is also the founder of worldwide pet transportation company, 1-800-Pet-Taxi... Read More →


Saturday April 13, 2019 1:30pm - 2:00pm
LA Times En Español Stage

1:30pm

WHEN NETWORKS FAIL. A discussion about how social media manipulates our perception of news and society with Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong, Executive Chairman of the Los Angeles Times, and Roger McNamee, author of “Zucked” - Conversation 1093 - REQUIRES TICKET
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Roger McNamee

Roger McNamee has been a Silicon Valley investor for 35 years. He co-founded successful funds in venture, crossover and private equity. He holds a B.A. from Yale University and an M.B.A. from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College and is the author of "The New Normal" and... Read More →
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Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong

Patrick Soon-Shiong, MD, is the owner and executive chairman of the Los Angeles Times, San Diego Union-Tribune, Los Angeles Times en Español and other publications under the California Times. Dr. Soon-Shiong, a physician, surgeon, scientist, inventor, technologist and philanthropist... Read More →


Saturday April 13, 2019 1:30pm - 2:00pm
Salvatori Computer Science Center 101, Signing Area 4

1:30pm

Sandra Cisneros, Author of "Puro Amor," interviewed by Esmeralda Bermudez
Moderators
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Esmeralda Bermudez

Esmeralda Bermudez writes narrative stories about the lives of Latinos for the Los Angeles Times. She was born in El Salvador, raised in Whittier and graduated from the University of Southern California. Before joining The Times in 2008, Bermudez worked at the Oregonian in Portland... Read More →

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avatar for Sandra Cisneros

Sandra Cisneros

Sandra Cisneros is a poet, short story writer, novelist, essayist, whose work explores the lives of the working-class. Her numerous awards include NEA fellowships in both poetry and fiction, the Texas Medal of the Arts, a MacArthur Fellowship, several honorary doctorates and book... Read More →


Saturday April 13, 2019 1:30pm - 2:15pm
LA Times Main Stage

1:30pm

Memoir: Who We Came From and Who We Came to Be - Conversation 1073 - REQUIRES TICKET
These memoirs trace unusual paths in relationship between child, parent and sibling. Join Rigoberto Gonzalez, Nicole Chung, Vanessa McGrady and Sophia Shalmiyev for a conversation on how they wrestled their uncertain familial relationships into polished personal nonfiction.

Moderators
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Samantha Dunn

Samantha Dunn is the author of "Failing Paris," a finalist for the PEN West Fiction Award, and the memoirs "Not by Accident: Reconstructing a Careless Life" and "Faith in Carlos Gomez: A Memoir of Salsa, Sex and Salvation." A widely published journalist, her bylines are regularly... Read More →

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avatar for Nicole Chung

Nicole Chung

Nicole Chung's debut memoir All You Can Ever Know was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award for Autobiography, longlisted for the PEN Open Book Award, and named a Best Book of the Year by nearly two dozen outlets, including The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, NPR... Read More →
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Rigoberto González

Rigoberto González is the author of five books of poetry, most recently "The Book of Ruin." His twelve books of prose include two bilingual children's books, three young adult novels, and the memoir "What Drowns the Flowers in Your Mouth," which was a finalist for the National Book... Read More →
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Vanessa McGrady

After earning a B.A. from NYU with a major in classical civilization and minors in journalism and art history, which proved excellent for solving crossword puzzles, Vanessa McGrady worked for the Sackler Foundation cataloging priceless art and antiquities. Then, she started a career... Read More →
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Sophia Shalmiyev

Sophia Shalmiyev emigrated from Leningrad to NYC in 1990. An MFA graduate of Portland State University, she was the nonfiction editor for The Portland Review and is a recipient of the Laurels scholarship and numerous Kellogg's fellowship awards. She has a second master's degree in... Read More →


Saturday April 13, 2019 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Seeley G. Mudd 123, Signing Area 4

1:30pm

Young Adult Fiction: Friends and "Friends"
Figuring out other people is hard enough, but knowing yourself can be significantly more difficult. The characters in novels from Cecil Castellucci, Julie Buxbaum and Aminah Mae Safi all struggle to find themselves while also reckoning with complicated relationships and confusing situations.

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Zan Romanoff

Zan Romanoff is the author of "A Song to Take the World Apart" and "Grace and the Fever," out now, as well as "Look" which is forthcoming from Dial Books for Young Readers in spring 2020. She's a full-time freelance writer whose work has appeared in Buzzfeed, Eater, GQ, The LA Times... Read More →

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Julie Buxbaum

Julie Buxbaum  is the author of YA novel "What to Say Next," as well as the New York Times bestseller "Tell Me Three Things," her debut young adult novel. She also wrote the critically acclaimed "The Opposite of Love" and "After You." Her work has been translated into twenty-five... Read More →
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Cecil Castellucci

Cecil Castellucci is the author of books and graphic novels for young adults including "Boy Proof," "The Plain Janes," "Soupy Leaves Home," "The Year of the Beasts," "Tin Star," and the Eisner nominated "Odd Duck." In 2015 she co-authored "Moving Target: A Princess Leia Adventure... Read More →
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Aminah Mae Safi

Aminah Mae Safi is a Muslim-American writer who explores art, fiction, feminism, and film. She's the winner of the We Need Diverse Books short story contest. She lives in Los Angeles, California, with her partner and two cats. She is the author of NOT THE GIRLS YOU'RE LOOKING FOR... Read More →


Saturday April 13, 2019 1:30pm - 2:30pm
YA Stage Presented by HS Insider, Signing Area 9

1:30pm

Young Adult Fiction: Not Quite Real Life - Conversation 1113 - REQUIRES TICKET
Love stories complicated by time loops; exclusive societies housed in gated-off high rises; and schools for girls that sound like something out of Margaret Atwood's nightmares. These scenarios bloom into wonderful and terrifying novels in the hands of authors of Tehlor Kay Mejia, Justin A. Reynolds and Lilliam Rivera. Join them for a conversation about their most recent works of young adult fiction.

Moderators
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Michelle Ruiz Keil

Michelle Ruiz Keil is an author and playwright with an eye for the enchanted and a way with animals. Her first book is "All of Us With Wings," a magic-infused coming of age story set in post-punk San Francisco, coming June 18th, 2019 from Soho Teen.

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avatar for Tehlor Kay Mejia

Tehlor Kay Mejia

Tehlor Kay Mejia is an author and Oregon native. Her short fiction has appeared in the All Out and Toil & Trouble anthologies from Harlequin Teen. "We Set the Dark on Fire" is her first novel.
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Justin A. Reynolds

Justin A. Reynolds has been a pest control operator, night security guard, steel mill janitor, NASA intern, salesman of high-end faucet fixtures, and carpet-flooring installer. He was most recently a registered nurse, before trading his stethoscope for a pencil, but he likes to think... Read More →
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Lilliam Rivera

Lilliam Rivera is the author of The Education of Margot Sanchez and is a 2016 Pushcart Prize winner. Her second novel, "Dealing in Dreams," was released by Simon & Schuster last month. She is a freelance writer with work in Tin House, the Los Angeles Times, and Latina, among others... Read More →


Saturday April 13, 2019 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Taper Hall 201, Signing Area 5

1:30pm

Do It Yourself: Alternative Art Spaces in Los Angeles - Conversation 1063 - REQUIRES TICKET
Ceci Moss reviews the short history of Gas, a mobile, autonomous, experimental and networked platform for contemporary art located in a converted truck gallery parked around Los Angeles and online. This alternative, non commercial exhibition venue is one of many uniquely sited galleries in Los Angeles, where organizers put on shows in pools, elevators, shoe boxes, and more. How do these spaces model a more democratic, accessible, and open means of art engagement, cultural production and storytelling? *To experience Moss’ gallery, check out the Newstory Playground.

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Ceci Moss

Ceci Moss is a curator, writer and educator based in Los Angeles. She is the founder and director of Gas, a mobile, autonomous, experimental and networked platform for contemporary art located in a truck gallery and online. She has a MA and PhD in Comparative Literature from New York... Read More →


Saturday April 13, 2019 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Annenberg Auditorium, Signing Area 3

1:30pm

LANDLIGHTS Instant Choir: Come build a Community through Creativity in 60 Minutes - Conversation 1123 - REQUIRES TICKET
What’s an Instant Choir? In less than an hour, acclaimed vocal educator Greg Delson (founder of the LANDLIGHTS Center for Voice) will transform a group of us (mostly non-singers) into a full-fledged choir, alongside a live band. No singing experience, talent or ability required. This is a unique opportunity to try something new together. And don’t worry - no one will have to sing alone! Multiple studies have correlated group singing with reduced stress, anxiety and fatigue. Moreover, group singing quickly forms positive bonds and fosters a sense of human connection, which is so critical in today’s world.

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Greg Delson

Greg Delson, founder of LANDLIGHTS Center for Voice, has been performing, researching, mastering and teaching vocals for over two decades. Greg believes and has proven that everyone can sing, and has coined the phrase, "singing is not a talent, it's a skill." Greg coaches everyone... Read More →


Saturday April 13, 2019 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Norris Theater, Signing Area 5

1:30pm

Old Man Saxon: Rapper on Rap—a Live Performance and Talk
Acclaimed rapper and hip hop professor Old Man Saxon will weave together live performance, a TED-talk-style presentation and audience conversation about hip hop today, specifically exploring the question of authenticity in rap.

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Old Man Saxon

Old Man Saxon is a rapper and has been since he was 13. His music has been featured in the HBO's Silicon Valley and Madden Football commercials nationally. Most recently he's opened for Ghostface Killah, Hieroglyphics, Curren$y and Oddisee. His music video for his hit single THE PERILS... Read More →


Saturday April 13, 2019 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Newstory Stage

1:30pm

John Carreyrou, Author of "Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup," in Conversation with Frances Dinkelspiel - Conversation 1023 - REQUIRES TICKET
John Carreyrou, prize-winning journalist and author of "Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup" discusses his explosive, bestselling book with journalist Frances Dinkelspiel.

Moderators
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Frances Dinkelspiel

Frances Dinkelspiel is an award-winning author and journalist. Her most recent book, "Tangled Vines: Greed, Murder, Obsession and an Arsonist in the Vineyards of California," was a New York Times and San Francisco Chronicle bestseller and was named a best wine book of 2015 by the... Read More →

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avatar for John Carreyrou

John Carreyrou

John Carreyrou is a two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter at The Wall Street Journal. For his extensive coverage of Theranos, Carreyrou was awarded the George Polk Award for Financial Reporting, the Gerald Loeb Award for Distinguished Business and Financial Journalism... Read More →


Saturday April 13, 2019 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Town & Gown, Signing Area 1

1:30pm

Writing The Epic American History - Conversation 1003 - REQUIRES TICKET
Our country's history is full of tales of trial and triumph, experimentation and innovation. James Donovan and Duncan Williams explore the storied corners of American History in their most recent books. 

Moderators
avatar for Elizabeth Taylor

Elizabeth Taylor

Elizabeth Taylor, literary editor at large of the Chicago Tribune, is past president of the National Books Critics Circle and has served on four Pulitzer Prize juries, three times as chair. She is the co-author, with Adam Cohen, of "American Pharaoh: Mayor Richard J. Daley, His Battle... Read More →

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avatar for Anna-Lisa Cox

Anna-Lisa Cox

The Bone and Sinew of the Land named  one of The Smithsonian Magazine's best history books of 2018!Anna-Lisa Cox is an award winning historian on the history of racism and race relations in nineteenth-century America. She is a non-resident Fellow at Harvard University's Hutchins... Read More →
avatar for James Donovan

James Donovan

James Donovan is the author of the bestselling books "The Blood of Heroes: The 13-Day Struggle for the Alamo--and the Sacrifice That Forged a Nation" and "A Terrible Glory: Custer and the Little Bighorn-the Last Great Battle of the American West." His newest book "Shoot for the Moon... Read More →
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Duncan Ryuken Williams

An ordained Buddhist priest in the Soto Zen tradition, Duncan Ryuken Williams has spent years piecing together the story of the Japanese American community during World War II. A renowned scholar of Buddhism, he has taught at the University of California, Berkeley, University of California... Read More →


Saturday April 13, 2019 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Hancock Foundation, Signing Area 1

1:30pm

Print Journalism: Where Do We Go from Here? - Conversation 1133 - REQUIRES TICKET
In today’s digital world, newspapers and weeklies are thinner than ever, with content and advertising catering more to online consumption and distribution by the day. But the complexity of today’s news and information demands long-form journalism more than ever. Several leading editors, publishers, and journalists will discuss the present and future of print journalism, revealing that print is very much alive.

Moderators
avatar for Christina Bellantoni

Christina Bellantoni

Christina Bellantoni joined the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism in August 2018 after having served as an assistant managing editor at the Los Angeles Times.Bellantoni has spent over 20 years in journalism, serving as editor-in-chief of the Capitol Hill newspaper... Read More →

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avatar for Will Hearst

Will Hearst

William R. Hearst III is the editor and publisher of Alta magazine and the chairman of the board of Hearst Corporation, one of the nation's largest diversified media and information companies. He has been a director of Hearst Corporation for more than 30 years. In addition, Will is... Read More →
avatar for Daniel Hernandez

Daniel Hernandez

Daniel Hernandez is a journalist and author. His career includes stints as a reporter at the L.A. Times and L.A. Weekly, as editor of VICE México, a contributor and host for All Things Considered, The World, KCRW Morning Edition, and The Frame, and as Mexico bureau chief for VICE... Read More →
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Norman Pearlstine

Norman Pearlstine is executive editor of the Los Angeles Times. Before joining The Times in 2018, Pearlstine served as vice chairman of Time Inc., where he was charged with seeking growth opportunities for the company’s brands and content. Prior to that he was chief content officer... Read More →
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Christa Scharfenberg

Christa Scharfenberg is CEO of The Center for Investigative Reporting. She joined CIR in 2003 as communications manager and has been a leader in its growth from a small nonprofit news organization, producing a handful of stories a year, to a multiplatform newsroom that reaches millions... Read More →


Saturday April 13, 2019 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Wallis Annenberg Hall Presented by USC, Signing Area 10

1:40pm

Chase Twichell, Reading from "Things as It Is"
Award-winning poet Chase Twichell reads from her new collection where present and past parallel and intermingle.

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Chase Twichell

Chase Twichell was born in 1950, and grew up in Connecticut and the Adirondack Mountains of upstate New York. She is the author of seven books of poetry, most recently "Horses Where the Answers Should Have Been: New and Selected Poems," which won both the Kingsley Tufts Award from... Read More →


Saturday April 13, 2019 1:40pm - 2:00pm
Poetry Stage, Signing Area 2

2:00pm

Kathy Fagan, Reading from "Sycamore"
Celebrated poet Kathy Fagan reads from her new collection on lost love, nature, and the process of recovery.

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Kathy Fagan

Kathy Fagan's latest collection is "Sycamore," a finalist for the 2018 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award. She is also the author of the National Poetry Series selection "The Raft," the Vassar Miller Prize winner "Moving & St. Rage," "The Charm," and "Lip." Her work has appeared in The Paris... Read More →


Saturday April 13, 2019 2:00pm - 2:20pm
Poetry Stage, Signing Area 2

2:00pm

Sean Hayes & Scott Icenogle, Co-authors of "Plum"
Will and Grace star Sean Hayes and composer Scott Icenogle show off their new children's book.

Speakers
avatar for Sean Hayes

Sean Hayes

Sean Hayes is best known as the award-winning actor who stars as Jack McFarland on "Will & Grace." He is also a writer, comedian, and producer. He lives with his husband, Scott Icenogle, in Los Angeles. In addition to his credits in television and film, he has also found success on... Read More →
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Scott Icenogle

Scott Icenogle is a composer and producer who is currently creating music for NBC's Will & Grace and CNN's The History of Comedy. A Virginia native and a fanboy of all things fantasy and science fiction, Scott is also a lifelong collector of feature film scores. He now lives with... Read More →


2:00pm

Ashley Chanel—R&B musical performance
With a butter-smooth R&B feel that’s laced in jazz and spiked with consciousness, Ashley Chanel has drawn comparisons to Erykah Badu and Jill Scott. Chanel graduated from USC in 2016, began recording her album in October 2017, and is currently preparing to go on her first tour in 2019.

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Ashley Chanel

With a butter-smooth R&B feel that’s laced in jazz and spiked with consciousness, Ashley Chanel has drawn comparisons to Erykah Badu and Jill Scott. Chanel graduated from USC in 2016, began recording her album in October 2017, and is currently preparing to go on her first tour in... Read More →


Saturday April 13, 2019 2:00pm - 2:30pm
USC Stage

2:00pm

Cooking Demonstration Featuring Marcela Valladolid, Author of "Fiestas"
The chef and host of the Food Network's "Mexican Made Easy" shows the audience how to cook mouth-watering party bites from her latest cookbook, "Fiestas." 

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avatar for Marcela Valladolid

Marcela Valladolid

Marcela Valladolid is a long-time Food Network host, first for five seasons of her own show, Mexican Made Easy, then co-host of the Emmy-nominated The Kitchen. She is now a judge on Best Baker in America. A former food editor at Bon Appétit magazine, she competed on The Apprentice... Read More →


Saturday April 13, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Cooking Stage, Signing Area 9

2:20pm

Cyrus Cassells, Reading from "Still Life with Children: Selected Poems of Francesc Parcerisas"
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Cyrus Cassells

Born in Dover, Delaware, Cyrus Cassells grew up in the Mojave Desert near Los Angeles, California. He earned a BA from Stanford University. Cassells is the author of The Mud Actor (1982), winner of the 1981 National Poetry Series competition; Soul Make a Path through Shouting (1994... Read More →


Saturday April 13, 2019 2:20pm - 2:40pm
Poetry Stage, Signing Area 2

2:30pm

Roseanne Greenfield Thong, Author of "One is a Piñata"
Beloved author Roseanne Greenfield Thong presents her newest book as part of our ongoing children's reading series.

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Roseanne Greenfield Thong

Roseanne Greenfield Thong has lived in Guatemala and Mexico and is the author of more than a dozen award-winning children's books, including "Round Is a Tortilla," "Wish," "'Twas Nochebuena," "Día de Los Muertos," and "Green Is a Chile Pepper." Her latest book for children, "One... Read More →


2:30pm

Travel on a Budget: How to Find Your Retreat Without Eyeing Your Receipt
Moderators
avatar for Catharine Hamm

Catharine Hamm

Catharine Hamm is the Travel editor for the Los Angeles Times. She was born in Syracuse, N.Y., to a peripatetic family whose stops included Washington, D.C.; Honolulu; and Manila. Her varied media career has taken her from McPherson, Kan., to Kansas City, Mo., San Bernardino, Salinas... Read More →

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avatar for George Hobica

George Hobica

George Hobica is the founder of Airfarewatchdog.com and has been a travel writer for over 40 years. In addition to writing for the Los Angeles Times he has been published in Travel and Leisure, National Geographic Traveler, Men’s Health, and Good Housekeeping... Read More →
avatar for John DiScala

John DiScala

John E. DiScala (aka Johnny Jet) has traveled over 100,000 miles a year since starting his newsletter in 1995 and has visited close to 100 countries. On his website, he writes about how to maximize your credit card points, how to find travel deals, cheap flights, and how to benefit... Read More →


Saturday April 13, 2019 2:30pm - 3:10pm
LA Times Live

2:30pm

Gigi Gorgeous, Author of "He Said, She Said: Lessons, Stories and Mistakes from My Transgender Journey," interviewed by Jessica Roy
Gigi Gorgeous, YouTube personality, trans activist, and author of "He Said, She Said: Lessons, Stories, and Mistakes from My Transgender Journey," in conversation with an LA Times writer.

Moderators
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Jessica Roy

Jessica Roy works on the audience engagement team at the Los Angeles Times. She covers pop culture, politics and technology.

Speakers
avatar for Gigi Gorgeous

Gigi Gorgeous

Gigi Gorgeous is a YouTube star, transgender activist, television personality, actress, model and LGBTQ icon. She has nearly 8 million followers across her social platforms and in January 2017, her feature-length documentary "This is Everything: Gigi Gorgeous", premiered at the... Read More →


Saturday April 13, 2019 2:30pm - 3:15pm
LA Times Main Stage

2:30pm

Set Me Free: Novels of War, Internment, and Enslavement - Conversation 1084 - REQUIRES TICKET
In their most recent novels, authors Esi Edugyan, Christian Kiefer and Crystal Hana Kim wrestle with some of the deepest traumas that one can experience, and examine the character of people living in the echoes of those struggles.

Moderators
avatar for Scott O'Connor

Scott O'Connor

Scott O’Connor is the author of A Perfect Universe: Ten Stories, the novels Untouchable and Half World and the novella Among Wolves. He has been awarded the Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Award, and his stories have been shortlisted for the Sunday Times/EFG Story... Read More →

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avatar for Esi Edugyan

Esi Edugyan

Esi Edugyan is the author of the novels "The Second Life of Samuel Tyne" and "Half-Blood Blues," which won the Scotiabank Giller Prize and was a finalist for the Man Booker Prize, the Governor General's Literary Award, the Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize, and the Orange Prize... Read More →
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Christian Kiefer

Christian Kiefer is the recipient of a Pushcart Prize for his short fiction and is also the author of "The Animals" and "Infinite Tides." He holds a Ph.D. in American literature from the University of California at Davis and has served as contributing editor for Zyzzyva and as fiction... Read More →
avatar for Crystal Hana Kim

Crystal Hana Kim

Crystal Hana Kim's debut novel "If You Leave Me" was named a best book of 2018 by The Washington Post, Booklist, Literary Hub, Cosmopolitan, and others. It was also longlisted for the Center for Fiction Novel Prize. She was a 2017 PEN America Dau Short Story Prize winner and has received... Read More →


Saturday April 13, 2019 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Seeley G. Mudd 124, Signing Area 4

2:30pm

Writing Writers: Novels About Struggling Artists - Conversation 1034 - REQUIRES TICKET
The characters in the novels from Belle Boggs, Dana Czapnik, Christopher Farley and Juliet Lapidos all wrestle with artistic blockages. Join these authors for a discussion on how to build successful novels out of characters with creative struggles.

Moderators
avatar for Agatha French

Agatha French

Agatha French is a former staff writer in books at the Los Angeles Times. She has worked as an editor for a number of literary journals and magazines, including the Los Angeles Review of Books. She holds an MFA in creative writing from Bennington College. Born and raised in California... Read More →

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avatar for C.J. Farley

C.J. Farley

C.J. Farley has worked as a senior editor for the Wall Street Journal and Time magazine, and is the author of the novels "Game World" and "My Favorite War." Farley served as consulting producer on the Peabody-winning HBO documentary "Mr. Dynamite: The Rise of James Brown" and wrote... Read More →
avatar for Belle Boggs

Belle Boggs

Belle Boggs is the author of "The Art of Waiting: On Fertility, Medicine, and Motherhood" and "Mattaponi Queen," a collection of linked stories set along Virginia's Mattaponi River. "The Art of Waiting" was a finalist for the PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay... Read More →
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Dana Czapnik

Dana Czapnik is a 2018 NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellow in Fiction from The New York Foundation for the Arts. In 2017, she was awarded an Emerging Writers Fellowship from the Center for Fiction. Czapnik earned her MFA at Hunter College where she was recognized with a Hertog Fellowship. She's... Read More →
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Juliet Lapidos

Juliet Lapidos is a senior editor at The Atlantic. Previously she worked at the Los Angeles Times, the New York Times, and Slate. She received her B.A. in Comparative Literature from Yale University and her MPhil in English Literature from Cambridge University, which she attended... Read More →


Saturday April 13, 2019 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Mudd Hall 203, Signing Area 1

2:30pm

Crime Fiction: Hidden Truths - Conversation 1104 - REQUIRES TICKET
Gangster plots, noir and major historical moments provide the backdrops for these crime novels.  The authors weave webs of lies and deception that their clever protagonists take hundreds of pages to unravel. 

Moderators
avatar for Steph Cha

Steph Cha

Steph Cha is the author of "Follow Her Home," "Beware Beware," and "Dead Soon Enough." Her fourth novel, "Your House Will Pay," will be out from Ecco in 2019. She's the noir editor for the Los Angeles Review of Books and a regular contributor to the Los Angeles Times and USA Today... Read More →

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avatar for Lou Berney

Lou Berney

Lou Berney is the author of three previous novels, "Gutshot Straight," "Whiplash River," and multiple prize-winning "The Long and Faraway Gone." His short fiction has appeared in publications such as The New Yorker, Ploughshares, and the Pushcart Prize anthology. He lives in Oklahoma... Read More →
avatar for Jeffrey Fleishman

Jeffrey Fleishman

Jeffrey Fleishman is a Pulitzer Prize finalist and a former foreign correspondent. He has had postings in Rome, Berlin, and Cairo, and has covered wars in Iraq, Libya, and Kosovo. He once climbed the Himalayas with a group of Buddhist monks escaping Chinese soldiers in Tibet. He returned... Read More →
avatar for Tod Goldberg

Tod Goldberg

Tod Goldberg is the New York Times bestselling author of over a dozen books, including "Gangster Nation," "Gangsterland," which was a finalist for the Hammett Prize, "The House of Secrets," which he co-authored with Brad Meltzer, and "Living Dead Girl," a finalist for the Los Angeles... Read More →
avatar for Joe Ide

Joe Ide

Joe Ide grew up in South Central Los Angeles. Joe's favorite books were the Conan Doyle "Sherlock Holmes" stories. He held a variety of different jobs--including Hollywood screenwriter--before writing "IQ," which went onto win the Anthony, Macavity, and Shamus awards for Best Debut... Read More →


Saturday April 13, 2019 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Taper Hall 101, Signing Area 5

2:30pm

The Internet: How Technology Shapes Our Lives - Conversation 1054 - REQUIRES TICKET
As the internet and the companies that run it become more enmeshed in our daily lives, it's hard not to wonder how much information and power we are giving up. Books by Jeff Kosseff, Roger McNamee, Jennifer Rothman and Andrew Smith explore the web, the companies behind it, and the impact is has on us and our world.

Moderators
avatar for Johana Bhuiyan

Johana Bhuiyan

Johana Bhuiyan is a business reporter at the Los Angeles Times covering the technology industry with a focus on accountability. Bhuiyan, who previously covered the future of transportation for more than four years, is particularly interested in interrogating how tech impacts real... Read More →

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avatar for Jeff Kosseff

Jeff Kosseff

Jeff Kosseff is an Assistant Professor of Cybersecurity Law at the United States Naval Academy. He is the author of "Cybersecurity Law," the first comprehensive textbook on U.S. cybersecurity laws and regulations, and this month published "The Twenty-Six Words that Created the Internet... Read More →
avatar for Roger McNamee

Roger McNamee

Roger McNamee has been a Silicon Valley investor for 35 years. He co-founded successful funds in venture, crossover and private equity. He holds a B.A. from Yale University and an M.B.A. from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College and is the author of "The New Normal" and... Read More →
avatar for Jennifer Rothman

Jennifer Rothman

Professor Jennifer Rothman is nationally recognized for her scholarship in the intellectual property field, and has become the leading expert on the right of publicity. She researches and writes primarily in the areas of intellectual property and constitutional law. In addition to... Read More →
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Andrew Smith

Andrew Smith has worked as a critic and feature writer for the Sunday Times, the Guardian, The Observer, and The Face. He is the author of the internationally bestselling "Moondust," about the nine remaining men who walked on the moon between 1969 and 1972. His latest book, "Totally... Read More →


Saturday April 13, 2019 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Ronald Tutor Campus Center, Signing Area 3

2:30pm

Final Draft: Writing Hollywood's Stories - Conversation 1014 - REQUIRES TICKET
The relationship between literature and film began when we first captured images on celluloid, but despite all those years together, the two industries' ties have remained complicated and tenuous. The scope of these authors' most recent books can be as narrow as a single film or as broad as the entire industry, but they all address what film means to a writer.

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avatar for Claudia Puig

Claudia Puig

Claudia Puig is a nationally recognized film journalist. She is president of the Los Angeles Film Critics Assn. and has been a film critic on National Public Radio's Film Week, on KPCC, since 2005. She was the lead critic at USA Today for 15 years, and host of the USA Today video... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Geoff Dyer

Geoff Dyer

Geoff Dyer's many books include But Beautiful (winner of the Somerset Maugham Prize), Out of Sheer Rage, The Missing of the Somme, Jeff in Venice, Death in Varanasi and The Ongoing Moment (winner of the ICP Infinity Award for Writing on Photography) and the essay collection Otherwise... Read More →
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Stephen Jay Schwartz

Los Angeles Times Bestselling Author Stephen Jay Schwartz spent a number of years as the Director of Development for Wolfgang Petersen where he worked to develop screenplays for production. He also worked as a freelance screenwriter before writing his two novels, "Boulevard" and "Beat... Read More →
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Kenneth Turan

Kenneth Turan is film critic for the Los Angeles Times and National Public Radio's Morning Edition as well as the director of the Los Angeles Times Book Prizes. He has been a staff writer for the Washington Post as well as the Times' book review editor. A graduate of Swarthmore College... Read More →
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Elizabeth Weitzman

Elizabeth Weitzman is a journalist, film critic, and the author of more than two dozen books for children and young adults. She currently covers movies for the Wrap, and was a critic for the New York Daily News from 2000-2015. She has also written about entertainment for the New York... Read More →


Saturday April 13, 2019 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Hoffman Hall, Signing Area 1

2:40pm

Claudia Keelan, Reading from "We Step into the Sea"
Award-winning poet Claudia Keelan reads from her latest collection of new and selected poems.

Speakers
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Claudia Keelan

Claudia Keelan was born in Southern California when it was still covered with orange groves and Nato started the embargo, still in place, against lovely Cuba. Her writing and teaching career has spanned all corners of the US, as she's taught in many writing programs, including the... Read More →


Saturday April 13, 2019 2:40pm - 3:00pm
Poetry Stage, Signing Area 2

3:00pm

Charles Harper Webb, Reading from "Sidebend World"
Award-winning poet Charles Harper Webb reads selected poems from his latest collection.

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Charles Harper Webb

Called by Lifescape "Southern California's most inventive and accessible poet," Charles Harper Webb has published 12 books of poetry, including "Reading the Water," "Liver," "Tulip Farms & Leper Colonies," "Hot Popsicles," "Amplified Dog," "Shadow Ball: New and Selected Poems," "What Things Are Made Of," "Brain Camp," and his most recent, "Sidebend World." Poet... Read More →


Saturday April 13, 2019 3:00pm - 3:20pm
Poetry Stage, Signing Area 2

3:00pm

Story Pirates Performs "Digging Up Danger"
The Story Pirates do a storytime reading from their most recent book.

Speakers
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Story Pirates

The Story Pirates Changemakers is a nationally respected education and media organization, dually based in New York and Los Angeles. They turn kids' original stories into wild sketch comedy musicals featuring professional actors to show those kids just how amazing their ideas are... Read More →


3:00pm

Sloane Crosley, Author of "Look Alive Out There," in Conversation with Isaac Fitzgerald - Conversation 1074 - REQUIRES TICKET
Sloane Crosley, author of "Look Alive Out There," discusses her latest collection of essays with AM2DM host and writer Isaac Fitzgerald.

Moderators
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Isaac Fitzgerald

Isaac Fitzgerald has been a firefighter, worked on a boat, and was once given a sword by a king, thereby accomplishing three out of five of his childhood goals. Formerly of The Rumpus and McSweeney's and most recently the founding editor of BuzzFeed Books, Isaac is now the co-host... Read More →

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avatar for Sloane Crosley

Sloane Crosley

Sloane Crosley is the author of The New York Times bestselling essay collections, "I Was Told There'd Be Cake," a finalist for The Thurber Prize for American Humor, and "How Did You Get This Number," as well as "Look Alive Out There," and the bestselling novel, "The Clasp." She served... Read More →


Saturday April 13, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Seeley G. Mudd 123, Signing Area 4

3:00pm

Fiction: Swept Along By Circumstance - Conversation 1114 - REQUIRES TICKET
Rebecca Makkai, Janet Fitch and Lydia Fitzpatrick's most recent novels all contain characters struggling to overcome major forces beyond their control. These authors discuss how to find the core of a character that's swept up by chaos.

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David Francis

David Francis, based in Los Angeles where he works for the Norton Rose Fulbright law firm, spends part of each year back on his family's farm in Australia. He is the author of "The Great Inland Sea," published to acclaim in seven countries, and "Stray Dog Winter," Book of the Year... Read More →

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Janet Fitch

Janet Fitch is an American author and teacher of fiction writing. She is the author of the #1 national bestseller "White Oleander," a novel translated into 24 languages, an Oprah Book Club book and the basis of a feature film, "Paint It Black," also widely translated and made into... Read More →
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Rebecca Makkai

Rebecca Makkai is the Chicago-based author of the novels "The Great Believers," "The Hundred-Year House," and "The Borrower," as well as the short story collection "Music for Wartime." Her short fiction won a 2017 Pushcart Prize, and was chosen for The Best American Short Stories... Read More →


Saturday April 13, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Taper Hall 201, Signing Area 5

3:00pm

Writing Across Genres: What it Means to be Black in America - Conversation 1024 - REQUIRES TICKET
Whether they're writing poetry, fiction or memoir, these writers  reveal in their works something essential about the experience of being Black in America today. Join Morgan Parker, Nafissa Thompson-Spires and Damon Young in a discussion of their latest books.

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Rebecca Carroll

Rebecca Carroll is a cultural critic and the editor of special projects at WNYC and a critic-at-large for the Los Angeles Times. She is also the author of several books about race and blackness in America, including 1997’s Sugar in the Raw. Her essays and op-ed pieces have been... Read More →

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avatar for Morgan Parker

Morgan Parker

Morgan Parker is the author of "There Are More Beautiful Things Than Beyonce," "Other People's Comfort Keeps Me Up At Night," and the recently released poetry collection"Magical Negro." Her debut young adult novel "Who Put This Song On?" is forthcoming in late 2019, and her debut... Read More →
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Nafissa Thompson-Spires

Nafissa Thompson-Spires earned a PhD in English from Vanderbilt University and an MFA in Creative Writing at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in McSweeny's "The Organist," The Paris Review Daily, Dissent, Buzzfeed Books, The White... Read More →
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Damon Young

Damon Young is a co-founder and editor in chief of VerySmartBrothas, a senior editor for The Root, and a columnist for GQ. His work has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, CNN, MSNBC, Al-Jazeera, Slate, Salon, The Guardian, New York Magazine, Jezebel, Complex, Essence... Read More →


Saturday April 13, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Town & Gown, Signing Area 1

3:00pm

Young Adult Fiction: The Secret of Me
Join Robin Benway, Dana L. Davis, Kelly Loy Gilbert and Jennifer Gilmore for a conversation about their most recent young adult novels. The writers discuss their characters' complicated relationship with absent or enigmatic parents, and how exploring those familial relationships leads to a greater understanding of themselves.

Moderators
avatar for Jonathan Hunt

Jonathan Hunt

Hunt is the Lead Coordinator of Library Media Services at the San Diego County Office of Education. A principalreviewer for the Horn Book Magazine, he has judged many literary prizes such as the Newbery Medal, theCaldecott Medal, the Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards, and the Los Angeles... Read More →

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avatar for Robin Benway

Robin Benway

Robin Benway is a National Book Award-winning and New York Times-bestselling author of six novels for young adults, including "Far From the Tree," "Audrey, Wait!," the "AKA" series, and "Emmy & Oliver." Her books have received numerous awards and recognition, including the PEN America... Read More →
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Dana L. Davis

Dana L. Davis is a writer of novels for teens, most recently the critically acclaimed "Tiffany Sly Lives Here Now." She's also a Hollywood actress with previous series regular roles as Carmen Phillips on TNT's "Franklin and Bash" and modern day mimic Monica Dawson on NBC's cult series... Read More →
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Kelly Loy Gilbert

Kelly Loy Gilbert believes deeply in the power of stories to illuminate a shared humanity and give voice to complex, broken people. She is the author of "Conviction," a William C. Morris Award finalist, and lives in the SF Bay Area. Her newest book is "Picture Us in the Light."
avatar for Jennifer Gilmore

Jennifer Gilmore

Jennifer Gilmore's second novel for teens, "If Only," was published by Harper Teen in July 2018. She is also the author the YA novel, "We Were Never Here," and the adult novels "The Mothers" (which is currently being adapted for film), "Something Red," and "Golden Country" (a New... Read More →


Saturday April 13, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm
YA Stage Presented by HS Insider, Signing Area 9

3:00pm

Ben Morrison's Superfunny! Multimedia Comedy Show
Prepare yourself for a live comedy experience unlike anything you've ever seen before. Ben Morrison’s Superfunny! is a one-of-a-kind multimedia event mixing the worlds best stand-up comedy with visuals, live music and more. It’s unlike any comedy show you’ve ever seen and has the PowerPoint files to prove it. 
 
Occurring monthly at the world famous Hollywood Improv, Superfunny! is an experience not to be missed. Created and hosted by Ben Morrison, and featuring a diverse lineup of hilarious storytellers, Superfunny is honored to bring the next generation of live comedy to Newstory at the Festival of Books.


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avatar for Rick Sorkin

Rick Sorkin

Rick Sorkin is a Santa Monica, California-based producer, cultural consultant, songwriter, photographer and comedian. He produces and records music under the name SPELLS (@thisIsSpells).He created and served as musical director of Le Cabaret Melange, a long running, successful... Read More →
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Justine Marino

Upon moving to Los Angeles, Justine realized her love for comedy at the Groundlings School, and shortly after started doing standup.  She quickly began opening for the likes of Bo Burnham, Joel McHale and eventually caught the eye of Jenny McCarthy, who cast her in the comedy... Read More →
avatar for Nic Novicki

Nic Novicki

Nic Novicki is an comedian, actor, and producer that has performed on 6 continents including several tours through Armed Forces Entertainment, performing for troops.  His television credits include: Boardwalk Empire, The Sopranos, Loudermilk, Alone Together, Gotham Comedy Live, Jack... Read More →
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Ben Morrison

Ben Morrison is a Los Angeles based actor, writer, comedian and filmmaker. Acting since he was 6 years old, Ben is a graduate of NYU’s TISCH School of the arts where he trained under William H. Macy and David Mamet, and added stand-up comedian to his resume shortly thereafter... Read More →


Saturday April 13, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Newstory Stage

3:00pm

The Impact of Environmental Storytelling with Scout Expedition Co. - Conversation 1064 - REQUIRES TICKET
Can a physical environment tell an engaging story that brings audiences to tears? “The Nest” - an immersive theater production incorporating elements of narrative video games, escape rooms, and serialized podcasts - was able to do just that. In this presentation, Jeff Leinenveber and Jarrett Lantz, Creative Directors of “The Nest,” will share both theoretical and practical principles of immersive set design and environmental storytelling. *To experience “The Nest,” check out the activation on the Newstory Playground.

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avatar for Jeff Leinenveber

Jeff Leinenveber

Jeff Leinenveber is Co-Creative Director at Scout Expedition Co., an immersive theater company located in Los Angeles, California. In April 2017, Scout created "The Nest", which mixed elements of theater, narrative video games, and escape rooms, allowing the audience to explore a dark storage room belonging to a mysterious woman. Jeff is an active member of the immersive community and has been involved in several productions over the years. Having pr... Read More →
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Jarrett Lantz

Jarrett Lantz is Co-Creative Director of Scout Expedition Co., an immersive theater company based in Los Angeles. Scout most recently ran "The Nest," a small-format show described by The Verge as "...transcend[ing] its escape room and video game influences, turning a well-known... Read More →


Saturday April 13, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Annenberg Auditorium, Signing Area 3

3:00pm

Publishing Poets: On The Best American Poetry - Conversation 1134 - REQUIRES TICKET
For over 25 years, the Best American Poetry anthology has been an annual treat for lovers of verse, an honor for its contributors, and conversation starter for the community. This exclusive insiders’ peek into the best-selling series will feature insight, anecdotes, and readings from contributors as well as the guest editor of the latest edition.

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Callie Siskel

Callie Siskel is the author of Arctic Revival, selected by Elizabeth Alexander for a Poetry Society of America Chapbook Fellowship. Her poems appear in Ploughshares, A Public Space, The Yale Review, Ninth Letter, and other journals. Her work has received support from the Napa Valley... Read More →

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avatar for Brendan Constantine

Brendan Constantine

Brendan Constantine is a nationally recognized poet based in Los Angeles. His work has appeared in many of the nation's poetry standards, including Best American Poetry, Prairie Schooner, Tin House, Ploughshares, Virginia Quarterly, and Poem-a-Day. His first book, "Letters to Guns... Read More →
avatar for Dana Gioia

Dana Gioia

Gioia is the author of several poetry collections, including "99 Poems: New & Selected;" "Interrogations at Noon," winner of the American Book Award; "The Gods of Winter;" and "Daily Horoscope." His critical collection, "Can Poetry Matter?: Essays on Poetry and American Culture... Read More →
avatar for Sonia Greenfield

Sonia Greenfield

Sonia Greenfield was born and raised in Peekskill, New York, and her chapbook, "American Parable," won the 2017 Autumn House Press/Coal Hill Review prize. Her first full-length collection, "Boy with a Halo at the Farmer's Market," won the 2014 Codhill Poetry Prize. Her work has appeared... Read More →
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Robin Coste Lewis

Robin Coste Lewis is the poet laureate of Los Angeles and writer-in-residence at the University of Southern California. Her poetry debut, "Voyage of the Sable Venus" was honored with the 2015 National Book Award for Poetry"”the first poetry debut to do so since 1975, and the first... Read More →


Saturday April 13, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Wallis Annenberg Hall Presented by USC, Signing Area 10

3:00pm

Excavating The Past: Writing International Histories - Conversation 1004 - REQUIRES TICKET
Between the covers of these writers' latest histories, you can travel from 1600s Persia, to the Industrial Revolution in the U.K., to the Wild West borderlands between America and Mexico in the 1850s. Join  Ruby Lal, Scott Martelle and Priya Satia for a conversation about researching and writing their epic histories. 

Moderators
avatar for Bill Boyarsky

Bill Boyarsky

of Southern California. In his 30 years with the Los Angeles Times, Boyarsky was a political writer, featured columnist, and city editor. He was a member of reporting teams that won three Pulitzer Prizes. He is the author of two biographies of Ronald Reagan. He is author of "Los Angeles... Read More →

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avatar for Ruby Lal

Ruby Lal

Ruby Lal is Professor of South Asian Studies at Emory University, Atlanta. She holds a D.Phil in Modern History from the University of Oxford, UK, and an M.Phil in History from the University of Delhi, India. She has taught at the Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, in History and... Read More →
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Scott Martelle

A third-generation journalist, Scott Martelle is currently a member of the editorial board of the Los Angeles Times. In a career that began in his teens, he worked for newspapers in Western New York and Detroit before landing in Los Angeles at the start of 1997. A career that long... Read More →
avatar for Priya Satia

Priya Satia

Priya Satia is a professor of British History at Stanford University. She is the author of "Spies in Arabia: The Great War and the Cultural Foundations of Britain 's Covert Empire in the Middle East," and her writing has appeared in the TLS, Slate, the Financial Times and Huffington... Read More →


Saturday April 13, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Hancock Foundation, Signing Area 1

3:00pm

Who We Are: Looking at Life At Every Stage - Conversation 1094 - REQUIRES TICKET
Join Marc Freedman, Sunita Puri and Michael Reichert for a frank discussion of their books, which address life's impossible-to-avoid complications, spanning from the problems that can occur in raising a child to the hard decisions that govern end-of-life care.

Moderators
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Emily Rapp Black

Emily Rapp Black is the author of Poster Child: A Memoir (BloomsburyUSA), and The Still Point of the Turning World (PenguinPress), which was a New York Times bestseller, a NYT Editor's Pick, and a finalist for the PEN USA Award in Nonfiction. Her book-length lyric essay, Cartography for Cripples, which examines the intersection of art, disability, and sex through the life and work of Frida Kahlo, is forthcoming from the New York Review of Books/NottingHill Editions in 2020. Her next book, Sanctuary, a reexamination of the word resilience... Read More →

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avatar for Marc Freedman

Marc Freedman

Marc Freedman, president and CEO of Encore.org, is one of the nation's leading experts on the longevity revolution. The Wall Street Journal named his newest book -- How to Live Forever: The Enduring Power of Connecting the Generations (PublicAffairs/Hachette Book Group, 2018) -- one... Read More →
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Sunita Puri

Sunita Puri is an assistant professor of clinical medicine at the University of Southern California, and medical director of palliative medicine at the Keck Hospital and Norris Cancer Center. She has published essays in The New York Times, Slate, and The Journal of the American Medical... Read More →
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Michael Reichert

Michael C. Reichert, Ph.D. is an applied psychologist who has studied and worked with children for over 30 years. He currently serves as Executive Director of the Center for the Study of Boys' and Girls' Lives. Previously, he helped to create and served for 10 years as director of... Read More →


Saturday April 13, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Salvatori Computer Science Center 101, Signing Area 4

3:00pm

Hollywood Remembered: A Screening of "Bombshell" and Conversation - Conversation 1124 - REQUIRES TICKET
Join Karina Longworth, author of Seduction: Sex, Lies and Stardom in Howard Hughes's Hollywood and creator and host of the hit podcast You Must Remember This for a screening of the classic film “Bombshell” and a discussion of old Hollywood and its contemporary influences, with LA Times writer Mark Olsen.

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Mark Olsen

Mark Olsen writes about all kinds of movies for the Los Angeles Times as both a feature writer and reviewer. He creates a regular series on independent, documentary and foreign language films under the banner of Indie Focus, also curating and hosting the Indie Focus Screening Series... Read More →

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avatar for Karina Longworth

Karina Longworth

Karina Longworth is a writer, film historian and podcaster. She is the creator, producer and host of You Must Remember This, a podcast on the secret and forgotten history of 20th Century Hollywood, as well as the author of books on George Lucas, Al Pacino and Meryl Streep. Her latest... Read More →


Saturday April 13, 2019 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Norris Theater, Signing Area 5

3:10pm

Remi Wolf—Pop Musical Performance
Remi Wolf gained local fame in high school performing around the San Francisco Bay Area and moved to Los Angeles to further her growth in songwriting and artistry at the USC Thornton School of Music. She now is writing, producing, and performing her own music around Los Angeles.

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Remi Wolf

Remi Wolf gained local fame in high school performing around the San Francisco Bay Area and moved to Los Angeles to further her growth in songwriting and artistry at the USC Thornton School of Music. She now is writing, producing, and performing her own music around Los Angeles.


Saturday April 13, 2019 3:10pm - 3:40pm
USC Stage

3:20pm

Deborah Landau, Reading from "Soft Targets"
Award-winning poet Deborah Landau reads selections from her upcoming collection.

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Deborah Landau

Deborah Landau is the author of "Soft Targets," "The Uses of the Body," and "The Last Usable Hour," both Lannan Literary Selections from Copper Canyon Press, and "Orchidelirium" which was selected by Naomi Shihab Nye for the Robert Dana Anhinga Prize for Poetry. Her work has appeared... Read More →


Saturday April 13, 2019 3:20pm - 3:40pm
Poetry Stage, Signing Area 2

3:30pm

Adam Rubin, Author of "High Five"
The New York Times bestselling author does a storytime reading of his newest picture book. 


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avatar for Adam Rubin

Adam Rubin

Adam Rubin is the New York Times best-selling author of a half dozen critically acclaimed picture books, including "Dragons Love Tacos," "Dragons Love Tacos 2: The Sequel," "Secret Pizza Party," "Robo-Sauce," and "High Five," which was released in April 2019. He spent ten years working... Read More →


3:30pm

Lawrence O'Donnell, Author of "Playing with Fire: The 1968 Election and the Transformation of American Politics," interviewed by Norman Pearlstine
Lawrence O'Donnell, host of "The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell," and author of "Playing with Fire: The 1968 Election and the Transformation of American Politics," are interviewed by a L.A. Times writer.

Moderators
avatar for Norman Pearlstine

Norman Pearlstine

Norman Pearlstine is executive editor of the Los Angeles Times. Before joining The Times in 2018, Pearlstine served as vice chairman of Time Inc., where he was charged with seeking growth opportunities for the company’s brands and content. Prior to that he was chief content officer... Read More →

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avatar for Lawrence O'Donnell

Lawrence O'Donnell

Lawrence O'Donnell is the host of The Last Word on MSNBC. Formerly an Emmy Award-winning executive producer and writer for "The West Wing," O'Donnell also served as senior advisor to Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan (D-NY), chief of staff to the Senate Committee on the Environment and... Read More →


Saturday April 13, 2019 3:30pm - 4:15pm
LA Times Main Stage

3:30pm

Cooking Demonstration Featuring Matt & Ted Lee, Co-Authors of "Hotbox: Inside Catering the Food World's Riskiest Business"
Matt and Ted Lee, James Beard Award winners and bestselling cookbook authors, demonstrate techniques that got them through their grueling years in the catering business, described in their newest book "Hotbox."

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avatar for Matt Lee

Matt Lee

Matt is a food writer and has written for Travel + Leisure, Bon Appétit, Food & Wine, GQ, and The New York Times. With his brother Ted, they were on-air commentators on Unique Eats on the Cooking Channel. He is the co-author of four books, which have won six IACP and James Beard... Read More →
avatar for Ted Lee

Ted Lee

Ted is a food writer and has written for Travel + Leisure, Bon Appétit, Food & Wine, GQ, and The New York Times. With his brother Matt, they were on-air commentators on Unique Eats on the Cooking Channel. He is the co-author of four books, which have won six IACP and James Beard... Read More →


Saturday April 13, 2019 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Cooking Stage, Signing Area 9

3:40pm

Ellen Dore Watson, Reading from "Pray Me Stay Eager"
Award-winning poet and translator Ellen Dore Watson reads selections from her latest collection.

Speakers
avatar for Ellen Dore Watson

Ellen Dore Watson

Poet and translator Ellen Doré Watson's fifth and most recent collection, "pray me stay eager," was released in 2018 from Alice James Books, which published her first two books, "We Live in Bodies" and "Ladder Music," winner of the New England/New York award. "This Sharpening" and... Read More →


Saturday April 13, 2019 3:40pm - 4:00pm
Poetry Stage, Signing Area 2

3:40pm

Metro Columnist Roundtable: A Conversation With Three Voices of The Times
Moderators
avatar for Chris Erskine

Chris Erskine

Chris Erskine is a nationally known humor columnist and editor for the Los Angeles Times. He writes for the Sports, Travel and Saturday sections and edits on the paper’s Features staff. As an editor, he has been a part of two Pulitzer Prize-winning teams at The Times (for his graphics... Read More →

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avatar for Steve Lopez

Steve Lopez

Steve Lopez is a California native who has been an L.A. Times columnist since 2001. He has won more than a dozen national journalism awards for his reporting and column writing at seven newspapers and four news magazines, and is a three-time Pulitzer finalist for commentary—in 2012... Read More →
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Frank Shyong

Frank Shyong is a columnist for the Los Angeles Times writing about diversity and diaspora in Los Angeles. He grew up south of Nashville, Tenn., and moved to Los Angeles in 2006 to study economics at UCLA. He joined The Times in 2012 and previously reported on the San Gabriel Valley... Read More →
avatar for Robin Abcarian

Robin Abcarian

Robin Abcarian is a columnist at the Los Angeles Times. Focusing mostly on California culture, news and politics, she roams the Golden State, reporting stories that help readers understand what makes this place unique. She often writes about hot-button social issues, like abortion... Read More →


Saturday April 13, 2019 3:40pm - 4:20pm
LA Times Live

3:45pm

Lydia Cacho Author of "#EllosHablan: Testimonios de hombres, la relación con sus padres, el machismo y la violencia" Interviewed by Editor Alejandro Maciel (Spanish)
Conversation with Author, Lydia Cacho. Los demonios del Edén: Las consecuencias de denunciar las redes de pornografía infantil y el tráfico de personas. ¿Por qué el Estado mexicano le pidió disculpas cinco veces?

Moderators
avatar for Alejandro Maciel

Alejandro Maciel

Originario de Mexicali, Baja California, cursó la licenciatura en Ciencias de la Comunicación en la Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México. Fue editor asociado en la revista People en Español; subdirector del Diario/La Prensa en Nueva York. Maciel ha dirigido numerosas publicaciones... Read More →

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avatar for Lydia Cacho

Lydia Cacho

Lydia María Cacho Ribeiro is a Mexican leftist journalist, feminist, and human rights activist. Described by Amnesty International as "perhaps Mexico's most famous investigative journalist and women's rights advocate", Cacho's reporting focuses on violence against and sexual abuse... Read More →


Saturday April 13, 2019 3:45pm - 4:30pm
LA Times En Español Stage

4:00pm

Dawn Lundy Martin, reading from "Good Stock Strange Blood"
Poet Dawn Lundy Martin reads selections from her newest collection.

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Dawn Lundy Martin

Dawn Lundy Martin is a poet, essayist, and conceptual-video artist. She is the author of four books of poems: "Good Stock Strange Blood," which won the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award; "Life in a Box is a Pretty Life," which won the Lambda Literary Award for Lesbian Poetry; "DISCIPLINE... Read More →


Saturday April 13, 2019 4:00pm - 4:20pm
Poetry Stage, Signing Area 2

4:00pm

Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen, Author of "Chicks Rule"
Beloved author Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen reads from her newest picture book.

Speakers
avatar for Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen

Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen

Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen is the author of many children's books, including Tyrannosaurus Wrecks!, Quackenstein Hatches a Family, and Brobot Bedtime. She lives in New Jersey with her family.


4:00pm

Drop the Beat: Writing About Music - Conversation 1015 - REQUIRES TICKET
Into the now-venerable tradition of writing the history of hip-hop come these panelists' most recent books, which go deep on rap group giants A Tribe Called Quest, the Wu-Tang Clan and NWA. 

Moderators
avatar for Greg Mack

Greg Mack

Greg Mack is a radio personality heard on 94.7 The Wave in Los Angeles and also on over 20 other radio stations in 4 different countries via the Syndicated “Greg Mack Show” With over 40 years in the radio business, Greg Mack began the first ever all rap radio station called 1580... Read More →

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avatar for Hanif Abdurraqib

Hanif Abdurraqib

Hanif Abdurraqib is a poet, essayist, and cultural critic from Columbus, Ohio. He is the author of a biography on A Tribe Called Quest called "Go Ahead in the Rain," "The Crown Ain't Worth Much," nominated for a Hurston-Wright Legacy Award, and "They Can't Kill Us Until They Kill... Read More →
avatar for Will Ashon

Will Ashon

Will Ashon is an English writer and novelist, former music journalist and founder of the Big Dada imprint of Ninja Tune records. Ashon was educated at Countesthorpe Community College and Balliol College, Oxford. His newest book is "Chamber Music: Wu-Tang and America (in 36 Pieces... Read More →
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Gerrick Kennedy

Gerrick D. Kennedy is an award-winning journalist currently reporting on pop music for the Los Angeles Times. His reporting has led to guest spots on "The Today Show," "Dateline," "20/20," "Entertainment Tonight," "The Michael Eric Dyson Show" as well as appearances on NBC, CNN, MSNBC... Read More →


Saturday April 13, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Hoffman Hall, Signing Area 1

4:00pm

Stories From the Mexican Border - Conversation 1055 - REQUIRES TICKET
Discussions about immigration and the U.S.-Mexico border require nuance and a willingness to listen to varying points of view. These writers explore these issues in beautifully crafted books, exploring the people whose lives are affected as politics are debated.

Moderators
avatar for Molly Hennessy-Fiske

Molly Hennessy-Fiske

Molly Hennessy-Fiske has been a staff writer for the Los Angeles Times since 2006. She won a 2018 APME International Perspective Award; 2015 Overseas Press Club award; 2014 Dart Award from Columbia University; and was a finalist for the Livingston Awards and Casey Medal. She completed... Read More →

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avatar for Gary Coronado

Gary Coronado

Gary Coronado has been a staff photographer for the Los Angeles Times since 2016. He is a 2007 Pulitzer Prize finalist in feature photography for images of Central Americans risking life and limb as they jump aboard the trains from southern Mexico bound for the United States. Also... Read More →
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Aaron Bobrow-Strain

Aaron Bobrow-Strain is a professor of politics at Whitman College, where he teaches courses dealing with food, immigration, and the U.S.-Mexico border. His writing has appeared in Believer, The Chronicle of Higher Education Review, Salon, and Gastronomica. He is the author of "White... Read More →
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Francisco Cantú

Francisco Cantu served as an agent for the United States Border Patrol from 2008 to 2012, working in the deserts of Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas. A former Fulbright fellow, he is the recipient of a Pushcart Prize and a 2017 Whiting Award. His writing and translations have been featured... Read More →


Saturday April 13, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Ronald Tutor Campus Center, Signing Area 3

4:00pm

Fiction: Transformative Friendships - Conversation 1035 - REQUIRES TICKET
Some of the most meaningful relationships are the deep friendships that stay with us our whole lives. Aja Gabel, Michael Knight and Victoria Redel discuss their recent novels, which focus on  friendships and non-romantic ties.

Moderators
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Melissa Chadburn

Melissa Chadburn has written for NYTBR, Buzzfeed, Poets & Writers, American Public Media's Marketplace, and dozens other places. She is a contributing editor for The Economic Hardship Reporting Project. She is Editor-At-Large for DAME Magazine. Her essay, "The Throwaways," received notable mention in Best American Essays and Best American Nonrequired Reading. Her debut novel, "A Tiny Upward Shove," is forthcoming with Farrar, Straus, & Giroux... Read More →

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avatar for Aja Gabel

Aja Gabel

Aja's short fiction can be found in New England Review, New Ohio Review, Glimmer Train, BOMB, and elsewhere. Her lyric essay, "The Sparrows in France," appeared in Kenyon Review and earned her an honorable mention in Best American Essays 2015. She has taught fiction, non-fiction... Read More →
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Michael Knight

Michael Knight is the author of the novels" The Typist" and "Divining Rod;" the short-story collections "Dogfight and Other Stories," "Eveningland," and "Goodnight, Nobody;" and the novella "The Holiday Season." His latest book, "At Briarwood School For Girls," was released this month... Read More →
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Victoria Redel

Victoria Redel is the author of five books of fiction: "Before Everything," "Make Me Do Things," "The Border of Truth," "Loverboy" and "Where the Road Bottoms Out" and three books of poetry: "Woman Without Umbrella," "Swoon," and "Already the World." Redel has taught writing at Columbia... Read More →


Saturday April 13, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Mudd Hall 203, Signing Area 1

4:00pm

Writing Across Genres: The Native American Experience - Conversation 1105 - REQUIRES TICKET
Each of these authors writes in a different genre, but all of their work reveals something essential about the Native American experience. Join them for a conversation about their most recent books and how their experiences mirror one another.

Moderators
avatar for Terria Smith

Terria Smith

Terria Smith is an enrolled tribal member of the Torres Martinez Desert Cahuilla Indians who received a graduate degree in journalism from the University of California-Berkeley in the spring of 2012. She earned her bachelors degree from Humboldt State University in 2008. Terria has... Read More →

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avatar for Dina Gilio-Whitaker

Dina Gilio-Whitaker

Dina Gilio-Whitaker (descendant of the Colville Confederated Tribes) teaches American Indian Studies at California State University San Marcos and is a consultant on American Indian environmental justice issues. She is also an award-winning freelance essayist and journalist, having... Read More →
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Gordon Lee Johnson

Gordon Lee Johnson is Cahuilla/Cupeno and lives on the Pala Indian Reservation in San Diego County, Southern California. He studied liberal arts at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and journalism in the Summer Program for Minority Journalists at UC Berkeley. He earned a bachelor's... Read More →
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David Treuer

David Treuer is Ojibwe from the Leech Lake Reservation in northern Minnesota. The author of four novels, most recently Prudence, and two books of nonfiction, he has also written for The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Esquire, Slate, and The Washington Post, among others. His most... Read More →


Saturday April 13, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Taper Hall 101, Signing Area 5

4:00pm

Middle Grade Fiction: The Good Parts of Growing Up - Conversation 1085 - REQUIRES TICKET
Growing up can be a drag, but it can also be fun, sweet and tender. Kekla Magoon, Holly Goldberg Sloan and Janet Tashjian gather to discuss their playful and poignant recent books.

Moderators
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Regan McMahon

Regan has been reviewing children's books for more than a decade. A journalist and former book editor for the San Francisco Chronicle, she cites as one of her toughest assignments having to read and review the 784-page "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows" on deadline in 48 hours... Read More →

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avatar for Kekla Magoon

Kekla Magoon

Kekla Magoon grew up in Indiana but wanted to see the rest of the world. Now she travels all over the country meeting young readers and sharing her books, which include "The Rock and the River," "Camo Girl," "Shadows of Sherwood" (The Robyn Hoodlum Adventures series), and most recently... Read More →
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Holly Goldberg Sloan

Holly Goldberg Sloan was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan and spent her childhood living in Holland; Istanbul, Turkey; Washington, D.C.; Berkeley, California; and Eugene, Oregon. After graduating from Wellesley College and spending some time as an advertising copywriter, she began writing... Read More →
avatar for Janet Tashjian

Janet Tashjian

Janet Tashjian is a middle-grade and young adult novelist who's been writing books for children for over two decades. Her first novel "Tru Confessions" was made into a critically acclaimed Disney TV movie starring Clara Bryant and Shia LaBeouf. "The Gospel According to Larry" series... Read More →


Saturday April 13, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Seeley G. Mudd 124, Signing Area 4

4:20pm

Blas Falconer, Reading from "Forgive the Body This Failure"
Award-winning poet and editor Blas Falconer presents selections from his newest collection on loss and impermanence.

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Blas Falconer

Blas Falconer is the author of "Forgive the Body This Failure," "The Foundling Wheel," "A Question of Gravity and Light," and "The Perfect Hour." He is also a co-editor for "The Other Latin@: Writing Against a Singular Identity" and "Mentor & Muse: Essays from Poets to Poets." He... Read More →


Saturday April 13, 2019 4:20pm - 4:40pm
Poetry Stage, Signing Area 2

4:20pm

I See Hawks in L.A.—Country/Folk/Rock Musical Performance
Their unique take on honky-tonk, psychedelic country rock, Celtic, and electrified two-step has made I See Hawks in L.A. the city’s leading country-folk-rock band. Noted for their lyrical celebrations and lamentations of earth and the ecosphere, odes to the endless highway, and wry social commentary, they’ve gathered a loyal tribe around the globe.

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I See Hawks in L.A.

Formed in 1999 by Rob Waller and brothers Paul and Anthony Lacques during a philosophical discussion and rock throwing session on an East Mojave desert trek, I SeeHawks In L.A. are headliners at McCabes, Old Town School of Folk Music Chicago, Slims, Joe’s Pub NYC, Grand Performances... Read More →


Saturday April 13, 2019 4:20pm - 4:50pm
USC Stage

4:30pm

Julia Sarcone-Roach, Author of "There Are No Bears in This Bakery"
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avatar for Julia Sarcone-Roach

Julia Sarcone-Roach

After attending the Rhode Island School of Design, JULIA SARCONE-ROACH made her Knopf picture-book debut with The Secret Plan and then the highly praised Subway Story. Her book The Bear Ate Your Sandwich was an Ezra Jack Keats Honor Award winner and a Horn Book Fanfare selection... Read More →


4:30pm

Pleasure as Antidote to Adversity—Relating in Today's World: A Somatic, Storytelling Experience
This somatic storytelling experience will offer attendees ways to access pleasure as a means to stay sane in today's adverse and high stress world. This is an interactive dialogue between two women on how we can reclaim our bodies, breath and pleasure. We will personally explore the viewpoint of a Black woman, and the viewpoint of a white mother of Black daughters, and the adversities surrounding both of these experiences. We will go into the personal places where the intersectionality of race, sexuality and gender are most intense, and discover ways to work with this intensity.

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avatar for Brittany Ballard

Brittany Ballard

Brittany Ballard is a writer, filmmaker, podcaster, lyricist and mother. She invites you to read, listen and watch her latest work at www.brittany-ballard.com. @babyluckbritt... Read More →
avatar for Kamali Minter

Kamali Minter

Kamali is a unique blend of relationship coach, sensual embodiment teacher, and mutli-disciplinary artist. She's passionate about helping people restore connection where it has gone missing. Both in their relationships and their bodies. She offers this transformation through simple... Read More →


Saturday April 13, 2019 4:30pm - 5:00pm
Newstory Stage

4:30pm

Dave Barry, Author of "Lessons From Lucy: The Simple Joys of an Old, Happy Dog," Interviewed by Patt Morrison
Dave Barry, author of "Lessons From Lucy: The Simple Joys of an Old, Happy Dog," interviewed by the LA Times' Patt Morrison.

Moderators
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Patt Morrison

Patt Morrison has a share of two Pulitzer Prizes as a longtime Los Angeles Times writer and columnist. As a public television and radio broadcaster, she has won six Emmys and a dozen Golden Mike awards. Her first book, "Rio LA," about the Los Angeles River, was a bestseller. Her most... Read More →

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avatar for Dave Barry

Dave Barry

Dave Barry is the author of many bestsellers including "Dave Barry's Complete Guide to Guys," "Dave Barry Turns 40," and "Dave Barry Is Not Making This Up." A wildly popular syndicated columnist, Barry won the 1988 Pulitzer Prize for commentary. His latest book of nonfiction, "Lessons... Read More →


Saturday April 13, 2019 4:30pm - 5:15pm
LA Times Main Stage

4:30pm

Fiction: The Trouble Starts At Home - Conversation 1095 - REQUIRES TICKET
Familial complications form the nuclei of acclaimed novels by  Katya Apekina, Bernice McFadden and Shobha Rao. Join these authors for a discussion of how to grapple with family drama on the page.

Moderators
avatar for Diana Wagman

Diana Wagman

Diana Wagman is the author of five adult novels and one young adult and numerous short stories, essays and reviews. Her second novel, "Spontaneous," won the 2001 USA PEN West Award for Fiction.

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avatar for Alyson Hagy

Alyson Hagy

Alyson Hagy was raised on a farm in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. She is the author of SCRIBE, and seven previous works of fiction, including BOLETO. She lives in Laramie, Wyoming.
avatar for Katya Apekina

Katya Apekina

Katya Apekina has had stories published in The Iowa Review, Santa Monica Review, West Branch, Joyland, PANK and elsewhere, and has appeared on the Notable List of Best American Nonrequired Reading 2013. She translated poetry and prose for "Night Wraps the Sky: Writings by and about... Read More →
avatar for Shobha Rao

Shobha Rao

Shobha Rao moved to the United States from India at the age of seven. She is the winner of the Katherine Anne Porter Prize in Fiction, and her story "Kavitha and Mustafa" was chosen by T.C. Boyle for inclusion in "Best American Short Stories 2015." She is the author of the short story collection, "An Unrestored Woman," and the novel, "Girls Burn Brighter." She lives in San Francisco... Read More →


Saturday April 13, 2019 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Salvatori Computer Science Center 101, Signing Area 4

4:30pm

Psychological Thrillers: The Real and the Imagined - Conversation 1075 - REQUIRES TICKET
Join Rachel Howzell Hall, Leslie S. Klinger, Josh Malerman and Paul Tremblay for a conversation about their most recent chilling suspense novels. 

Moderators
avatar for Leslie S. Klinger

Leslie S. Klinger

Leslie S. Klinger is considered to be one of the world's foremost authorities on Sherlock Holmes, Dracula, H. P. Lovecraft, Frankenstein, and the history of mystery and horror fiction. He is the editor of many books, including the three-volume set, "The New Annotated Sherlock Holmes... Read More →

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avatar for Rachel Howzell Hall

Rachel Howzell Hall

Rachel Howzell Hall writes the popular "Lou Norton" series and is the co-writer of "The Good Sister" alongside James Patterson. Her latest novel is the stand alone thriller, "They All Fall Down." She is on the board of directors for Mystery Writers of America and lives in Los Ang... Read More →
avatar for Josh Malerman

Josh Malerman

Josh Malerman is an internationally bestselling, Bram Stoker Award–nominated American author and one of two singer/songwriters for the rock band The High Strung. His debut novel, "Bird Box," was published in the United Kingdom and United States in to much critical acclaim and a... Read More →
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Paul Tremblay

Paul Tremblay is the author of "Disappearance at Devil's Rock" and the World Fantasy Award nominated and Bram Stoker Award winning "A Head Full of Ghosts." "A Head Full of Ghosts" has been option by Focus Features. He's also the author of the novels "The Little Sleep," "No Sleep till... Read More →


Saturday April 13, 2019 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Seeley G. Mudd 123, Signing Area 4

4:30pm

Young Adult Fantasy: Worlds Beyond Imagination
Young adult novelists Kathi Appelt, Ally Condie, Hafsah Faizal  and Marissa Kennerson take their readers into fantastical worlds but ground their stories with relatable characters. Join them for a discussion of their most recent books.

Moderators
avatar for Cecil Castellucci

Cecil Castellucci

Cecil Castellucci is the author of books and graphic novels for young adults including "Boy Proof," "The Plain Janes," "Soupy Leaves Home," "The Year of the Beasts," "Tin Star," and the Eisner nominated "Odd Duck." In 2015 she co-authored "Moving Target: A Princess Leia Adventure... Read More →

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avatar for Kathi Appelt

Kathi Appelt

Kathi Appelt is the author of the Newbery Honoree, National Book Award finalist, PEN USA Literary Award–winning, and bestselling "The Underneath" as well as the National Book Award finalist "The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp," "Maybe a Fox" (with Alison McGhee), "Keeper... Read More →
avatar for Ally Condie

Ally Condie

Ally Condie is the author of the #1 New York Times bestselling "Matched Trilogy" and of the middle-grade novel "Summerlost," a 2016 Edgar Award Finalist for Best Juvenile Mystery. A former English teacher, she lives with her husband and four children outside of Salt Lake City, Utah... Read More →
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Hafsah Faizal

Hafsah Faizal is an American Muslim and brand designer. She's the founder of IceyDesigns, where she creates websites for authors and beauteous goodies for everyone else. When she's not writing, she can be found dreaming up her next design, deciding between Assassin's Creed and Skyrim... Read More →
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Marissa Kennerson

Marissa Kennerson received her B.A. in English Literature from the University of California at Berkeley. Before earning her master's degree in psychology and art therapy, she worked for Wired and Glamour. She's the author of the YA cult-suspense novel, "The Family," which she did... Read More →


Saturday April 13, 2019 4:30pm - 5:30pm
YA Stage Presented by HS Insider, Signing Area 9

4:30pm

Young Adult Fiction: Writing The Fantastic - Conversation 1025 - REQUIRES TICKET
Veronica Roth, Jennifer Nielsen, Tahereh Mafi and Dhonielle Clayton talk about building the immersive worlds that characterize their most recent young adult novels.

Moderators
avatar for Robert Graves

Robert Graves

Robert Graves is manager of the the Fairview Branch of the Santa Monica Public Library.

Speakers
avatar for Dhonielle Clayton

Dhonielle Clayton

Dhonielle Clayton is the author of New York Times bestseller The Belles, and the recently released sequel "The Belles, Book 2: The Everlasting Rose." She is the coauthor of the Tiny Pretty Things series. She grew up in the Washington, DC, suburbs on the Maryland side and spent most... Read More →
avatar for Tahereh Mafi

Tahereh Mafi

Tahereh Mafi is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the "Shatter Me" series, "Whichwood," and "Furthermore." Her latest novel, "Defy Me," was released earlier this month. She was born in a small city somewhere in Connecticut and currently resides in Irvine, California... Read More →
avatar for Jennifer Nielsen

Jennifer Nielsen

Jennifer A. Nielsen is the acclaimed author of the New York Times bestseller, "The Traitor's Game" and the recently released sequel, "The Deceiver's Heart." Her bestselling novels also include her "Ascendance" trilogy: "The False Prince," "The Runaway King," and "The Shadow Throne... Read More →
avatar for Veronica Roth

Veronica Roth

Veronica Roth is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of "Divergent," "Insurgent," "Allegiant, "Four: A Divergent Collection," "Carve the Mark," and most recently "The Fates Divide." Ms. Roth and her husband live in Chicago.


Saturday April 13, 2019 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Town & Gown, Signing Area 1

4:30pm

A Shared Future for Mixed Reality - Conversation 1065 - REQUIRES TICKET
Born out of the NYU Future Reality Lab, Parallux is a startup that delivers world-class AR/VR installations to audiences of all sizes. Using the company's core tech, a proprietary system called MASS, up to 100 audience members are able to see and hear amazing content – as well as one another – from a unique point-of-view within a shared virtual environment. Inspired by a future that blurs the lines between theater, film, and interactive entertainment, Parallux's ultimate goal is to help people experience new worlds together in a powerfully immersive and social way. Join a conversation with two of the co-founders of Parallux to hear about their vision for the future of the VR & AR industry and their project CAVE which is to premiere at Tribeca Immersive 2019.

Speakers
avatar for Kristopher Layng

Kristopher Layng

Kris Layng is a New York City based set designer, concept artist, and immersive experience director. He was nominated for an Art Directors Guild Award for MANIAC (Netflix), and co-created and directed CAVE (SIGGRAPH 2018), one of the largest shared virtual reality events to date... Read More →
avatar for Gabe Zetter

Gabe Zetter

Gabe is the co-founder & COO of Parallux, a technology startup delivering shared immersive installations to audiences of all sizes. His experience across the worlds of business, entertainment, and interactive media comes from a background supporting early-stage startups, working in... Read More →


Saturday April 13, 2019 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Annenberg Auditorium, Signing Area 3

4:30pm

Entertainment, Information, and Addiction: Our New Digital, Social World - Conversation 1135 - REQUIRES TICKET
Social media, digital entertainment, online shopping, and apps of all kinds make our lives easier and more fun. They also connect us and create new hybrid cultures in ways that were never imagined even a decade ago. But how much is too much? And what is the cost? This extensive and esteemed panel will discuss our relationships with our beloved digital devices, including ethical implications and issues with addiction.

Moderators
avatar for Varun Soni

Varun Soni

Soni is the dean of Religious Life at USC, a University Fellow at the USC Annenberg Center on Public Diplomacy, and a member of the State Bar of California and the American Academy of Religion. He serves on the advisory board for the Center for Muslim-Jewish Engagement and is the... Read More →

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avatar for Ali Abbas

Ali Abbas

Ali E. Abbas is Professor of Industrial and Systems Engineering and Professor of Public Policy at the University of Southern California. He also serves as the Director of the Neely Center for Ethical Leadership and Decision Making, and previously directed the Center for Risk and Economic... Read More →
avatar for Julie Albright

Julie Albright

Dr. Julie Albright is a sociologist specializing in digital culture and communications and is currently a lecturer in the departments of Applied Psychology and Engineering at USC. She is also a sought after keynote speaker for her insights, and has given talks for major data center... Read More →
avatar for David Craig

David Craig

David Craig is Clinical Associate Professor at USC Annenberg's School for Communication and Journalism and a Fellow at the Peabody Media Center. Craig is also a veteran media producer and executive nominated for many Emmy Awards and responsible for over thirty critically-acclaimed... Read More →


Saturday April 13, 2019 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Wallis Annenberg Hall Presented by USC, Signing Area 10

4:30pm

Blood, Sand, Rocks, and Roots: A Scientific Look At the Elements That Create Our World - Conversation 1005 - REQUIRES TICKET
The elements we take for granted can have the largest impact on our health and environment. Join these esteemed scientists and journalists in a conversation about the building blocks of life and the future of our planet. 

Moderators
avatar for Jia-Rui Cook

Jia-Rui Cook

Jia-Rui Cook is a science writer and editor based in Los Angeles. She currently leads news events and projects at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Previously she was editor-in-chief of Zocalo Public Square, a ideas journalism and events nonprofit, where she also served for a time... Read More →

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avatar for Vince Beiser

Vince Beiser

Vince Beiser is an award-winning journalist based in Los Angeles. Vince has reported from over 100 countries, states, provinces, kingdoms, occupied territories, liberated areas, no man's lands and disaster zones. He has exposed conditions in California's harshest prisons, trained... Read More →
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Marcia Bjornerud

Marcia Bjornerud is a Professor and Chair of Geology at Lawrence University. She is a Fellow of the Geographical Society of America, and was a 2000-2001 Fulbright Scholar. She lives in Appleton, Wisconsin. Her latest book is 'Timefulness: How Thinking Like a Geologist Can Help Save... Read More →
avatar for Rose George

Rose George

Rose George is an author and journalist. Her journalism has appeared in the Guardian, New York Times, London Review of Books, and many others. Her last two books have inspired two TED talks, delivered in Long Beach and Singapore, which have had nearly three million views between them... Read More →
avatar for Thomas Hager

Thomas Hager

Thomas Hager is an award-winning author of books on the history of science and medicine, most recently "Ten Drugs: How Plants, Powders, and Pills Have Shaped the History of Medicine." He is a courtesy associate professor of journalism and communication at the University of Oregon... Read More →


Saturday April 13, 2019 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Hancock Foundation, Signing Area 1

4:30pm

Pitchapalooza - Conversation 1115 - REQUIRES TICKET
Speakers
avatar for The Book Doctors

The Book Doctors

Arielle Eckstut and David Henry Sterry have appeared everywhere from NPR’s Morning Edition to The New York Times to The Wall Street Journal to USA Today. They have taught everywhere from Stanford University to the Miami Book Festival to the granddaddy of American bookstores, Strand... Read More →


Saturday April 13, 2019 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Taper Hall 201, Signing Area 5

4:40pm

Diana Khoi Nguyen, Reading from "Ghost Of"
Award-winning poet Diana Khoi Nguyen reads select poems from her debut collection.

Speakers
avatar for Diana Khoi Nguyen

Diana Khoi Nguyen

Born and raised in Los Angeles, Diana Khoi Nguyen is a multimedia artist and award-winning poet whose work has appeared widely in literary journals such as Poetry, American Poetry Review, Boston Review, PEN America, and The Iowa Review, among others. She recently won the 92Y Discovery... Read More →


Saturday April 13, 2019 4:40pm - 5:00pm
Poetry Stage, Signing Area 2

4:45pm

Anabel Hernandez, Author of "A Massacre in Mexico: The True Story Behind the Missing Forty-Three Students" (Spanish)
Conversation with Aurthor, Anabel Hernandez. Masacre en México, la verdadera historia de la desaparición de los 43 estudiantes de Aytozinapa.

Speakers
avatar for Anabel Hernandez

Anabel Hernandez

Anabel Hernández (born 1971) is a Mexican journalist and author, best known for her investigative journalism of Mexican drug trafficking and alleged collusion of government officials and drug lords. She has also written about slave labor, sexual exploitation, and abuse of power... Read More →


Saturday April 13, 2019 4:45pm - 5:30pm
LA Times En Español Stage

4:50pm

One Night in Los Angeles: The Thousand Oaks Shooting and Wildfires
Moderators
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avatar for Jaclyn Cosgrove

Jaclyn Cosgrove

Jaclyn Cosgrove is a Metro reporter at the Los Angeles Times. Previously, she worked as the health reporter at the Oklahoman. She was selected for a 2015-16 Rosalynn Carter Fellowship for Mental Health Journalism. For her fellowship project, she explored the barriers that low-income... Read More →
avatar for Soumya Karlamangla

Soumya Karlamangla

Soumya Karlamangla covers health care in California. She was part of the team of reporters awarded the Pulitzer Prize for its coverage of the 2015 San Bernardino terrorist attack. Before joining the Times in 2013, she worked for the Oregonian, San Francisco Chronicle, Nation magazine... Read More →
avatar for Brittny Mejia

Brittny Mejia

Brittny Mejia is a reporter on the Los Angeles Times’ Metro desk covering breaking news and stories on immigration and race. She is a military brat who calls Germany home and is a graduate of the University of Arizona.


Saturday April 13, 2019 4:50pm - 5:30pm
LA Times Live

5:00pm

Jos Charles, Reading from "feeld"
Celebrated poet Jos Charles reads selections from her newest collection on the circuitry of gender and speech.

Speakers
avatar for Jos Charles

Jos Charles

Jos Charles is a trans poet, translator, editor, and author of "feeld," a National Book Award long-listed finalist and winner of the 2017 National Poetry Series, selected by Fady Joudah (Milkweed Editions) and Safe Space (Ahsahta Press). Charles has poetry published with POETRY, Poem-a-Day... Read More →


Saturday April 13, 2019 5:00pm - 5:20pm
Poetry Stage, Signing Area 2

5:00pm

#Unsent - Personal Storytelling and Podcast
A live show and podcast where brave souls get on the mic to share emails and texts they wrote but never sent. Have something you need to get off your chest? Audience members will have a chance to get on the mic too! Special guest readers to be announced. @unsentshow

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avatar for Clint Schaff

Clint Schaff

Clint Schaff is the VP of Strategy and Development for the Los Angeles Times.
avatar for Tamika Butler

Tamika Butler

Tamika L. Butler, Esq. is Toole Design’s Director of Planning for California and the Director of Equity and Inclusion. In addition to her responsibilities on planning projects, Tamika leads Toole Design’s external efforts to integrate equity into all project work and internal... Read More →
avatar for Salvador Benavides

Salvador Benavides

Salvador is an award-winning actor and can be seen in commercials, independent films and on TV.  This July he will appear on stage as Spanish surrealist painter Salvador Dali in a play he has co-written and will also direct, To Be Dali, at Casa 0101 Theater in the historic Los Angeles... Read More →
avatar for Erica Dawson

Erica Dawson

Erica loves to bring joy and light wherever she can. You can see her around LA or on Amazon Prime’s Laugh After Dark.
avatar for Noah Nelson

Noah Nelson

Noah Nelson is the founder and publisher of No Proscenium, a publication dedicated to exploring the immersive and experiential arts and a co-founder of LEIA - the League of Experiential & Immersive Artists. He holds a bachelor in Theatre Arts from San Francisco State University, and... Read More →
avatar for Jadah Parks Chatterjee

Jadah Parks Chatterjee

Jadah Parks Chatterjee is a maternal child health Registered Nurse & International Board-Certified Lactation Consultant.  Jadah values evidence-based, quality care, that is collaborative, compassionate and shared with love. Jadah supports families during the prenatal period by providing... Read More →
avatar for Lisa Daron Grossman

Lisa Daron Grossman

Lisa Daron Grossman is a coach, positive psychology practitioner, and founder of The Connection Cure, a cross-country human connection project that is exploring the power and impact of face to face engagement in every state across the U.S. www.theconnectioncure.com... Read More →
avatar for Jasmine Guillory

Jasmine Guillory

Jasmine Guillory is the New York Times bestselling author of The Proposal and The Wedding Date. She is a graduate of Wellesley College and Stanford Law School and practices in the Bay Area. Her writing has been featured on Jezebel, Thrillist, and The Toast. Learn more at jasmineg... Read More →
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Chani Nicholas

Chani Nicholas has been a student of astrology for the past 30 years and a counseling astrologer for over 20 years. She aims to make astrology practical, approachable, and useful. She believes the personal is political, art is magic, and that all should have access to the healing... Read More →
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Brittany Ballard

Brittany Ballard is a writer, filmmaker, podcaster, lyricist and mother. She invites you to read, listen and watch her latest work at www.brittany-ballard.com. @babyluckbritt... Read More →
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Hanna Bowens

Hailing from the south side of Chicago, Hanna moved to Los Angeles to pursue writing, directing, and comedy. In addition to expanding the Unsent live show and podcast with her co-producer Brittany Ballard, Hanna has is working on plans to create a TV series and convince the world... Read More →


Saturday April 13, 2019 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Newstory Stage

5:20pm

Joseph Rios, Reading from "Shadowboxing: Poems & Impersonations"
Celebrated poet Joseph Rios reads selections from his debut collection on California’s overlooked labor class.

Speakers
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Joseph Rios

Joseph Rios was born in Clovis, CA. Joseph's work has appeared in Los Angeles Review, Huizache, New Border, Southern Humanities Review, Poets Responding to SB1070, and bozalta. He is a recipient of the John K. Walsh residency fellowship from Notre Dame. Joseph is a VONA alumnus, a... Read More →


Saturday April 13, 2019 5:20pm - 5:40pm
Poetry Stage, Signing Area 2

5:30pm

LA Librería: Read and Sing-along with Canticos **Bilingual Programming
Join author Susie Jaramillo and her puppet Ricky Chickie as they sing some of the most popular bilingual nursery rhymes and songs from Latin America


Speakers
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Susie Jaramillo

Susie is the co-founder of Encantos Media, a purpose-driven entertainment studio dedicated to bringing beautiful, culturally relevant, and engaging content to diverse audiences across multiple platforms. She is also the creator, author and illustrator of Canticos.Susie is a creative... Read More →


5:30pm

Maddie Ross—Indie/Pop Musical Performance
L.A.-based indie rocker Maddie Ross writes pop-punky love songs and guitar-driven anthems about her producer, co-writer, and longtime girlfriend Wolfy. Often performing under the influence of teen movies, Ross is known for high-energy performances and candid love songs about being queer and proud.

Speakers
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Maddie Ross

LA-based Indie Rocker Maddie Ross was once described by The 405 as an "Alt-Pop Dream Queen." Ross writes pop-punky love songs and guitar-driven anthems about her producer, co-writer and longtime girlfriend Wolfy. In early 2017, Maddie came to the attention of Billboard Rock writer Chris... Read More →


Saturday April 13, 2019 5:30pm - 6:00pm
USC Stage

5:40pm

Arminé Iknadossian, Reading from "All That Wasted Fruit"
The celebrated poet presents select poems from her latest collection. 

Speakers
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Arminé Iknadossian

Born in Beirut, Lebanon, Arminé Iknadossian immigrated to the United States in 1978 to escape the civil war. She is the author of "All That Wasted Fruit." She earned an MFA from Antioch University where she was awarded a fellowship from Summer Poetry in Idyllwild. After teaching... Read More →


Saturday April 13, 2019 5:40pm - 6:00pm
Poetry Stage, Signing Area 2
 
Sunday, April 14
 

10:00am

Richard Blanco Reading From "How to Love a Country"
Renowned poet Richard Blanco reads selections from his collection that explore contemporary issues such as immigration, gun violence, racism, and LGBTQ life.

Speakers
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Richard Blanco

Richard Blanco is an American poet, public speaker, author and civil engineer. In 2013, Blanco was chosen to serve as the fifth inaugural poet of the United States. Blanco performed "One Today," an original poem he wrote for the occasion, becoming the youngest, first Latino, immigrant, and openly gay writer to hold the honor. Blanco has received numerous honors for his writings and performances, including the Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellowship, a Florida Artist Fellowshi... Read More →


Sunday April 14, 2019 10:00am - 10:20am
Poetry Stage, Signing Area 2

10:00am

LA Librería: Bilingual Storytime with Ms. Angel **Bilingual Programming
Join the marvelous Ms. Angel for an interactive storytelling of some of the funniest books from around the world.

Speakers
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Ms. Angel

Mrs. Angel is a Spanish Bilingual children’s storyteller with the Anaheim Public Library.  She has earned an Associates and Bachelor’s degree in Child Development and has worked with children for 30 years as a preschool and elementary school teacher and school librarian.  Her... Read More →


10:00am

The Trojan Marching Band
One of the most innovative collegiate marching bands in the country, the USC Trojan Marching Band features more than 300 students from nearly every major at USC. In addition to rousing team spirit on campus, “The Spirit of Troy” has entertained audiences with jubilant music, precision drills, and crowd-pleasing dance routines at events and venues including the opening of the Metro Expo Line, the L.A. Auto Show, Walt Disney Concert Hall, and Trafalgar Square.

Speakers
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The Trojan Marching Band

Shortly after the University of Southern California was founded in 1880, a group of musicians first came together to form what would become the Trojan Marching Band. Now the largest spirit organization on campus, the band has developed into one of the most exciting and innovative... Read More →


Sunday April 14, 2019 10:00am - 10:30am
USC Stage

10:00am

Dystopian Fiction: It's the End of the World As We Know It - Conversation 2011 - REQUIRES TICKET
These acclaimed novels by Alyson Hagy, Ling Ma and Adam Nemett take the reader into dystopian lands. Learn how they do that.  

Moderators
avatar for Mark Haskell Smith

Mark Haskell Smith

Mark Haskell Smith is the author of six novels with one word titles, including "Salty," "Raw," and "Blown;" and the nonfiction books "Naked at Lunch: A Reluctant Nudist's Adventures in the Clothing Optional World" and "Heart of Dankness: Underground Botanists, Outlaw Farmers, and... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Ben H. Winters

Ben H. Winters

Ben H. Winters is the New York Times bestselling author of "Underground Airlines" and the "Last Policeman" trilogy. The second novel in the trilogy, "Countdown City," was an NPR Best Book of 2013 and the winner of the Philip K. Dick award. "The Last Policeman" was the recipient of... Read More →
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Adam Nemett

Adam Nemett graduated from Princeton University and received his MFA in Fiction/Screenwriting from California College of the Arts. He serves as creative director and author for "The History Factory," where he's written award-winning nonfiction books for Lockheed Martin, Brooks Brothers... Read More →


Sunday April 14, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
Hoffman Hall, Signing Area 1

10:15am

Gregorio Luke, Conferencia: Los premios latinoamericanos de literatura: de Pablo Neruda a Octavio Paz (Spanish)
Gregorio Luke en conferencia: Los premios latinoamericanos de literatura: de Pablo Neruda a Octavio Paz Speaker: Gregorio Luke (Spanish)

Speakers
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Gregorio Luke

Gregorio Luke is an expert on Mexican and Latin American art and culture. He is the former Director of the Museum of Latin American Art, Consul of Cultural Affairs of Mexico in Los Angeles and the First Secretary of the embassy of Mexico in Washington D.C.Mr. Luke has given over... Read More →


Sunday April 14, 2019 10:15am - 11:00am
LA Times En Español Stage

10:15am

Designing with Light: The Upcoming Wave of Ubiquitous Projection - Conversation 2121 - REQUIRES TICKET
With so much hype around device-based AR, it's been easy to overlook an existing medium: projection. Originally known as spatial augmented reality, the technique of using video projectors to digitally augment physical objects has been limited to high-budget events and research projects. Now, with advancements in computer vision, projector technology, and embedded computing, we are approaching an era where projection and lighting will merge to enable ubiquitous, light-based interfaces. Phil Reyneri, VP of Creative at Lightform provides the history and vision of the future, with an on-stage demo of next level AR projection.

Speakers
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Phil Reyneri

Phil Reyneri is a lighting and experiential designer based in San Francisco. His work employs novel combinations of technologies to create immersive installations, viral short films, and festival stage productions. As an creative technologist he's worked for Google, Obscura Digital... Read More →


Sunday April 14, 2019 10:15am - 11:00am
Norris Theater, Signing Area 5

10:20am

Kim Dower, Reading from "Sunbathing on Tyrone Power's Grave"
Celebrated poet Kim Dower reads selections from her newest collection.

Speakers
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Kim Dower

Kim (Freilich) Dower, originally from New York City, received a BFA in Creative Writing from Emerson College, where she also taught creative writing. She has published three collections of poetry, all from Red Hen Press: "Air Kissing on Mars," "Slice of Moon," and "Last Train to the... Read More →


Sunday April 14, 2019 10:20am - 10:40am
Poetry Stage, Signing Area 2

10:30am

Le Petit Cirque Performance
Watch this professional children's circus troupe perform an array of cirque specialities, including acrobatics, aerial stunts and contortion.

Speakers

10:30am

Marcellus Wiley, Author of "Never Shut Up: The Life, Opinions, and Unexpected Adventures of an NFL Outlier," interviewed by Angel Rodriguez
Former NFL player and author of "Never Shut Up: The Life, Opinions, and Unexpected Adventures of an NFL Outlier " is interviewed by L.A. Times writer TBD.

Moderators
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Angel Rodriguez

Angel Rodriguez is assistant managing editor/Sports for the Los Angeles Times. He joined The Times as Sports editor in 2015 after spending a year as a deputy editor for mobile innovation at the Washington Post. Prior to joining the Post, he spent two years as sports editor of the... Read More →

Speakers
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Marcellus Wiley

Marcellus Wiley's unique experience of having survived the hardships of growing up in one of America’s toughest cities, Compton, CA., to become an Ivy League football star where he earned a sociology degree from Columbia University. He was an NFL All-Pro Player for ten years and... Read More →


Sunday April 14, 2019 10:30am - 11:15am
LA Times Main Stage

10:30am

Cultural Preservation Through Writing, Curated by Marty Preciado - Conversation 2091 - REQUIRES TICKET
How does writing serve as means to preserve and conserve traditions, culture and identity? A conversation with Latinx authors about collecting, writing and centering experiences and narratives otherwise not documented in writing. From food recipes to romantic and family relationships, their writing has served as safe spaces of gender and identity for cultural preservation. We will discuss the art of writing as representation and necessary vehicle to bridge past and present with an urgency to survive in the future.

Moderators
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Marty Preciado

Marty Preciado is a researcher, writer, editor. Research and writing focuses on transcultural exchange of politics and gender, with an emphasis on music, arts and culture. Preciado established an arts&culture advocacy and marketing firm; assisting, supporting and consulting organizations... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Yeiry Guevara

Yeiry Guevara

Yeiry Guevara is a writer, translator and multimedia artist whose work in deeply rooted in representation, Salvadoran-American identity and healing. Her mediums range from bilingual zines, embroidery, and gifs. Her work has also appeared in Bust Magazine, VICE, Remezcla with several... Read More →
avatar for Yesika Salgado

Yesika Salgado

Yesika Salgado is a Los Angeles based Salvadoran poet who writes about her family, her culture, her city, and her brown body. She has shared her work in venues and campuses throughout the country. Salgado is a four time member of Da Poetry Lounge Slam Team and a 2017 and 2018 National... Read More →
avatar for Karla T. Vasquez

Karla T. Vasquez

Karla T. Vasquez is the creator of SalviSoul, a cookbook project documenting the stories of Salvadoran women, their recipes and Salvadoran food ways. Karla is a food justice advocate, a food historian and a proponent for healthy food accessibility in low-income communities. She specializes... Read More →


Sunday April 14, 2019 10:30am - 11:30am
Salvatori Computer Science Center 101, Signing Area 4

10:30am

Biography: The Lives of Legendary African Americans - Conversation 2001- REQUIRES TICKET
From fresh perspectives on the storied life of Frederick Douglass to new explorations of figures previously excluded from the canon, the writers of these biographies emphasize the important and often-underappreciated impact that African Americans have had on our cultural history.   

Moderators
avatar for Marcus Anthony Hunter

Marcus Anthony Hunter

Professor Hunter is the Scott Waugh Endowed Chair in the Division of the Social Sciences, Associate professor in sociology, and Chair of the department of African American Studies at UCLA. He is author of three books: "Black Citymakers: How The Philadelphia Negro Changed Urban America... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Raymond Arsenault

Raymond Arsenault

Raymond Arsenault is the John Hope Franklin Professor of Southern History at the University of South Florida, St. Petersburg. One of the nation's leading civil rights historians, he is the author of several acclaimed and prize-winning books, including "Freedom Riders: 1961 and the... Read More →
avatar for David W. Blight

David W. Blight

David W. Blight is Class of 1954 Professor of American History and Director of the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition at Yale University. He is the author or editor of a dozen books, including "American Oracle: The Civil War in the Civil Rights... Read More →
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Ron Rapoport

Ron Rapoport was a sports columnist for the Chicago Sun-Times for more than twenty years and served as the sports commentor for NPR's Weekend Edition for two decades. He was also a sportswriter at the Los Angeles Times and a sports columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. The winner... Read More →
avatar for Jeffrey C. Stewart

Jeffrey C. Stewart

Jeffrey C. Stewart is a graduate of Yale University, where he received his M.A., M.Phil., and Ph.D. in American Studies. He was Director of Research at the Smithsonian Institution's Anacostia Museum, a curator at the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery, and a senior advisor to... Read More →


Sunday April 14, 2019 10:30am - 11:30am
Hancock Foundation, Signing Area 1

10:30am

CANCELED: Joyce Carol Oates, Author of "Hazards of Time Travel," in Conversation with Barbara DeMarco-Barrett - Conversation 2041 - REQUIRES TICKET
Award-winning and prolific author Joyce Carol Oates discusses her most recent novel, "Hazards of Time Travel" with author Barbara DeMarco-Barrett.

Moderators
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Barbara DeMarco-Barrett

Barbara DeMarco-Barrett's story, "Crazy for You," originally published in Orange County Noir (Akashic) was chosen for USA Noir: Best of the Akashic Noir Series. She's author of "Pen on Fire," a Los Angeles Times bestseller. She hosts and produces "Writers on Writing," which airs on... Read More →

Sunday April 14, 2019 10:30am - 11:30am
Bovard Auditorium, Signing Area 3

10:30am

Laila Lalami, Author of "The Other Americans," in Conversation with Carolina A. Miranda - Conversation 2021 - REQUIRES TICKET
Laila Lalami, author of "The Other Americans," and Luis Alberto Urrea, author of "The House of Broken Angels," discuss their highly acclaimed novels with L.A. Times writer Carolina A. Miranda.

Moderators
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Carolina A. Miranda

Carolina A. Miranda is a Los Angeles Times staff writer covering a wide gamut of culture, including visual art, architecture and film, not to mention performance art cabaret divas. Her work often looks at how art intersects with politics, gender and race "” from the ways in which... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Laila Lalami

Laila Lalami

Laila Lalami was born in Rabat and educated in Morocco, Great Britain, and the United States. She is the author of the novels "Hope and Other Dangerous Pursuits," which was a finalist for the Oregon Book Award; "Secret Son," which was on the Orange Prize longlist; and "The Moor's... Read More →


Sunday April 14, 2019 10:30am - 11:30am
Town & Gown, Signing Area 1

10:30am

Connections and Consequences: Young Adult Fiction - Conversation 2071 - REQUIRES TICKET
Teenage years can be the toughest part of life, and these writers don't flinch from the messy edges of it in their coming-of-age works. Lizzy Mason, Matt Mendez and Emily X.R. Pan's books tackle real-life growing pains such as racial discrimination, grief  and addiction. 

Moderators
avatar for Sharon Levin

Sharon Levin

Sharon Levin has been reviewing children's literature for 20 years. She founded and runs the Bay Area Children's Literature List. Her biggest passion (outside of her family) is getting books into the hands of children and teens.

Speakers
avatar for Lizzy Mason

Lizzy Mason

Lizzy Mason grew up in northern Virginia before moving to New York City for college and a career in publishing. She lives in Queens, New York, with her husband and cat in an apartment full of books. "The Art of Losing" is her first novel.
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Matt Mendez

Like his characters, Matt Mendez grew up in central El Paso, Texas. He received an MFA from the University of Arizona and is the author of the short story collection "Twitching Heart." He lives with his wife and two daughters in Tucson, Arizona. "Barely Missing Everything" is his... Read More →
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Emily X.R. Pan

Emily X.R. Pan is the New York Times bestselling author of "The Astonishing Color of After," which received the APALA Honor Award, the Walter Honor Award, and was nominated for the Carnegie Medal. NBC News called the novel "moving and poetic" and the Wall Street Journal named it as one of the top twelve books of the season. Emily currently lives in Brooklyn, New York, but was originally born in the Midwestern United States to immigrant parents from Taiwan. She has been awarded residencies at Djerassi (2017) and Caldera... Read More →


Sunday April 14, 2019 10:30am - 11:30am
Seeley G. Mudd 123, Signing Area 4

10:30am

Young Adult Fiction: Who Am I Anyway?
When the characters in these panelists' novels went looking for themselves, they discovered a creative practice that paved their way to personal catharsis. Join Kayla Cagan, Brandy Colbert, Sarah Enni and Sandhya Menon for a discussion of their artsy characters in their most recent young adult novels.

Moderators
avatar for Elissa Sussman

Elissa Sussman

Elissa Sussman is the author of "Stray" and "Burn," YA fairy tales about a world where only women can perform magic, but their powers are considered a curse. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and their rescue mutt, Basil.

Speakers
avatar for Kayla Cagan

Kayla Cagan

Kayla Cagan's first book, "Piper Perish," received universal praise and was a Barnes & Noble Best Book of the Month in 2017. "Piper Perish" was also picked as a Spirit of Texas High School Reading Program 2018 selection. Her second book, "Art Boss," called "an engaging portrait of... Read More →
avatar for Brandy Colbert

Brandy Colbert

Brandy Colbert is the critically acclaimed author of the novels "Pointe," "Finding Yvonne," and Stonewall Award winner "Little & Lion." Born and raised in Springfield, Missouri, she now lives and writes in Los Angeles.
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Sarah Enni

Sarah Enni produces and hosts the First Draft podcast, where she encourages other writers like Tomi Adeyemi, Victoria Aveyard, and Becky Albertalli to spill their juicy secrets. "Tell Me Everything" is her first novel.
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Sandhya Menon

Sandhya Menon is the New York Times bestselling author of "When Dimple Met Rishi," "From Twinkle, With Love," and "There's Something About Sweetie." A full-time dog-servant and part-time writer, she makes her home in the foggy mountains of Colorado.


Sunday April 14, 2019 10:30am - 11:30am
YA Stage Presented by HS Insider, Signing Area 9

10:30am

CANCELED: Musical Performance by Ocean Music
Ocean Music present a show performing selections from their two forthcoming records, "Fiction" and "Troubadour No. 1." Their work has been described as ”blurring the lines between music, poetry, theater.” - KCAW Radio

Speakers
avatar for Rebecca Kushner

Rebecca Kushner

Ocean Music is the collaborative project of Richard Aufrichtig and Rebecca Kushner, with Aufrichtig serving as writer-in-residence and performer and Kushner serving as director-in-residence and performer. The two met as students at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts... Read More →
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Richard Aufrichtig

Ocean Music is the collaborative project of Richard Aufrichtig and Rebecca Kushner, with Aufrichtig serving as writer-in-residence and performer and Kushner serving as director-in-residence and performer. The two met as students at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. Since... Read More →


Sunday April 14, 2019 10:30am - 11:30am
Newstory Stage

10:30am

Notes From The 'Ovary Office': A Celebration of Wombin - Conversation 2061 - REQUIRES TICKET
“Notes From the ‘Ovary Office’: A Celebration of Wombin” features black female poets who read strong, activist-based, shameless poetry that places the pussy, front and center (so to speak.) The poets read in a “court-like” setting bringing up “witnesses” or demanding “order in the court.” These Wombin, lifting their own voices, are not asking permission because they’ve birthed every world into existence. Come honor and listen to your mothers, sisters, daughters, wives, teachers and the Gawd that speaks through them. The Ovary Office was founded by V.Kali, the poetry director at The World Stage.

Moderators
avatar for Pam Ward

Pam Ward

LA native, Pam Ward’s first novel, "WANT SOME GET SOME," Kensington, chronicles L.A. after the ’92 riots.  Her second novel, "BAD GIRLS BURN SLOW,” Kensington, follows a female serial killer. A UCLA graduate and recipient of a “California Arts Council Fellow” and a Pushcart... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Bridgette Bianca

Bridgette Bianca

Bridgette Bianca is a poet and professor from South Central Los Angeles. She has performed her poetry all around Southern California, including features at the World Stage, the SoCal Poetry Fest, LA Lit Crawl, LitFest Pasadena, the Table Lit, and the un::fade::able Reading Series... Read More →
avatar for Sequoia Mercier

Sequoia Mercier

Sequoia Olivia Mercier, has been a member of the Anansi Writers’ Workshop at The World Stage Performance Gallery in the Leimert Park Village area of Los Angeles since 1990. She is a long- time community activist and mental / spiritual health advocate. She holds a Master’s degree... Read More →
avatar for El Rivera

El Rivera

El Rivera is a performance-poet based in Los Angeles, California since 1980, performing and presenting since 1991.  She wrote her first poem at age 11 as a fifth -grade class assignment, though she does not remember a time during which she did not create.
avatar for S Pearl Sharp

S Pearl Sharp

S. Pearl Sharp  - author of The Evening News - Essays And Commentaries From NPR And  Other Clouds, Black Women For Beginners (non-fiction) and two poetry w/jazz CDs.  Heressays and commentaries have aired on NPR and Pacifica Radio and she's an award-winningdocumentary filmmaker... Read More →
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V. Kali

Kali is a Coordinator and Host of the World Stage Anansi Writers Workshop she's attended since 1992, was featured in the Center Theater Group [2015-16] production, Through The Looking Glass at the Kirk Douglas Theater; released her poetry volume, "Hymn" [2016], and created and produced... Read More →


Sunday April 14, 2019 10:30am - 11:30am
Annenberg Auditorium, Signing Area 3

10:30am

Creating Safe Spaces: Bullying, Violence, and Safety - Conversation 2131 - REQUIRES TICKET
As boundaries between the cyber world and physical world become blurred and society becomes increasingly polarized and pressurized, the potential for bullying and violence escalates as well. This panel of experts will address ways to monitor and moderate threats at all levels, as well as discuss steps to promote safety on campus, at the workplace, and in the public.

Moderators
avatar for Erroll G. Southers

Erroll G. Southers

Southers is a former FBI Special Agent, Professor of the Practice of Governance and Director of Homegrown Violent Extremism Studies in the Safe Communities Institute at the Sol Price School of Public Policy at USC. A counterterrorism expert and security analyst, he is a former presidential... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Brendesha Tynes

Brendesha Tynes

Dr. Brendesha Tynes is an associate professor of Education and Psychology at the USC Rossier School of Education. Her research focuses on youth experiences with digital media, and how they are associated with academic and socio-emotional outcomes. She is also interested in equity... Read More →
avatar for Ron Avi Astor

Ron Avi Astor

Ron Avi Astor is the Stein-Wood Professor of School Behavioral Health in the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work and USC Rossier School of Education (by courtesy). His work examines the role of the physical, social-organizational and cultural contexts in schools related... Read More →
avatar for Patrick Prince

Patrick Prince

Patrick Prince is a corporate trainer and management consultant specializing in workplace violence prevention, "for cause" drug testing, conflict resolution, workplace substance abuse, trauma response, and other related occupational health and safety issues. Unlike many consultants who market risk mitigation and workplace violence programs based on their experience reading about cases, Mr. Prince has been i... Read More →


Sunday April 14, 2019 10:30am - 11:30am
Wallis Annenberg Hall Presented by USC, Signing Area 10

10:30am

Science Fiction: Worlds Beyond Our Own - Conversation 2111 - REQUIRES TICKET
With their warring kingdoms, Goblincrafters and dying planets, the panelists' novels take us out of our ho-hum daily lives and into their imaginative worlds. Join Charlie Jane Anders, Ashok Banker and Henry Thomas for a conversation about building the worlds of sci-fi novels.

Moderators
avatar for Donna Wares

Donna Wares

Donna Wares is the editor of the LA Times Book Club. Donna is a veteran of The Times, where she was the national weekend editor in the early aughts. She’s also the author of several books. She has been a reporter for the Miami Herald, an editor for Entrepreneur Media, NBCNews.c... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Charlie Jane Anders

Charlie Jane Anders

Charlie Jane Anders is the former editor-in-chief of io9.com, the popular Gawker Media site devoted to science fiction and fantasy. Her debut novel, "All the Birds in the Sky," won the Nebula Award for Best Novel, was a Hugo Award finalist, and was one of Time magazine's Top 10 novels... Read More →
avatar for Ashok Banker

Ashok Banker

Ashok K. Banker is the pioneer of the speculative fiction genre in India. His ground-breaking internationally acclaimed eight-book "Ramayana Series" was the first trilogy and series ever published in India. It revolutionized Indian publishing, creating a genre which is now the biggest... Read More →
avatar for Henry Thomas

Henry Thomas

Henry Thomas grew up in Texas and has worked as an actor professionally for most of his life. He has also worked as a musician and a sword fighting instructor. He lives with his family in Oregon. "Oesteria and the War of Goblinkind" is his first novel.


Sunday April 14, 2019 10:30am - 11:30am
Taper Hall 201, Signing Area 5

10:40am

Francesca Bell, Reading from "Bright Stain"
Award-winning poet Francesca Bell reads selections from her debut collection of poetry.

Speakers
avatar for Francesca Bell

Francesca Bell

Francesca Bell's poems and translations appear in many journals, including B O D Y, Massachusetts Review, New Ohio Review, North American Review, Poetry Northwest, Prairie Schooner, and Rattle. She is the former poetry editor of River Styx, the translator of a collection of poems... Read More →


Sunday April 14, 2019 10:40am - 11:00am
Poetry Stage, Signing Area 2

11:00am

Monica Ferrell, Reading from "You Darling Thing"
Award-winning poet Monica Ferrell reads selections from her latest collection.

Speakers
avatar for Monica Ferrell

Monica Ferrell

Monica Ferrell is the author of three books of fiction and poetry, most recently the collection "You Darling Thing." Her novel "The Answer Is Always Yes" was named one of Booklist's Top Ten Debut Novels of the Year. Her first collection of poems, "Beasts for the Chase," was a finalist... Read More →


Sunday April 14, 2019 11:00am - 11:20am
Poetry Stage, Signing Area 2

11:00am

Danica McKellar, Author of "Do Not Open This Math Book"
Speakers
avatar for Danica McKellar

Danica McKellar

Danica McKellar is the New York Times bestselling author of groundbreaking math books, including the picture books Goodnight, Numbers and the middle school hit Kiss My Math, and is a summa cum laude graduate of UCLA with a degree in mathematics. She is also well known for her acting... Read More →


11:00am

The Right Recipe: What Makes a Great Cookbook
Speakers
avatar for Genevieve Ko

Genevieve Ko

Genevieve Ko is the cooking editor for the Los Angeles Times. She has written over a dozen cookbooks with notable chefs and is the author of Better Baking. Ko graduated from Yale University and has been a food writer, editor, and recipe developer for national food media outlets, including... Read More →
avatar for Ben Mims

Ben Mims

Ben is a food writer, cookbook author, and recipe developer. He's worked as the test kitchen director at Lucky Peach, food editor at Saveur and Food & Wine, and pastry chef at Bar Agricole in San Francisco. He was just named Cooking Columnist at the Los Angeles Times. Ben is the author... Read More →


Sunday April 14, 2019 11:00am - 11:40am
LA Times Live

11:00am

Bret Easton Ellis, Author of "White," in Conversation with Scott Timberg - Conversation 2081 - REQUIRES TICKET
Author, screenwriter and podcaster Bret Easton Ellis discusses his new memoir, "White." 

Moderators
avatar for Scott Timberg

Scott Timberg

Scott Timberg is a longtime culture writer and editor based in Los Angeles. His book "CULTURE CRASH: The Killing of the Creative Class" came out in 2015. His stories have appeared in The New York Times, Salon, and Los Angeles magazine, and he was an LA Times staff writer for six years... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Bret Easton Ellis

Bret Easton Ellis

Bret Easton Ellis is an American author, screenwriter, and podcaster who lives in Los Angeles. He published his first novel, "Less Than Zero" at the age of 21. Four of Ellis's novels have been adapted into films, including Mary Harron's acclaimed adaptation of "American Psycho." For... Read More →


Sunday April 14, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm
Seeley G. Mudd 124, Signing Area 4

11:00am

Travel Memoirs: Searching For Serenity - Conversation 2031 - REQUIRES TICKET
When the path of life became too rough and brambled for these memoirists, they turned to nature to provide them a new way forward. Join Diana Marcum, Caroline Van Hemert, Megan Griswold and Brian Castner for a conversation about their most recent books.

Moderators
avatar for Michelle Nijhuis

Michelle Nijhuis

Michelle Nijhuis, a project editor for The Atlantic, is the co-editor of The Science Writers’ Handbook and the author of The Science Writers’ Essay Handbook. She writes about conservation and global change for publications including National Geographic and the New York Times Magazine... Read More →

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avatar for Brian Castner

Brian Castner

Brian Castner is a former Explosive Ordnance Disposal officer who received a Bronze Star for his service in the Iraq War. He is the author of two books, "The Long Walk" and "All the Ways We Kill and Die," and the co-editor of the anthology "The Road Ahead." His journalism and essays... Read More →
avatar for Megan Griswold

Megan Griswold

With degrees from Barnard, Yale and the Institute of Taoist education and acupuncture, Megan Griswold has trained and received certifications as a doula, shiatsu practitioner, yoga instructor, personal trainer, and in wilderness medicine, among others. She has worked as a mountain... Read More →
avatar for Diana Marcum

Diana Marcum

Diana Marcum is a narrative writer for the Los Angeles Times. In 2015, she won the Pulitzer Prize for feature writing for her newspaper portraits of farmers, field-workers, and others in the drought-stricken towns of California's Central Valley. Her memoir, "The Tenth Island: Finding... Read More →
avatar for Caroline VanHemert

Caroline VanHemert

Caroline Van Hemert is an Alaskan author, biologist, and adventurer whose travels have taken her from the pack ice of the Arctic Ocean to the swamps of the Okavango Delta. Her book, The Sun Is a Compass: A 4,000-Mile Journey into the Alaskan Wilds, tells the story of her human-powered... Read More →


Sunday April 14, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm
Mudd Hall 203, Signing Area 1

11:00am

Cooking Demonstration Featuring Elisa Callow, Author of "The Urban Forager: Culinary Exploring & Cooking on L.A.'s Eastside" with Special Guest Val Zavala
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Val Zavala

Val Zavala has been a well-known fixture in Los Angeles television for the past 30 years at KCET, as an Emmy award-winning reporter, anchor and executive producer of such shows asSoCal Connected and Life & Times.  She currently serves as a board member of Alzheimer's Greater Los... Read More →
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Elisa Callow

Elisa shares her recipes and food discoveries on her blog, The Urban Forager. The former founding director of the Armory Center for the Arts in Pasadena, she is a consultant in the nonprofit world with a focus on arts and education. She is the author of "The Urban Forager: Culinary... Read More →


Sunday April 14, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm
Cooking Stage, Signing Area 9

11:00am

Young Adult Fiction: Writing The Real World - Conversation 2101 - REQUIRES TICKET
The characters in these panelists' YA novels  approach serious struggles with extraordinary resilience. Join Elizabeth Acevedo, Meg Medina and Ibi Zoboi for a conversation about crafting teen characters we can all look up to.

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avatar for Claudette S. McLinn

Claudette S. McLinn

McLinn is the executive director of the Center for the Study of Multicultural Children's Literature (CSMCL). She is the recipient of numerous awards and honors including the Dorothy McKenzie Award for Distinguished Contribution to the Field of Children's Literature sponsored by the... Read More →

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avatar for Elizabeth Acevedo

Elizabeth Acevedo

Elizabeth Acevedo is the New York Times best selling author of the award-winning novel, "The Poet X." She is the winner of the 2018 National Book Award for Young People's Literature and of the Boston-Globe Hornbook Award Prize for Best Children's Fiction of 2018. She holds a BA in... Read More →
avatar for Meg Medina

Meg Medina

Meg Medina is a Newbery and Pura Belpré award-winning author of picture books, middle grade, and YA fiction. She is the author of "Merci Suárez Changes Gears," which won the 2019 John Newbery medal and the 2018 Charlotte Huck honor. Her other books include "Burn Baby Burn," "Yaqui... Read More →
avatar for Ibi Zoboi

Ibi Zoboi

Ibi Zoboi holds an MFA in Writing for Children & Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts. Her writing has been published in The New York Times Book Review, the Horn Book Magazine, and The Rumpus, among others. Her debut novel, "American Street," was a finalist for the National... Read More →


Sunday April 14, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm
Taper Hall 101, Signing Area 5

11:00am

Walter Mosley, Author of "Down the River Unto the Sea," in Conversation with Christopher Goffard - Conversation 2051 - REQUIRES TICKET - CANCELED
Walter Mosley, bestselling author of "Down the River Unto the Sea," discusses his most recent crime fiction novel with L.A. Times writer and Pulitzer Prize winner Christopher Goffard.

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Christopher Goffard

Christopher Goffard is an author and a staff writer for the Los Angeles Times. A Los Angeles native with an English degree from Cornell University, he started at The St. Petersburg Times in 1998, where he covered cops, city hall, and courts. His work on the Tampa courts beat gave... Read More →

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avatar for Walter Mosley

Walter Mosley

Walter Mosley is one of America's most celebrated and beloved writers. A Grand Master of the Mystery Writers of America, he has won numerous awards, including the Anisfield-Wolf Award, a Grammy, a PEN USA's Lifetime Achievement Award, and several NAACP Image awards. His books have... Read More →


Sunday April 14, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm
Ronald Tutor Campus Center, Signing Area 3

11:15am

Actress Dacia Arcaráz Shares Her Story, "Here No One Gives Up" (Spanish)
Dacia Arcaráz, Mexican actress shares her story, " AQUÍ NADIE SE RINDE, HERE NO ONE GIVES UP." (SPANISH)

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Dacia Arcaráz

Dacia Arcaráz es una actriz mexicana que cuenta con 27 años de carrera, tiempo en el que ha participado en distintos proyectos televisivos, cinematográficos y teatrales, destacando primordialmente su trabajo en las telenovelas producidas por Televisa, entre las que sobresalen... Read More →


Sunday April 14, 2019 11:15am - 11:45am
LA Times En Español Stage

11:20am

Marsha de la O, Reading from "Every Ravening Thing"
Award-winning poet Marsha de la O reads selections from her latest collection.

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Marsha de la O

Marsha de la O is the author of "Antidote for Night," winner of the 2015 Isabella Gardner Award, and Black Hope, winner of the New Issues Press Poetry Prize and winner of an Editor's Choice, Small Press Book Award. Other awards include the Morton Marcus Poetry Award and the da Poetry... Read More →


Sunday April 14, 2019 11:20am - 11:40am
Poetry Stage, Signing Area 2

11:30am

Peter Reynolds, Author of "Say Something"
Award-winning author and illustrator Peter Reynolds shows off his newest book as part of our ongoing children's reading series.

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avatar for Peter H. Reynolds

Peter H. Reynolds

Peter H. Reynolds is a New York Times bestselling author and illustrator of many books for children, including "The Dot," "Ish," and most recently, "Say Something." His books have been translated into over twenty-five languages around the globe and are celebrated worldwide. In 1996... Read More →


11:30am

Karamo Brown, Author of "My Story of Embracing Purpose, Healing, and Hope," Interviewed by Yvonne Villarreal
Karamo Brown, television personality, member of the Fab Five in Netflix's reboot of "Queer Eye," and author of "My Story of Embracing Purpose, Healing, and Hope," is interviewed by an L.A. Times writer.

Moderators
avatar for Yvonne Villarreal

Yvonne Villarreal

Yvonne Villarreal covers the ever-expanding television industry. She joined the Los Angeles Times in 2008 as a Metpro fellow, before moving to the Calendar section as an entertainment reporter. A native Angeleno, Villarreal earned her bachelor’s degree from Cal State Fullerton and... Read More →

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Karamo Brown

"Karamo: My Story of Embracing Purpose, Healing, and Hope" is Karamo Brown's first book. In addition to Netflix's "Queer Eye," Brown was cast as the first openly gay black man on reality television when he appeared on MTV's "The Real World," followed by "Dr. Drew on Call," "HuffPost... Read More →


Sunday April 14, 2019 11:30am - 12:15pm
LA Times Main Stage

11:30am

SPHERES: The Songs of the Cosmos In Virtual Reality - Conversation 2122 - REQUIRES TICKET
SPHERES—a new virtual-reality experience about black holes and the Universe, directed by Eliza McNitt and produced by Darren Aronofsky—submerges audiences in science and the music of the cosmos. Following a record breaking acquisition at Sundance, SPHERES debuted at SXSW, Telluride, Tribeca, and received the top prize at the Venice Film Festival. Here, the director will reveal the making of SPHERES and reflect on the future of immersive cinema as a powerful tool for science storytelling. *To experience SPHERES, check out the Newstory Playground.

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avatar for Eliza McNitt

Eliza McNitt

McNitt is a writer and director. She is a 2018 Emmy® Awards Finalist and the recipient of the VR Grand Prize at The Venice Film Festival. She explores the cosmic collision of science and art. From astronauts to astrophysicists, McNitt works alongside scientists to tell stories about... Read More →


Sunday April 14, 2019 11:30am - 12:15pm
Norris Theater, Signing Area 5

11:30am

Fiction: Calamity and Chaos - Conversation 2012 - REQUIRES TICKET
Where chaos reigns, drama flourishes. Join Kathryn Davis, Leland de la Durantaye, Abbi Geni and Jordy Rosenberg for a discussion of crafting down-to-earth characters caught in outsized situations. 

Moderators
avatar for Doug Dutton

Doug Dutton

Professor Dutton, (BA English Literature, BA Music, UCSB, MA Music Composition, UC Berkeley), has taught at Los Angeles City College since 1975. In addition to his work at LACC, Dutton has taught theory, music analysis, composition, and ear-training at The Colburn Conservatory of... Read More →

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avatar for Leland de la Durantaye

Leland de la Durantaye

Leland de la Durantaye lives in Los Angeles, where he is a professor of comparative literature at the Claremont Colleges. His journalism and criticism have appeared in The New York Times, The London Review of Books, Bookforum, Artforum, The Believer, Cabinet, and others. De la Durantaye... Read More →
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Abby Geni

Abby Geni is the Chicago-based author of "The Lightkeepers," winner of the 2016 Barnes & Noble Discover Award and the inaugural Chicago Review of Books Awards, and "The Last Animal," an Indies Introduce Debut Writers Selection and finalist for the Orion Book Award. Her latest novel... Read More →
avatar for Jordy Rosenberg

Jordy Rosenberg

Jordy Rosenberg is a transgender writer and scholar. His debut novel, "Confessions of the Fox," was named one of the best books of 2018 by The New Yorker, HuffPost, and Kirkus Reviews. He is an associate professor at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where he teaches eighteenth-century... Read More →


Sunday April 14, 2019 11:30am - 12:30pm
Hoffman Hall, Signing Area 1

11:40am

Joe Jiménez, Reading from "Rattlesnake Allegory"
Celebrated poet Joe Jiménez reads selections from his new collection of poems on aloneness, manhood, and want.

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avatar for Joe Jiménez

Joe Jiménez

Joe Jiménez is the author of "The Possibilities of Mud" and "Bloodline," a young adult novel. Jiménez is the recipient of the 2016 Letras Latinas/ Red Hen Press Poetry Prize and holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Antioch University Los Angeles. The short film "El Abuelo," based on Jiménez's poem, has been screened in Belgium, the Netherlands, Mexico, France, Argentina, Ireland, England, and the US. He lives in San Antonio, Texas, and is a member of the Macondo Workshops. His newest collection is "Rattlesnake Allegory... Read More →


Sunday April 14, 2019 11:40am - 12:00pm
Poetry Stage, Signing Area 2

11:40am

The Trailblazers featuring Urban Voices Project and USC Thornton Students—Choral Musical Performance
Comprised of singers from the Urban Voices Project—a Skid Row choir of artists who have experienced homelessness—and student musicians from the USC Thornton School of Music, the Trailblazers were born during a week of intensive music-making and story-sharing in fall 2018. Channeling strength through adversity and fellowship across divides, their performance will incorporate original creations alongside the Urban Voices repertoire of songs performed in the streets, parks, and missions of Skid Row.

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avatar for The Trailblazers

The Trailblazers

Comprised of singers from the Urban Voices Project—a Skid Row choir of artists who have experienced homelessness—and student musicians from the USC Thornton School of Music, the Trailblazers were born during a week of intensive music-making and story-sharing in fall 2018. Channeling... Read More →


Sunday April 14, 2019 11:40am - 12:10pm
USC Stage

12:00pm

Bin Ramke, Reading from "Light Wind Light Light"
Award-winning poet Bin Ramke reads selections from his newest collection on memory as fluid, transitory, and illuminating.

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Bin Ramke

Bin Ramke was born in south Texas, spent time in Louisiana when he was young, and attended the University of Louisiana. Once a student of mathematics, Ramke studied literature as an undergraduate and earned a Ph.D. from Ohio University. Ramke combines these typically disparate interests... Read More →


Sunday April 14, 2019 12:00pm - 12:20pm
Poetry Stage, Signing Area 2

12:00pm

Raúl Gonzalez, Author of "¡VAMOS! Let's go to the Market!"
Award-winning illustrator and author Raúl Gonzalez presents his new bilingual picture book.

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Raúl Gonzalez

Raúl the Third is the Pura Belpré Award-winning illustrator of the "Lowriders in Space" series by Cathy Camper. His latest book for young readers, "¡VAMOS! Let's go to the Market!," was released this month. He is currently working on a YA graphic novel with David Bowles. He grew... Read More →


12:00pm

In Conversation: CNN en Español's Juan Carlos Lopez & Mario Gonzalez with Authors Reyna Grande & Julissa Arce (Spanish)
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avatar for Julissa Arce

Julissa Arce

Julissa Arce is a best-selling author of "My (Underground) American Dream." She was named one of People en Español's 25 Most Powerful Woman of 2017. She is a leading voice in the fight for social justice, immigrant rights and education equality. Her second book, "Someone Like Me... Read More →
avatar for Reyna Grande

Reyna Grande

Reyna Grande is an award-winning author, motivational speaker, and writing teacher. As a girl, she crossed the US–Mexico border to join her family in Los Angeles, a harrowing journey chronicled in The Distance Between Us, a National Book Critics Circle Award finalist that has been... Read More →
avatar for Juan Carlos Lopez

Juan Carlos Lopez

Juan Carlos López is a CNN en Español chief correspondent and presenter in the city of Washington, D.C. and has collaborated as a CNN reporter since 1993. Currently, López is the presenter of Directo USA, a daily program that covers news that generates more interest in the United... Read More →


Sunday April 14, 2019 12:00pm - 12:45pm
LA Times En Español Stage

12:00pm

Funny With a Twist: Putting the Personal in Pop Culture - Conversation 2092 - REQUIRES TICKET
Life can be bleak, but why stew in the darkness when you can laugh into the abyss? Guy Branum, Kristi Coulter and Erin Gibson's books of essays address weighty topics, including homophobia, addiction and misogyny, but their hilarious prose manages to keep things light. 

Moderators
avatar for Emily Heller

Emily Heller

Emily Heller is a comedian and writer who likes you very much. You may have seen her once or twice on Conan, on the third season of John Oliver's New York Stand Up Show on Comedy Central, or as one of the New Faces at the 2012 Montreal Just For Laughs Festival. She has been named... Read More →

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avatar for Guy Branum

Guy Branum

Guy Branum created and hosted truTV’s Talk Show The Game Show, a hilarious mashup of two beloved television formats that pits comedians and celebrities against each other for the title of “Best Guest of the Night.” His recently published book My Life As A Goddess is a collection... Read More →
avatar for Kristi Coulter

Kristi Coulter

Kristi Coulter holds an MFA in creative writing from the University of Michigan. She is a former Ragdale Foundation resident and the recipient of a grant from the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts. Her work has appeared in The Paris Review, The Awl, Glamour, Vox, The... Read More →
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Erin Gibson

Emmy-nominated Southern loudmouth Erin Gibson is an expert at mixing social commentary, political satire, and vagina jokes into neat little comedy packages. Based in Los Angeles, she's one half of the Throwing Shade empire, which includes an award winning political absurdist comedy... Read More →


Sunday April 14, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Salvatori Computer Science Center 101, Signing Area 4

12:00pm

Memoir: Exploring Life in Small Passages - Conversation 2112 - REQUIRES TICKET
Join Ross Gay, Rigoberto Gonzalez, Suzannah Lessard and Marion Winik in a conversation about their moving lyrical memoirs.

Moderators
avatar for Adriana Ramirez

Adriana Ramirez

Ramírez is a Mexican-Colombian writer, critic and performance poet based in Pittsburgh. She won the inaugural PEN/Fusion Emerging Writers Prize in 2015 for her novella-length work of nonfiction, "Dead Boys." Her full-length work of nonfiction, "The Violence," is forthcoming from... Read More →

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avatar for Sarah McColl

Sarah McColl

Sarah McColl was founding editor-in-chief of Yahoo Food and holds an MFA from Sarah Lawrence College. Her essays have appeared in the Paris Review, StoryQuarterly, McSweeney's, and elsewhere, and she has been a MacDowell Fellow and Pushcart Prize nominee. She lives in Los Angeles... Read More →
avatar for Suzannah Lessard

Suzannah Lessard

Suzannah Lessard was a staff writer for The New Yorker for 20 years and, before that, an editor at Washington Monthly. She is the author of the memoir "The Architect of Desire: Beauty and Danger in the Stanford White Family." She has been the recipient of numerous awards, including... Read More →
avatar for Marion Winik

Marion Winik

Longtime All Things Considered commentator Marion Wink is the author of "First Comes Love," "The Glen Rock Book of the Dead," and seven other books. Her most recent book, "The Baltimore Book of the Dead," was released last October by Counterpoint Press. Her Bohemian Rhapsody column... Read More →


Sunday April 14, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Taper Hall 201, Signing Area 5

12:00pm

Memoir: Voices of the Black American Experience - Conversation 2022 - REQUIRES TICKET
Kiese Laymon, Casey Gerald and Bridgett Davis gather to discuss their most recent memoirs, all of which wrestle with the realities of African American identity in the cultural landscape of the last few decades.

Moderators
avatar for Karen Grigsby Bates

Karen Grigsby Bates

Karen Grigsby Bates is the Los Angeles-based correspondent for NPR News. Bates contributed commentaries to All Things Considered for about 10 years before she joined NPR in 2002 as the first correspondent and alternate host for The Tavis Smiley Show. In addition to general reporting... Read More →

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avatar for Bridgett Davis

Bridgett Davis

Bridgett M. Davis is Professor of Journalism and the Writing Professions at Baruch College, CUNY, where she teaches creative, film and narrative writing and is Director of the Sidney Harman Writer-in-Residence Program. A graduate of Spelman College in Atlanta, and Columbia University's... Read More →
avatar for Casey Gerald

Casey Gerald

Casey Gerald grew up in Oak Cliff, Texas and went to Yale, where he majored in political science and played varsity football. After receiving an MBA from Harvard Business School, he cofounded MBAs Across America. He has been featured on MSNBC, at TED and SXSW, on the cover of Fast... Read More →
avatar for Kiese Laymon

Kiese Laymon

Kiese Laymon is an American writer, editor, and a professor of English and Creative Writing at the University of Mississippi. Laymon is the author of three full-length books: a novel, "Long Division," and two memoirs, "How to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America" and "Heavy... Read More →


Sunday April 14, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Town & Gown, Signing Area 1

12:00pm

A Lens to the Past: Historical Young Adult Fiction
Stories for young adults don't just take place in dystopian alternate universes or familiar high school hallways. Julie Berry, Tonya Bolden and Melissa de la Cruz find human drama during pivitol moments in American history in their exciting new novels.  

Moderators
avatar for Sharon Levin

Sharon Levin

Sharon Levin has been reviewing children's literature for 20 years. She founded and runs the Bay Area Children's Literature List. Her biggest passion (outside of her family) is getting books into the hands of children and teens.

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avatar for Julie Berry

Julie Berry

Julie Berry is the author of "The Passion of Dolssa," "All the Truth That's in Me," "The Scandalous Sisterhood of Prickwillow Place," "Secondhand Charm," "The Amaranth Enchantment," and the "Splurch Academy" series. Her latest novel, "Lovely War," was released last month.
avatar for Tonya Bolden

Tonya Bolden

Tonya Bolden is a critically acclaimed award-winning author/co-author/editor of more than two dozen books for young people. They include "Crossing Ebenezer Creek," which received five starred reviews; "Finding Family," which received two starred reviews and was a Kirkus Reviews and... Read More →
avatar for Melissa de la Cruz

Melissa de la Cruz

Melissa de la Cruz is the #1 New York Times, #1 Publisher's Weekly and #1 IndieBound bestselling author of many critically acclaimed and award-winning novels for readers of all ages, including "Witches of East End," "The Isle of the Lost," "Blue Bloods," and "Something in Between... Read More →


Sunday April 14, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm
YA Stage Presented by HS Insider, Signing Area 9

12:00pm

Evolution of the Game Grid, from Tron to eSports
What began with Jeff Bridges racing a light cycle against simulations on a game grid in the iconic film, Tron, has evolved into a multi-billion dollar industry, with leagues of superstar teams and sold-out arenas around the world. In this session, Mike Bonifer, the founder of bigSTORY, will be joined by Jerry Rees, an animator on Tron who now is an Executive Research & Development Imagineer at Disney, and another special guest, to look at how and why the game grid has evolved, the effects of multiplayer gaming and immersive storytelling on the entertainment business, and how eSports will influence the future of work in a networked world.


Moderators
avatar for Arash Markazi

Arash Markazi

Arash Markazi is a sports columnist with the Los Angeles Times. Before that, he was a senior writer at ESPN for nine years. Markazi grew up in Los Angeles and graduated from USC in 2004, after which he worked as a staff writer for Sports Illustrated for five years. While at USC he... Read More →

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avatar for Susie Kim

Susie Kim

Susie Kim is a veteran esports personality, host, translator, and interviewer, and she was the General Manager of the London Spitfire during their championship run. For over 10 years, her mission has been to bridge Korean and western cultures and the care she has put into her work... Read More →
avatar for Mike Bonifer

Mike Bonifer

Mike Bonifer is a co-founder and partner at bigSTORY, a company of strategists & practitioners who are first in the world to utilize quantum storytelling, an emerging organizational science that accounts for how stories are created, live in networks, and influence behaviors.Throughout... Read More →
avatar for Jerry Rees

Jerry Rees

Jerry Rees is an American film director and animator, best known for the Emmy-nominated animated film The Brave Little Toaster (1987), creating many of the visual effects for the cult classic Tron, and producing numerous films including the animated feature film Space Jam. Today... Read More →


Sunday April 14, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Newstory Stage

12:00pm

Music and Emotion: Sonic storytelling using Tactile Audio technology - Conversation 2062 - REQUIRES TICKET
As emergent media technologies develop to engage the senses in novel ways, storytellers have an opportunity to share their narratives using new and compelling techniques. Human Exploratorium founder, music producer (aka FreQ Nasty), Tactile Audio expert, and creative futurist Darin McFadyen explains why feeling music and sound is important, how Tactile Audio technology works, and its applications for the 21st Century storyteller. *To experience Tactile Audio, check out the Newstory Playground for Darin’s live immersive sound journeys.

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avatar for Darin McFadyen

Darin McFadyen

Human Exploratorium founder Darin Mcfadyen works at the intersection of music, technology, meditation, and flow. As a music producer he was a pioneer of the Breakbeat and Bass music genres (AKA 'FreQ Nasty' to music fans) and has collaborated with Santigold, Bassnectar, Fatboy Slim... Read More →


Sunday April 14, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Annenberg Auditorium, Signing Area 3

12:00pm

Aren't We American? Race, Class, Immigration, and Citizenship - Conversation 2132 - REQUIRES TICKET
How do race and class impact what it means to be American today? What do citizenship and immigration look like in the current context of “America first” and “nationalism”? A diverse panel of experts will discuss these and other questions in this timely and critical conversation.

Moderators
avatar for Jody Agius Vallejo

Jody Agius Vallejo

Jody Agius Vallejo specializes in immigrant integration, race/ethnicity, and social stratification. Her book, "Barrios to Burbs: The Making of the Mexican-American Middle Class," examines patterns of mobility and socioeconomic incorporation among the Mexican-origin middle class in... Read More →

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avatar for Duncan Ryuken Williams

Duncan Ryuken Williams

An ordained Buddhist priest in the Soto Zen tradition, Duncan Ryuken Williams has spent years piecing together the story of the Japanese American community during World War II. A renowned scholar of Buddhism, he has taught at the University of California, Berkeley, University of California... Read More →
avatar for Sam Erman

Sam Erman

Sam Erman is an Assistant Professor of Law at the USC Gould School of Law. He came to USC from the Smithsonian Institution, where he was a postdoctoral fellow in Latino studies. Erman's primary areas of research include the history of Puerto Rico and its relations with the United... Read More →
avatar for Juan De Lara

Juan De Lara

Juan De Lara is an Assistant Professor in American Studies and Ethnicity at the University of Southern California. His newest book, "Inland Shift: Race, Space, and Capital in Inland Southern California" was published last year. Professor De Lara's research interests include social... Read More →
avatar for Elda María Román

Elda María Román

Elda María Román is an Assistant Professor in the English Department at the University of Southern California. As a scholar in literary and cultural studies, she researches race and class, examining their effects across ethnic groups and through scholarship across disciplines. She... Read More →


Sunday April 14, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Wallis Annenberg Hall Presented by USC, Signing Area 10

12:00pm

History: Terror on the Home Front - Conversation 2002 - REQUIRES TICKET
Join Julia Boyd, Patrick Radden Keefe, Charles Lane, and Steven J. Ross for a discussion of their most recent books of historical nonfiction, chronicling the nationalist, terrorist and Nazi movements that defined the past and still resonate today.

Moderators
avatar for Jonathan Kirsch

Jonathan Kirsch

Jonathan Kirsch is a book columnist for the Los Angeles Times and the author of the bestselling and critically acclaimed books "Moses: A Life" and "The Harlot by the Side of the Road." He writes and lectures widely on biblical, literary, and legal topics. Kirsch is a member of the... Read More →

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avatar for Julia Boyd

Julia Boyd

Born in 1948, Julia Boyd worked in London's Victoria & Albert Museum before marriage took her to a series of diplomatic posts including Bonn, New York, Hong Kong and finally Tokyo, where her husband John was British Ambassador. There followed ten years in Cambridge, where John was... Read More →
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Patrick Radden Keefe

Patrick Radden Keefe is a staff writer at The New Yorker, an Eric and Wendy Schmidt Fellow at the New America Foundation and the author of Say Nothing, The Snakehead, and Chatter. His work has also appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Slate, New York, and The New York Review... Read More →
avatar for Charles Lane

Charles Lane

Charles "Chuck" Lane is an American journalist and editor who is an editorial writer for The Washington Post and a regular guest on Fox News Channel. He was the lead editor of The New Republic from 1997 to 1999. After the New Republic, he worked for the Post, where, from 2000 to 2009... Read More →
avatar for Steven J. Ross

Steven J. Ross

Steven J. Ross is professor of history at the University of Southern California and director of the Casden Institute for the Study of the Jewish Role in American Life. He is the author of "Hollywood Left and Right," recipient of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Film... Read More →


Sunday April 14, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Hancock Foundation, Signing Area 1

12:00pm

Books: What It Means to Be a Reader - Conversation 2072 - REQUIRES TICKET
Join esteemed writers and literary leaders Glory Edim, Lisa Lucas, Max Rudin and David Ulin as they discuss the importance of finding ourselves in literature. Whether it's to find discover and engage new readers, preserve and promote great writings, or read as an act of political resistance, these champions of books will anlayze what it truly means to be a reader. 

Moderators
avatar for Heather Scott Partington

Heather Scott Partington

Heather Scott Partington is a writer, teacher, and book critic. She is the winner of an emerging critic fellowship from the National Book Critics Circle. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times Book Review, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, Newsday, and The Los Angeles... Read More →

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avatar for Glory Edim

Glory Edim

Glory Edim is the founder of Well-Read Black Girl, a Brooklyn-based book club and online community that celebrates the uniqueness of Black literature and sisterhood. In fall 2017, she organized the first-ever Well-Read Black Girl Literary Festival. She has worked as a creative strategist... Read More →
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Lisa Lucas

Lisa Lucas is the Executive Director of the National Book Foundation. Prior to joining the Foundation, she served as the Publisher of Guernica, a non-profit online magazine focusing on writing that explores the intersection of art and politics with an international and diverse focus... Read More →
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Max Rudin

Rudin is the publisher of The Library of America, a nonprofit publisher whose mission is to foster greater appreciation and pride in America's literary heritage by publishing, and keeping permanently in print, authoritative editions of America's best and most significant writing... Read More →
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David L. Ulin

David L. Ulin is the former book critic of the Los Angeles Times. A 2015 Guggenheim Fellow, he is the author or editor of nine books, including "Sidewalking: Coming to Terms with Los Angeles," the novella "Labyrinth," "The Lost Art of Reading: Why Books Matter in a Distracted Time... Read More →


Sunday April 14, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Seeley G. Mudd 123, Signing Area 4

12:10pm

California and the 2020 Campaign: Political Correspondents Brace for the Horse Race
Moderators
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Mark Z. Barabak

Mark Z. Barabak covers state and national politics for the Los Angeles Times, based in the San Francisco Bay Area. A reporter for more than 40 years, Barabak has covered campaigns and elections in 49 of the 50 states, including 11 presidential campaigns and scores of mayoral, gubernatorial... Read More →

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Melanie Mason

Melanie Mason is a political reporter for the Los Angeles Times covering the 2020 presidential campaign. She first began working for the Times in 2011 in Washington, D.C., where she covered money and politics during the 2012 presidential campaign. She then covered state government... Read More →
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Eli Stokols

Eli Stokols is a White House reporter based in the Los Angeles Times Washington, D.C., bureau. He is a veteran of Politico and the Wall Street Journal, where he covered the 2016 presidential campaign and then the Trump White House. A native of Irvine, Stokols grew up in a Times household... Read More →


Sunday April 14, 2019 12:10pm - 12:50pm
LA Times Live

12:30pm

Jennifer Holley Lux, Reading from "White Portals"
Celebrated poet Jennifer Holley Lux reads selections from her debut book of poetry.

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Jennifer Holley Lux

Jennifer Holley Lux's poems have appeared in Birmingham Poetry Review, Connecticut Review, The Midwest Quarterly, and The Prose Poem: An International Journal. She has lived most of her life in Connecticut but currently resides in Atlanta. She works at the Georgia Institute of Technology... Read More →


Sunday April 14, 2019 12:30pm - 12:45pm
Poetry Stage, Signing Area 2

12:30pm

Jonathan Stutzman, Author of "Tiny T. Rex and the Impossible Hug"
Award-winning author Jonathan Stutzman shows off his newest picture book.

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Jonathan Stutzman

Jonathan Stutzman is an award-winning filmmaker and writer whose work has shown in film festivals across North America and on television both nationally and internationally. His writing and illustrations have been featured in Joseph Gordon-Levitt's bestselling books "The Tiny Book... Read More →


12:30pm

Amber Tamblyn, Author of "Era of Ignition: Coming of Age in a Time of Rage and Revolution," interviewed by Mariel Garza
The actress and author of "Era of Ignition: Coming of Age in a Time of Rage and Revolution" is interviewed by L.A. Times writer Mariel Garza.

Moderators
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Mariel Garza

Mariel Garza has been writing editorials and columns about state and L.A. politics for more than a decade. Before joining The Times’ editorial board in March 2015, she was deputy editorial page editor of the Sacramento Bee and is a former editor of the editorial pages of the L.A... Read More →

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Amber Tamblyn

Amber Tamblyn is an author, actor, and director. She's been nominated for an Emmy, Golden Globe, and Independent Spirit Award for her work in television and film, including "House M.D." and "Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants." Most recently, she wrote and directed the feature film... Read More →


Sunday April 14, 2019 12:30pm - 1:15pm
LA Times Main Stage

12:30pm

Girls to the Front: Women Breaking Barriers - Conversation 2102 - REQUIRES TICKET
Women have always had important stories to tell, but relatively few have made it through the metaphorical vaulted doors into serious public consideration. Robin Green, Joy Press, Wyomia Tyus and Leslie Zemeckis boldly tell their stories and stories of other women, taking up the space they've always deserved.

Moderators
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Alex Cohen

Alex started off her career as a radio producer and director at NPR, fast forward to 2018 and she is now one of the anchors of The Beat on 1 and the host of Inside the Issues here at Spectrum News 1 SoCal. This veteran reporter holds the Golden Mike Award for Best Live Coverage of... Read More →

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avatar for Robin Green

Robin Green

Robin Green is an award-winning TV writer/producer known for her work as an Executive Producer and writer for "The Sopranos" on HBO and for creating, with her husband Mitchell Burgess, the CBS drama "Blue Bloods," now in its seventh season. She is an alumna of Brown University and... Read More →
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Joy Press

Joy Press is the television correspondent for Vanity Fair. As a journalist, author and editor, she has been covering TV for more than fifteen years. She served as the chief television critic at The Village Voice, then as entertainment editor of Salon and as an editor at the Los Angeles... Read More →
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Wyomia Tyus

Wyomia Tyus was born and raised in Griffin, Georgia. She attended Tennessee State University in Nashville and ran under the tutelage of visionary coach Ed Temple as a member of the Tigerbelles until she graduated in 1968. A four-time Olympic medalist, and the holder of multiple world... Read More →
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Leslie Zemeckis

Leslie Zemeckis is the author of "Goddess of Love Incarnate: The Life of Stripteuse Lili St. Cyr" and "Behind the Burly Q," the definitive history of burlesque. She wrote, produced, and directed the critically acclaimed documentary based on the book, which has been championed by USA... Read More →


Sunday April 14, 2019 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Taper Hall 101, Signing Area 5

12:30pm

Cooking Demonstration Featuring Naz Deravian, Author of "Bottom of the Pot"
The creator of the food blog Bottom of the Pot demonstrates recipes from her cookbook. 

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Naz Deravian

Naz is is a writer and actor born in Iran. She is the award-winning voice behind the food blog Bottom of the Pot, which won the 2015 International Association of Culinary Professionals Award for best narrative culinary blog. She has also been twice nominated in several categories... Read More →


Sunday April 14, 2019 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Cooking Stage, Signing Area 9

12:30pm

Fiction: Versions of California - Conversation 2082 - REQUIRES TICKET
California is such a gigantic, sprawling state that novels that explore it can be wildly different and vividly accurate at the same time. Join Vanessa Hua, Susan Straight, Nina Revoyr and Lydia Kiesling for a discussion of their varied fictional Californias and the characters that inhabit their lands.

Moderators
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Antoine Wilson

Antoine Wilson wrote the novels "Panorama City," recipient of the inaugural San Fernando Valley Award for Fiction, and "The Interloper." He is a contributing editor of the literary magazine A Public Space.

Speakers
avatar for Vanessa Hua

Vanessa Hua

Vanessa Hua is a columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle and the author of a short story collection, Deceit and Other Possibilities. For two decades, she has been writing, in journalism and fiction, about Asia and the Asian diaspora. She has received a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers... Read More →
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Lydia Kiesling

Lydia Kiesling is the author of "The Golden State" and a 2018 National Book Foundation "5 under 35" honoree. She is the editor of "The Millions" and her writing has appeared at outlets including The New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker online, The Guardian, and Slate. She lives in San Francisco with her family... Read More →
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Nina Revoyr

Nina Revoyr was born in Japan to a Japanese mother and a white American father, and grew up in Tokyo, Wisconsin, and Los Angeles. She is the author of five novels, most recently "A Student of History." Her second novel, "Southland," was a Los Angeles Times bestseller and "Best Book... Read More →
avatar for Susan Straight

Susan Straight

Susan Straight has published seven novels and one middle-grade reader. "Highwire Moon" was a finalist for the National Book Award in 2001; "A Million Nightingales" was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize in 2006. Her short stories have appeared in Zoetrope, The Ontario... Read More →


Sunday April 14, 2019 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Seeley G. Mudd 124, Signing Area 4

12:30pm

Literary Endings: Death in the Novel - Conversation 2032 - REQUIRES TICKET
Authors Martin Riker, David Vann and Katharine Weber discuss their most recent novels, all of which thoughtfully wrestle with the uncertainty that accompanies our personal end-of-days.

Moderators
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Alex Espinoza

Alex Espinoza was born in Tijuana, Mexico and raised in suburban Los Angeles. He holds a degree in Creative Writing from the University of California-Riverside and an MFA from UC-Irvine's Program in Writing. His novels include, Still Water Saints and The Five Acts of Diego León... Read More →

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Martin Riker

Martin Riker grew up in central Pennsylvania. He worked as a musician for most of his twenties, worked in nonprofit literary publishing for most of his thirties, and has spent the first half of his forties teaching in the English department at Washington University in St. Louis. In... Read More →
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David Vann

David Vann's internationally-bestselling books have been published in 23 languages, won 14 prizes, and appeared on 83 Best Books of the Year lists in a dozen countries. His new novel, "Halibut on the Moon," was released last month. A former Guggenheim fellow, he is currently a Professor... Read More →
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Katharine Weber

Katharine Weber's first five highly-praised and award-winning novels have made her a book club favorite. Her new novel and seventh book, "Still Life With Monkey," won advance praise with a starred review from Kirkus. All of Katharine's books have been republished in at least one paperback... Read More →


Sunday April 14, 2019 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Mudd Hall 203, Signing Area 1

12:30pm

Chelsea Clinton, Author of "Don't Let Them Disappear," in Conversation with Mary McNamara - Conversation 2042 - REQUIRES TICKET **Please click through to see signing instructions
Chelsea Clinton, Vice Chair of the Clinton foundation and bestselling children's author, discusses her latest book, "Don't Let Them Disappear," with Los Angeles Times Culture Critic/Columnist Mary McNamara.

**SIGNING INSTRUCTIONS
  • To get books signed, you must purchase one copy of "Don't Let Them Disappear" from the Pages Special Seller booth.
  • You will be given a signing line ticket upon purchase of "Don't Let Them Disappear" from the Pages Special Seller booth, which will allow you into the signing line.
  • Chelsea will sign any copies of the books she has written, including "It’s Your World: Get Informed, Get Inspired & Get Going!," "She Persisted: 13 American Women Who Changed the World," "Governing Global Health: Who Runs the World and Why?,"  "She Persisted Around the World: 13 Women Who Changed History," or "Start Now! You Can Make a Difference," for people with signing line tickets.
  • Chelsea will not sign any memorabilia or books that she has not written.
  • During the signing there will be no personalizations: books will get signature only.
  • No posed photos.

Moderators
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Mary McNamara

Mary McNamara is a culture columnist/critic. Previously she was assistant managing editor for arts and entertainment following a 12-year stint as television critic and senior culture editor. A Pulitzer Prize winner in 2015 and finalist for criticism in 2013 and 2014, she has won various... Read More →

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Chelsea Clinton

Chelsea Clinton is the author of the #1 New York Times bestselling picture book "She Persisted: 13 American Women Who Changed the World," which was praised in a starred review by Publishers Weekly as a "lovely, moving work of children's literature [and a] polished introduction to... Read More →


Sunday April 14, 2019 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Bovard Auditorium, Signing Area 3

12:30pm

Freedom of the Press: Reporting in the Age of Trump - Conversation 2052 - REQUIRES TICKET
Now more than ever, a free press is an essential part of what ensures our democracy works. Acclaimed journalists Robert Scheer, Patt Morrison, and Jennifer Medina discuss the essential nature of the free press and the work of newspeople in the current time.

Moderators
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Del Quentin Wilber

Del Quentin Wilber is an enterprise and investigative reporter in the Los Angeles Times' Washington bureau, focusing on criminal justice and national security matters. An award-winning reporter and author, he previously worked for the Baltimore Sun, the Washington Post, Bloomberg... Read More →

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Jennifer Medina

Jennifer Medina is a national correspondent based in Los Angeles. A native of Southern California, she has covered the region for several years, focusing on the uneven economic recovery, immigration, criminal justice and education.She has traveled from El Centro to the back roads... Read More →
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Patt Morrison

Patt Morrison has a share of two Pulitzer Prizes as a longtime Los Angeles Times writer and columnist. As a public television and radio broadcaster, she has won six Emmys and a dozen Golden Mike awards. Her first book, "Rio LA," about the Los Angeles River, was a bestseller. Her most... Read More →
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Robert Scheer

Robert Scheer, editor in chief of Truthdig, has built a reputation for strong social and political writing over his 30 years as a journalist. His columns appear in newspapers across the country, and his in-depth interviews have made headlines. Scheer can be heard on the political... Read More →


Sunday April 14, 2019 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Ronald Tutor Campus Center, Signing Area 3

12:45pm

Valerie Wallace, Reading from "House of McQueen"
Award-winning poet Valerie Wallace reads select poetry from her debut collection.

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Valerie Wallace

Valerie Wallace is the author of "House of McQueen," selected by Vievee Francis for the Four Way Books Intro Prize, and the chapbook "The Dictators' Guide to Good Housekeeping." Margaret Atwood chose 10 of her poems for the Atty Award and she has received an Illinois Arts Council... Read More →


Sunday April 14, 2019 12:45pm - 1:00pm
Poetry Stage, Signing Area 2

12:45pm

REACH: Democratizing Technology, Tools, and Distribution to Empower XR Storytellers - Conversation 2145 - REQUIRES TICKET
Nonny de la Peña, founder of Emblematic Group, was recently named WSJ Technology Innovator of the Year and one of CNET’s twenty most influential Latinos.  Often called Godmother of VR, she will discuss her pioneering work using cutting edge technologies to tell important stories, and how she is now launching REACH to empower anyone to create and distribute XR stories straight in the browser. *To experience Emblematic’s latest work, REACH VR, check out the Newstory Playground


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Nonny de la Peña

Nonny de la Peña is CEO & Founder of award-winning innovation company Emblematic Group. Often acknowledged as "The Godmother of Virtual Reality," she is a pioneer of virtual, augmented, and mixed reality who is widely credited with inventing the genre of immersive journalism. I... Read More →


Sunday April 14, 2019 12:45pm - 1:30pm
Norris Theater, Signing Area 5

12:50pm

Jensen McRae—Singer/Songwriter Musical Performance
Jensen McRae is a Los Angeles–born singer-songwriter whose sound is evocative of Sara Bareilles and Tracy Chapman. An alum of GRAMMY Camp Los Angeles 2014 and a current senior majoring in popular music at the USC Thornton School of Music, McRae can also be heard at songwriter nights at the Hotel Café and the Fox and Hounds.

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Jensen McRae

Jensen McRae is a sister, daughter, friend, singer-songwriter, poet, novelist, screenwriter, essayist, blogger, list-maker. She is a bookworm and a Virgo and a traveler and a Trojan. She is obsessed with astrology and serial killers and dessert. She loves dressing like a preschool teacher... Read More →


Sunday April 14, 2019 12:50pm - 1:20pm
USC Stage

1:00pm

1:00pm

sam sax, Reading from "bury it"
Award-winning author sam sax reads selections from his collection on death, rituals of passage, translation, desire, diaspora, and personhood.

Speakers
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sam sax

sam sax is the author of the poetry collections "bury it," winner of the James Laughlin Award, and "madness," winner of the National Poetry Series, selected by Terrance Hayes, and four chapbooks. He earned a BA from Oberlin College and an MFA in poetry from the University of Texas... Read More →


Sunday April 14, 2019 1:00pm - 1:20pm
Poetry Stage, Signing Area 2

1:00pm

Dan Santat, Illustrator of "No More Poems!"
Beloved author and illustrator Dan Santat shows off his new illustrated book of poetry.

Speakers
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Dan Santat

Dan Santat is the author/illustrator of "Sidekicks" and the winner of the Silver Medal from the Society of Illustrators for "Oh No! (Or How My Science Project Destroyed the World)" by Mac Barnett. He is also the creator of the Disney animated hit "The Replacements." His book of humors... Read More →


1:00pm

Essays and Memoir: Living Our Best Lives - Conversation 2013 - REQUIRES TICKET
These writers dip into a deep well of emotional intelligence and empathy to construct their books of essay and memoir, fearlessly excavating the sometimes twisted landscapes of the emotional interior. 

Moderators
avatar for Chris Erskine

Chris Erskine

Chris Erskine is a nationally known humor columnist and editor for the Los Angeles Times. He writes for the Sports, Travel and Saturday sections and edits on the paper’s Features staff. As an editor, he has been a part of two Pulitzer Prize-winning teams at The Times (for his graphics... Read More →

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avatar for Lori Gottlieb

Lori Gottlieb

Lori Gottlieb is a psychotherapist and New York Times bestselling author who writes the weekly "Dear Therapist" advice column for the Atlantic, where she is also a contributing editor. She also writes frequently for The New York Times, and has appeared on The Today Show, Good Morning America, CBS This Morning, CNN, and NPR. She lives in Los Angeles. Her newest book is "Maybe You Should Talk... Read More →
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Cathy Guisewite

Cathy Guisewite is the creator of the "Cathy" comic strip, which ran in nearly 1,400 newspapers for thirty-four years. The strip earned Guisewite the National Cartoonist Society Reuben Award in 1992, an Emmy Award for Outstanding Animated Program for the TV special "Cathy" in 1987... Read More →
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Heather Havrilesky

HEATHER HAVRILESKY is the author of What If This Were Enough?, How to Be a Person in the World, and the memoir Disaster Preparedness. She writes the "Ask Polly" column for New York magazine, and has written for The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The New York Times Magazine, and NPR's... Read More →
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Mary Laura Philpott

Mary Laura Philpott is the author of memoir-in-essays "I Miss You When I Blink." Her writing has been featured in the New York Times; the Washington Post; the Los Angeles Times; O, The Oprah Magazine; and other publications. She's the founding editor of Musing, the online magazine... Read More →


Sunday April 14, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Hoffman Hall, Signing Area 1

1:20pm

Michelle Bitting, Reading from "Broken Kingdom"
Award-winning poet Michelle Bitting presents select poems from her latest collection.

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Michelle Bitting

Michelle Bitting has published in The American Poetry Review, Prairie Schooner, Narrative, Nimrod, diode, the Paris-American, and others. Poems have appeared on Poetry Daily and Verse Daily. Her book "Good Friday Kiss" won the DeNovo First Book Award. "Notes to the Beloved" and "The... Read More →


Sunday April 14, 2019 1:20pm - 1:40pm
Poetry Stage, Signing Area 2

1:20pm

Statistics, Shoeleather and Storytelling: How a Times Team Covered Shootings Near LA Schools
Moderators
avatar for Ben Welsh

Ben Welsh

Ben Welsh is the editor of the Data Desk, a team of reporters and computer programmers in the newsroom that works to collect, organize, analyze and present large amounts of information. Projects that he has contributed to have been awarded the Pulitzer Prize, the Library of Congress... Read More →

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avatar for Sonali Kohli

Sonali Kohli

Sonali Kohli is a reporter covering education for the Los Angeles Times. A product of Southern California, she grew up in Diamond Bar and graduated from UCLA. She worked as a metro reporter for the Orange County Register and as a reporter covering education and diversity for Quartz... Read More →
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Iris Lee

Iris Lee is a Metpro trainee and data journalist at the Los Angeles Times Data Desk. She previously reported for the San Fernando Valley Business Journal, covering healthcare and law. She graduated from the University of Southern California with a master's in journalism and holds... Read More →
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Priya Krishnakumar

Priya Krishnakumar is a graphics and data journalist at the Los Angeles Times. Previously, she has worked at the Washington Post, Patch Media and Northwestern University's Knight Lab. She's a Northern California native and graduated from Northwestern University in 2014 with a degree... Read More →


Sunday April 14, 2019 1:20pm - 2:00pm
LA Times Live

1:30pm

Adam Gidwitz & David Bowles, Co-authors of "The Chupacabras of the Rio Grande"
Speakers
avatar for David Bowles

David Bowles

David Bowles is a Mexican American author from south Texas, where he teaches at the University of Texas, Río Grande Valley. Recipient of awards from the American Library Association, Texas Institute of Letters and Texas Associated Press, he has written several titles, most notably... Read More →
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Adam Gidwitz

Adam Gidwitz is the author of the critically acclaimed, New York Timesbestselling "Grimm" trilogy. He spent six years researching and writing his Newbery Honor-winning "The Inquisitor's Tale," including a year living in Europe. His most recent book, "The Chupacabras of the Rio Grande... Read More →


1:30pm

Storytime with Susie Jaramillo, Creator of "Canticos" **Bilingual Programming
Join artist and Canticos creator Susie Jaramillo, along with her puppet pal Ricky Chickie, as they share their favorite Canticos nursery rhymes and songs. Presentation will include a book reading as well as a sing along with Susie and Ricky Chickie.

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Susie Jaramillo

Susie is the co-founder of Encantos Media, a purpose-driven entertainment studio dedicated to bringing beautiful, culturally relevant, and engaging content to diverse audiences across multiple platforms. She is also the creator, author and illustrator of Canticos.Susie is a creative... Read More →


Sunday April 14, 2019 1:30pm - 2:00pm
LA Times En Español Stage

1:30pm

Janet Napolitano, Author of "How Safe Are We: Homeland Security Since 9/11," interviewed by Scott Kraft
Moderators
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Scott Kraft

As managing editor, Scott Kraft oversees Metro, California, National, International, Washington, Page One, Column One, Enterprise and Investigations.During more than three decades at The Times, Kraft has been a national and foreign correspondent as well as deputy managing editor/news... Read More →

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avatar for Janet Napolitano

Janet Napolitano

Janet Napolitano is a distinguished public servant with a record of leading large, complex organizations at the federal and state levels. She served as secretary of Homeland Security from 2009-2013. Before that, she was the governor of Arizona, previously serving as attorney general... Read More →


Sunday April 14, 2019 1:30pm - 2:15pm
LA Times Main Stage

1:30pm

Earth, Air, Fire, Water: The Environment in Crisis - Conversation 2073 - REQUIRES TICKET
The authors of these books about the environmental crisis demystify the science and explore the human cost of our rapidly changing climate.  

Moderators
avatar for Alan Zarembo

Alan Zarembo

Alan Zarembo is an assistant foreign editor. He has also been a projects and investigative reporter with a focus on medicine, science and the military. Prior to joining the Los Angeles Times in 2003, he was the Mexico City bureau chief for Newsweek magazine and a freelance journalist... Read More →

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avatar for Steve Chapple

Steve Chapple

Steve Chapple is an award-winning author of many books and writer of the national newspaper column Intellectual Capital. His current book is "Breakpoint: Reckoning With America's Environmental Crises," with co-author Jeremy B.C. "Kayaking the Full Moon" was a New York Times Notable... Read More →
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Brian Fies

Brian Fies is a writer and cartoonist of the award-winning graphic novels "Mom's Cancer" and "Whatever Happened to the World of Tomorrow?" "A Fire Story," an expansion of his viral web comic, chronicles his experience of losing his home and every possession that didn't fit into the... Read More →
avatar for Beth Gardiner

Beth Gardiner

Beth Gardiner is an American environmental journalist who has written for the New York Times, the Guardian, National Geographic, and Smithsonian. She is a former Associated Press writer and has lived and worked in badly polluted London since 2000. "Choked: Life and Breath in the Age... Read More →
avatar for Heather Hansman

Heather Hansman

Heather Hansman is an award-winning journalist whose work has appeared in Outside, California Sunday, Smithsonian, and many others. "Downriver: Into the Future of Water in the West" is her first book. After a decade of raft guiding across the United States, she lives in Seattle.


Sunday April 14, 2019 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Seeley G. Mudd 123, Signing Area 4

1:30pm

Leigh Bardugo, Author of "King of Scars," in Conversation with Eva Chen - Conversation 2023 - REQUIRES TICKET
Leigh Bardugo, author of "King of Scars," discusses her bestselling fantasy novels with writer Eva Chen.

Moderators
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Eva Chen

Eva Chen is a first-generation Chinese-American who grew up in New York City. She blames her deviation from pre-med at Johns Hopkins University on a love of fashion and beauty instilled in her by her mother, whose perfect bob and lipstick made a permanent imprint on her impressionable... Read More →

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avatar for Leigh Bardugo

Leigh Bardugo

Leigh Bardugo is a #1 New York Times–bestselling author of fantasy novels and the creator of the Grishaverse. With over two million copies sold, her Grishaverse spans the "Shadow and Bone Trilogy," the "Six of Crows Duology," "The Language of Thorns," and "King of Scars""”with... Read More →


Sunday April 14, 2019 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Town & Gown, Signing Area 1

1:30pm

Middle Grade Fiction: Grown Up Challenges
Grown-up problems can reach you at any age, and authors Marie Cruz, Meg Medina, Lisa Ramee and Karyn Parsons aren't afraid to have their young characters face major issues such as  grief, racism and poverty.

Moderators
avatar for Brandy Colbert

Brandy Colbert

Brandy Colbert is the critically acclaimed author of the novels "Pointe," "Finding Yvonne," and Stonewall Award winner "Little & Lion." Born and raised in Springfield, Missouri, she now lives and writes in Los Angeles.

Speakers
avatar for Marie Cruz

Marie Cruz

Marie Miranda Cruz is a writer and scientist. She grew up in the Philippines and her work reflects her multicultural roots, both in the country of her birth and in her adopted California. "Everlasting Nora" is her debut novel.
avatar for Meg Medina

Meg Medina

Meg Medina is a Newbery and Pura Belpré award-winning author of picture books, middle grade, and YA fiction. She is the author of "Merci Suárez Changes Gears," which won the 2019 John Newbery medal and the 2018 Charlotte Huck honor. Her other books include "Burn Baby Burn," "Yaqui... Read More →
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Karyn Parsons

Karyn Parsons is best known for her role as Will Smith's ditsy cousin Hilary Banks on NBC's "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air." After leaving acting behind, Karyn has gone on to found and produce "Sweet Blackberry," an award-winning series of children's animated films, to share stories... Read More →
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Lisa Ramee

Lisa Moore Ramée was born and raised in Los Angeles, and she now lives in the Bay Area of California, with her husband, two kids, and two obnoxious cats. "A Good Kind of Trouble" is her first novel.


Sunday April 14, 2019 1:30pm - 2:30pm
YA Stage Presented by HS Insider, Signing Area 9

1:30pm

Blow 'Em Up: Writing the High Octane Thriller - Conversation 2113 - REQUIRES TICKET
The plots and characters that populate these writers' novels required a deft hand to be rendered so flawlessly. Join Lee Goldberg, Melissa Love and T. Jefferson Parker for a conversation almost as exciting as their superstar thrillers. 


Moderators
avatar for Christopher Farnsworth

Christopher Farnsworth

Chris Farnsworth's latest novel, "Flashmob," about psychic troubleshooter John Smith, was named one of the best books of 2017 by Publishers Weekly. Christopher’s work has also appeared in the Los Angeles Times, the New York Post, the New Republic, Washington Monthly, and on The... Read More →

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avatar for Lee Goldberg

Lee Goldberg

Lee Goldberg is a two-time Edgar & two-time Shamus Award nominee, a Poirot Award honoree, and the #1 New York Times bestselling author of more than thirty novels, including fifteen "Monk" mysteries, eight "Diagnosis Murder" novels, and the internationally bestselling "Fox & O'Hare... Read More →
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Melissa Scrivner Love

Melissa Scrivner Love is the Edgar Award-nominated author of "Lola." The sequel, "American Heroin," was released earlier this year. She was born to a police officer father and a court stenographer mother. After earning a master's degree in English literature from New York University... Read More →
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T. Jefferson Parker

T. Jefferson Parker is the bestselling author of 23 crime novels, including Edgar Award-winners "Silent Joe" and "California Girl." Parker's newest work is "Swift Vengeance." Parker was born in L.A. and grew up in Southern California. He studied English at UC Irvine and worked as... Read More →


Sunday April 14, 2019 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Taper Hall 201, Signing Area 5

1:30pm

Musical Performance by Pavo Pavo
Pavo Pavo present their latest album “Mystery Hour.” Their work has been featured on Pitchfork, The Guardian, Financial Times and more; and Stereogum described the band as “Weightless pop music that sounds like it was beamed down from a glimmering utopian future.


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Pavo Pavo

Pavo Pavo present their latest album “Mystery Hour.” Their work has been featured on Pitchfork, The Guardian, Financial Times and more; and Stereogum described the band as “Weightless pop music that sounds like it was beamed down from a glimmering utopian future.” 


Sunday April 14, 2019 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Newstory Stage

1:30pm

Sound Trip: An Immersive Experience - Conversation 2063 - REQUIRES TICKET
Daydreaming. Mind trips. Role-playing. For millennia, we have used our imaginations to transport ourselves to other times and places, to try on new identities. But what if we told you that you can experience the most profound out-of-body experience using only sound—and completely in the dark? Join Rico Gagliano, the host of One Plus One and Safe For Work,and Hernan Lopez, the founder of Wondery—the network behind Dirty John, Dr. Death and Over My Dead Body—and discover the power of sound and your imagination

Please note: parts of this presentation are not suitable for children

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avatar for Hernan Lopez

Hernan Lopez

Hernan Lopez is Founder & CEO of Wondery. Wondery became the fastest network to join the Top 10 ranker by Podtrac, propelled by immersive hit shows like Dr. Death, Dirty John, American History Tellers, Business Wars, Hollywood & Crime and Over My Dead Body. Prior to founding Wondery... Read More →
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Rico Gagliano

Rico Gagliano is co-host of the Wondery podcasts One Plus One and Safe For Work, and Senior Producer of the Focus Features podcast Zoom. He's best known as co-host and co-creator of the arts-and-culture podcast The Dinner Party Download, which was downloaded 30 million times and aired... Read More →


Sunday April 14, 2019 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Annenberg Auditorium, Signing Area 3

1:30pm

Chernobyl As Told On Page and Screen - Conversation 2093 - REQUIRES TICKET
As we approach the anniversary of the Chernobyl disaster, writer Adam Higginbotham and Craig Mazin, screenwriter and producer of the upcoming HBO series "Chernobyl," discuss how our understanding of the nuclear disaster has evolved in the decades since it took place. 

Moderators
avatar for Barry Glassner

Barry Glassner

Glassner is a sociologist and the author of seven books. An updated and expanded edition of his national bestseller, "The Culture of Fear," was published in late 2018. Described by The New York Times as "a master at the art of dissecting research," Glassner has published in The New... Read More →

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Adam Higginbotham

Adam Higginbotham was born in England in 1968. His narrative non-fiction and feature writing has appeared in magazines including GQ, The New Yorker and The New York Times Magazine. He is the author of "A Thousand Pounds of Dynamite," named one of Amazon's Best Books of 2014 and optioned... Read More →
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Craig Mazin

Craig Mazin is an American screenwriter and film director. He is known for writing "Identity Thief," "The Hangover Part II," "The Hangover Part III," and "The Huntsman: Winter's War." His current project is “Chernobyl,” the HBO/Sky five-part miniseries based on the disaster... Read More →


Sunday April 14, 2019 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Salvatori Computer Science Center 101, Signing Area 4

1:30pm

Where Do We Go From Here? Contextualizing This American Moment - Conversation 2003 - REQUIRES TICKET
In our increasingly digitized, globalized and stratified world, no problems are simple and no solutions are easily implemented. The most recent works of nonfiction from Nicolas Berggruen, Nathan Gardels, Jennifer Rothman and Douglas Rushkoff try to demystify the most complicated issues facing America today.

Moderators
avatar for Michael Hiltzik

Michael Hiltzik

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Michael Hiltzik writes a daily blog appearing on latimes.com. His business column appears in print every Sunday, and occasionally on other days. As a member of the Los Angeles Times staff, he has been a financial and technology writer and a foreign... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Nicolas Berggruen

Nicolas Berggruen

Nicolas Berggruen is Founder and Chairman of the Berggruen Institute. He is coauthor of "Intelligent Governance for the 21st Century: A Middle Way between West and East" and is copublisher of The WorldPost. He is also Chairman of Berggruen Holdings.
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Nathan Gardels

Nathan Gardels is Cofounder of the Berggruen Institute and Editor-in-Chief of The WorldPost, a partnership with the Washington Post. He is the coauthor of Intelligent Governance for the 21st Century: A Middle Way between East and West, a Financial Times best book of 2012. His previous... Read More →
avatar for Jennifer Rothman

Jennifer Rothman

Professor Jennifer Rothman is nationally recognized for her scholarship in the intellectual property field, and has become the leading expert on the right of publicity. She researches and writes primarily in the areas of intellectual property and constitutional law. In addition to... Read More →
avatar for Douglas Rushkoff

Douglas Rushkoff

Named one of the world's ten most influential intellectuals by MIT, Douglas Rushkoff is an award-winning author, broadcaster, and documentarian who studies human autonomy in the digital age. Drawn from the popular "Team Human" podcast, Rushkoff's latest book of the same name is an... Read More →


Sunday April 14, 2019 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Hancock Foundation, Signing Area 1

1:30pm

Food Justice for All? Food Security in L.A. - Conversation 2133 - REQUIRES TICKET
Los Angeles has a well-earned reputation as a foodie’s paradise, where colliding cultures provide every type of food and flavor in strip malls and on wheels as well as traditional eateries and exclusive restaurants. But there is a major gap between those who eat well and those who go hungry, and this panel of experts and organizers will dissect the problem and discuss steps to address it.

Moderators
avatar for Breanna Hawkins

Breanna Hawkins

Breanna Hawkins is a Policy Director for the Los Angeles Food Policy Council (LAFPC). She supports all of LAFPC's working groups, strategic policy campaigns, and research initiatives. One of Breanna's key projects is leading the creation of LAFPC's Food System Dashboard– a collection... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Sarah Portnoy

Sarah Portnoy

Portnoy teaches courses on Los Angeles' Latino food culture and food justice at the University of Southern California. Dr. Portnoy has contributed to the LA Times, LA Weekly, KCET and numerous academic publications. She has been interviewed on KCRW's Press Play with Madeline Brand... Read More →
avatar for Kris Coombs

Kris Coombs

Kris Coombs is a USC student whose studies include American politics; immigration and civil rights; law; education, class, and political activity; gender and politics.
avatar for LaVonna Lewis

LaVonna Lewis

LaVonna Blair Lewis, Ph.D., MPH, is a Teaching Professor and the Director of Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives at the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy. She is currently involved in addressing racial disparities cardiovascular disease and diabetes through the Community Health... Read More →


Sunday April 14, 2019 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Wallis Annenberg Hall Presented by USC, Signing Area 10

1:40pm

Laure-Anne Bosselaar, Reading from "These Many Rooms"
Award-winning poet Laure-Anne Bosselaar reads from her newest collection on grief and finding our way into the light of quiet solitude.

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Laure-Anne Bosselaar

Laure-Anne Bosselaar is a Belgian-American poet, translator and professor. She is the author of four collections of poetry, most recently, "These Many Rooms." Her collection, "Small Gods of Grief," won the 2001 Isabella Gardner Prize for Poetry. "A New Hunger," was an American Library... Read More →


Sunday April 14, 2019 1:40pm - 2:00pm
Poetry Stage, Signing Area 2

2:00pm

David Baker, Reading from "Swift: New and Selected Poems"
Acclaimed poet David Baker presents selected poems from his newly released collection.

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David Baker

David Baker is author of twelve books of poetry, most recently "Swift: New and Selected Poems," "Scavenger Loop," and "Never-Ending Birds," awarded the Theodore Roethke Memorial Poetry Prize in 2011. His six books of prose include "Show Me Your Environment: Essays on Poetry, Poets... Read More →


Sunday April 14, 2019 2:00pm - 2:20pm
Poetry Stage, Signing Area 2

2:00pm

Sav Akyüz, Illustrator of "Bear Moves"
Beloved illustrator Sav Akyüz shows off his newest picture book as part of our ongoing children's reading series.

Speakers
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Sav Akyüz

Sav Akyüz made his debut as children's book illustrator with "I Am Bear." The sequel, "Bear Moves," was released last year. Akyüz has worked as a storyboard artist on TV programs and feature films. He lives in London.


2:00pm

Ify Anene—R&B Musical Performance
Ify Anene is a Los Angeles native, USC alumna, and R&B songstress who creates addictive melodies, produces luscious tunes, and crafts a unique take on the genre. Ify will play popular songs as well as her single, “When I'm With You.”

Speakers
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Ify Anene

As a Nigerian American, Ify Anene’s music candidly explores the battle to be authentic within a culture that has its own set of expectations. Ify shines a new light on love, womanhood, and self discovery with influences ranging from Solange to Lianne La Havas. Ify Anene boldly explores... Read More →


Sunday April 14, 2019 2:00pm - 2:30pm
USC Stage

2:00pm

Jen Sincero, Author of "You Are a Badass Every Day," in Conversation with Kimi Yoshino - Conversation 2103 - REQUIRES TICKET
Jen Sincero, bestselling author of the "You Are a Badass" book series, discusses "You Are a Badass Every Day" with LA Times writer Kimi Yoshino.

Moderators
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Kimi Yoshino

As Los Angeles Times senior deputy managing editor, Kimi Yoshino oversees sports, business, arts, entertainment and lifestyle coverage. Yoshino served as Business editor for four years, following a distinguished turn as an assistant editor in Metro. Prior to becoming an editor, she... Read More →

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avatar for Jen Sincero

Jen Sincero

Jen Sincero is a #1 New York Times bestselling author, success coach and motivational cattle prod who's helped countless people transform their personal and professional lives via her products, speaking engagements, newsletters, seminars and books. Her #1 New York Times bestseller... Read More →


Sunday April 14, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Taper Hall 101, Signing Area 5

2:00pm

Cooking Demonstration Featuring Genevieve Ko and Ben Mims
L.A. Times cooking editor Genevieve Ko and cooking columnist Ben Mims demonstrate essential techniques on the Cooking Stage. 

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Genevieve Ko

Genevieve Ko is the cooking editor for the Los Angeles Times. She has written over a dozen cookbooks with notable chefs and is the author of Better Baking. Ko graduated from Yale University and has been a food writer, editor, and recipe developer for national food media outlets, including... Read More →
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Ben Mims

Ben is a food writer, cookbook author, and recipe developer. He's worked as the test kitchen director at Lucky Peach, food editor at Saveur and Food & Wine, and pastry chef at Bar Agricole in San Francisco. He was just named Cooking Columnist at the Los Angeles Times. Ben is the author... Read More →


Sunday April 14, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Cooking Stage, Signing Area 9

2:00pm

Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o, Author of "Minutes of Glory," in Conversation with Michelle Franke - Conversation 2033 - REQUIRES TICKET
Renowned novelist and memoirist Ngugi wa Thiong'o discusses his latest collection of stories, "Minutes of Glory," with executive director of PEN America Michelle Franke.

Moderators
avatar for Michelle Franke

Michelle Franke

Michelle Franke is the executive director of PEN America in Los Angeles. Franke has spent the past decade developing arts and education programs, producing over 200 events across Southern California. Named a "Face To Watch" by the Los Angeles Times, Franke has taught in the UCLA Extension Writers' Program and at the University of Redlands. In 2010, she founded the literary journal, The Rattling Wall, which published the work of over 275 writers during its eight-year run. Prior to joining PEN Americ... Read More →

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avatar for Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o

Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o

One of the leading writers and scholars at work today, Ngugi wa Thiong'o was born in Limuru, Kenya, in 1938. He is the author of "A Grain of Wheat," "Weep Not, Child," and "Petals of Blood," as well as "Birth of a Dream Weaver," "Wrestling with the Devil," and "Minutes of Glory... Read More →


Sunday April 14, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Mudd Hall 203, Signing Area 1

2:00pm

Off the Record: Contemporary Political Fiction - Conversation 2083 - REQUIRES TICKET
Join Goldie Taylor, Jessica Yellin, Seth Greenland and Tom Rosenstiel in a conversation about the challenge of writing the "great American novel" set during these recent frantic, absurd and even unbelievable years in the political landscape of our country.

Moderators
avatar for Eli Stokols

Eli Stokols

Eli Stokols is a White House reporter based in the Los Angeles Times Washington, D.C., bureau. He is a veteran of Politico and the Wall Street Journal, where he covered the 2016 presidential campaign and then the Trump White House. A native of Irvine, Stokols grew up in a Times household... Read More →

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avatar for Seth Greenland

Seth Greenland

Seth Greenland is the author of five novels, including "The Hazards of Good Fortune," which was published by Europa Editions in August 2018. Greenland is also a playwright and screenwriter and has worked as a writer-producer for the Emmy-nominated HBO drama "Big Love." Born in New... Read More →
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Tom Rosenstiel

Tom Rosenstiel is the author of "Shining City" and "The Good Lie." He's also the executive director of the American Press Institute and a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution. He lives in Maryland.
avatar for Jessica Yellin

Jessica Yellin

Jessica Yellin is a graduate of Harvard University. She is the former Chief White House correspondent for CNN and an Emmy and Gracie award winning political journalist reporting for CNN, ABC News, and MSNBC. She has interviewed Presidents Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, and George HW... Read More →


Sunday April 14, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Seeley G. Mudd 124, Signing Area 4

2:00pm

T.C. Boyle, Author of "Outside Looking In," with an Introduction From Norman Pearlstine - Conversation 2053 - REQUIRES TICKET
Acclaimed writer T.C. Boyle reads from and discusses his latest work, "Outside Looking In," after an introduction from L.A. Times Executive Editor Norman Pearlstine.

Moderators
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Norman Pearlstine

Norman Pearlstine is executive editor of the Los Angeles Times. Before joining The Times in 2018, Pearlstine served as vice chairman of Time Inc., where he was charged with seeking growth opportunities for the company’s brands and content. Prior to that he was chief content officer... Read More →

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avatar for T.C. Boyle

T.C. Boyle

T. Coraghessan Boyle is the author of twenty-eight books of fiction, including, most recently, "After the Plague," "Tooth and Claw," "Wild Child," "When the Killing's Done," "San Miguel," "T.C. Boyle Stories II," "The Harder They Come," "The Terranauts," "The Relive Box," and "Outside... Read More →


Sunday April 14, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Ronald Tutor Campus Center, Signing Area 3

2:00pm

Rebel Radio Podcast: DJ Z-Trip in Conversation with Josh Levine - Conversation 2124 - REQUIRES TICKET
Z-Trip is an American DJ and producer, best known as a pioneer of the mashup movement. His skill as a world-class DJ has also afforded him success as a producer, working with artists across different genres including LL Cool J, Public Enemy, Nas, Bassnectar, DJ Shadow, Rakim, Shepard Fairey, Talib Kweli, Kasabian, Dan the Automator and many others. At Newstory, Z-Trip joins the Rebel Radio podcast, which shines a light on cultural pioneers; engages the influencers who define what we wear, watch, listen to, and play with; and celebrates the rebels who innovate, collaborate, and penetrate the consciousness of young America and the world. Rebel Radio is hosted by Josh Levine, CEO of culture-marketing boutique Rebel Industries, which specializes in connecting leading consumer brands with underground talent.


Moderators
avatar for Josh Levine

Josh Levine

Levine has a discerning eye for talent. His 20-year career began in journalism, writing about fledgling hip-hop culture for such publications as The Source, Vibe, URB, and XXL. Josh worked as a talent manager with some of the West Coast’s most credible hip-hop acts, including WC... Read More →

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avatar for DJ Z-Trip

DJ Z-Trip

“Met her at Coachella, I went to see Jigga, she went to see  Z-Trip… Perfect” - Frank Ocean “ Novacane” Few DJs have had as big an impact on music and culture as Z-Trip.  He is an award-winning global DJ and Producer, and is often referred to as the pioneer of the... Read More →


Sunday April 14, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Norris Theater, Signing Area 5

2:20pm

CANCELED: Martha Rhodes, Reading from "The Thin Wall"
Celebrated poet Martha Rhodes reads select poems from her latest collection.

Sunday April 14, 2019 2:20pm - 2:40pm
Poetry Stage, Signing Area 2

2:30pm

Jessica Rinker & Daria Peoples-Riley, Author & Illustrator of "Gloria Takes a Stand"
Beloved author Jessica Rinker and illustrator Daria Peoples-Riley show off their new biographical picture book.

Moderators
avatar for Jessica Rinker

Jessica Rinker

Jessica M. Rinker has a BA in social welfare from Bloomsburg University and an MFA in writing for children and young adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts. She's a freelance writer and the author of several award-winning essays, poems, and short stories. "Gloria Takes A Stand... Read More →

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avatar for Daria Peoples-Riley

Daria Peoples-Riley

Daria Peoples-Riley makes children's books with a few inspirational words and a whole lot of colorful paint, most recently the Gloria Steinem biography for young readers, "Gloria Takes A Stand." She is a former 6th grade teacher who hopes to change the world one book at a time. She... Read More →


2:30pm

A New Era of Power in Sacramento: Covering Gov. Gavin Newsom and the Challenges of California
Moderators
avatar for John Myers

John Myers

John Myers joined the Los Angeles Times as Sacramento bureau chief in 2015 after more than two decades in radio and television news, much of that as an award-winning reporter covering statehouse policy and politics. During a decade of work for San Francisco's NPR affiliate, his unique... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Taryn Luna

Taryn Luna

Taryn Luna covers state government and politics in Sacramento. Prior to joining the Los Angeles Times in 2018, Luna covered the California Legislature and lobbying industry for The Sacramento Bee. She previously wrote about retail for The Boston Globe and worked as a general assignment... Read More →
avatar for Melanie Mason

Melanie Mason

Melanie Mason is a political reporter for the Los Angeles Times covering the 2020 presidential campaign. She first began working for the Times in 2011 in Washington, D.C., where she covered money and politics during the 2012 presidential campaign. She then covered state government... Read More →


Sunday April 14, 2019 2:30pm - 3:10pm
LA Times Live

2:30pm

Justine Bateman, Author of "Fame: The Hijacking of Reality," interviewed by Deborah Vankin
Justine Bateman, actress and author of "Fame: The Hijacking of Reality," is interviewed by an L.A. Times writer.

Moderators
avatar for Deborah Vankin

Deborah Vankin

Deborah Vankin is an arts and culture writer at the LA Times. Her award-winning interviews and profiles unearth the relevant issues, trends and personalities in L.A.’s explosive arts scene. Her work as a writer and editor has also appeared in Variety, LA Weekly and the New York... Read More →

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avatar for Justine Bateman

Justine Bateman

Born in Rye, New York, Justine Bateman has an impressive résumé that includes "Family Ties," "Satisfaction," "Arrested Development," and many more. As an actress, she has been nominated for a Golden Globe and two Emmy awards. An advocate for net neutrality, Bateman holds a degree... Read More →


Sunday April 14, 2019 2:30pm - 3:15pm
LA Times Main Stage

2:30pm

In Conversation: Pepe Garza, Luciano Luna, & Abraham Vazquez Interviewed by Camilo Egaña (Spanish)
Pepe Garza, Author and composer shares his own perspective about the art of storytelling through Mexican Music with special guests Luciano Luna Abraham Vazquez moderated by Camilo Egaña

Moderators
avatar for Camilo Egaña

Camilo Egaña

Camilo Egaña joined CNN en Español in October 2010. He currently leads the program "Camilo" which is broadcast Monday through Friday at 9pm on CNN en Español. He started his career in radio, television and news agencies in Cuba and Miami.Before turning 20, he started writing journalism... Read More →

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avatar for Abraham Vazquez

Abraham Vazquez

Born in Parral, Chihuaha and barely 19 years old, Abraham Vázquez is today one of the most promising young singer-songwriters in the Mexican Music Scene. Abraham discovered his gift for composing at the young age of 7 when he wrote his first song to his mother, but it was until... Read More →
avatar for Luciano Luna

Luciano Luna

Luciano Luna one of the top award-winning songwriters within the Regional Mexican music genre, whose work has been recorded in more than 250 productions. Since his first hit in 2006 with Banda El Recodo, Tus Palabras, this young talented artist from Sinaloa, Mexico, has written... Read More →
avatar for Pepe Garza

Pepe Garza

Pepe Garza Named as "The Starmaker" by The Los Angeles Times, José "Pepe" Garza Durón is one of the most iconic figures in radio, television, and Mexican music in the United States. His consulting, radio and media support has been instrumental in building the careers of artists... Read More →


Sunday April 14, 2019 2:30pm - 3:30pm
LA Times En Español Stage

2:30pm

Memoir: Queer Coming-of-Age - Conversation 2014 - REQUIRES TICKET
There are as many ways to reckon with queer identity as there are queer people in the world. Join Anuradha Bhagwati, T. Kira Madden, James Oseland and Jacob Tobia for a discussion of their coming-of-age memoirs that are familiar in their parallels and inclusive in their diversity.

Moderators
avatar for Noel Alumit

Noel Alumit

Noel Alumit is the author of the novels "Letters to Montgomery Clift" and the Los Angeles Times bestseller "Talking to the Moon." Mr. Alumit's work has been published in USA Today, The Advocate, the Huffington Post and others and his awards include the Stonewall Book Award (American... Read More →

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avatar for Anuradha Bhagwati

Anuradha Bhagwati

Anuradha Bhagwati is a writer, activist, yoga and meditation teacher, and Marine Corps veteran. She founded the Service Women’s Action Network (SWAN), which brought national attention to sexual violence in the military and helped overturn the ban on women in combat. Anuradha is... Read More →
avatar for T Kira Madden

T Kira Madden

T Kira Madden is an APIA writer, photographer, and amateur magician. She is the founding editor-in-chief of No Tokens, and facilitates writing workshops for homeless and formerly incarcerated individuals. A 2017 NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellow in nonfiction literature, she has received fellowships... Read More →
avatar for James Oseland

James Oseland

James Oseland is the editor-in-chief of World Food, a book series launching from Penguin Random House in 2020. Prior to that, he was the editor-in-chief for nine years of Saveur, America's most critically acclaimed food magazine. He has been a judge on Celebrity Apprentice, Iron Chef... Read More →
avatar for Jacob Tobia

Jacob Tobia

Jacob Tobia is a gender nonconforming writer, producer, and performer based in Los Angeles. A member of both the Forbes "30 Under 30" and the "OUT 100," Jacob's writing and advocacy have been featured by MSNBC, The New York Times, TIME, The Guardian, and Teen Vogue, among others. A Point Foundation Scholar, Truman Scholar, and member of the Biden Foundation's Advisory Council for Advancing LGBTQ Equality, Jacob has worn high heels i... Read More →


Sunday April 14, 2019 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Hoffman Hall, Signing Area 1

2:40pm

Hélène Cardona, Reading from "Birnam Wood"
Poet, actress, and translator Hélène Cardona reads from her latest translated collection.

Speakers
avatar for Hélène Cardona

Hélène Cardona

Hélène Cardona is a poet, actor & translator, the author of 7 books, including the award-winning Life in Suspension and the translations Birnam Wood (José Manuel Cardona), Beyond Elsewhere (Gabriel Arnou-Laujeac), winner of a Hemingway Grant, Ce que nous portons (Dorianne Laux... Read More →


Sunday April 14, 2019 2:40pm - 3:00pm
Poetry Stage, Signing Area 2

3:00pm

Kevin Prufer, Reading from "How He Loved Them"
Pushcart Prize-winning poet and editor Kevin Prufer presents select poems from his latest collection.

Speakers
avatar for Kevin Prufer

Kevin Prufer

Poet and editor Kevin Prufer was born in Cleveland, Ohio. He earned degrees from Wesleyan University, Hollins University, and Washington University. His work includes "In a Beautiful Country," "National Anthem," "Fallen From a Chariot," "The Finger Bone," and "Strange Wood." Prufer... Read More →


Sunday April 14, 2019 3:00pm - 3:20pm
Poetry Stage, Signing Area 2

3:00pm

Carter Higgins, Author of "Bikes for Sale"
Author Carter Higgins does a storytime reading of her newest picture book.

Speakers
avatar for Carter Higgins

Carter Higgins

Carter Higgins is a librarian at an independent school in Los Angeles. She is the author of This is Not a Valentine, and Everything You Need For a Treehouse. She is an Emmy-winning visual effects and motion graphics artist. She writes about picture books and graphic design at her... Read More →


3:00pm

Showgirls and Superstars: Gender in Music, Dance, and Comedy - Conversation 2134 - REQUIRES TICKET
Entertainment and popular culture have had a significant impact on the way we think about gender, sexuality, and identity. From pop icons Freddie Mercury and Karen Carpenter to burlesque dancers and stand-up comics, this lively panel featuring scholars, entertainers, and writers will consider issues of gender and sexuality in entertainment and popular culture both historically and today.  

Moderators
avatar for Allison Wolfe

Allison Wolfe

Allison Wolfe is a Los Angeles-based singer, songwriter, and zine writer who has been the lead vocalist for several punk rock groups including Bratmobile and Partyline.

Speakers
avatar for Guy Branum

Guy Branum

Guy Branum created and hosted truTV’s Talk Show The Game Show, a hilarious mashup of two beloved television formats that pits comedians and celebrities against each other for the title of “Best Guest of the Night.” His recently published book My Life As A Goddess is a collection... Read More →
avatar for Karen Tongson

Karen Tongson

Karen Tongson is the author of Why Karen Carpenter Matters (2019), and Relocations: Queer Suburban Imaginaries (2011). She is a professor at USC, and co-editor of the award-winning book series, Postmillennial Pop (with Henry Jenkins) at NYU Press. You can also hear Karen talk about... Read More →
avatar for Leslie Zemeckis

Leslie Zemeckis

Leslie Zemeckis is the author of "Goddess of Love Incarnate: The Life of Stripteuse Lili St. Cyr" and "Behind the Burly Q," the definitive history of burlesque. She wrote, produced, and directed the critically acclaimed documentary based on the book, which has been championed by USA... Read More →


Sunday April 14, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Wallis Annenberg Hall Presented by USC, Signing Area 10

3:00pm

American Dreams Deferred: The Immigrant Experience - Conversation 2074 - REQUIRES TICKET
The most recent books by Reyna Grande, Lauren Hilgers and Julissa Arce all address the experience of the American immigrant. Join the authors for a conversation about their work and perspectives on this timely topic, led by L.A. Times Deputy Managing Editor Sewell Chan. 

Moderators
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Sewell Chan

Sewell Chan is the deputy managing editor for news for the L.A Times. He previously worked for 14 years at the New York Times, where he was a metro reporter, Washington correspondent, deputy Op-Ed editor and international news editor. He was part of a team of journalists awarded the... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Julissa Arce

Julissa Arce

Julissa Arce is a best-selling author of "My (Underground) American Dream." She was named one of People en Español's 25 Most Powerful Woman of 2017. She is a leading voice in the fight for social justice, immigrant rights and education equality. Her second book, "Someone Like Me... Read More →
avatar for Reyna Grande

Reyna Grande

Reyna Grande is an award-winning author, motivational speaker, and writing teacher. As a girl, she crossed the US–Mexico border to join her family in Los Angeles, a harrowing journey chronicled in The Distance Between Us, a National Book Critics Circle Award finalist that has been... Read More →
avatar for Lauren Hilgers

Lauren Hilgers

Lauren Hilgers lived in Shanghai, China for six years. Her articles have appeared in Harper's, Wired, Businessweek, The New Yorker, and The New York Times Magazine. She lives in New York with her husband and their daughter. Her new book is "Patriot Number One: American Dreams in... Read More →


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