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Saturday, April 22
 

10:00am

Luis J. Rodriguez, Reading from 'Borrowed Bones'
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avatar for Luis J. Rodriguez

Luis J. Rodriguez

Rodriguez served as Los Angeles Poet Laureate from 2014-2016. He's also founding editor of Tia Chucha Press and co-founder of Tia Chucha's Cultural Center & Bookstore in the San Fernando Valley. He's best known for the bestselling memoir "Always Running, La Vida Loca, Gang Days in L.A." His latest poetry book is "Borrowed Bones" from Curbstone Books/Northwestern University Press.


Saturday April 22, 2017 10:00am - 10:20am
Poetry Stage, Signing Area 5

10:00am

The Nick & Jen Show
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avatar for The Nick & Jen Show

The Nick & Jen Show

Nick the Music Man & Jen the Fairy Dancer are a husband and wife duo dedicated to sharing the joy of music and movement with children everywhere. With over 20 years of work in the classroom and on the stage their interactive kids music is enriching, imaginative and irresistible!


Saturday April 22, 2017 10:00am - 10:25am
Reading by 9 Children's Stage, Signing Area 7

10:00am

Festival Kickoff with the Trojan Marching Band
Artists
avatar for Trojan Marching Band

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 Trojan Marching Band 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... Read More →


Saturday April 22, 2017 10:00am - 10:30pm
USC Stage

10:20am

Rigoberto Gonzalez, Reading from "Unpeopled Eden"
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avatar for Rigoberto Gonzalez

Rigoberto Gonzalez

González is the author of 18 books, most recently "Unpeopled Eden", which won the Lambda Literary Award and the Lenore Marshall Prize from the Academy of American Poets. The recipient of Guggenheim, NEA and USA Rolón fellowships, the Shelley Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of America, and The Poetry Center Book Award, he is professor of English at Rutgers-Newark and serves as critic-at-large with the L.A. Times.


Saturday April 22, 2017 10:20am - 10:40am
Poetry Stage, Signing Area 5

10:30am

Karen Lechelt, Author of "What Do You Love About You?"
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avatar for Karen Lechelt

Karen Lechelt

Lechelt was born in Seoul, raised in New Jersey, and now lives in San Francisco with her husband, daughter, and Mr. Jones (a French bulldog everyone loves). For over a decade she was a graphic designer, a web builder, and a T-shirt illustrator. She believes in the power of words, the magic of pictures, and that all creatures need pants. Currently, she is sitting at her desk eating chocolate, and her latest book is “What Do You Love About... Read More →


Saturday April 22, 2017 10:30am - 10:55am
Reading by 9 Children's Stage, Signing Area 7

10:30am

Sherry Lansing and Stephen Galloway in Conversation with Mary McNamara, Conversation 1131
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avatar for Mary McNamara

Mary McNamara

McNamara was named assistant managing editor for arts and entertainment in 2016. She was previously the television critic and senior culture editor. A Pulitzer Prize winner in 2015 and finalist for criticism in 2013 and 2014, she has won various awards for criticism and feature writing. She is the author of the Hollywood mysteries “Oscar Season” and “The Starlet.” She lives in La Crescenta with her husband, three children... Read More →

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Stephen Galloway

Galloway is an Emmy Award-winning journalist who serves as the executive features editor for The Hollywood Reporter. Among his honors, he was named 2013 journalist of the year at the National Entertainment Journalism Awards. In 2014, he was named the Cosgrove Visiting Artist at Loyola Marymount University, where he continues to host the interview series The Hollywood Masters. Born in the United Kingdom, he holds an M.A. from Cambridge... Read More →
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Sherry Lansing

Lansing, as the head of 20th Century Fox during the 1980s, was the first woman to reach the top of Hollywood's corporate ladder. She grew up in Chicago and studied math, English and theater at Northwestern University. After her graduation in 1966, she moved to Los Angeles to start an acting career. She later first worked as a script reader, then as a story editor for MGM studios. By the late 1970s Lansing had worked her way up to vice president... Read More →


Saturday April 22, 2017 10:30am - 11:30am
Norris Theater, Signing Area 5

10:30am

Biography: The Artist As Muse, Conversation 1081
Moderators
avatar for Jonathan Kirsch

Jonathan Kirsch

Kirsch, longtime book reviewer and author of 13 books, is the book editor of the Jewish Journal. He is also an attorney specializing in publishing and a member of the faculty for NYU's Summer Publishing Institute.

Speakers
avatar for Ross King

Ross King

King is the bestselling author of several works and winner of the Canada's Governor General's Award. His works were nominated for the NBCCA, the Charles Taylor Prize, and the National Award for Arts Writing. He has lectured at the Art Institute of Chicago, the Smithsonian, the Aspen Institute, and the Frick Collection, in Florence, Milan, Paris, and Giverny. Born in Canada, he now lives near Oxford with his wife, Melanie. His latest book... Read More →
avatar for Donna Seaman

Donna Seaman

Seaman is Editor, Adult Books, Booklist, member of the advisory council for the American Writers Museum, and recipient of the James Friend Memorial Award for Literary Criticism and the Studs Terkel Humanities Service Award. She has reviewed for the Chicago Tribune and Los Angeles Times, among others. She has written for the Oxford Encyclopedia of American Literature and American Writers. Her author interviews appear in "Writers on the Air," and... Read More →
avatar for Lawrence Weschler

Lawrence Weschler

Weschler, a creative nonfiction writer, was a staff writer at The New Yorker for over twenty years. He has written several books including, "Mr. Wilson’s Cabinet of Wonder," a Pulitzer Prize finalist. Weschler is the director of the New York Institute for Humanities at NYU. His most recent books are “Waves Passing in the Night: Walter Murch in the Land of the Astrophysicists” and “Domestic Scenes: The Art of Ramiro Gomez.”


Saturday April 22, 2017 10:30am - 11:30am
Annenberg Auditorium, Signing Area 3

10:30am

Biography: The Women Behind the Power, Conversation 1011
Moderators
avatar for Bill Boyarsky

Bill Boyarsky

Boyarsky, author of “Inventing L.A.: The Chandlers and Their Times,” is a political correspondent for Truthdig, blogs for LA Observed and is a columnist for the Jewish Journal. His other books include “Los Angeles: City of Dreams” and “Big Daddy: Jesse Unruh and the Art of Power Politics.”

Speakers
avatar for Blanche Wiesen Cook

Blanche Wiesen Cook

Cook is a distinguished professor of history at John Jay College and Graduate Center, City University of New York. In addition to her biography of Eleanor Roosevelt, her other books include "The Declassified Eisenhower" and "Crystal Eastman on Women and Revolution.” She was featured on air in Ken Burns's recent documentary, “The Roosevelts.”
avatar for Leigh Fought

Leigh Fought

Fought is the author of "Women in the World of Frederick Douglass" and a professor history at Le Moyne College, Syracuse, New York. She was formerly an editor of the first volume of Frederick Douglass's correspondence, and her previous works include "Southern Womanhood and Slavery: A Biography of Louisa McCord" and "Mystic, Connecticut: From Pequot Village to Tourist Town."
avatar for Lisa Napoli

Lisa Napoli

Napoli, a veteran journalist (NY Times, MSNBC, public radio's Marketplace), has lived in Los Angeles for over a dozen years. Her first book, "Radio Shangri-La,” is about media influence and disenchantment in and around the Kingdom of Bhutan. She leads an award-winning volunteer cooking group on Skid Row at the Downtown Women's Center and her newest book is “Ray & Joan: The Man Who Made the McDonald's Fortune and the Woman Who Gave It All... Read More →
avatar for Susan Quinn

Susan Quinn

Quinn is the author of "Furious Improvisation: How the WPA and a Cast of Thousands Made High Art Out of Desperate Times,” "Marie Curie: A Life” and her latest, “Eleanor and Hick: The Love Affair That Shaped a First Lady,” among other books. Her work has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, the Atlantic, and other publications. She is the former chair of PEN New England and lives outside Boston, Massachusetts.


Saturday April 22, 2017 10:30am - 11:30am
Hancock Foundation, Signing Area 1

10:30am

Fiction: Stories of Outsiders, Conversation 1051
Moderators
avatar for Doug Dutton

Doug Dutton

Dutton owned and operated the iconic Dutton’s Brentwood Bookstore for more than two decades before it closed in 2008. Thousands of authors celebrated their works in Duttons’ central courtyard from Jane Smiley, Robert Stone and T.C. Boyle to Junot Diaz, Chang Rae Lee and Lisa See. He currently teaches music theory and humanities at The Colburn School in Los Angeles.

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avatar for Sara Baume

Sara Baume

Baume won the Davy Byrne's Short Story Award in 2014, the Rooney Prize in 2015, and the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize in 2016. She is author of two novels, "Spill Simmer Falter Wither" and "A Line Made by Walking.” She lives on the south west coast of Ireland. Baume's book “Spill Simmer Falter Wither” is a finalist for the 2016 L.A. Times' Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction.
avatar for Garth Greenwell

Garth Greenwell

Greenwell is the author of "What Belongs to You,” which was longlisted for the National Book Award, shortlisted for the | Center for Fiction First Novel Prize, and named a Best Book of 2016 by The New York Times, The New Yorker, and over 50 other publications. His work has appeared in The New Yorker, The Paris Review, and the London Review of Books. “What Belongs to You” is a finalist for the 2016 L.A. Times Book Prize in Fiction. He... Read More →
avatar for Cara Hoffman

Cara Hoffman

Hoffman is the author of the critically acclaimed novels "Running,” "So Much Pretty" and "Be Safe I Love You.” She has written for the New York Times, Marie Claire, Salon, and National Public Radio, and is the recipient of numerous awards and accolades including a Folio Prize nomination, and a Sundance Institute Global Filmmaking Award. She lives in Manhattan.
avatar for Idra Novey

Idra Novey

Novey is the author of "Ways to Disappear,” a finalist for the 2016 L.A. Times Book Prize for First Fiction and an NPR Best Book of | 2016. Her fiction and poetry have been translated into ten languages and she's written for the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and New York Magazine.


Saturday April 22, 2017 10:30am - 11:30am
Salvatori Computer Science Center 101, Signing Area 2

10:30am

Fiction: You Can't Go Home Again, Conversation 1091
Moderators
avatar for Amy Wallen

Amy Wallen

Wallen, a novelist and memoirist, is Associate Director of the New York State Summer Writers' Institute. In addition, she teaches private workshops and edits manuscripts. Her essays have been published in The Gettysburg Review, The Normal School, Country Living, The Writers' Chronicle and other national magazines. Her memoir is forthcoming in March 2018.

Speakers
avatar for David Francis

David Francis

Francis' first novel "The Great Inland Sea" was published in seven languages. His second, "Stray Dog Winter,” named Novel of the Year in the Australian Literature Review, won the American Library Association Stonewall Prize for Literature. His short fiction has appeared in Best Australian Stories, Harvard Review and elsewhere. His Third Novel, "Wedding Bush Road" was released by Counterpoint Press in November 2016.
avatar for Adam Haslett

Adam Haslett

Haslett is the author of the novel “Union Atlantic” and the New York Times best-selling short story collection “You Are Not a Stranger Here,” which was a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize and a National Book Award. His current book, “Imagine Me Gone,” was on the 2016 National Book Award Longlist for Fiction. Haslett has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, and the Provincetown Fine Arts Work... Read More →
avatar for Nathan Hill

Nathan Hill

Hill's short fiction has appeared in many literary journals, including The Iowa Review, AGNI, The Gettysburg Review, and Fiction, where he was awarded the annual Fiction Prize. A native Iowan, he lives with his wife in Naples, Florida. His acclaimed first novel “The Nix” is a finalist for the 2016 L.A. Times' Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction.
avatar for Jacqueline Woodson

Jacqueline Woodson

Woodson is the bestselling author of "Another Brooklyn" which was a 2016 finalist for the National Book Award, NAACP Image Award, a 2016 Los Angeles Times’ Christopher Isherwood Prize finalist for Autobiographical Prose, and a #1 Indie Pick. Her 2014 New York Times bestseller "Brown Girl Dreaming" won the National Book Award, Coretta Scott King Award, Newberry Honor Award and Sibert Honor Award. Recently, Woodson was named the Young People's... Read More →


Saturday April 22, 2017 10:30am - 11:30am
Seeley G. Mudd 123, Signing Area 4

10:30am

Young Adult & Middle Grade Fiction:Through a Different Lens
Moderators
avatar for Aaron Hartzler

Aaron Hartzler

Hartzler has written books, screenplays, and a great number of tweets. His first book, "Rapture Practice" (2013) is a true story about his own life, a memoir about getting kicked out of his Christian high school in Kansas City two weeks before graduation. His novel "What We Saw" (2015) deals with rape culture, consent, and the complicity in silence.

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Carter Higgins

Higgins is a librarian at an independent school in Los Angeles. She is the author of “A Rambler Steals Home” (HMH, February 2017) and two forthcoming picture books from Chronicle Books, “This is Not a Valentine” (Fall 2017 with Lucy Ruth Cummins) and “Everything You Need For a Treehouse” (2018 with Emily Hughes). She is an Emmy-winning visual effects and motion graphics artist and writes about picture books and graphic design at her... Read More →
avatar for Ellen Hopkins

Ellen Hopkins

Hopkins is the bestselling author of eleven young adult novels, as well as the adult novels "Triangles,” "Collateral” and "Love Lies Beneath.” She lives with her family in Carson City, Nevada, where she has founded Ventana Sierra, a nonprofit youth housing and resource initiative. “The You I've Never Known” is her latest book for young adults.
avatar for Marie Marquardt

Marie Marquardt

Marquardt is the author of two YA novels: "The Radius of Us" and "Dream Things True.” A Scholar-in-Residence at Emory | University's Candler School of Theology, Marie also has published articles and co-authored two non-fiction books about Latin American immigration to the U.S. South. She is chair of El Refugio, a non-profit that serves detained immigrants and their families, and a proud member of the We Need Diverse Books team.
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Maggie Thrash

Thrash is a staff writer for Rookie, a popular online magazine for teenage girls. “Honor Girl,” her first book, was a 2015 finalist for the LA Times Book Prize in Graphic Novel/Comics. Her most recent book is “We Know It Was You.” She lives in Delaware.


Saturday April 22, 2017 10:30am - 11:30am
YA Stage, Signing Area 9

10:30am

Russia Past & Present: Masha Gessen in Conversation with Kim Murphy, Conversation 1031
Moderators
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Kim Murphy

Murphy is a longtime foreign and national correspondent who became LA Times national editor in June 2013. As assistant managing editor for foreign and national news, she oversees a large network of Times bureaus across the U.S. and around the world.

Speakers
avatar for Masha Gessen

Masha Gessen

Gessen is a writer in residence at Oberlin College and the author of several books on Russia, including “The Man Without a Face: The Unlikely Rise of Vladimir Putin” and “The Future Is History: How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia,” forthcoming from Riverhead in October 2017. “Where the Jews Aren't” is a finalist for the 2016 L.A. Times Book Prize in History.


Saturday April 22, 2017 10:30am - 11:30am
Town & Gown, Signing Area 1

10:30am

What’s in a Brand? Building Business in the Digital Age, Conversation 1141
Moderators
avatar for Robert Kozinets

Robert Kozinets

Kozinets is a brand innovation expert who has applied his methods and theories at such organizations as American Express, L'Oréal, Merck, TD Bank, Campbell Soup, Zurich Insurance, Orchard Supply Hardware, and many others. His work | includes over 150 publications, including top-tier peer reviewed scientific articles, book chapters, case studies, videographic documentaries, as well as four books. He is the Jayne and Hans Hufschmid Chair of... Read More →

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avatar for Debbie MacInnis

Debbie MacInnis

MacInnis is a professor of business administration and marketing at the USC Marshall School of Business, president of | the American Marketing Association’s Consumer Behavior Special Interest Group, and a co-author of “Brand Admiration: | Building a Business People Love.” Her work focuses on the role of emotions in consumer behavior and branding.
avatar for Sid Mohasseb

Sid Mohasseb

Mohasseb, former CEO of Wise Window, Inc., is an entrepreneur, venture investor, and business thought leader who has founded and led several early-stage and hyper-growth companies from inception to acquisition. His book The Caterpillar’s Edge: Evolve, Evolve Again, and Thrive in Business is about the importance of continuously evolving to stay relevant and maintain a competitive edge in today’s ever-changing world. Mohasseb is an adjunct... Read More →
avatar for C.W. Park

C.W. Park

Park is a co-author of Brand Admiration: Building a Business People Love and a professor of marketing at the USC Marshall School of Business, where he directs the Global Branding Center. A former editor of the Journal of Consumer Psychology, he has published articles in publications including the Journal of Marketing Research, Journal of Consumer Research, and Harvard Business Review.


Saturday April 22, 2017 10:30am - 11:30am
Wallis Annenberg Hall, Presented by USC, Signing Area 10

10:30am

Michael Connelly in Conversation with Dan Pyne, Conversation 1061
Moderators
avatar for Daniel Pyne

Daniel Pyne

Pyne went from executive producer/writer to showrunner on the Amazon TV show "Bosch," based on Michael Connelly's novels. His screenwriting credits include the remake of ”The Manchurian Candidate,” “Pacific Heights,” and “Fracture.” He made his directorial debut with the indie cult film “Where's Marlowe?” Pyne's list of television credits is vast, and includes J. J. Abrams's “Alcatraz” and “Miami Vice.” His latest novel... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Michael Connelly

Michael Connelly

Connelly is the award-winning and bestselling author of numerous novels, most notably his enduring "Harry Bosch" mystery series, which has been adapted for the Amazon show “Bosch.” His most recent novel, "The Crossing," features both Harry Bosch and his character Mickey Haller from “The Lincoln Lawyer,” which was adapted into a critically acclaimed feature film.


Saturday April 22, 2017 10:30am - 11:30am
Bovard Auditorium, Signing Area 3

10:40am

James Galvin, Reading from 'Everything We Always Knew Was True'
Speakers
avatar for James Galvin

James Galvin

Galvin was born in Chicago and earned a BA from Antioch College and an MFA from the University of Iowa. He is the author of several collections of poetry, including “Resurrection Update: Collected Poems” (1998), “X” (2003), “As Is” (2009), and “Everything We Always Knew Was True” (2016). He has also published the novels “Fencing the Sky” and “The Meadow.” Galvin has won fellowships from the National Endowment for the... Read More →


Saturday April 22, 2017 10:40am - 11:00am
Poetry Stage, Signing Area 5

11:00am

Terese Svoboda, Reading from 'Professor Harriman's Steam Air-Ship'
Speakers
avatar for Terese Svoboda

Terese Svoboda

Svoboda has published 17 books of poetry, fiction, memoir, biography, and translation. She's won a Guggenheim, Bobst Prize in fiction, Iowa Prize for poetry, NEH for translation, O. Henry Award, Graywolf Nonfiction Prize, Pushcart Prize, Bellagio fellow, and three NYFAs. Her opera “WET” premiered at Los Angeles’ RedCat Theater. "Anything That Burns You: A Portrait of Lola Ridge, Radical Poet" and "Professor Harriman's Steam Air-Ship" were... Read More →


Saturday April 22, 2017 11:00am - 11:20am
Poetry Stage, Signing Area 5

11:00am

John Rocco, illustrator of 'How to Track a Truck'
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avatar for John Rocco

John Rocco

Rocco is the illustrator of "How to Train a Train" by Jason Carter Eaton and "The Flint Heart" by Katherine and John | Paterson. John Rocco's picture book "Blackout" received a Caldecott Honor. He is the jacket artist for Rick Riordan's best-selling "Percy Jackson and the Olympians" series. Previously a creative director at Walt Disney Imagineering and preproduction director for the film Shrek at DreamWorks, John Rocco lives in Los Angeles. His... Read More →


Saturday April 22, 2017 11:00am - 11:25am
Reading by 9 Children's Stage, Signing Area 7

11:00am

Tippi Hedren, Author of 'Tippi: A Memoir,' in Conversation with Mark Olsen
Moderators
avatar for Mark Olsen

Mark Olsen

Olsen writes the Indie Focus feature and more for the Los Angeles Times and hosts the companion Indie Focus screening series. Having grown up in Kansas, he is a graduate of the University of Kansas and New York University. His work has also appeared in the New York Times, LA Weekly and Interview.

Speakers
avatar for Tippi Hedren

Tippi Hedren

Hedren is an actress and activist for animal rights, as well as a recognized humanitarian for her efforts and dedication to the women of Vietnam, helping create a multi-billion dollar manicuring industry. She has appeared in over 35 TV projects and more than 45 films, including the starring roles in Alfred Hitchcock's “The Birds” and “Marnie,” Charlie Chaplin's “A Countess from Hong Kong,” and “Roar.” She is the founder of The... Read More →


Saturday April 22, 2017 11:00am - 11:40am
Los Angeles Times Main Stage, Signing Area 8

11:00am

Patt Morrison and Larry Ingrassia in Conversation
Speakers
avatar for Lawrence Ingrassia

Lawrence Ingrassia

Ingrassia joined the Los Angeles Times in January 2015 as managing editor focusing on new ventures. Previously, he worked at the New York Times as business editor from 2004 to 2012 and later as deputy managing editor for new initiatives. Coverage he directed at the New York Times won five Pulitzer Prizes – one each for national reporting, international reporting and commentary and two in explanatory reporting. In 2009, he received the... Read More →
avatar for Patt Morrison

Patt Morrison

Morrison is a writer and columnist for the Los Angeles Times, a public radio contributor and author of the best-selling “Rio L.A.: Tales from the Los Angeles River.” Her numerous awards include two shared Pulitzer Prizes and six Emmys.


Saturday April 22, 2017 11:00am - 11:40am
LA Times Central

11:00am

Wargirl (music performance)
Artists
avatar for Wargirl

Wargirl

WARGIRL draws influence from The Upsetters, War, Iggy Pop, The Clash and early Fela to make their version of Southern California garage rock. Sometimes subversive lyrics are counterpointed against groovy, danceable rhythms and jammy afro-beat and Latin America inspired grooves. | | Musically, WARGIRL is mainly comprised of talented ladies approaching music in a unique kind of way. Artist Marika Dahlin (who met guitarist Wignall while doing... Read More →


Saturday April 22, 2017 11:00am - 11:45am
LA Sound Stage

11:00am

Helene & Jacqueline An, Authors of 'An: To Eat', Cooking Demonstration
Speakers
avatar for Jacqueline An

Jacqueline An

An is a Wharton School of Business graduate and one of Helene's five daughters behind the House of An. Jacqueline grew up listening to stories of her mother's childhood in Vietnam, the adventures, the dangers, and the elegance of the Indochine era. Jacqueline seeks to share Helene's culinary inspirations so that home cooks can bring some of the same magic into their own kitchens. When she is not caring for her two young sons, she can usually... Read More →
avatar for Helene An

Helene An

An is one of the most celebrated chefs in America, regularly chosen by the James Beard Foundation to host events and by Hollywood elite to cater Oscar parties. She was inducted into the Smithsonian Institute in 2007 for her contribution to introducing Vietnamese cuisine to mainstream America. She oversees the House of An that includes five restaurants throughout California including Crustacean Beverly Hills... Read More →


Saturday April 22, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
Cooking Stage, Signing Area 4

11:00am

Everybody's Got One: Fiction & Families, Conversation 1121
Moderators
avatar for Antoine Wilson

Antoine Wilson

Wilson is the author of the novels "Panorama City" and "The Interloper." His work has appeared in The Paris Review, StoryQuarterly, and Best New American Voices, among other publications, and he is a contributing editor of the literary magazine A Public Space.

Speakers
avatar for Marcy Dermansky

Marcy Dermansky

Dermansky is the author of the novels "The Red Car," "Bad Marie," and "Twins.” Her short stories have been widely published and anthologized. She lives in Montclair, NJ with her daughter.
avatar for Gina Frangello

Gina Frangello

Frangello is the author of four books of fiction, including "Every Kind of Wanting" (Counterpoint) and "A Life in Men" (Algonquin). She was the longtime editor of Other Voices Books, and has been fiction editor at The Nervous Breakdown and Sunday editor at The Rumpus. She is now the faculty editor of The Coachella Review. She lives and teaches in Chicago.
avatar for Jon Raymond

Jon Raymond

Raymond is the author of the novels "Rain Dragon" and "The Half-Life,” a Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2004, and the short-story collection "Livability,” a Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers selection and winner of the Oregon Book Award. He is also the screenwriter of Meek's Cutoff and cowriter of the HBO miniseries “Mildred Pierce.” Raymond's writing has appeared in Tin House, Bookforum, Artforum, and other publications. His... Read More →
avatar for Lisa See

Lisa See

See's most recent novel, "The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane,” was released by Scribner in March. Booklist said of the new novel, "See's focus on the unbreakable bonds between mothers and daughters, by birth and by circumstance, becomes an extraordinary homage to unconditional love." She is also known for "Snow Flower and the Secret Fan,” "Shanghai Girls,” and "On Gold Mountain.”


Saturday April 22, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
Taper Hall 101, Signing Area 5

11:00am

Fiction: Classics 2.0, Conversation 1041
Moderators
avatar for Matthew Specktor

Matthew Specktor

Specktor is the author of the novels "American Dream Machine" and "That Summertime Sound,” as well as a nonfiction book of film criticism. He is a founding editor of the Los Angeles Review of Books.

Speakers
avatar for Mark Beauregard

Mark Beauregard

Beauregard has been a university professor, motorcycle journalist, gourmet ice cream manufacturer, film archivist, and funeral home attendant. As a fundraiser, he has helped raise millions of dollars to support nonprofit arts and community service organizations in Tucson, Arizona, where he lives. Before writing novels, Mark performed in nightclubs as half of the comedy team Blind Rage & Nick, and he still juggles occasionally out of... Read More →
avatar for Alexander Chee

Alexander Chee

Chee is the author of the novels "Edinburgh" and "The Queen of the Night.” He has received numerous awards including the Whiting Award and a NEA in Fiction. He is a contributing editor at The New Republic and VQR, a critic-at-large for the | Los Angeles Times, and an associate professor of English at Dartmouth College.
avatar for Julie Lekstrom Himes

Julie Lekstrom Himes

Himes' short fiction has been published in Shenandoah, The Florida Review (Editor's Choice Award 2008), Mid-American Review, Fourteen Hills (nominated for Best American Mysteries 2011), and elsewhere. "Mikhail and Margarita" is her debut novel. She lives with her family in Marblehead, Massachusetts.


Saturday April 22, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
Andrus Gerontology Center, Signing Area 2

11:00am

Fiction: The Storytellers, Conversation 1111
Moderators
avatar for David L. Ulin

David L. Ulin

Ulin is the author, most recently, of "Sidewalking: Coming to Terms with Los Angeles," a finalist for the PEN/Diamonstein- | Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay, and the novel "Ear to the Ground," co-written with Paul Kolsby. A 2015 | Guggenheim Fellow, he is the former book editor and book critic of the Los Angeles Times.

Speakers
avatar for Rachel Kushner

Rachel Kushner

Kushner is the author of two novels, "The Flamethrowers" and "Telex from Cuba,” both finalists for the National Book Award, as well as a collection of short prose, "The Strange Case of Rachel K." She is a Guggenheim fellow and winner of the Howard D Vursell Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Her fiction has appeared in the New Yorker, Harper's, and the Paris Review.
avatar for Mona Simpson

Mona Simpson

Simpson was born in Green Bay, Wisconsin to a Syrian immigrant father and the daughter of a mink farmer, who was the first person in her family to attend college. Simpson is the author of six novels (so far), most recently, “Casebook: A novel.” She's received some prizes and two of her works have been adapted to film. She lives in Santa Monica.
avatar for Dana Spiotta

Dana Spiotta

Spiotta’s second novel, "Eat the Document," was a National Book Award finalist, and her book "Stone Arabia" was a 2011 finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. Her most recent book is “Innocents and Others,” a finalist for the 2016 L.A. Times Book Prize in Fiction.


Saturday April 22, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
Seeley G. Mudd 124, Signing Area 4

11:00am

Nonfiction: Activists on the Front Lines, Conversation 1071
Moderators
avatar for Matt Pearce

Matt Pearce

Pearce is a national reporter for the Los Angeles Times and frequently writes about violence, disasters, social movements and civil liberties. A University of Missouri graduate, he has covered news in the Midwest for a number of publications and previously wrote about technology, culture and the Middle East as a featured writer for the New Inquiry. He hails from Kansas City, Mo.

Speakers
avatar for Cleve Jones

Cleve Jones

Jones' career as an activist began in San Francisco in 1970s where he befriended pioneer gay rights leader Harvey Milk. | After Milk's death, Jones co-founded the San Francisco AIDS Foundation and conceived the idea of the AIDS Memorial Quilt, which memorializes over 85,000 Americans who have died from AIDS. He lives in San Francisco and works as a labor activist. His book is “When We Rise: My Life in the Movement.”
avatar for L.A. Kauffman

L.A. Kauffman

Kauffman is the author of "Direct Action: Protest and the Reinvention of American Radicalism.” She has spent more than thirty years immersed in grassroots movements as a participant, strategist, journalist, and observer. Kauffman was the mobilizing coordinator for the huge protests against the Iraq War in 2003-2004. Her writings on American social movements have been published in The Nation, n+1, The Baffler, and many other outlets.
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Ron Kovic

Kovic served two tours of duty during the Vietnam War. He was paralyzed from his chest down in combat in 1968 and has been in a wheelchair ever since. Along with Oliver Stone, Kovic was the co-screenwriter of the 1989 Academy Award-winning film based on Kovic's best-selling memoir "Born on the Fourth of July" (starring Tom Cruise as Kovic). “Hurricane Street” is his latest work.
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Wesley Lowery

Lowery is a reporter for the Washington Post, where he covers race, justice, law enforcement and politics. He is the paper's lead reporter on the Black Lives Matter protest movement and a member of the team awarded the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for coverage of fatal police shootings. He is the author of "They Can't Kill Us All: Ferguson, Baltimore and a New Era in America's Racial Justice Movement," a finalist for the 2016 L.A. Times’ Christopher... Read More →


Saturday April 22, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
Ronald Tutor Campus Center, Signing Area 3

11:00am

Crime Fiction: A Question of Character, Conversation 1021
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Stephen Jay Schwartz

Schwartz, a Los Angeles Times bestselling author, cut his teeth as the Director of Development for filmmaker Wolfgang Petersen before writing his novels "Boulevard" and "Beat." He continues to work as a screenwriter, and his short stories and essays are available in various anthologies. He is currently writing his third novel, a noir thriller, and editing a collection for Rare Bird Press called "Hollywood Versus the Author."

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avatar for Bill Beverly

Bill Beverly

Beverly's debut novel "Dodgers" is the only novel ever to win both the Gold Dagger and the John Creasey First Blood Dagger from the Crime Writers' Association. "Dodgers" follows his doctoral research on criminal fugitives, which became the 2003 book "On the Lam.” He teaches at Trinity University in Washington, DC, and collects beer cans and brewery history from the State of California.”Dodgers” is a finalist for the 2016 L.A. Times Book... Read More →
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Graeme Macrae Burnet

Burnet is the Scottish author of "The Disappearance of Adèle Bedeau,” a psychological thriller set in France, and "His Bloody Project,” which tells the story of a brutal triple murder in the Scottish Highlands in 1869. "His Bloody Project" is a finalist for the 2016 L.A. Times Book Prize in Mystery/Thriller, was a 2016 Man Booker finalist, won the Saltire prize for fiction and is due to be translated into more than a dozen languages.
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Ian McGuire

McGuire grew up near Hull, England, and studied at the University of Manchester and the University of Virginia in the | United States. He is the co-founder and co-director of the University of Manchester's Centre for New Writing. He writes criticism and fiction, and his stories have been published in Chicago Review, The Paris Review, and elsewhere. “The North Water” is his second novel, and a finalist for the 2016 L.A. Times Book Prize in... Read More →
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Thomas Mullen

Mullen is the author of "The Last Town on Earth," winner of the James Fenimore Cooper Prize for excellence in historical fiction and USA TODAY'S Best Debut of 2006; "The Many Deaths of the Firefly Brothers;" "The Revisionists;" and his latest, "Darktown," an NPR Best Book of the Year and 2016 Los Angeles Times Book Prize finalist in Mystery/Thriller. He lives in Atlanta with his wife and sons.


Saturday April 22, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
Hoffman Hall, Signing Area 1

11:15am

11:20am

Christopher Buckley, Reading from 'Star Journal: Selected Poems'
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Christopher Buckley

Buckley's "Star Journal: Selected Poems" is published by the Univ. of Pittsburgh Press. His 20th book, "Back Room at the | Philosophers' Club" won the 2015 Lascaux Prize in Poetry. Among several critical collections/anthologies he has edited: | "Bear Flag Republic: Prose Poems and Poetics from California," "On the Poetry of Philip Levine: Stranger to Nothing," and | "Messenger to the Stars: a Luis Omar Salinas New Selected Poems... Read More →


Saturday April 22, 2017 11:20am - 11:40am
Poetry Stage, Signing Area 5

11:30am

David Shannon, author of 'Duck on a Tractor'
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David Shannon

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 three more David picture books. | Shannon's bestsellers include "A Bad Case of Stripes,” "Duck on a Bike,” and "Bugs in My Hair!" His latest book is “Duck on a Tractor.” He lives in Southern California with his family.


Saturday April 22, 2017 11:30am - 11:55am
Reading by 9 Children's Stage, Signing Area 7

11:30am

11:40am

Stephen Yenser, Reading from 'Stone Fruit'
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Stephen Yenser

Yenser's previous books of poems include "Blue Guide" (Chicago) and "The Fire in All Things" (LSU). He is also the author of three critical studies and, as James Merrill's co-literary executor, is the co-editor of five volumes by Merrill. Yenser is Distinguished Professor Emeritus of English at UCLA.


Saturday April 22, 2017 11:40am - 12:00pm
Poetry Stage, Signing Area 5

11:40am

Definiens: Chamber Music Performance
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Definiens

Definiens aspires to make classical music fun for all with engaging programs featuring works by local and living composers. They have recently performed at the Idyllwild Arts Academy and Highways Performance Space.


Saturday April 22, 2017 11:40am - 12:10pm
USC Stage

12:00pm

Phillis Levin, Reading from 'Mr. Memory & Other Poems'
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Phillis Levin

Levin is the author of five poetry collections, most recently "Mr. Memory & Other Poems," which is a finalist for the 2016 L.A. Times Book Prize in Poetry. Her honors include the Poetry Society of America's Norma Farber First Book Award, a Fulbright Scholar Award to Slovenia, the Amy Lowell Poetry Travelling Scholarship, and fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. She teaches in the MFA program at... Read More →


Saturday April 22, 2017 12:00pm - 12:20pm
Poetry Stage, Signing Area 5

12:00pm

12:00pm

And the Beat Goes On: Music & Musicians Through the Years, Conversation 1052
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Jessica Gelt

Since joining the LA Times in 2003, Gelt has written about television, music, movies, books, art, fashion, food, cocktails and more. She once played bass in a band with an inexplicably large following in Spain, and still gets stopped by fans (OK, maybe a fan) on the streets of Barcelona. She loves dive bars and very dry martinis with olives, though never simultaneously.

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avatar for Tony Fletcher

Tony Fletcher

Fletcher is the bestselling author of biographies on Keith Moon, the Smiths, and R.E.M. among others, plus a memoir, novel, and history of the New York City music scene. Born in northern England, and raised in South London, where he started a music magazine at age thirteen, he immigrated to New York City in the late 1980s. He lives near Woodstock in the Catskill Mountains of New York. His current book is “In the Midnight Hour: The Life & Soul... Read More →
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Ben Greenman

Greenman is a New York Times bestselling author and New Yorker contributor who has written both fiction and nonfiction. His novels and short-story collections include “The Slippage” and “Superbad,” he was Questlove's collaborator on “Mo’ Meta Blues” and “Something to Food About,” and he has written memoirs with George Clinton of Parliament-Funkadelic and Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys... Read More →
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Simon Reynolds

Reynolds is an English music critic who is well-known for his writings on electronic dance music and for coining the term | "post-rock." He is the author of "Bring the Noise: 20 Years of Writing About Hip Rock and Hip Hop," “Retromania: Pop Cultures Addiction to its Own Past” and most recently, “Shock and Awe: Glam Rock and Its Legacy, from the Seventies to the Twenty-first Century.”


Saturday April 22, 2017 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Salvatori Computer Science Center 101, Signing Area 2

12:00pm

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time: From Page to Stage, presented by Center Theatre Group, Conversation 1092
Moderators
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Deborah Vankin

Vankin is a staff writer for the Los Angeles Times, where she covers art and culture, entertainment and nightlife. Prior to that, she launched and served as editor in chief of Metromix LA and Brand X. She is the author of the graphic novel “Poseurs.”

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Saturday April 22, 2017 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Seeley G. Mudd 123, Signing Area 4

12:00pm

Chuck Palahniuk in Conversation with Isaac Fitzgerald, Conversation 1032
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Isaac Fitzgerald

Fitzgerald has been a firefighter, worked on a boat, and been given a sword by a king, thereby accomplishing three out of five of his childhood goals. He is the editor of BuzzFeed Books and co-author of "Pen & Ink: Tattoos and the Stories Behind Them" and "Knives & Ink: Chefs and the Stories Behind Their Tattoos (with Recipes).”

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avatar for Chuck Palahniuk

Chuck Palahniuk

Palahniuk is the New York Times bestselling author of "Fight Club" and "Choke,” which have been made into remarkable films. His other books, all national bestsellers, include "Survivor,” "Invisible Monsters,” "Lullaby,” "Haunted,”"Diary,” "Rant,” "Pygmy,” "Tell-All,” "Beautiful You,” and "Make Something Up: 23 Stories You Can't Unread.” His graphic novel, "Fight Club 2" and his coloring book," Bait,” are his most recent... Read More →


Saturday April 22, 2017 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Town & Gown, Signing Area 1

12:00pm

George Saunders in Conversation with Carolyn Kellogg, Conversation 1132
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Carolyn Kellogg

Kellogg is book editor of the Los Angeles Times. She is a recipient of the paper’s editorial award and a vice president of the board of the National Book Critics Circle. Kellogg has served as editor of LAist.com, web editor of Marketplace and has been widely published. She has an MFA in creative writing and a bachelor's degree from USC.

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avatar for George Saunders

George Saunders

Saunders is the author of nine books, including the New York Times bestsellers "Congratulations, by the way" and "Tenth of December,” an essay collection, "The Braindead Megaphone,” and the critically acclaimed collections "CivilWarLand in Bad Decline,” "Pastoralia,” and "In Persuasion Nation.” In 2006, he was awarded a MacArthur fellowship. He teaches in the Creative Writing Program at Syracuse University. His first novel, “Lincoln... Read More →


Saturday April 22, 2017 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Norris Theater, Signing Area 5

12:00pm

Young Adult Graphic Novels: Drawing You In
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avatar for Lee Wind

Lee Wind

Wind is the founding blogger of “I’m Here. I’m Queer. What The Hell Do I Read?” He is also The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators' Official Blogger, Podcast Producer/Editor, and 2015 Member of the Year. A writer of PB, MG, and YA, he is represented by Danielle Smith of Lupine Grove Creative.

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avatar for Cecil Castellucci

Cecil Castellucci

Castellucci is the author of books and comics. Her comics include “Shade,” “The Changing Girl,”” Soupy Leaves Home,” “The Plain Janes,” “The Year of the Beasts,” and the Eisner nominated “Odd Duck.” Her novels include "Boy Proof," "Beige,” "Tin Star," and "Moving Target: A Princess Leia Adventure.” She is The Rumpus Children's Correspondence Coordinator, a two-time Macdowell Fellow and the founding YA Editor at LA... Read More →
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Faith Erin Hicks

Hicks is a writer and artist in Vancouver, British Columbia. Her graphic novels include “Zombies Calling,” “The War at Ellsmere,” “Brain Camp” (with Susan Kim and Laurence Klavan), “Friends with Boys,” “Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong” (with Prudence Shen), the Bigfoot Boy series (with J. Torres), “The Last of Us: American Dreams” (with Neil Druckmann), the Eisner Award-winning “The Adventures of Superhero Girl,” and the... Read More →
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Matt Phelan

Phelan is the author-illustrator of three previous graphic novels: the Scott O'Dell Award-winning "The Storm in the Barn,” "Around the World,” and "Bluffton,” which was nominated for three Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards, including Best Graphic Album. He is the author-illustrator of "Druthers" and the illustrator of many books for young readers, including "Marilyn's Monster" by Michelle Knudsen. Phelan lives in Pennsylvania and “Snow... Read More →


Saturday April 22, 2017 12:00pm - 1:00pm
YA Stage, Signing Area 9

12:00pm

A Thousand Faces: Poetry's Public and Private Languages, Conversation 1082
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avatar for David Biespiel

David Biespiel

Biespiel is a poet, literary critic, and contributing writer at The Rumpus, American Poetry Review, Politico, New Republic, Slate, Poetry, and The New York Times. He is the author of numerous books, most recently "Charming Gardeners" and "The Book of Men and Women,”chosen for Best Books of the Year by the Poetry Foundation. His books of essays, "A Long High Whistle,” received the Frances Fuller Victor Award.

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avatar for David Baker

David Baker

Baker is author of sixteen books, including "Scavenger Loop" (poems, Norton, 2015), "Show Me Your Environment" (essays, Michigan, 2014), and "Never-Ending Birds" (poems, Norton) which won the Theodore Roethke Memorial Poetry Prize in 2011. He holds the Fordham Chair of Poetry at Denison University and is Poetry Editor of "The Kenyon Review."
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James Galvin

Galvin was born in Chicago and earned a BA from Antioch College and an MFA from the University of Iowa. He is the author of several collections of poetry, including “Resurrection Update: Collected Poems” (1998), “X” (2003), “As Is” (2009), and “Everything We Always Knew Was True” (2016). He has also published the novels “Fencing the Sky” and “The Meadow.” Galvin has won fellowships from the National Endowment for the... Read More →
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Ishion Hutchinson

Hutchinson was born in Port Antonio, Jamaica. He is the author of the poetry collections, "Far District" and "House of Lords and Commons,” which recently won the National Book Critics Circle Award for poetry and is a finalist for the 2016 L.A. Times Book Prize in Poetry. He teaches in the graduate writing program at Cornell University.


Saturday April 22, 2017 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Annenberg Auditorium, Signing Area 3

12:00pm

Nonfiction: The Grand Old Party, Conversation 1012
Moderators
avatar for John Thomas

John Thomas

Thomas is the founder and President of Thomas Partners Strategies, a full service media, strategy and crisis communications firm. He is actively involved in shaping the political landscape across the nation and specializes in strategy consulting and television creation for political campaigns, corporations, ballot measures, non-profits and universities. As a political ad man Thomas has created some of the most cutting edge, creative and... Read More →

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avatar for Corey D. Fields

Corey D. Fields

Fields is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at Stanford University. He is also a faculty affiliate at the Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity. His book, "Black Elephants in the Room: The Unexpected Politics of African American Republicans,” uses the experiences of African-American Republicans to explore the dynamic relationship between race and political behavior in contemporary U.S. politics.
avatar for Peggy Grande

Peggy Grande

Grande worked in the Office of Ronald Reagan in Los Angeles, CA, from 1989-1999. As a keynote speaker to corporate executives, political organizations, executive assistants, and student groups, Grande inspires audiences with timeless Reagan lessons and principles. A graduate of Pepperdine University, she lives in a suburb of Los Angeles with her husband, her four children, and two dogs, including Mrs. Reagan's dog, Dutchess. Her memoir is... Read More →
avatar for Hugh Hewitt

Hugh Hewitt

Hewitt spent six years working in the Reagan Administration, before beginning a career in radio broadcasting. Currently he hosts a nationally syndicated radio show. Hewitt is the author of eight previous books, including "GOP 5.0: Republican Renewal Under President Obama."


Saturday April 22, 2017 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Hancock Foundation, Signing Area 1

12:00pm

Walls and Lines in the Sand: The Shifting Landscape of Immigration, Conversation 1142
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 author of "Natural Mystics: The Prophetic Lives of Bob Marley" and "Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan.”

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avatar for Niels Frenzen

Niels Frenzen

Frenzen is the director of the Immigration Clinic at the USC Gould School of Law, where law students work on projects including the LGBT Asylum Project and the Immigrant Detention Rights Project. Frenzen specializes in immigration and refugee law, and blogs about migration from Africa to Europe at migrantsatsea.org.
avatar for Manuel Pastor

Manuel Pastor

Pastor is a professor of sociology and American studies and ethnicity, and director of the Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration, at USC. The author of Equity, Growth, and Community: What the Nation Can Learn from America’s Metro Areas, Pastor researches the economic, environmental, and social conditions of low-income urban communities.
avatar for Emily Ryo

Emily Ryo

Ryo is an associate professor of law and sociology at the USC Gould School of Law. Prior to joining USC, she served as a law clerk to the Honorable M. Margaret McKeown of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and practiced law at Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen, and Hamilton. Her research focuses on immigration, criminal justice, legal attitudes, and legal noncompliance.


Saturday April 22, 2017 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Wallis Annenberg Hall, Presented by USC, Signing Area 10

12:10pm

Meet the Critics
Moderators
avatar for Mary McNamara

Mary McNamara

McNamara was named assistant managing editor for arts and entertainment in 2016. She was previously the television critic and senior culture editor. A Pulitzer Prize winner in 2015 and finalist for criticism in 2013 and 2014, she has won various awards for criticism and feature writing. She is the author of the Hollywood mysteries “Oscar Season” and “The Starlet.” She lives in La Crescenta with her husband, three children... Read More →

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avatar for Lorraine Ali

Lorraine Ali

Ali is television critic of the Los Angeles Times. Previously, she was a senior writer for the Calendar section where she covered culture at large, entertainment and American Muslim issues. Ali is an award-winning journalist and Los Angeles native who has written in publications ranging from the New York Times to Rolling Stone and GQ. She was formerly The Times' music editor and before that, a senior writer and music critic with Newsweek... Read More →
avatar for Justin Chang

Justin Chang

Chang is a film critic for the Los Angeles Times and a regular contributor to NPR's "Fresh Air Weekend" and "FilmWeek." Before joining The Times, he was chief film critic at Variety. He is the author of the book "FilmCraft: Editing" and serves as chair of the National Society of Film Critics and secretary of the Los Angeles Film Critics Assn. In 2014, he received the inaugural Roger Ebert Award from the African-American Film Critics Assn. A... Read More →
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Christopher Hawthorne

Hawthorne has been the architecture critic for the Los Angeles Times since 2004. Before coming to The Times, he was architecture critic for Slate and a frequent contributor to the New York Times. He is the author, with Alanna Stang, of “The Green House: New Directions in Sustainable Architecture.” Hawthorne grew up in Berkeley and has a bachelor’s degree from Yale, where he readied himself for a career in criticism by obsessing over the... Read More →
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Christopher Knight

Knight is art critic for the Los Angeles Times. He is a three-time finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in criticism (1991, 2001 and 2007). Knight received the 1997 Frank Jewett Mather Award for distinction in art criticism from the College Art Assn., becoming the first journalist to win the award in more than 25 years. He has appeared on CBS’ “60 Minutes,” PBS’ “NewsHour,” NPR's “Morning Edition” and “All Things Considered” and... Read More →
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Mikael Wood

Wood writes about pop music in all its ever-quickening splendor. Prior to joining the Los Angeles Times in 2012, he was a freelance contributor to Rolling Stone, Entertainment Weekly, Spin and the Village Voice. He grew up in Little Rock, Ark., graduated from Northwestern University and knows every word to “Mo Money Mo Problems.”


Saturday April 22, 2017 12:10pm - 12:50pm
LA Times Central

12:10pm

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Author of 'Writings on the Wall,' in Conversation with Davan Maharaj
Moderators
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Davan Maharaj

Maharaj, a 27-year veteran of The Times, added publisher to his title in March 2016. He had been named editor and executive vice president in 2011. Prior to that role, he served as managing editor, assistant foreign editor and deputy business editor. A native of Trinidad, he holds a political science degree from the University of Tennessee, a master’s in law from Yale and an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Letters from the University of the... Read More →

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avatar for Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Abdul-Jabbar is recognized by Sports Illustrated and Time magazine as history’s greatest basketball player. He is the NBA’s all-time leading scorer. His previous books include "Giant Steps," "Kareem," "Black Profiles in Courage," "A Season on the Reservation," and " What Color Is My World?," his first-ever children’s book. Abdul-Jabbar’s latest, “Writings on the Wall,” explores the heart of issues that affect Americans today.


Saturday April 22, 2017 12:10pm - 12:50pm
Los Angeles Times Main Stage, Signing Area 8

12:30pm

Mac Barnett & Jon Klassen, Author & Illustrator of 'Triangle'
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Mac Barnett

Barnett is the author of several books for children, including "Extra Yarn,” illustrated by Jon Klassen, a Caldecott Honor Book and winner of a Boston Globe-Horn Book Award, and "Sam and Dave Dig a Hole,” a Caldecott Honor Book and winner of the E. B. White Read Aloud Award. He is the co-author of the New York Times best-selling series "The Terrible Two.” Barnett lives in California.
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Jon Klassen

Klassen is the author-illustrator of "I Want My Hat Back,” a Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor Book; "This Is Not My Hat,” winner of the Caldecott Medal and the Kate Greenaway Medal; and "We Found a Hat.” He is also the illustrator of two Caldecott | Honor Books, "Sam and Dave Dig a Hole" and "Extra Yarn,” both written by Mac Barnett. His lates book with Barnett is “Triangle.” Klassen lives in Los Angeles.


Saturday April 22, 2017 12:30pm - 12:55pm
Reading by 9 Children's Stage, Signing Area 7

12:30pm

Lessons from the Pack: A Conversation with Cesar Millan and Marcela Luevanos
Moderators
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Marcela Luevanos

With over 17 years of experience in radio broadcasting, Marcela Luevanos has held important positions in the Los Angeles Spanish Radio and on a national level while working with some of the most prominent morning radio personalities. Recently she was the host and reporter for Tuyo Radio at the 2016 Latin Grammy Awards and has her own show “Mañanas Sabrosas con Marcela Luevanos” on the same network.

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avatar for Cesar Millan

Cesar Millan

Cesar Millan is a public speaker and acclaimed star of Cesar Millan's Dog Nation, Cesar 911, as well as the original, Emmy-nominated host of the Dog Whisperer program. Through his international television shows, he brings more than 25 years of dog experience and his status as the most recognized and sought-after authority in the field of dog care and rehabilitation directly to non-profit organizations and communities who need his help.


Saturday April 22, 2017 12:30pm - 1:00pm
Hoy Stage, Signing Area 6

12:30pm

Carol Muske-Dukes, Reading from "Twin Cities" and her Forthcoming "Blue Rose"
Speakers
avatar for Carol Muske-Dukes

Carol Muske-Dukes

Muske-Dukes is a former Poet Laureate of California, USC Professor and founder of USC's Creative Writing Literary Ph.D. program. Her ninth book of poems, "Blue Rose,” is forthcoming from Penguin in 2018. She has also published four novels, two essay collections, and has edited anthologies. She has been a National Book Award finalist, Los Angeles Times Book Prize finalist and Guggenheim, NEA, Castagnola, and Dylan Thomas award winner.


Saturday April 22, 2017 12:30pm - 1:00pm
Poetry Stage, Signing Area 5

12:30pm

Dawn McGuire, Reading from "American Dream with Exit Wound"
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Dawn McGuire

McGuire is a neurologist and award-winning author of three poetry collections, including “Hands On” and “The Aphasia Café”. She grew up in Eastern Kentucky and was educated at Princeton University, Union Theological Seminary, and the Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons. She is the 2011 winner of the Sarah Lawrence/Campbell Corner Language Exchange Poetry Prize, awarded for “poems that treat larger themes with lyric... Read More →


Saturday April 22, 2017 12:30pm - 1:00pm
Poetry Stage, Signing Area 5

12:30pm

March: Congressman John Lewis, Andrew Aydin & Nate Powell, in Conversation, Conversation 1062
Speakers
avatar for Andrew Aydin

Andrew Aydin

Aydin, an Atlanta native, grew up reading and collecting comic books. After college, upon taking a job with Congressman John Lewis, Andrew learned that the civil rights legend had been inspired as a young man by a classic 1950s comic book, “Martin Luther King & The Montgomery Story.” They discussed the impact that comic books can have on young readers and decided to write a graphic novel together about the civil rights era. A... Read More →
avatar for John Lewis

John Lewis

Lewis is the U.S. Representative for Georgia’s 5th district and an American icon known for his role in the civil rights movement. He first joined the movement as a seminary student in Nashville, organizing sit-ins and participating in the first Freedom Rides. He soon became the chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) and one of the “Big Six” national leaders of the movement, alongside such figures as... Read More →
avatar for Nate Powell

Nate Powell

Powell, called by Booklist magazine “the most prodigiously talented graphic novelist of his generation,” was born in Little Rock, Arkansas. In addition to the March series, co-written with Andrew Aydin and Congressman John Lewis, his work includes Rick Riordan’s “The Lost Hero,” “Swallow Me Whole,” and “The Year of the Beasts.” Nate’s work has received copious honors, including the... Read More →


Saturday April 22, 2017 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Bovard Auditorium, Signing Area 3

12:30pm

Memoir: Immigrant Stories, Conversation 1122
Moderators
avatar for Elizabeth Taylor

Elizabeth Taylor

Taylor, literary editor at large of the Chicago Tribune, is the author (with Adam Cohen) of “American Pharaoh: Mayor Richard J. Daley and his Battle for Chicago and the Nation.” Past president of the National Book Critics Circle, she has also taught at Mount Holyoke College, was a long-time correspondent at Time magazine, and has served on multiple book award juries.

Speakers
avatar for Thi Bui

Thi Bui

Bui was born in Vietnam and immigrated to the United States as a child. She studied art and legal studies and at one point wanted to be a civil rights lawyer, but became a public school teacher instead. She lives in Berkeley with her son, her husband, and her mother. “The Best We Could Do” is her debut graphic novel.
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" (Little A, 2016), and in | 2016 she was named Critic at Large for the Los Angeles Times Book Section. Her debut full-length work of nonfiction, "The | Violence,” is forthcoming from Scribner.
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Q.M. Zhang

Zhang, author of “Accomplice to Memory,” grew up in upstate New York, lived in China and Hong Kong, and now makes her home in Western Massachusetts. She is a writer of hybrid non/fiction stories and forms, with a focus on Chinese and American identities and communities across the Pacific. She currently teaches at Hampshire College in Amherst, MA.


Saturday April 22, 2017 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Taper Hall 101, Signing Area 5

12:30pm

Elisabeth Prueitt, author of 'Tartine All Day', Cooking Demonstration
Speakers
avatar for Elisabeth Prueitt

Elisabeth Prueitt

Prueitt is the co-founder of the San Francisco based Tartine Bakery and Tartine Manufactory and the owner of the ice cream shop Cookies & Cream. She is the author of the original Tartine cookbook, a James Beard Best Pastry Chef Award winner, and the founder of the Conductive Education Center of San Francisco. Her latest book is "Tartine All Day: Modern Recipes for the Home Cook."


Saturday April 22, 2017 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Cooking Stage, Signing Area 4

12:30pm

Fiction: Girls With Dangerous Friends, Conversation 1112
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Amanda Fletcher

Fletcher, a 2012 PEN Center USA Emerging Voices Fellow, was a flash fiction finalist for the Orlando Prize. Her work has appeared in Hippocampus Magazine, the Orange County Register, and Coast Magazine. She is currently working on her memoir, tentatively titled, "Halo.”.

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avatar for Hannah Lillith Assadi

Hannah Lillith Assadi

Assadi received her MFA in fiction from the Columbia University School of the Arts. She was raised in Arizona by her Jewish mother and Palestinian father. She lives in Brooklyn. "Sonora" is her first novel.
avatar for Erika Carter

Erika Carter

Carter's work has appeared in the Colorado Review, Meridian, CutBank, and the South Carolina Review, among other literary journals and magazines. She lives in Richmond, Virginia, with her husband, the artist Rob Carter. “Lucky You” is her new book.
avatar for Lindsey Lee Johnson

Lindsey Lee Johnson

Johnson holds a master of professional writing degree from the University of Southern California and a BA in English from the University of California at Davis. She has served as a tutor at a private learning center, where her focus has been teaching writing to teenagers. Born and raised in Marin County, she now lives in Los Angeles. "The Most Dangerous Place on Earth" is her debut novel.
avatar for Robin Wasserman

Robin Wasserman

Wasserman is the author of the novel "Girls on Fire.” Her writing has appeared or is forthcoming in The New York Times, | Tin House, The VQR, The Los Angeles Review of Books, and several short story anthologies. She is also the New York Times bestselling author of more than ten novels for young adults and teaches in the low-residency MFA program at Southern New Hampshire University.


Saturday April 22, 2017 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Seeley G. Mudd 124, Signing Area 4

12:30pm

Graphic Novels from All Sides, Conversation 1042
Moderators
avatar for Benjamin Schwartz

Benjamin Schwartz

Schwartz has written for "The New Yorker," "Vanity Fair," the 84th Academy Awards, "The Late Show" with David | Letterman, and is currently working on a history of American humor set between the world wars.

Speakers
avatar for Graham Chaffee

Graham Chaffee

Chaffee is a professional tattooist and comics artist. His previous books are "The Big Wheels" (1993), "The Most Important Thing & Other Stories" (1995), and "Good Dog" (2013). He lives and works in Los Angeles.
avatar for Anna Haifisch

Anna Haifisch

Haifisch was born in 1986 in Leipzig, Germany. She studied at the Academy of Visual Arts, Leipzig, and worked as a screen printer in New York. Since 2015, she has been drawing the series “The Artist” for VICE. The Artist collected stories are published by Breakdown Press. “The Artist” is a finalist for the 2016 L.A. Times Book Prize in Graphic Novel/Comics.
avatar for Patrick Kyle

Patrick Kyle

Kyle lives and works in Toronto, Ontario. He is the author of the graphic novels "Black Mass" (2012), "Distance Mover" (2014), and "Don't Come In Here" (2016). At the 2016 Doug Wright Awards, he won the Pigskin Peters Award for New Comics #6 and #7. “Don't Come In Here” is a finalist for the 2016 L.A. Times Book Prize in Graphic Novel/Comics.


Saturday April 22, 2017 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Andrus Gerontology Center, Signing Area 2

12:30pm

Nonfiction: The Science of Humans, Conversation 1022
Moderators
avatar for Lynne Friedmann

Lynne Friedmann

Friedmann is an award-winning science writer who has written on topics ranging from astrophysics to zoology. She is editor of ScienceWriters magazine, published by the National Assn. of Science Writers. Friedmann has been designated a fellow by three professional societies for her “leadership and significant contributions to the public communication of science and technology.” She is currently writing a nonfiction book on the history and... Read More →

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avatar for Luke Dittrich

Luke Dittrich

Dittrich is a National Magazine Award-winning journalist and contributing editor at Esquire. In his first book, “Patient H.M.: A Story of Memory, Madness, and Family Secrets,” he explores the scientific, ethical and human dimensions of one of the most important stories in the history of medicine. As contributing editor of Esquire, Dittrich’s on-the-job experiences include running a marathon in Antarctica and walking 340 miles along the... Read More →
avatar for Adam Piore

Adam Piore

Piore is an award-winning journalist. A former editor and correspondent for Newsweek Magazine, his narrative features have appeared in Conde Nast Traveler, GQ, Nautilus, Discover Magazine, Mother Jones, Playboy, Scientific American, the Atavist, BusinessWeek, and many others. His book is “The Body Builders.”
avatar for Mary Roach

Mary Roach

Roach is the author of six New York Times bestsellers, including "Grunt: The Curious Science of Humans at War,” “Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers” and "Packing For Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void.” Mary has written for National Geographic, Wired, Discover, and New Scientist, among others. She was guest editor of the 2011 Best American Science and Nature Writing and a finalist for the Royal Society's Winton Prize... Read More →
avatar for James R. Valcourt

James R. Valcourt

Valcourt is pursuing a Ph.D. in systems biology at Harvard University, where he is a recipient of a Hertz Foundation Graduate Fellowship. He was formerly a researcher at D. E. Shaw Research in New York City, where he used supercomputer simulations to study pharmaceutical drugs. He is the author of "Systematic: How Systems Biology Is Transforming Modern Medicine.” James lives in Somerville, Massachusetts.


Saturday April 22, 2017 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Hoffman Hall, Signing Area 1

12:30pm

Nonfiction: The Future is Female, Conversation 1072
Moderators
avatar for Joy Press

Joy Press

Press is a writer and editor who served as the books and culture editor of the L.A. Times, deputy TV editor at the L.A. Times, culture editor at Salon and literary editor and book and TV critic at the Village Voice. She is currently writing a book about women in television.

Speakers
avatar for Betty Fussell

Betty Fussell

Fussell taught English at Connecticut College, Douglass College, and finished her Ph.D. at Rutgers University before moving to New York City. In the 1980s she left teaching to write full time. She is the author of twelve books, and her essays on food, travel and the arts have appeared in magazines and newspapers as varied as the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Saveur, The New Yorker and Vogue.
avatar for Rebecca Solnit

Rebecca Solnit

Solnit is the best-selling author of many books and articles for which she has received numerous awards. In 2003, she won the National Book Critics Circle Award for “River of Shadows.” Her newest book is “The Mother of All Questions: Further Reports from the Feminist Revolutions.”
avatar for Lindy West

Lindy West

West, author of “Shrill: Notes from a Loud Woman” is a Seattle-based writer, editor, and performer whose work focuses on pop culture, social justice, humor, and body image. She's currently a culture writer for GQ magazine and GQ.com and a weekly columnist at The Guardian, as well as the founder and editor of I Believe You | It's Not Your Fault, an advice blog for teens. In 2015, she wrote and recorded a story for This American Life about... Read More →


Saturday April 22, 2017 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Ronald Tutor Campus Center, Signing Area 3

12:50pm

Bellorage: Alternative Pop Musical Performance
Artists
avatar for Bellorage

Bellorage

Independent alternative-pop artist Bellorage is a dynamic singer, songwriter, and pianist. Her self-produced debut EP, “Into the Next Motion,” is available on iTunes, Spotify, and Bandcamp.


Saturday April 22, 2017 12:50pm - 1:20pm
USC Stage

1:00pm

1:00pm

Benson Shum, Author of "Holly's Day at the Pool"
Speakers
avatar for Benson Shum

Benson Shum

Shum is an animator at the Walt Disney Animation Studios and has worked on films such as Frozen, Big Hero 6, Zootopia, and Moana. He was born and raised in Vancouver, BC, where he studied the art of animation at Capilano University and Sheridan Collage. He now lives in Burbank, CA. He is the author and illustrator of "Holly's Day at the Pool."


Saturday April 22, 2017 1:00pm - 1:25pm
Reading by 9 Children's Stage, Signing Area 7

1:00pm

Nectarines (music performance)
Artists
avatar for Nectarines

Nectarines

Hailing from Long Beach, Nectarines make music that is slightly Goth, with a vibe that feels a bit like The Pixies on codeine. Glorious, honeyed, heavy, and rhythmic, Nectarines recall a simpler time, a time when clove cigarettes, asymmetrical haircuts, and dark fashion told you were in the right place, and then the band kicked in and there was no question. This is music that was made for introspective dancing. Started when So Many Wizards... Read More →


Saturday April 22, 2017 1:00pm - 1:45pm
LA Sound Stage

1:20pm

Mark Irwin, Reading from 'A Passion According to Green'
Speakers
avatar for Mark Irwin

Mark Irwin

Irwin is the author of nine collections of poetry, including "A Passion According to Green" (2017), "American Urn: Selected Poems" (1987-2014), and "Bright Hunger" (2004). Recognition for his work includes The Nation / Discovery Award, two Colorado Book Awards, four Pushcart Prizes, the James Wright Poetry Award, and fellowships from the Fulbright, Lilly, and the NEA. “Monster: Distortion, Abstraction, and Originality in Contemporary American... Read More →


Saturday April 22, 2017 1:20pm - 1:40pm
Poetry Stage, Signing Area 5

1:20pm

Bryan Cranston, Author of 'A Life in Parts,' in Conversation with Lorraine Ali
Moderators
avatar for Lorraine Ali

Lorraine Ali

Ali is television critic of the Los Angeles Times. Previously, she was a senior writer for the Calendar section where she covered culture at large, entertainment and American Muslim issues. Ali is an award-winning journalist and Los Angeles native who has written in publications ranging from the New York Times to Rolling Stone and GQ. She was formerly The Times' music editor and before that, a senior writer and music critic with Newsweek... Read More →

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avatar for Bryan Cranston

Bryan Cranston

Cranston won four Emmy Awards for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series for his portrayal of Walter White in AMC’s “Breaking Bad.” He holds the honor of being the first actor in a cable series, and the second lead actor in the history of the Emmy Awards, to receive three consecutive wins. In 2014 he won a Tony Award for his role as Lyndon B. Johnson in the bio-play “All the Way,” which became an HBO film that garnered him a Screen... Read More →


Saturday April 22, 2017 1:20pm - 2:00pm
Los Angeles Times Main Stage, Signing Area 8

1:20pm

L.A.: Sports Capital of the World
Moderators
avatar for John Cherwa

John Cherwa

Cherwa is deputy Sports editor of the Los Angeles Times. He started at The Times in 1980 and left in 1995 to be sports editor of the Chicago Tribune and Tribune Company Sports Coordinator in 2002. He rejoined The Times in 2009. He specializes in Olympic sports and has been bureau chief for every Olympics since 2000. He is also an adjunct professor on the business of sports media at the University of Central Florida.

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avatar for Helene Elliott

Helene Elliott

Elliott joined the Los Angeles Times’ Sports department in 1989. She became the first female journalist to be honored with a plaque in the Hall of Fame of a major professional sport as the 2005 winner of the Hockey Hall of Fame’s Elmer Ferguson Award, awarded to writers “who have brought honor to journalism and to hockey.” Elliott, a native of Brooklyn, N.Y., and graduate of Northwestern University’s Medill School of... Read More →
avatar for Sam Farmer

Sam Farmer

Farmer, a three-time finalist for California Sportswriter of the Year, is in his 20th season covering the NFL. Because he works for the Los Angeles Times in a city that only recently got an NFL team, he's had unique assignments such as traveling with an officiating crew, spending a week behind the scenes with Pete Carroll and the Seattle Seahawks, spending a Sunday watching games with John Madden, sitting next to Al Michaels in the "Monday... Read More →
avatar for Pedro Moura

Pedro Moura

Moura is the Angels beat writer for The Times. Previously, he covered the Angels and Dodgers for the Orange County Register, where he won Best Reporter honors from the OC Weekly for his work in 2015. Before joining the Register, Moura spent three years at ESPN.com, where he covered USC and the Clippers. He is a native of Santa Clarita and a graduate of USC.
avatar for Bill Plaschke

Bill Plaschke

Plaschke has been an L.A. Times columnist since 1996. He has been named national sports columnist of the year six times by the Associated Press, and twice by the Society of Professional Journalists and National Headliner Awards. He is the author of five books, including a collection of his columns entitled, “Plaschke: Good Sports, Spoil Sports, Foul Ball and Oddballs.’’ Plaschke is also a panelist on the popular ESPN daily talk show... Read More →


Saturday April 22, 2017 1:20pm - 2:00pm
LA Times Central

1:30pm

Megan McDonald, author of 'Judy Moody and the Bucket List'
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avatar for Megan McDonald

Megan McDonald

McDonald is the creator of the popular and award-winning "Judy Moody" and "Stink" series. She is also the author of three Sisters Club stories, two books about Ant and Honey Bee, and many other books for children. She lives in Sebastopol, California.


Saturday April 22, 2017 1:30pm - 1:55pm
Reading by 9 Children's Stage, Signing Area 7

1:30pm

Shaping the Future: WriteGirl Creative Performance introduced by Clare Sera
Moderators
avatar for Clare Sera

Clare Sera

Sera started out as an improvisationalista; and a founding member and director of Improvat SAK Theatre in Orlando. After moving to L.A. and focusing on writing, her firstscreenwriting gig was for Universal, writing about a curious little monkey called George.She’s written on animated projects for Dreamworks and Paramount and live action featuresfor Disney, Walden, Paramount and Warner Brothers, including BLENDED, a scriptshe co-wrote with... Read More →

Saturday April 22, 2017 1:30pm - 2:00pm
Hoy Stage, Signing Area 6

1:30pm

Biography: The Lives of the Writers, Conversation 1093
Moderators
avatar for Tom Nolan

Tom Nolan

Nolan is co-editor of "Meanwhile There Are Letters: The Correspondence of Eudora Welty and Ross Macdonald" and the author of "Ross Macdonald: A Biography.” He is crime-fiction columnist for the Wall Street Journal.

Speakers
avatar for Peter Bagge

Peter Bagge

Bagge is the 2014 USA Rockefeller Fellow in Literature, Harvey Award-winning author of the comic series “Hate,” and contributing editor to Reason magazine. Bagge got his start in comics in the R. Crumb-edited magazine “Weirdo.” Drawn & Quarterly has published two biographies by Bagge: 2013's "Woman Rebel: The Margaret Sanger Story,” 2017's "Fire!! The Zora Neale Hurston Story.” Bagge lives in Seattle with his wife, daughter, and three... Read More →
avatar for Brad Gooch

Brad Gooch

Gooch is the author of "Smash Cut" and "Flannery: A Life of Flannery O'Connor,” which was a National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist, NYT bestseller and Notable Book of the Year. A Guggenheim Biography fellow, he received a National Endowment for the Humanities fellowship, and a Furthermore publishing grant from J.M. Kaplan. His newest book is “Rumi's Secret: The Life of the Sufi Poet of Love.”
avatar for James McGrath Morris

James McGrath Morris

Morris is an author of biographies and narrative nonfiction. Aside from his new work on Ernest Hemingway and John Dos | Passos, his books include the New York Times Bestselling "Eye on the Struggle: Ethel Payne, The First Lady of the Black | Press," which was awarded the Benjamin Hooks National Book Prize, and "Pulitzer: A Life in Politics, Print, and Power," among other books.


Saturday April 22, 2017 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Seeley G. Mudd 123, Signing Area 4

1:30pm

Self-Discovery: The First Frontier, Conversation 1083
Moderators
avatar for Daniel Hernandez

Daniel Hernandez

Hernandez is a journalist, editor, correspondent, long-time blogger, and the author of "Down & Delirious in Mexico City," a beloved exploration of youth subcultures in contemporary Mexico. He is a former staff reporter at the Los Angeles Times and LA Weekly. While living in Mexico City, he became editor of VICE Mexico and then chief of VICE News for Latin America. He is working on a second book of non-fiction, and recently joined a... Read More →

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avatar for Tash Aw

Tash Aw

Aw is the prize-winning author of three novels, including, most recently, "Five Star Billionaire", as well as a memoir, "The Face: Strangers on a Pier.” His fiction has been translated into more than twenty languages, while his non-fiction appears in The New York Times, The London Review of Books, and The Guardian, among others. “The Face: Strangers on a Pier,” is a finalist for the 2016 L.A. Times' Christopher Isherwood Prize for... Read More →
avatar for Steph Jagger

Steph Jagger

Jagger splits her time between Southern California and British Columbia where she dreams big dreams, writes her heart out, and runs an executive & life coaching practice. She holds a CEC (certified Executive Coach) degree from Royal Roads University and she believes courageous living doesn't happen with one toe dangling in, but that we jump in, fully submerge, and sit in the juice. Think pickle, not cucumber. Her book is “Unbound: A... Read More →
avatar for Hida Viloria

Hida Viloria

Viloria is a writer and intersex activist, chairperson of the Organization Intersex International (OII), and founding director of its American affiliate the Intersex Campaign for Equality, also known as OII-USA. Hida's mission is to obtain equality for intersex and nonbinary people as part of a broader vision for a world that accepts and values difference of every kind. Her memoir "Born Both" was published in March.


Saturday April 22, 2017 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Annenberg Auditorium, Signing Area 3

1:30pm

Nonfiction: Writing California and Beyond, Conversation 1133
Moderators
avatar for Tom Zoellner

Tom Zoellner

Zoellner is an associate professor of English at Chapman University, the politics editor of The Los Angeles Review of | Books, and the author of four nonfiction books, most recently “Orange County: A Literary Field Guide.” His work has appeared in The Atlantic, Harper's, Foreign Policy, The Oxford American, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times and many other publications.

Speakers
avatar for Geoff Dyer

Geoff Dyer

Dyer's books include "But Beautiful (winner of the Somerset Maugham Prize)," "The Missing of the Somme," "The Ongoing Moment" and "Jeff in Venice, Death in Varanasi." He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. His latest book is “White Sands: Experiences from the Outside World." His books have been translated into twenty-four languages.
avatar for David Kipen

David Kipen

Kipen is a critic-at-large for the Los Angeles Times, a Lecturer on the writing faculty at UCLA, and the founder of the Libros Schmibros Lending Library in Boyle Heights.
avatar for Char Miller

Char Miller

Miller, the W.M. Keck Professor of Environmental Analysis at Pomona College, is an award-winning historian, teacher, and critic. His most recent books include "Not So Golden State: Sustainability vs. the California Dream,” "America's Great National Forests,” and "On the Edge: Water, Immigration and Politics in the Southwest.” He has contributed to the Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, New Republic, and San Francisco Chronicle, and... Read More →
avatar for Narda Zacchino

Narda Zacchino

Zacchino is an author and award-winning journalist who served as a top editor at the Los Angeles Times and San Francisco Chronicle. During her 31 years at the Los Angeles Times, she was a reporter, government and politics editor, Sacramento bureau chief, Editor of the Orange County edition, Deputy Managing Editor, Associate Editor, and Vice President. She is the co-author of “Boots on the Ground by Dark,” a book on NFL star/Army Ranger Pat... Read More →


Saturday April 22, 2017 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Norris Theater, Signing Area 5

1:30pm

Young Adult Fiction: Who Do You Think You Are?
Moderators
avatar for E. Katherine Kottaras

E. Katherine Kottaras

Kottaras is at her happiest when she is either 1) at the playground with her husband and daughter and their wonderful community of friends, 2) breathing deeply in a full handstand, or 3) writing. Her latest book is “The Best Possible Answer.” She lives in Los Angeles where she's hard at work on her next book.

Speakers
avatar for Robin Benway

Robin Benway

Benway is the acclaimed author of “Going Rogue,” “Also Known As;” “Audrey, Wait!,” “The Extraordinary Secrets of April, May and June,” and “Emmy and Oliver.” Benway’s books have been published in 16 languages, received numerous honors and been bestsellers in several countries. Her latest book, “Far From the Tree,” will be released in October.
avatar for Rachel Cohn

Rachel Cohn

Cohn is the bestselling author of numerous books for young adults, including the Gingerbread series, the Beta series, and, with David Levithan, "Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist" (made into a movie starring Michael Cera and Kat Dennings) and "Dash & Lily's Book of Dares.” Her books have been named to Best-Of lists by Publishers Weekly, School Library Journal and Kirkus Reviews, among others. She lives in Los Angeles.
avatar for Lilliam Rivera

Lilliam Rivera

Rivera is the author of the young adult novel "The Education of Margot Sanchez" (Simon & Schuster, February 2017). She is a 2016 Pushcart Prize winner and a 2015 Clarion alumni. Her work has appeared in Fantasy & Science Fiction, Tin House, Los Angeles Times, and Latina, among others. Lilliam lives in Los Angeles.


Saturday April 22, 2017 1:30pm - 2:30pm
YA Stage, Signing Area 9

1:30pm

Nonfiction: Obama's Presidency & Its Aftermath, Conversation 1033
Moderators
avatar for Scott Martelle

Scott Martelle

Martelle, a member of the Times' editorial board, is the author of five works of nonfiction, most recently "The Madman and the Assassin: The Strange Life of Boston Corbett, the Man who Killed John Wilkes Booth." He is at work on a biography of William Walker, the 1850s filibuster king, who became president of Nicaragua.

Speakers
avatar for Michael Eric Dyson

Michael Eric Dyson

Dyson is one of America's premier public intellectuals. He occupies the distinguished position of University Professor of Sociology at Georgetown University, has been an ordained minister for 35 years, is a contributing opinion writer for The New York Times, and is a contributing editor for The New Republic and ESPN's The Undefeated. His latest book is “Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon to White America.”
avatar for Erin Aubry Kaplan

Erin Aubry Kaplan

Kaplan is a journalist, columnist and essayist who has written about black matters since 1992. She has been a staff writer for the LA Weekly and from 2005 to 2007 was a weekly opinion columnist for the Los Angeles Times, the first weekly black opinion columnist in its history. She was born and raised in South Central L.A. and lives in Inglewood. Her latest book is “I Heart Obama.”
avatar for Joy-Ann Reid

Joy-Ann Reid

Reid, author of “Fracture: Barack Obama, the Clintons, and the Racial Divide,” is the host of “AM Joy” on MSNBC and also appears regularly on “Hardball with Chris Matthews” and “The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell.” She is the former managing editor of TheGrio.com, and has written columns for the New York Times, the Miami Herald, the Sun-Sentinel, Salon.com, and the South Florida Times. She lives in New York City.


Saturday April 22, 2017 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Town & Gown, Signing Area 1

1:30pm

Nonfiction: Writing Epic History, Conversation, Conversation 1013
Moderators
avatar for Patt Morrison

Patt Morrison

Morrison is a writer and columnist for the Los Angeles Times, a public radio contributor and author of the best-selling “Rio L.A.: Tales from the Los Angeles River.” Her numerous awards include two shared Pulitzer Prizes and six Emmys.

Speakers
avatar for Michael Hiltzik

Michael Hiltzik

Hiltzik is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who has written for the Los Angeles Times for over 20 years. He is the author of "Colossus: The Turbulent, Thrilling Saga of the Building of the Hoover Dam," "The New Deal: A Modern History," and most recently, "Big Science: Ernest Lawrence and the Invention that Launched the Military-Industrial Complex."
avatar for Adam Hochschild

Adam Hochschild

Hochschild's books include "Half the Way Home" and "To End All Wars." He has been a finalist for the National Book Award and (twice) for the National Book Critics Circle Award. He has published in the New Yorker, Harper's, and other magazines and teaches at the Graduate School of Journalism at Berkeley. His most recent book, "Spain in Our Hearts: Americans in the Spanish Civil War, 1936-1939,” is a finalist for the 2016 L.A. Times Book Prize in... Read More →
avatar for Joe Jackson

Joe Jackson

Jackson is the author of one novel and six works of nonfiction, including "The Thief at the End of the World,” named one of | Time magazine's Top Ten Books for 2008 and his latest, “Black Elk: The Life of an American Visionary.” He has an MFA from the University of Arkansas and, as a journalist, covered Virginia's Death Row. He is the Mina Hohenberg Darden Endowed Professor of Creative Writing at Old Dominion University in Norfolk... Read More →


Saturday April 22, 2017 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Hancock Foundation, Signing Area 1

1:30pm

What Are We So Afraid Of? The Role of Fear in Our Lives, Conversation 1143
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 author of "Natural Mystics: The Prophetic Lives of Bob Marley" and "Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan.”

Speakers
avatar for Leo Braudy

Leo Braudy

Braudy is an acclaimed film critic and the author of "Haunted: On Ghosts, Witches, Vampires, Zombies, and Other Monsters of the Natural and Supernatural Worlds"; "The Frenzy of Renown: Fame and Its History"; and "Jean Renoir: The World of His Films", among many other titles. He is a University Professor and Leo S. Bing Chair of English and American literature at USC.
avatar for Barry Glassner

Barry Glassner

Glassner is the author of the best-selling book "The Culture of Fear: Why Americans Are Afraid of the Wrong Things" and "The Gospel of Food: Why We Should Stop Worrying and Enjoy What We Eat.” A sociology professor, Glassner has served as president of Lewis & Clark College and executive vice provost at USC.


Saturday April 22, 2017 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Wallis Annenberg Hall, Presented by USC, Signing Area 10

1:30pm

Crime Fiction: Hidden Truths, Conversation 1053
Moderators
avatar for Gar Anthony Haywood

Gar Anthony Haywood

Haywood is the Shamus and Anthony award-winning author of twelve crime novels. His short fiction has been included in the Best American Mystery Stories anthologies and Booklist has called him "a writer who has always belonged in the upper echelon of American crime fiction." Haywood has written for network television and both the New York and Los Angeles Times.

Speakers
avatar for Megan Abbott

Megan Abbott

Abbott is the award-winning author of nine novels, including her most recent "You Will Know Me.” She received her Ph.D. in English and American literature from New York University. Her writing has appeared in the New York Times, Salon, the Los Angeles Review of Books, the Wall Street Journal, and the Guardian. Megan is currently a staff writer on HBO's forthcoming show, “The Deuce.” She lives in New York City.
avatar for Laura Lippman

Laura Lippman

Lippman is a New York Times bestselling novelist who has won more than 20 awards for her fiction. Since her debut in | 1997, she has published 20 novels, a novella and a collection of short stories. She also has written for the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post and T magazine. Laura lives in Baltimore with her husband, David Simon, and their daughter. Her most recent book is “Wilde Lake.”
avatar for T. Jefferson Parker

T. Jefferson Parker

Parker was born in Los Angeles and has lived in Southern California ever since. His crime novels "Silent Joe" and | "California Girl" have won Edgar Awards for best mystery, and "Silent Joe" won the Los Angeles Times Book prize in 2001. | His latest book is “Crazy Blood.” He lives in north San Diego County.
avatar for Stuart Woods

Stuart Woods

Woods is the author of more than sixty novels, most recently “Fast and Loose." He is a native of Georgia and began his writing career in the advertising industry. Chiefs, his debut in 1981, won the Edgar Award. An avid sailor and pilot, Woods lives in Florida, Maine, and New Mexico.


Saturday April 22, 2017 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Salvatori Computer Science Center 101, Signing Area 2

1:40pm

Hélène Cardona, Reading from "Beyond Elsewhere" and "Life in Suspension"
Speakers
avatar for Hélène Cardona

Hélène Cardona

Cardona is the author of five books, most recently "Life in Suspension,”and the translations "Beyond Elsewhere" as well as "Walt Whitman's Civil War Writings.” She has received numerous awards including a Hemingway Grant, worked as an interpreter for the Canadian Embassy in Paris, and contributed to The London Magazine, Irish Literary Times, Washington Square Review, World Literature Today, Poetry International, Dublin Review of Books, and... Read More →


Saturday April 22, 2017 1:40pm - 2:00pm
Poetry Stage, Signing Area 5

2:00pm

Ishion Hutchinson, Reading from "House of Lords and Commons"
Speakers
avatar for Ishion Hutchinson

Ishion Hutchinson

Hutchinson was born in Port Antonio, Jamaica. He is the author of the poetry collections, "Far District" and "House of Lords and Commons,” which recently won the National Book Critics Circle Award for poetry and is a finalist for the 2016 L.A. Times Book Prize in Poetry. He teaches in the graduate writing program at Cornell University.


Saturday April 22, 2017 2:00pm - 2:20pm
Poetry Stage, Signing Area 5

2:00pm

Adam Rubin, author of 'Dragons Love Tacos 2'
Speakers
avatar for Adam Rubin

Adam Rubin

Rubin is the New York Times bestselling author of a half dozen critically acclaimed picture books including "Secret Pizza Party" and "Robo-Sauce.” He spent ten years working as a creative director in the advertising industry before leaving his day job to write full-time. Adam has a keen interest in improv comedy, camping, and magic tricks. He Lives in New York, New York. His latest book is “Dragons Love Tacos 2.”


Saturday April 22, 2017 2:00pm - 2:25pm
Reading by 9 Children's Stage, Signing Area 7

2:00pm

Korduroy: Groove Musical Performance
Artists
avatar for Korduroy

Korduroy

Korduroy is a progressive-soul act but refuses to fit into that simply titled box, producing their own "groove music." Each | member of Korduroy shares a love of music from Latin to Jazz, from Pop to Funk, and from Rock to Hip-Hop. With so many | chefs in the kitchen it would be impossible to strictly stay on one path. Once you hear it, you'll get it.


Saturday April 22, 2017 2:00pm - 2:30pm
USC Stage

2:00pm

2:00pm

Emerging from the Underground: Surviving Punk Rock, Conversation 1123
Moderators
avatar for Jim Ruland

Jim Ruland

Ruland is the author of the award-winning novel "Forest of Fortune" and the short story collection "Big Lonesome.” He is the co-author of "My Damage" with Keith Morris, founding member of Black Flag, Circle Jerks and OFF!, and "Giving the Finger" with Scott Campbell, Jr. of Discovery Channel's Deadliest Catch. Ruland runs the Southern California-based reading series Vermin on the Mount, now in its thirteenth year.

Speakers
avatar for Scott Crawford

Scott Crawford

Crawford has spent much of his life devoted to documenting independent culture. He launched Harp Magazine in 2001 and served as its Editor-in-Chief for over 7 years. His 2015 debut feature-length documentary, “Salad Days: A Decade of Punk in Washington, DC” was critically-acclaimed, receiving accolades from the NY Times, The Washington Post, Variety, Hollywood Reporter, Billboard, Rolling Stone, MTV, and many more. "Spoke" is his... Read More →
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Michelle Cruz Gonzales

Gonzales writes memoir and fiction and is the author of "The Spitboy Rule: Tales of a Xicana in a Female Punk Band.” In the 1990s, Gonzales played drums in and wrote lyrics for the groundbreaking all female punk band, Spitboy, that toured the US and overseas. Gonzales has contributed to Hip Mama Magazine, and published in anthologies and literary journals. She is an educator, wife, and mother.
avatar for John Joseph

John Joseph

Joseph is a punk rock singer from New York City, most famous for his work with the Cro-Mags in the 1980s. Joseph was raised in foster care and grew up on the streets of New York. He was lead singer for the Cro-Mags from 1984 until 1987, though he departed and rejoined the band sporadically, most recently returning briefly in the early to mid-1990s. His autobiography, “The Evolution of a Cro-Magnon,” details the major events in his... Read More →
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Keith Morris

Morris is a cofounding member of Black Flag, the most recognizable name in West Coast punk, and the Circle Jerks, which cemented his reputation at the forefront of hardcore vocalists. The intensity of the music produced by his latest bands OFF! and FLAG are equal to his best work from earlier decades, and add to a legendary career that is still being carved out one gig at a time. His memoir is entitled “My Damage: The Story of a Punk Rock... Read More →


Saturday April 22, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Taper Hall 101, Signing Area 5

2:00pm

Ayesha Curry, author of 'The Seasoned Life', Cooking Demonstration
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Ayesha Curry

Curry is the host of "Ayesha's Homemade" on Food Network. She is the owner of International Smoke, a barbecue stall coming soon to the Beverly Center. Curry has been featured in Food & Wine, Time, Cooking Light, and the Wall Street Journal and is a frequent guest on The Rachael Ray Show. The wife of NBA MVP Stephen Curry, she is the author of "The Seasoned Life.”


Saturday April 22, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Cooking Stage, Signing Area 4

2:00pm

Nonfiction: Among the Believers, Conversation 1113
Moderators
avatar for Tony DuShane

Tony DuShane

DuShane grew up under the departure flight path of San Francisco Airport. He currently splits his time between San Francisco and Los Angeles. After he read “Hunger” by Knut Hamsun, he knew his calling as a writer. His obsession for music and DJing began by making mix tapes for girls he liked when he was a Jehovah’s Witness teenager. He’s the author of “Confessions of a Teenage Jesus Jerk” (Soft Skull Press) and has written about 500... Read More →

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avatar for Colin Dickey

Colin Dickey

Dickey is the author of "Ghostland: An American History in Haunted Places" (Viking), along with two other books of nonfiction. He is also the editor, with Joanna Ebenstein, of "The Morbid Anatomy Anthology," and he teaches at National University.
avatar for Craig Pittman

Craig Pittman

Pittman is an award-winning newspaper reporter and columnist for the Tampa Bay Times and the author of four books. | The New York Times said his most recent book, "Oh, Florida! How America's Weirdest State Influences the Rest of the | Country" is "compulsively readable."
avatar for Mark Haskell Smith

Mark Haskell Smith

Smith is the author of five novels, "Moist,” “Delicious,” “Salty,” “Baked," and "Raw: A Love Story." He has also written the non-fiction books "Heart of Dankness: Underground Botanists, Outlaw Farmers, and the Race for the Cannabis Cup" and his most recent, "Naked At Lunch: A Reluctant Nudist's Adventures in an Clothing-Optional World." His work has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, The Independent, Salon, Howler, Slate, and Literary... Read More →
avatar for Jack Womack

Jack Womack

Womack is the author of seven novels and one non-fiction title, the most noted of which are "Random Acts of Senseless Violence" (fiction) and "The Flying Saucers Are Real!" (non-fiction). He lives in New York City.


Saturday April 22, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Seeley G. Mudd 124, Signing Area 4

2:00pm

The Edge of Identity: Race and Gender in Contemporary Poetry, Conversation 1043
Moderators
avatar for Carol Muske-Dukes

Carol Muske-Dukes

Muske-Dukes is a former Poet Laureate of California, USC Professor and founder of USC's Creative Writing Literary Ph.D. program. Her ninth book of poems, "Blue Rose,” is forthcoming from Penguin in 2018. She has also published four novels, two essay collections, and has edited anthologies. She has been a National Book Award finalist, Los Angeles Times Book Prize finalist and Guggenheim, NEA, Castagnola, and Dylan Thomas award winner.

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avatar for Rigoberto Gonzalez

Rigoberto Gonzalez

González is the author of 18 books, most recently "Unpeopled Eden", which won the Lambda Literary Award and the Lenore Marshall Prize from the Academy of American Poets. The recipient of Guggenheim, NEA and USA Rolón fellowships, the Shelley Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of America, and The Poetry Center Book Award, he is professor of English at Rutgers-Newark and serves as critic-at-large with the L.A. Times.
avatar for Phillis Levin

Phillis Levin

Levin is the author of five poetry collections, most recently "Mr. Memory & Other Poems," which is a finalist for the 2016 L.A. Times Book Prize in Poetry. Her honors include the Poetry Society of America's Norma Farber First Book Award, a Fulbright Scholar Award to Slovenia, the Amy Lowell Poetry Travelling Scholarship, and fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. She teaches in the MFA program at... Read More →
avatar for Chris Santiago

Chris Santiago

Santiago is the author of "Tula,” winner of the 2016 Lindquist & Vennum Prize for Poetry, selected by A. Van Jordan. His writing has appeared in FIELD, Copper Nickel, Pleiades, and the Asian American Literary Review. The recipient of fellowships from Kundiman and the Mellon Foundation/American Council of Learned Societies, Santiago is also a percussionist and amateur jazz pianist. He teaches at the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota.
avatar for Safiya Sinclair

Safiya Sinclair

Sinclair is the author of "Cannibal,” one of the American Library Association's Notable Books of the Year. She is the recipient of a Whiting Writers' Award, fellowships from the Poetry Foundation, Yaddo, the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, and the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown. Her work has appeared in Poetry, Kenyon Review, Granta, and The Nation. She is currently a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Southern California.


Saturday April 22, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Andrus Gerontology Center, Signing Area 2

2:00pm

Nonfiction: President Trump, Conversation 1073
Moderators
avatar for David Lauter

David Lauter

Lauter is the Los Angeles Times’ Washington bureau chief. He began writing news in Washington in 1981 and since then has covered Congress, the Supreme Court, the White House under Presidents George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton, and four U.S. presidential campaigns. He lived in L.A. from 1995 to 2011, where he had several editing roles, including deputy foreign editor and assistant managing editor responsible for California coverage.

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avatar for Nicholas Goldberg

Nicholas Goldberg

Goldberg is the editorial page editor of the Los Angeles Times. He is a former editor of the Op-Ed page and the Sunday Opinion section and, at New York Newsday in the 1980s and 1990s, a former Middle East correspondent and political reporter. His writing has been published in the New Republic, New York Times, Vanity Fair, the Nation, Sunday Times of London and Washington Monthly, among other places.  He is a graduate of Harvard University.
avatar for Arlie Russell Hochschild

Arlie Russell Hochschild

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. She is the author of nine books including, most recently “Strangers In Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right,” a finalist for the National Book Award, “The Second... Read More →
avatar for David Horowitz

David Horowitz

Horowitz is founder of the David Horowitz Freedom Center and has written numerous NYT bestsellers including his latest book "Big Agenda.” Camille Paglia, an independent leftist, calls Horowitz "one of America's most original and courageous political analysts," reflecting that "as a scholar who regularly surveys archival material, I think that, a century from now, cultural historians will find David Horowitz's spiritual and political odyssey... Read More →


Saturday April 22, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Ronald Tutor Campus Center, Signing Area 3

2:00pm

Science Fiction & Fantasy from All Angles, Conversation 1023
Moderators
avatar for Maryelizabeth Yturralde

Maryelizabeth Yturralde

Yturralde first attended the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books in 1997, and has attended every one since. She co-founded independent genre bookstore Mysterious Galaxy in Southern California in 1993; she is a regular contributor to programming at literary conventions all over the country, including Comic-Con International San Diego and New York Comic Con; and she is a regular writer of non-fiction, including critical and biographical essays, and... Read More →

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avatar for Becky Chambers

Becky Chambers

Chambers is the author of the critically acclaimed science fiction novel "The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet" and its stand-alone sequel, "A Closed & Common Orbit.”Originally self-published after a successful Kickstarter campaign, “The | Long Way” received multiple award nominations, including the Arthur C. Clarke Award and the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction. Born in LA County, Chambers now lives in the rural end of Northern... Read More →
avatar for Ellen Klages

Ellen Klages

Klages has written two award-winning historical novels: "The Green Glass Sea" and "White Sands, Red Menace.” Her short fiction has won the Nebula and World Fantasy awards, and been a finalist for the Hugo, Spectrum, and Locus awards. A collection of her short fiction, "Wicked Wonders,” will be out in May. Ellen lives in San Francisco, in a small house full of strange and wondrous things.
avatar for Sarah Kuhn

Sarah Kuhn

Kuhn is the author of "Heroine Complex"--the first in a series of novels starring Asian American superheroines--for DAW Books. She also wrote "The Ruby Equation" for the Eisner-nominated comics anthology Fresh Romance, the novella "One Con Glory,” and a series of Barbie comics. Her articles and essays have appeared in The Toast, The Mary Sue, Uncanny Magazine, AngryAsianMan.com, IGN.com, StarTrek.com, and the Hugo-nominated anthology Chicks Dig... Read More →
avatar for Seanan McGuire

Seanan McGuire

McGuire lives and works in the Pacific Northwest, writing books both under her own name and the name Mira Grant. A recipient of the 2017 Alex Award, she has been described as "incredibly prolific" and "most likely to write a trilogy by mistake." She enjoys horror movies and corn fields, and hopes to someday write the X-Men for Marvel Comics. Her latest book is “Dusk or Dark or Dawn or Day.”


Saturday April 22, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Hoffman Hall, Signing Area 1

2:15pm

California Bucket List, presented by LA Times Travel
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avatar for Christopher Reynolds

Christopher Reynolds

Reynolds, born and raised in California, has written about travel, the outdoors, arts and culture for the Los Angeles Times since 1990. Since 2009, he has climbed Mayan pyramids, roamed Red Square in a snowstorm, been shushed at the New York Public Library and jumped from the tallest building in Soweto (rope attached). He takes no freebies or press discounts.

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avatar for Andrew Bender

Andrew Bender

Bender writes the Seat 1A business travel blog for Forbes magazine, as well as articles and guide books for dozens of other publications from the Los Angeles Times to Lonely Planet. He’s been writing about travel, food, and culture since selling his first, teeny tiny travel article to Conde Nast Traveler. Bender has lived in Japan, France and the Netherlands, speaks fluent Japanese and French, reads Korean menus, can follow Italian and... Read More →
avatar for Michele Bigley

Michele Bigley

Bigley is an award-winning travel writer and author of over forty guidebooks, including "Backroads and Byways of Northern California" and "Fodor's Hawaii.” She regularly contributes to Los Angeles Times, Via, CNN, Boston Globe, San Francisco Chronicle, Brides, and Kia Ora.
avatar for Charles Fleming

Charles Fleming

Fleming writes about cars, motorcycles and urban hiking for the Los Angeles Times. He is the author of the Los Angeles walking books "Secret Stairs" and "Secret Walks," as well as the best-selling "High Concept" and the noir novels "The Ivory Coast,” "After Havana" and "The Studio Kill.” He lives and walks in Silver Lake.


Saturday April 22, 2017 2:15pm - 2:45pm
Travel & Wellness Stage, Signing Area 9

2:20pm

William Wenthe, Reading from 'God's Foolishness: Poems'
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avatar for William Wenthe

William Wenthe

Wenthe's fourth book of poems is "God's Foolishness,” published by LSU Press in 2016. He has received poetry fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Texas Commission on the Arts, and two Pushcart Prizes. His poems and essays on poetry have appeared in many journals and anthologies, including Poetry, The Paris Review, Tin House, The Georgia Review, The Yale Review, Kenyon Review, and American Poetry Review.


Saturday April 22, 2017 2:20pm - 2:40pm
Poetry Stage, Signing Area 5

2:30pm

StorySmash featuring Tara Sands and Jesse Bernstein
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avatar for Jesse Bernstein

Jesse Bernstein

Bernstein has appeared in several television shows including Dawson’s Creek. His film credits include such independents as Dog Lover’s Symphony, Cedrick, and Anna and Detention. In addition, Jesse has worked extensively in both on-camera and voice-over commercials and narrated many audiobooks.
avatar for Tara Sands

Tara Sands

Sands is a voice actress and a former co-host of the Cartoon Network's weekly block, “Fridays.” She has voiced in a number of anime dubs and cartoons, including Bulbasaur in “Pokemon,” Anna Kyoyama in “Shaman King,” Mokuba Kaiba in “Yu-Gi-Oh!” Duel Monsters, as well as Chase on “Fighting Foodons” and Filia Ul Copt in “Slayers.” She also provides narration on audio books.


Saturday April 22, 2017 2:30pm - 2:55pm
Reading by 9 Children's Stage, Signing Area 7

2:30pm

Middle School and Young Adult Panel: Culture In Writings
Moderators
avatar for Maritere Bellas

Maritere Bellas

Bellas, is a bilingual and bicultural, author, freelance writer, and blogger with a degree in communications from Pepperdine University in California.  Realizing she could combine her two life passions, writing and motherhood,she became a voice for Latino parents long before the existence of online parenting resources. For twelve years, Bellas wrote a highly regarded and influential parenting column for La Opinión. She also wrote... Read More →

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avatar for Sandra Lopez

Sandra Lopez

López is one of today's influential Latina authors in young adult literature. Her first novel, "Esperanza,” was published while she was still in college. Since then, she has published several other books, including the Single Chicas series. She was named as one of "Top Ten New Latino Authors to Watch" and won first place in the Int'l Latino Book Awards. Art, literature, and travel are her passions.
avatar for Anna-Marie McLemore

Anna-Marie McLemore

McLemore was born in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains and taught by her family to hear la llorona in the Santa | Ana winds. She is the author of William C. Morris Award Finalist "The Weight of Feathers" and Stonewall Honor Book "When the Moon Was Ours,” which was longlisted for the National Book Award. Her third novel, "Wild Beauty,” is forthcoming in October.
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Tania del Rio

Del Rio is a professional comic book writer and artist who has spent the past ten years writing and illustrating, primarily for a young audience. Her clients include Archie Comics, Dark Horse, and Marvel; she is best known for her work writing and drawing the 42-issue run of “Sabrina the Teenage Witch.” She lives in Los Angeles and you can follow her on twitter @taniadelrio.


Saturday April 22, 2017 2:30pm - 3:00pm
Hoy Stage, Signing Area 6

2:30pm

Hannah Hart, Author of 'Buffering: Unshared Tales of a Life Fully Loaded,' in Conversation with Sarah Rodman
Moderators
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Sarah Rodman

Rodman joined the LA Times after 10 years at the Boston Globe, where she has been a TV and pop music critic. A longtime board member of the TV Critics Assn., she is an astute observer of television – and an avid fan. Her tastes are as varied as “Your Show of Shows,” “The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and “Game of Thrones.”

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avatar for Hannah Hart

Hannah Hart

Hart is an entertainer and best-selling author. She created the award-winning web series "My Drunk Kitchen,” which has amassed millions of views since its first episode premiered in 2011. Her books "My Drunk Kitchen: A Guide to Eating, | Drinking, and Going with Your Gut" and "Buffering: Unshared Tales of a Life Fully Loaded" both spent weeks on the New York Times Bestseller List.


Saturday April 22, 2017 2:30pm - 3:10pm
Los Angeles Times Main Stage, Signing Area 8

2:30pm

Trumponomics: California business under the new political order
Moderators
avatar for Kimi Yoshino

Kimi Yoshino

Yoshino is the L.A. Times’ Business Editor. She was a key editor in The Times’ Pulitzer Prize-winning coverage of corruption in Bell. A former metro and business reporter, she also served a couple stints in Iraq, where she met her husband, a former employee of The Times’ Baghdad bureau.

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avatar for Paresh Dave

Paresh Dave

Dave has been a Los Angeles-based tech reporter for the Los Angeles Times since May 2013. He focuses on business issues surrounding local tech companies, the digital media industry, e-sports and video games and occasionally cybersecurity. He has previously covered the criminal courts system, national tragedies and sports business. He’s a tech-savvy millennial who graduated from the University of Southern California and grew up in San Diego... Read More →
avatar for Natalie Kitroeff

Natalie Kitroeff

Kitroeff covers the California economy for the Los Angeles Times. She previously reported on higher education and student debt at Bloomberg. Born outside of Philadelphia, she graduated from Princeton University and spent five years in New York City before deciding that it might be a good idea to get some sun.
avatar for David Lazarus

David Lazarus

Lazarus is an award-winning business columnist for the Los Angeles Times, focusing on consumer affairs. He also appears daily on KTLA-TV Channel 5 and is a part-time radio host. His work appears in newspapers across the country and has resulted in a variety of laws protecting consumers.
avatar for Ivan Penn

Ivan Penn

Penn joined the Los Angeles Times in July 2015 from the other Sunshine State, Florida, after 23 years reporting on the East Coast. Penn covers all things energy on The Times’ Business staff – when not on trumpet behind his singer-songwriter wife. He's a father of three (four if you include the bunny, Snickett). Born in Washington, D.C., Penn grew up in Maryland and graduated from the University of Maryland at College Park.


Saturday April 22, 2017 2:30pm - 3:10pm
LA Times Central

2:30pm

Joyce Carol Oates in Conversation with Steph Cha, Conversation 1063
Moderators
avatar for Steph Cha

Steph Cha

Cha is the author of "Follow Her Home,” "Beware Beware," and "Dead Soon Enough,” all published by St. Martin's Minotaur. She's the noir editor for the Los Angeles Review of Books and a regular contributor to the Los Angeles Times. She lives in her native city of Los Angeles with her husband and basset hound.

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avatar for Joyce Carol Oates

Joyce Carol Oates

Oates is a recipient of the National Humanities Medal, the National Book Award, and the PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in Short Fiction. She has written some of the most enduring fiction of our time, including "We Were the Mulvaneys,” "Blonde" (a finalist for the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize), and "The Gravedigger's Daughter.” She is the Roger S. Berlind Distinguished Professor of the Humanities at Princeton University. Her... Read More →


Saturday April 22, 2017 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Bovard Auditorium, Signing Area 3

2:40pm

David Baker, Reading from 'Scavenger Loop'
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avatar for David Baker

David Baker

Baker is author of sixteen books, including "Scavenger Loop" (poems, Norton, 2015), "Show Me Your Environment" (essays, Michigan, 2014), and "Never-Ending Birds" (poems, Norton) which won the Theodore Roethke Memorial Poetry Prize in 2011. He holds the Fordham Chair of Poetry at Denison University and is Poetry Editor of "The Kenyon Review."


Saturday April 22, 2017 2:40pm - 3:00pm
Poetry Stage, Signing Area 5

2:50pm

3:00pm

Patrick Rosal, Reading from 'Brooklyn Antediluvian'
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avatar for Patrick Rosal

Patrick Rosal

Rosal is the author of four full-length collections of poetry, including his latest, "Brooklyn Antediluvian,” a finalist for the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award. A former Senior Fulbright Research Fellow, his work has appeared in The New York Times, Grantland, Harvard Review, Tin House, The Best American Poetry and dozens of other magazines and anthologies. He is an Associate Professor of English at Rutgers University-Camden.


Saturday April 22, 2017 3:00pm - 3:20pm
Poetry Stage, Signing Area 5

3:00pm

Jacky Davis & David Soman, Author & Illustrator of 'Ladybug Girl's Day Out with Grandpa'
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avatar for Jacky Davis

Jacky Davis

Davis and David Soman are a husband-and-wife creative team. They write the Ladybug Girl books together and Soman illustrates. The books are inspired by their own children and family experiences. Davis's first non-Ladybug Girl picture book, "Black Belt Bunny,” illustrated by Jay Fleck, will be published in summer 2017.
avatar for David Soman

David Soman

Soman and Jacky Davis are a husband-and-wife creative team. They write the Ladybug Girl books together and Soman illustrates. The books are inspired by their own children and family experiences. Soman's first solo picture book, "Three Bears in a Boat,” is a New York Times Bestseller. His current book is “Ladybug Girl Gives Thanks.”


Saturday April 22, 2017 3:00pm - 3:25pm
Reading by 9 Children's Stage, Signing Area 7

3:00pm

3:00pm

Spelles (music performance)
Artists
avatar for Spelles

Spelles

SPELLES, the moniker of Los Angeles based singer/songwriter Kathryn Baar, is currently preparing to release her second EP titled “Skeleton Coast I.” Working with producer Sonny DiPerri (Animal Collective, Emma Ruth Rundle), as well as collaborator and multi-instrumentalist Luc Laurent, her forthcoming release sonically ranges from stomp-y and tribal driven songs like “Teach Me How to Pray” and “Dead in the... Read More →


Saturday April 22, 2017 3:00pm - 3:45pm
LA Sound Stage

3:00pm

Fiction: On the Edge, Conversation 1054
Moderators
avatar for Clay Smith

Clay Smith

Smith is the editor in chief of Kirkus Reviews, the nation's leading prepublication journal of book reviews. A member | of the board of directors of the National Book Critics Circle, he is also the literary director of the San Antonio Book | Festival.

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avatar for Lindsey Drager

Lindsey Drager

Drager is the author of "The Sorrow Proper" (Dzanc, 2015), winner of the 2016 Binghamton University / John Gardner Fiction Award. Originally from Michigan, she is an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at the College of Charleston, where she teaches in the MFA program in fiction.
avatar for Fiona Maazel

Fiona Maazel

Maazel is the author of “Woke Up Lonely” and “Last Last Chance.” She is winner of the Bard Fiction Prize and a National Book Foundation “5 Under 35” honoree. Her work has appeared in the Mississippi Review, the New York Times Book Review, Tin House, Salon and the Yale Review. She lives in Brooklyn and her new novel is “A Little More Human.”
avatar for Pola Oloixarac

Pola Oloixarac

Oloixarac is a fiction writer and essayist. Her novels, "Savage Theories" and "Dark Constellations,” have been translated into seven languages. Her writing has appeared in n+1, The New York Times, and Granta, which named her to its list of Best Young Spanish Novelists. She wrote the libretto for the opera Hercules in Mato Grosso. Born in Argentina, she now lives in San Francisco.
avatar for Margaret Wappler

Margaret Wappler

Wappler has written for Elle, New York Times, Rolling Stone and several other publications. Her debut novel, "Neon | Green" (Unnamed Press) has been praised as "witty and entertaining" by the Los Angeles Times and a depiction of "life in the nineties as it was actually lived?" by Electric Literature. She lives in Los Angeles and can be heard weekly on the pop culture podcast, Pop Rocket.


Saturday April 22, 2017 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Salvatori Computer Science Center 101, Signing Area 2

3:00pm

Fiction: Writing Gay Literature in Los Angeles, Conversation 1151
Moderators
avatar for Noel Alumit

Noel Alumit

Alumit was born in Baguio City, The Philippines, grew up in Historic Filipinotown, Los Angeles, and is the author of several award-winning books and plays, including “Letters to Montgomery Clift,” “Talking to the Moon” and “Mr. and Mrs. La Questa Go Dancing.” His work has been published in “Tilting the Continent: Southeast Asian American Writing” (New Rivers Press), the Lambda Literary Award... Read More →

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avatar for Alex Espinoza

Alex Espinoza

Espinoza was raised in Los Angeles. His books include "Still Water Saints" and "The Five Acts of Diego León" (both from Random House). He's written for the NY Times Sunday Magazine, the LA Times, NPR, and the Virginia Quarterly Review. An NEA fellow and winner of an American Book Award, he's director of the MFA Program in Creative Writing and Literary Arts at Cal State LA.
avatar for David Francis

David Francis

Francis' first novel "The Great Inland Sea" was published in seven languages. His second, "Stray Dog Winter,” named Novel of the Year in the Australian Literature Review, won the American Library Association Stonewall Prize for Literature. His short fiction has appeared in Best Australian Stories, Harvard Review and elsewhere. His Third Novel, "Wedding Bush Road" was released by Counterpoint Press in November 2016.
avatar for Martin Pousson

Martin Pousson

Pousson was born and raised in Acadiana, the Cajun French bayou of Louisiana. His novel, "Black Sheep Boy", includes stories that won a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship. Two stories were finalists for the Glimmer Train Fiction Awards. His collection of poetry, "Sugar", was a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award, and his first novel, "No Place, Louisiana", was a finalist for the John Gardner Fiction Book Award.


Saturday April 22, 2017 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Taper Hall 201, Signing Area 5

3:00pm

Not Quite Overnight: The Real Story of Bestselling Debuts, Conversation 1094
Moderators
avatar for Agatha French

Agatha French

French is a 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, she has lived on Vancouver Island, British Columbia; St. Andrews, Scotland; Boulder, Colorado; Cambridge, Massachusetts; and the west and east sides of L.A.

Speakers
avatar for Jade Chang

Jade Chang

Chang's debut novel, "The Wangs vs. the World,” was published in October 2016. It has been named a New York | Times Editors' Choice and is one of Buzzfeed's 24 Best Books of 2016. The Wangs will be published in 11 countries and NPR said this: "Her book is unrelentingly fun, but it is also raw and profane--a story of fierce pride, fierce anger, and even fiercer love."
avatar for J Ryan Stradal

J Ryan Stradal

Stradal is the author of the New York Times bestselling novel "Kitchens of the Great Midwest,” recipient of the ABA Indie's Choice Award for Best Adult Debut, the SCIBA Award for Fiction, and the Midwest Independent Booksellers Choice Award. He lives in Los Angeles, where he's Editor-at-Large at Unnamed Press, Fiction Editor at TASTE, and a contributor to the Wall Street Journal, the Guardian, and The Rumpus.
avatar for Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney

Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney

Sweeney is the New York Times bestselling author of "The Nest,” fiction finalist for the 2016 Goodreads Choice Award and one of the best books of 2016 according to Amazon, The Washington Post and others. "The Nest" has been translated into 26 languages and optioned for film by Amazon Studios with Sweeney writing the adaptation. Sweeney has an MFA from the Bennington Writing Seminars and lives in Los Angeles.


Saturday April 22, 2017 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Seeley G. Mudd 123, Signing Area 4

3:00pm

T.C. Boyle with an Introduction from Alexander Nazaryan, Conversation 1034
Moderators
avatar for Alexander Nazaryan

Alexander Nazaryan

Nazaryan is a senior writer at Newsweek. He was previously on the editorial board of the New York Daily News, where he also founded and edited the Page Views book and culture blog. He has a B.A. in English Literature from Dartmouth.

Speakers
avatar for T.C. Boyle

T.C. Boyle

Boyle has published 15 novels and 10 story collections. He won the 1988 PEN/Faulkner award for "World's End," the 1995 Prix Médicis étranger for "The Tortilla Curtain," the 2014 Henry David Thoreau Award for excellence in nature writing and the 2014 Robert Kirsch Award for lifetime achievement. A Distinguished Professor of English at USC, he lives in Santa Barbara. His latest book is "The Terranauts.”


Saturday April 22, 2017 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Town & Gown, Signing Area 1

3:00pm

Tell Me a Story: The Art of Children's Books, Conversation 1084
Moderators
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Denise Doyen

Doyen studied creative writing and art design at Stanford University (BA) and directing at the American Film Institute (Masters). Previously working in the world of children’s television, when her oldest son set off for college, Denise set off on a new career and studied writing for children at UCLA. Her first book, “Once Upon a Twice,” a rousing nonsense adventure reminiscent of Jabberwocky debuted in 2009 to starred reviews, was a... Read More →

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avatar for Barbara Bottner

Barbara Bottner

Bottner has published over 40 books for children, some of which she illustrated. Many have been animated, translated, and won numerous awards, appeared on many 'best of' lists, and one's New York Times Bestseller. She's been a screenwriter, TV writer and her short stories have appeared in national magazines. She writes for the Jewish Women's Theater, and does spoken word events. Her YA novel is due in 2018.
avatar for Karen Winnick

Karen Winnick

Winnick is a children's author and artist, animal enthusiast, and president of the Los Angeles Zoo Commission. Her previous books include "Gemina, the Crooked-Neck Giraffe" and "Mr. Lincoln's Whiskers.” She lives in Los Angeles, California.
avatar for Brian Won

Brian Won

Won is an illustrator and art director. His awards include the Silver Medal by the Society of Illustrators and the Crystal | Kite from the SCBWI. His debut children's book, "Hooray for Hat!” was named the Best Read Aloud Book (2014) by the | Huffington Post and nominated for Children's Choice Illustrator by the Children's Book Council. His clients include Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Random House, Candlewick, Scholastic, and more. His... Read More →


Saturday April 22, 2017 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Annenberg Auditorium, Signing Area 3

3:00pm

Teens Go Rogue: A Star Wars Panel
Moderators
avatar for Cecil Castellucci

Cecil Castellucci

Castellucci is the author of books and comics. Her comics include “Shade,” “The Changing Girl,”” Soupy Leaves Home,” “The Plain Janes,” “The Year of the Beasts,” and the Eisner nominated “Odd Duck.” Her novels include "Boy Proof," "Beige,” "Tin Star," and "Moving Target: A Princess Leia Adventure.” She is The Rumpus Children's Correspondence Coordinator, a two-time Macdowell Fellow and the founding YA Editor at LA... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Ben Acker

Ben Acker

Acker & Ben Blacker are the creators of the Thrilling Adventure Hour, a staged show and podcast in the style of old time radio. They've also written for television, comics, public radio and now books! Books! The best medium! They couldn't be more pleased to make their prose debut with a Star Wars novel, “Star Wars: Join the Resistance.”
avatar for Ben Blacker

Ben Blacker

Blacker, with his writing partner Ben Acker, is the co-creator of "The Thrilling Adventure Hour," the lauded stage show and podcast. They've written for "Supernatural," "Puss in Boots," and more television. In comics, they've written for Marvel, Boom!, and others. "Star Wars: Join the Resistance" is their first novel. Blacker is the creator and host of "The Writers Panel," a podcast about writing, as well as the "Nerdist Comics Panel."
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Jarrett Krosoczka

Krosoczka is the author and illustrator of the Lunch Lady graphic novels, as well as many picture books, including “Punk Farm” and “Punk Farm on Tour.” He lives in Massachusetts with his wife, daughter and pug named Ralph Macchio. His latest book is “Platypus Police Squad.”


Saturday April 22, 2017 3:00pm - 4:00pm
YA Stage, Signing Area 9

3:00pm

Young Adult Fiction: Faith, Hope, and Charity: Strong Girls in Crisis, Conversation 1134
Moderators
avatar for Jonathan Hunt

Jonathan Hunt

Hunt, Coordinator of Library Media Services at the San Diego County Office of Education, critiques and judges children's and young adult literature in a variety of venues, including the Horn Book Magazine, School Library Journal, and the American Library Association.

Speakers
avatar for Julie Berry

Julie Berry

Berry is the author of the 2017 Printz Honor novel "The Passion of Dolssa,” the Carnegie and Edgar shortlisted "All the Truth That's in Me" (2013, Viking), the Odyssey Honor title “The Scandalous Sisterhood of Prickwillow Place" (2014, Roaring Brook), and six others. She holds a BS from Rensselaer in communication and an MFA from Vermont College. She divides her time between Massachusetts and California with her family. “The Passion of... Read More →
avatar for Frances Hardinge

Frances Hardinge

Hardinge is the author of seven acclaimed novels for young adults. Her most recent book, “The Lie Tree,” was shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal, received the Boston Globe/Horn Book Award for Fiction, and was named the Costa Book of the Year. She was brought up in a sequence of small, sinister English villages, and went on to study English Language and Literature at Oxford. She lives in London. “The Lie Tree” is a finalist for the 2016... Read More →
avatar for Sonya Sones

Sonya Sones

Sones has written six award winning verse novels for teens, and one bestselling novel for grownups. Her books have received many honors, including a Christopher Award and a Los Angeles Times Book Prize nomination. Her novel, "What My Mother Doesn't Know,” landed Sonya a spot on the ALA's list of the most frequently banned authors of the 21st Century. "Saving Red,” her most recent book, is set in Santa Monica.


Saturday April 22, 2017 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Norris Theater, Signing Area 5

3:00pm

Telling Syria's Stories, Conversation 1014
Moderators
avatar for Jeffrey Fleishman

Jeffrey Fleishman

Fleishman is a senior writer on film, art and culture for the LA Times. A 2002 Nieman fellow at Harvard University, he was a Pulitzer Prize finalist in feature writing. A longtime foreign correspondent, he served as bureau chief for The Times in Cairo and Berlin, and was previously based in Rome for the Philadelphia Inquirer. He has been a finalist for the Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting and a finalist for the Center for Public... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Elliot Ackerman

Elliot Ackerman

Ackerman, author of the critically acclaimed novel "Green on Blue", is based out of Istanbul, where he has covered the Syrian Civil War since 2013. His writings have appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The New Republic, and The New York Times Magazine, among other publications. He is a former White House Fellow and Marine, and served 5 tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan. His newest book is “Dark at the Crossing.”
avatar for Alia Malek

Alia Malek

Malek is a journalist and civil rights lawyer. She is the author of "The Home That Was Our Country: A Memoir of Syria" and "A Country Called Amreeka: US History Re-Told Through Arab American Lives,” among others. Her reportage has appeared in the New York Times, Foreign Policy, the New Yorker, the Nation, the Christian Science Monitor, Jadaliyya, McSweeney’s, Guernica and other publications.
avatar for Christopher Phillips

Christopher Phillips

Phillips is Senior Lecturer in the International Relations of the Middle East at Queen Mary, University of London and an Associate Fellow at Chatham House. He has a Ph.D. from the London School of Economics, and previously worked for the Economist Intelligence Unit. He lived for several years in Syria, has written two books focusing on that country, most recently “The Battle for Syria: International Rivalry in the New Middle East,” and... Read More →


Saturday April 22, 2017 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Hancock Foundation, Signing Area 1

3:00pm

Truth Matters: Media in the Age of Fake News and Alternative Facts, Conversation 1144
Moderators
avatar for Marty Kaplan

Marty Kaplan

Kaplan holds the Norman Lear Chair in Entertainment, Media, and Society at the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism and is an award-winning columnist for the Jewish Journal. In the Jimmy Carter administration, he was chief speechwriter to Vice President Walter F. Mondale, and he was deputy campaign manager of Mondale’s 1984 presidential race.

Speakers
avatar for Judy Muller

Judy Muller

Muller, an award-winning correspondent and commentator, covered the Rodney King and O.J. Simpson trials for ABC and is a regular contributor to NPR’s Morning Edition. A professor at the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, she wrote about her experiences as a journalist in the book "Now This - Radio, Television, and the Real World."
avatar for Steven J. Ross

Steven J. Ross

Ross is a professor of history at USC and director of the USC Casden Institute for the Study of the Jewish Role in American | Life. He is the author of "Working-Class Hollywood: Silent Film and the Shaping of Class in America" and "Hollywood Left | and Right: How Movie Stars Shaped American Politics.” Ross’s latest book, "Hitler in Los Angeles: How Jews Foiled Nazi | Plots Against Hollywood and America,” will be published this fall.
avatar for Diane Winston

Diane Winston

Winston holds the Knight Chair in Media and Religion at the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism and is the publisher of Religion Dispatches, an award-winning online magazine of religion, politics, and culture. She edited "The Oxford Handbook on Religion and the American News Media,” and is currently working on "A Shining City: Religion, News, and Reagan’s America and Un/Real Religion: Religion and Reality Genres,” among... Read More →


Saturday April 22, 2017 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Wallis Annenberg Hall, Presented by USC, Signing Area 10

3:10pm

Thumpasaurus: Dance Musical Performance
Artists
avatar for Thumpasaurus

Thumpasaurus

Since they came together at the USC Thornton School of Music, Thumpasaurus has kept fans dancing with an eclectic, original take on funk. They call it thump.


Saturday April 22, 2017 3:10pm - 3:40pm
USC Stage

3:20pm

Molly Bendall, Reading from 'Watchful'
Speakers
avatar for Molly Bendall

Molly Bendall

Bendall is the author of five collections of poetry, most recently "Watchful" from Omnidawn. She has received the Eunice Tietjens prize from Poetry magazine, the Lynda Hull award from Denver Quarterly and two Pushcart Prizes. Her poems have appeared in many anthologies including, American Hybrid. She teaches at the University of Southern California.


Saturday April 22, 2017 3:20pm - 3:40pm
Poetry Stage, Signing Area 5

3:30pm

Ruth Spiro, author of 'Baby Loves Quarks'
Speakers
avatar for Ruth Spiro

Ruth Spiro

Spiro is the author of "Baby Loves Quarks!" and "Baby Loves Aerospace Engineering!,” published by Charlesbridge. Two additional titles will join the Baby Loves Science series this fall. Also forthcoming from Dial is "Made by Maxine," a new picture book series about an intrepid young inventor. A frequent speaker at schools and conferences, Ruth lives in suburban Chicago with her husband and two daughters.


Saturday April 22, 2017 3:30pm - 3:55pm
Reading by 9 Children's Stage, Signing Area 7

3:30pm

Letters to Women Like Me: Reading by Mirtha Michelle
Speakers
avatar for Mirtha Michelle

Mirtha Michelle

Mirtha Michelle Castro Mármol is the author of the hugely popular, and best-selling poetry books "Letters, To The Men I Have Loved", "Elusive Loves; Amores Esquivos" and "Letters, To Women Like Me". With her books she has been able to capture the first feelings of love and loss in a raw form that has allowed her to earn the hearts of many loyal readers. She resides in Los Angeles, California.


Saturday April 22, 2017 3:30pm - 4:00pm
Hoy Stage, Signing Area 6

3:30pm

Traveling? Keep a Song in Your Heart - A Performance from the TSA Chorus
Speakers
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TSA Chorus

This choir is comprised of TSA officials who work at LAX and who volunteer during their time off to rehearse and perform. | They’ve been written about in the L.A. Times, USA Today and the Huffington Post.


Saturday April 22, 2017 3:30pm - 4:15pm
Travel & Wellness Stage, Signing Area 9

3:30pm

James Andrew Miller in Conversation with Michael Ovitz, Conversation 1074
Speakers
avatar for James Andrew Miller

James Andrew Miller

Miller is an award-winning journalist and co-author of the New York Times bestseller "Those Guys Have All the Fun" and "Live From New York," which spent four months on the New York Times bestseller list. He has written for The Washington Post, The New York Times, Vanity Fair, and many others. He is a graduate of Occidental College, Oxford University, and Harvard Business School, all with honor. His newest book is "Powerhouse: The Untold Story... Read More →
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Michael Ovitz

Ovitz co-founded Creative Artists Agency (CAA) in 1975 and served as its chairman until 1995. He later served as President of the Walt Disney Company from 1995 to 1997. Ovitz served as talent agent to Hollywood actors Tom Cruise, Dustin Hoffman, Kevin Costner, John Belushi, Michael Douglas, Bill Murray, Sylvester Stallone, and many others along with directors Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorsese and more. He helped negotiate Matsushita's acquisition... Read More →


Saturday April 22, 2017 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Ronald Tutor Campus Center, Signing Area 3

3:30pm

Memoir: Troubled Times, Conversation 1044
Moderators
avatar for Samantha Dunn

Samantha Dunn

Dunn is a journalist and the author of the critically acclaimed novel “Failing Paris” and the bestselling memoirs, “Not By | Accident; Reconstructing a Careless Life” and “Faith in Carlos Gomez.” Dunn teaches at both the UCLA Writers Program and Idyllwild Arts Academy. She works as associate editor of Coast Magazine, a regional arts and lifestyle publication.

Speakers
avatar for Freddy Negrete

Freddy Negrete

Negrete's memoir "Smile Now, Cry Later" is a riveting narrative that takes the reader from Freddy's days as a cholo gang member to pioneering black-and-gray tattoo artist to evangelical preacher to Hollywood body-art consultant to addiction counselor. His story is a testament to the spark within us all that gives us the strength to survive and transform what would otherwise destroy us.
avatar for Rob Roberge

Rob Roberge

Roberge is the author of four books of fiction and most recently the memoir, "Liar" (Crown, 2016), which was a Barnes and Noble Discover New Writers selection, chosen for several best of 2016 lists, with the New Yorker saying "…both the smallest and biggest pieces of this memoir fascinate." His work has been described as "Drop dead gorgeous and mind-bendingly smart" by Cheryl Strayed.
avatar for Maggie Rowe

Maggie Rowe

For the last fifteen years, Rowe has performed in and produced the Comedy Central stage show “sit ‘n’ spin,” Los Angeles' longest running spoken word show, having taken over the reins from creator, Jill Soloway. She has written for “Arrested Development” and “Flaked” for Netflix. She co-wrote the screenplay for and directed the New Age mockumentary "Bright | Day" and is the creator of the theatrical satires Hollywood Hellhouse... Read More →


Saturday April 22, 2017 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Andrus Gerontology Center, Signing Area 2

3:30pm

Bill Esparza, Author of "L.A. Mexicano," Cooking Demonstration with Wes Avila of Guerilla Tacos
Speakers
avatar for Wes Avila

Wes Avila

Avila is the executive chef and owner of Guerilla Tacos. A 2005 graduate of Le Cordon Bleu cooking school in Pasadena, he has cooked alongside some of the most recognized chefs in the world—Walter Manske at L’Auberge, Gary Menes at Le Comptoir, Alain Ducasse at Le Centre de Le Formacion. Considered the best taco truck in Los Angeles, he made Jonathan Gold's list of best dishes of 2013.
avatar for Bill Esparza

Bill Esparza

Esparza is a James Beard award winner for his coverage of the L.A. taco scene in Los Angeles Magazine. He curates the annual Tacolandia festival; writes about Mexican food for his blog StreetGourmetLA and Los Angeles Magazine, appears regularly on CNN, KCRW's Good Food, and on TV shows such as “I'll Have What Phil's Having,” “Bizarre Foods,” and “Top Chef.” He is the author of "L.A. Mexicano."


Saturday April 22, 2017 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Cooking Stage, Signing Area 4

3:30pm

Fiction: Writing from History, Conversation 1114
Moderators
avatar for Louise Steinman

Louise Steinman

Steinman is curator of the award-winning ALOUD series and co-director of the Los Angeles Institute for Humanities/USC. | She is the author of three books: "The Souvenir: A Daughter Discovers Her Father's War," "The Knowing Body: The Artist as Storyteller in Contemporary Performance," and "The Crooked Mirror: A Memoir of Polish-Jewish Reconciliation.” She was a 2015 Rauschenberg Fellow. Recent work appears in LARB and on her Crooked Mirror... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Laird Hunt

Laird Hunt

Hunt is the author of several books including "Neverhome,” a New York Times Book Review Editor's Choice selection, IndieNext selection, winner of The Bridge Prize and finalist for the Grand Prix de Litterature Americaine, as well as the Prix Femina. A resident of Boulder, he is on the faculty in the creative writing Ph.D. Program at University of Denver. His new novel is “The Evening Road.”
avatar for Affinity Konar

Affinity Konar

Affinity Konar received her MFA from Columbia University and lives in Los Angeles. Her latest book is “Mischling.”
avatar for Dan Lopez

Dan Lopez

Lopez lives in Santa Monica. His debut novel "The Show House" was a Chicago Review of Books selection for Best Fiction Books of 2016. His work has appeared in The Millions, Los Angeles Review of Books, The Collagist, Storychord, Time Out New York and Lambda Literary, among others.


Saturday April 22, 2017 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Seeley G. Mudd 124, Signing Area 4

3:30pm

Nonfiction: Science and Our World
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 based in central Africa. He is graduate of Dartmouth College, a former Knight Fellow at Stanford University and a winner of the Livingston Award for International... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Sean M. Carroll

Sean M. Carroll

Carroll is a theoretical physicist at Caltech, specializing in quantum mechanics, gravitation, and cosmology. He is the author of several books, including "The Big Picture,” "The Particle at the End of the Universe," and "From Eternity to Here.” He frequently consults for film and television, and has been featured on shows such as “The Colbert Report,” PBS's “NOVA,” and “Through the Wormhole” with Morgan Freeman.
avatar for Bruce Watson

Bruce Watson

Along with being a 2016 L.A. Times Book Prize finalist in Science & Technology for his "biography" of light, “Light: A Radiant History from Creation to the Quantum Age,” Watson is the author of four acclaimed books on American history, including "Freedom Summer," "Sacco and Vanzetti" and "Bread and Roses." His writing has appeared in Smithsonian, American Heritage, and other publications. He is currently writing an online magazine of American... Read More →
avatar for Lawrence Weschler

Lawrence Weschler

Weschler, a creative nonfiction writer, was a staff writer at The New Yorker for over twenty years. He has written several books including, "Mr. Wilson’s Cabinet of Wonder," a Pulitzer Prize finalist. Weschler is the director of the New York Institute for Humanities at NYU. His most recent books are “Waves Passing in the Night: Walter Murch in the Land of the Astrophysicists” and “Domestic Scenes: The Art of Ramiro Gomez.”


Saturday April 22, 2017 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Hoffman Hall, Signing Area 1

3:30pm

Audiobooks: Hey, What's That Sound?, Conversation 1124
Moderators
avatar for Barbara DeMarco-Barrett

Barbara DeMarco-Barrett

DeMarco-Barrett is host of Writers on Writing, KUCI-FM 88.9, which broadcasts from UC-Irvine. She's the author of "Pen | on Fire" (Harcourt), a Los Angeles Times Bestseller, and contributed stories to USA Noir: Best of the Akashic Noir Series | and Orange County Noir. She teaches privately at her studio in Corona del Mar and online at Gotham Writers Workshop.

Speakers
avatar for Michael Eric Dyson

Michael Eric Dyson

Dyson is one of America's premier public intellectuals. He occupies the distinguished position of University Professor of Sociology at Georgetown University, has been an ordained minister for 35 years, is a contributing opinion writer for The New York Times, and is a contributing editor for The New Republic and ESPN's The Undefeated. His latest book is “Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon to White America.”
avatar for Kelly Gildea

Kelly Gildea

Gildea has been working in audiobook production since 2000. She has produced and directed many hundreds of titles, working with authors as varied as John Updike, Elie Wiesel, Bill Clinton, Stephen King, Anne Rice, and Jennifer Lopez. She was the recipient of two Odyssey Awards, for "Rotters" (2012) and "Scowler" (2014), both authored by Daniel Kraus. Her work has garnered multiple Audie Awards and a Grammy nomination.
avatar for George Saunders

George Saunders

Saunders is the author of nine books, including the New York Times bestsellers "Congratulations, by the way" and "Tenth of December,” an essay collection, "The Braindead Megaphone,” and the critically acclaimed collections "CivilWarLand in Bad Decline,” "Pastoralia,” and "In Persuasion Nation.” In 2006, he was awarded a MacArthur fellowship. He teaches in the Creative Writing Program at Syracuse University. His first novel, “Lincoln... Read More →


Saturday April 22, 2017 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Taper Hall 101, Signing Area 5

3:40pm

Alex Dimitrov, Reading from 'Together and by Ourselves'
Speakers
avatar for Alex Dimitrov

Alex Dimitrov

Dimitrov is the author of two books of poetry, "Together and by Ourselves" (Copper Canyon Press, 2017), "Begging for It" (Four Way Books, 2013) and the online chapbook "American Boys" (2012). He is the Senior Content Editor at the Academy of American Poets, teaches creative writing at Columbia University, and lives in New York City.


Saturday April 22, 2017 3:40pm - 4:00pm
Poetry Stage, Signing Area 5

3:40pm

Virginia Grohl, Author of 'From Cradle to Stage,' in Conversation with Dave Grohl
Moderators
avatar for Dave Grohl

Dave Grohl

Grohl is frontman for the Foo Fighters and former drummer for Nirvana.

Speakers
avatar for Virginia Grohl

Virginia Grohl

Grohl is a longtime educator and writer, and the mother of Dave Grohl, frontman for the Foo Fighters and former drummer for Nirvana. Her book is “From Cradle to Stage: Stories from the Mothers Who Rocked and Raised Rock Stars.” She lives in Northern California.


Saturday April 22, 2017 3:40pm - 4:20pm
Los Angeles Times Main Stage, Signing Area 8

3:40pm

Politics: The View from Washington
Moderators
avatar for Christina Bellantoni

Christina Bellantoni

Bellantoni has been assistant managing editor, politics since August 2015. She came to the Los Angeles Times after 12 years covering politics in Washington, most recently as editor-in-chief at Roll Call. Before that, she served as political editor at “PBS NewsHour” for two years. She has covered the White House, Congress, the 2004, 2008 and 2012 presidential campaigns, and the Virginia statehouse. Bellantoni, a California native, is... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Cathleen Decker

Cathleen Decker

Decker analyzes politics for the Los Angeles Times, writing about the Trump administration and the themes, demographics and personalities central to national and state contests. In 2016 she covered her 10th presidential campaign; she has also covered seven races for governor and a host of U.S. Senate and local elections. She directed The Times’ 2012 presidential campaign coverage.
avatar for David Horsey

David Horsey

Two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist and columnist Horsey is a political commentator for the Los Angeles Times. Syndicated by Tribune Media Services, Horsey’s work has appeared in hundreds of media outlets. After graduating from the University of Washington, Horsey entered journalism as a political reporter. His multifaceted career has taken him to national political party conventions, presidential primaries, the Olympic... Read More →
avatar for David Lauter

David Lauter

Lauter is the Los Angeles Times’ Washington bureau chief. He began writing news in Washington in 1981 and since then has covered Congress, the Supreme Court, the White House under Presidents George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton, and four U.S. presidential campaigns. He lived in L.A. from 1995 to 2011, where he had several editing roles, including deputy foreign editor and assistant managing editor responsible for California coverage.
avatar for Matt Pearce

Matt Pearce

Pearce is a national reporter for the Los Angeles Times and frequently writes about violence, disasters, social movements and civil liberties. A University of Missouri graduate, he has covered news in the Midwest for a number of publications and previously wrote about technology, culture and the Middle East as a featured writer for the New Inquiry. He hails from Kansas City, Mo.
avatar for Sarah D. Wire

Sarah D. Wire

Wire came to the Los Angeles Times in 2015 to write about California’s 55-member congressional delegation after covering politics in Washington for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. She has been a statehouse reporter for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette and Associated Press bureaus in Idaho and Missouri. Wire, a Colorado native, is a graduate of the University of Missouri.


Saturday April 22, 2017 3:40pm - 4:20pm
LA Times Central

4:00pm

Vievee Francis, Reading from 'Forest Primeval'
Speakers
avatar for Vievee Francis

Vievee Francis

Francis is the author of “Blue-Tail Fly (Wayne State University Press),” “Horse in the Dark (Northwestern University Press),” and “Forest Primeval (Northwestern University Press),” winner of the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award and the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award for Poetry. She is an associate professor at Dartmouth College and an associate editor for Callaloo.


Saturday April 22, 2017 4:00pm - 4:20pm
Poetry Stage, Signing Area 5

4:00pm

Doyin Richards, Author of 'I Wonder: Celebrating Daddies Doin’ Work'
Speakers
avatar for Doyin Richards

Doyin Richards

Richards is a daddy, husband, author, and public speaker inspiring new mothers and fathers to think, laugh, and learn while evolving as parents and as people. Since creating his Daddy Doin' Work blog in June 2012 it has rapidly grown to become one of the most popular daddy blogs in America with no signs of slowing down. His book is “I Wonder: Celebrating Daddies Doin’ Work.”


Saturday April 22, 2017 4:00pm - 4:25pm
Reading by 9 Children's Stage, Signing Area 7

4:15pm

4:20pm

Tyehimba Jess, Reading from "Olio"
Speakers
avatar for Tyehimba Jess

Tyehimba Jess

Tyehimba Jess is the author of "Olio" the 2017 Pulitzer Prize winner in Poetry. He is the author, previously, of “Leadbelly” which received numerous accolades. A Cave Canem Fellow and NYU Alumni, Jess won the 2016 Lannan Literary Award and is a 2017 finalist for the Kingsley-Tufts Poetry Award. He is the Poetry and Fiction Editor of African American Review and Associate Professor of English at the College of Staten Island. 


Saturday April 22, 2017 4:20pm - 4:40pm
Poetry Stage, Signing Area 5

4:20pm

The Nova Darlings: Alternative Musical Performance
Artists
avatar for The Nova Darlings

The Nova Darlings

Local indie rockers The Nova Darlings will give you all the feels with their high-energy, heart-on-their-sleeves music inspired equally by ’90s alternative music and contemporary left-of-center rock/pop.


Saturday April 22, 2017 4:20pm - 4:50pm
USC Stage

4:30pm

Hapa: Mixed-Race Identity and Representation, Conversation 1145
Moderators
avatar for Velina Hasu Houston

Velina Hasu Houston

Houston is the associate dean of Faculty Development and Recognition, director of the MFA program in dramatic writing, resident playwright, and a professor at the USC School of Dramatic Arts. A mixed-race Japanese American, she is the only American playwright to amass a body of work that explores the U.S.-Japan relationship through stories that include a bilateral, global view of identity and belonging.

Speakers
avatar for Kip Fulbeck

Kip Fulbeck

Fulbeck is the author of "Mixed: Portraits of Multiracial Kids;" "Part Asian;" “100% Hapa;” and "Permanence: Tattoo Portraits,” as well as the director of a dozen short films and creator of the multimedia Hapa Project. Fulbeck is a professor of art at UC Santa Barbara and has been named a local hero by KCET.
avatar for Duncan Williams

Duncan Williams

Williams is Associate Professor of Religion and Director of the Ito Center at USC. He is the author of "The Other Side of Zen, Camp Dharma: Buddhism and the Japanese American Incarceration During World War II,” and editor ofseven books including “Hapa Japan” (Kaya Press), “Issei Buddhism in the Americas,” and “Buddhism and Ecology.” He is also the founder of the Hapa Japan Database Project (www.hapajapan.com).


Saturday April 22, 2017 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Wallis Annenberg Hall, Presented by USC, Signing Area 10

4:30pm

Fiction: The Surreal World, Conversation 1055
Moderators
avatar for Scott Bradfield

Scott Bradfield

Bradfield, born in San Francisco in 1955, has written several novels - including "The History of Luminous Motion" (1989), | "Animal Planet" (1994), and the recent "Dazzle Resplendent: Adventures of a Misanthropic Dog" - as well as several collections of short stories, and a collection of essays. He reviews books regularly for the Los Angeles Times and the New York Times.

Speakers
avatar for Steve Erickson

Steve Erickson

Erickson is the author of nine novels including, most recently, “These Dreams of You.” He is also the film critic for Los Angeles magazine and editor of Black Clock, published by CalArts, where he teaches writing. In 2010 he was the recipient of the American Academy of Arts and Letters award in literature. His most recent book is "Shadowbahn."
avatar for Paul La Farge

Paul La Farge

La Farge is the author of "The Night Ocean" and four other books of fiction. His short stories and essays have appeared in | The New Yorker, Harper's,The Paris Review, The New Republic, McSweeney's, Nautilus, Conjunctions, BOMB, The Believer, The Village Voice, and elsewhere. He lives in upstate New York.
avatar for Amelia Gray

Amelia Gray

Gray is the author of four books, including "Gutshot" (FSG). Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Tin House, and VICE. Her forthcoming novel, “Isadora,” will be published in May.
avatar for Marisa Silver

Marisa Silver

Silver is the author, most recently, of the novel "Little Nothing.” Her other novels include "Mary Coin,” a New York Times | Bestseller and winner of the Southern California Independent Bookseller's Award, and an NPR and BBC Best Book of the Year, "The God of War,” which was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for fiction, as well as “No Direction Home.” Her first collection of short stories, “Babe in Paradise” was... Read More →


Saturday April 22, 2017 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Salvatori Computer Science Center 101, Signing Area 2

4:30pm

Roxane Gay in Conversation with Alexander Chee, Conversation 1064
Moderators
avatar for Alexander Chee

Alexander Chee

Chee is the author of the novels "Edinburgh" and "The Queen of the Night.” He has received numerous awards including the Whiting Award and a NEA in Fiction. He is a contributing editor at The New Republic and VQR, a critic-at-large for the | Los Angeles Times, and an associate professor of English at Dartmouth College.

Speakers
avatar for Roxane Gay

Roxane Gay

Gay is the author of the novel "An Untamed State," a finalist for the Dayton Literary Peace Prize; the essay collection "Bad Feminist;" and "Ayiti," a multi-genre collection. She is at work on a memoir, "Hunger," and a comic book in Marvel's Black Panther series. She has received the PEN Center USA Freedom to Write Award, among other honors. She splits her time between Indiana and Los Angeles. Her latest book is the collection “Difficult... Read More →


Saturday April 22, 2017 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Bovard Auditorium, Signing Area 3

4:30pm

Thomas McGuane in Conversation with Michael Silverblatt, Conversation 1135
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Michael Silverblatt

Silverblatt is the person authors go to when they want a serious literary conversation about their writing, because he reads everything they’ve ever written, often surprising authors with insights about their work. As host of KCRW’s “Bookworm” since 1989, Silverblatt has introduced listeners to emerging authors along with writers of renown.

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avatar for Thomas McGuane

Thomas McGuane

McGuane lives in McLeod, Montana. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the author of ten | novels, three works of nonfiction, and three collections of stories. “Crow Fair” is his most recent book. McGuane is the winner of the L.A. Times Book Prizes' 2016 Robert Kirsch Award.


Saturday April 22, 2017 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Norris Theater, Signing Area 5

4:30pm

Nonfiction: Raining Cats & Dogs, Conversation 1085
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Rene Lynch

Lynch is a writer and editor at the LA Times who works across a variety of sections, including news, Food, Health and TV. She is also the CEO – Chief Encouragement Officer – for #LATFit, an online campaign to help people achieve their health and fitness goals by making small, simple lifestyle changes.

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avatar for Seth Casteel

Seth Casteel

Casteel is an award-winning photographer and the author of the national bestsellers "Underwater Dogs" and "Underwater Puppies,” as well as "Underwater Babies.” His photographs have been featured in many publications including the New York Times, National Geographic, Morning Edition, the Washington Post, on The Today Show, and in Business Insider, as well as on the front page of outlets AOL, MSN, Yahoo!, and hundreds of others. His latest book... Read More →
avatar for David Elliot Cohen

David Elliot Cohen

Best-selling author/editor Cohen has created books that have sold 6,000,000 copies worldwide. Most were in the popular "Day in the Life" and "America 24/7" photography book series. He has four New York Times bestsellers and two other international bestsellers to his credit. Cohen is a graduate of Yale. He lives in Manhattan with his wife, Laureen Seeger. They have five children and, of course, a dog.
avatar for Thomas McNamee

Thomas McNamee

McNamee is the recipient of a 2016 John Simon Guggenheim Foundation fellowship. He is the author of "The Inner Life of | Cats," "The Grizzly Bear," "Nature First; A Story of Deep Delight," "The Return of the Wolf to Yellowstone," "Alice Waters | and Chez Panisse,” “The Man Who Changed the Way We Eat," and "The Killing of the Wolf Number Ten.” He lives in San | Francisco.
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Lauren Fern Watt

Watt grew up in the suburbs of Nashville, Tennessee. After college, she moved to a tiny New York apartment with her 160-pound English Mastiff, Gizelle. The rights to her first book, "Gizelle's Bucket List,” have been sold to fifteen territories and optioned for film. She lives in Los Angeles with her rescue dog, Bette.


Saturday April 22, 2017 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Annenberg Auditorium, Signing Area 3

4:30pm

Young Adult Fantasy: With Great Power…
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avatar for Regan McMahon

Regan McMahon

McMahon is deputy editor, books, at Common Sense Media, a nonprofit website that helps parents, kids, and educators navigate the landscape of media and technology. She is also copy editor of the literary journal Zyzzyva, author of "Revolution in the Bleachers," former deputy editor of the San Francisco Chronicle's Books section, a freelance book editor, and a member of the National Book Critics Circle.

Speakers
avatar for Kelly Barnhill

Kelly Barnhill

Barnhill lives in Minnesota with her husband and three children. She is the author of four novels, most recently "The Girl Who Drank the Moon,” winner of the Newbery Medal. "The Witch's Boy" received four starred reviews and was a finalist for the Minnesota Book Awards. Barnhill has been awarded fellowships from the Jerome Foundation, Minnesota State | Arts Board, and McKnight Foundation.
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P.C. Cast

Cast is a best-selling author and a member of the Oklahoma Writers Hall of Fame. With more than 20 million copies in print in over 40 countries, her novels have received many prestigious awards. Cast lives in Oregon surrounded by beloved cats, dogs, horses, and family. "Moon Chosen" is the first installment in her brand new YA series.
avatar for Destiny Soria

Destiny Soria

Soria graduated from Samford University with a BA in English. For seven months, she backpacked across New Zealand, | supporting herself as a travel writer and tour guide in a haunted prison. She now lives and works in Birmingham, | Alabama. "Iron Cast" is her debut novel.
avatar for Diana Wagman

Diana Wagman

Wagman is the author of six novels, most recently "Extraordinary October", her first for young adults. She is the recipient of the PEN West Award for Fiction. Her short stories and essays have appeared in many places including The Los Angeles Times, Conjunctions, and The Colorado Review. She teaches for Writing Workshops LA.


Saturday April 22, 2017 4:30pm - 5:30pm
YA Stage, Signing Area 9

4:30pm

Nonfiction: Conflicts & Crisis at Home & Abroad, Conversation 1035
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avatar for Scott Kraft

Scott Kraft

Kraft is deputy managing editor of the L.A. Times, is responsible for the front page, the Column One feature and major investigative, explanatory and narrative reporting projects. During more than two decades at The Times, Kraft has been a national and foreign correspondent as well as a news department head.

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avatar for Robert Scheer

Robert Scheer

Scheer is a veteran political journalist. He conducted the famous Playboy interview with Jimmy Carter and went on to interview Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton, and other prominent political figures. In the late 1960s, he was Vietnam correspondent and editor of Ramparts magazine. He has been a national correspondent at the Los Angeles Times and host of KCRW’s Left, Right, and Center. The author of ten books, including "They Know... Read More →
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 nominee and governor's appointee, contributing to a variety of media networks, lectures and consults around the world.
avatar for Amy Wilentz

Amy Wilentz

Wilentz is an award-winning journalist and author. Former New Yorker Jerusalem correspondent and long-time contributing editor to The Nation, she won the National Book Critics Circle 2013 Award for her memoir “Farewell, Fred Voodoo: A Letter from Haiti.” Her work has appeared in The Nation, Time, the New Republic, the New Yorker, and Conde Nast Traveler, among many other publications. She teaches in the Literary Journalism Program at UCI.


Saturday April 22, 2017 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Town & Gown, Signing Area 1

4:30pm

Nonfiction: Nature & Politics, Conversation 1095
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avatar for Thomas Curwen

Thomas Curwen

Curwen is a staff writer for the Times, where he has worked as editor of the Outdoors section, deputy editor of the Book Review and a features editor. He and a team of Times reporters won a Pulitzer for their work covering the 2015 terrorist attack in San Bernardino. In 2008 he was a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize for his story about a grizzly bear attack in Montana.

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avatar for Beth Pratt-Bergstrom

Beth Pratt-Bergstrom

Pratt-Bergstrom, a lifelong advocate for wildlife, has worked in two of the largest national parks, Yosemite and Yellowstone, and as the California Director for The National Wildlife Federation, she leads the #SaveLACougars campaign. Pratt-Bergstrom's conservation efforts have been featured in the New Yorker, the Wall Street Journal, BBC World Service, the Los Angeles Times, and NPR, and her new book is titled "When Mountain Lions Are... Read More →
avatar for Darren Speece

Darren Speece

Speece is Assistant Dean of Students and History Teacher at Sidwell Friends School. His writing has appeared in Environmental History, Salon.com, The Chicago Tribune, The Salt Lake Tribune, and California History is publishing an article about the Redwood Wars later this spring. "Defending Giants" is his first book, and he is currently working on an environmental history of Washington, DC as well as a history of the Maine North Woods.
avatar for Melina Watts

Melina Watts

Watts, author of “Tree,” has written for Sierra Magazine, New York Times motherlode blog, Earth Island Journal, Sunset, Urban Coast: Journal of the Center for the Study of the Santa Monica Bay, Heal the Bay blog, Malibu Times, Malibu Surfside News, VC Reporter, Topanga Messenger and Argonaut News. She has worked for Frank Marshall, Kathleen Kennedy Peter Horton, at Dreamworks, and as a Santa Monica Mountains watersheds coordinator. She... Read More →


Saturday April 22, 2017 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Seeley G. Mudd 123, Signing Area 4

4:30pm

Listen up, New York: Latino Readers & Writers Have Something to Say, Conversation 1152
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avatar for Carolyn Kellogg

Carolyn Kellogg

Kellogg is book editor of the Los Angeles Times. She is a recipient of the paper’s editorial award and a vice president of the board of the National Book Critics Circle. Kellogg has served as editor of LAist.com, web editor of Marketplace and has been widely published. She has an MFA in creative writing and a bachelor's degree from USC.

Speakers
avatar for Rigoberto Gonzalez

Rigoberto Gonzalez

González is the author of 18 books, most recently "Unpeopled Eden", which won the Lambda Literary Award and the Lenore Marshall Prize from the Academy of American Poets. The recipient of Guggenheim, NEA and USA Rolón fellowships, the Shelley Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of America, and The Poetry Center Book Award, he is professor of English at Rutgers-Newark and serves as critic-at-large with the L.A. Times.
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" (Little A, 2016), and in | 2016 she was named Critic at Large for the Los Angeles Times Book Section. Her debut full-length work of nonfiction, "The | Violence,” is forthcoming from Scribner.


Saturday April 22, 2017 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Taper Hall 201, Signing Area 5

4:30pm

Writing & Publishing: Breaking in & Then Some, Conversation 1015
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avatar for Betsy Amster

Betsy Amster

Amster is president of Betsy Amster Literary Enterprises. A former editor at Pantheon and Vintage, she has been described in the L.A. Times as "a dogged prospector of the city's literary talent." Her clients include novelists Christopher Noxon, María Amparo Escandón, and Joy Nicholson; MacArthur fellow and urban farmer Will Allen; James Beard Award winner Kim Boyce; popular historian Margaret Leslie Davis; and bestselling research... Read More →

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avatar for Lisa Lucas

Lisa Lucas

Lucas is the Executive Director of the National Book Foundation, which is best-known as the presenter of the National Book Awards. Before joining the Foundation, she served as the Publisher of Guernica Magazine, Tribeca Film Institute's Director of Education, and has consulted for the Sundance Institute, San Francisco Film Society, and the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. Lucas also serves on the literary council of the Brooklyn Book Festival.
avatar for Sean McDonald

Sean McDonald

McDonald is VP, Executive Editor, and Publisher of MCD/FSG and FSG Originals, as well as Director of Digital and Paperback of Publishing at Farrar, Straus and Giroux
avatar for Bonnie Nadell

Bonnie Nadell

Nadell is President of the Hill Nadell Literary Agency based in LA. She represents fiction such as debut novelist Kayla Rae | Whitaker's "The Animators,” Kate Racculia's novel "Bellweather Weather" and all the work of the late David Foster | Wallace. In nonfiction, her writers include Erwin Chemerinsky, Rebecca Solnit, Rob Moor's "On Trails" and Lauren Marks' upcoming memoir "A Stitch of Time.”
avatar for Oscar Villalon

Oscar Villalon

Villalon is the managing editor of ZYZZYVA. The former San Francisco Chronicle book editor, and a former National Book | Critics Circle board member, his work has appeared in VQR, Zocalo, NPR.org, The Daily Beast, Los Angeles Times, and other places. He lives in San Francisco with his wife, Mary Ladd, and their son.


Saturday April 22, 2017 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Hancock Foundation, Signing Area 1

4:40pm

Chris Santiago, Reading from 'Tula'
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avatar for Chris Santiago

Chris Santiago

Santiago is the author of "Tula,” winner of the 2016 Lindquist & Vennum Prize for Poetry, selected by A. Van Jordan. His writing has appeared in FIELD, Copper Nickel, Pleiades, and the Asian American Literary Review. The recipient of fellowships from Kundiman and the Mellon Foundation/American Council of Learned Societies, Santiago is also a percussionist and amateur jazz pianist. He teaches at the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota.


Saturday April 22, 2017 4:40pm - 5:00pm
Poetry Stage, Signing Area 5

4:50pm

Kelly Oxford, Author of 'When You Find Out the World Is Against You,' in Conversation with Amy Kaufman
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avatar for Amy Kaufman

Amy Kaufman

Kaufman is a film writer at the Los Angeles Times. A Boston native, she moved to Los Angeles at age 18 to pursue an acting career. At USC, however, she quickly discovered she’d rather interview celebrities than become one herself. While covering Young Hollywood, she has gotten 'tude from Justin Bieber on the red carpet and avoided the paparazzi with Kristen Stewart. She has a love-hate relationship with “The Bachelor.”

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avatar for Kelly Oxford

Kelly Oxford

Oxford, born in Edmonton, Alberta, currently lives in Los Angeles with her three children. She likes poodles and PBS and her latest book is “When You Find Out the World Is Against You: And Other Funny Memories About Awful Moments.”


Saturday April 22, 2017 4:50pm - 5:30pm
Los Angeles Times Main Stage, Signing Area 8

5:00pm

Safiya Sinclair, Reading from 'Cannibal'
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avatar for Safiya Sinclair

Safiya Sinclair

Sinclair is the author of "Cannibal,” one of the American Library Association's Notable Books of the Year. She is the recipient of a Whiting Writers' Award, fellowships from the Poetry Foundation, Yaddo, the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, and the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown. Her work has appeared in Poetry, Kenyon Review, Granta, and The Nation. She is currently a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Southern California.


Saturday April 22, 2017 5:00pm - 5:20pm
Poetry Stage, Signing Area 5

5:00pm

NEW TIME: Jessamyn Stanley - Every Body Yoga: Let Go of Fear. Get On the Mat. Love Your Body.
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avatar for Jessamyn Stanley

Jessamyn Stanley

Stanley is an internationally recognized yoga teacher and award-winning Instagram star (@mynameisjessamyn). She has been profiled and/or featured in a wide range of media outlets, including Good Morning America, New York, Glamour, Shape, People, and the Huffington Post, among others. Her book is “Every Body Yoga: Let Go of Fear. Get On the Mat. Love Your Body.” When she's not on the road teaching, she lives in Durham, North Carolina.


Saturday April 22, 2017 5:00pm - 5:45pm
Travel & Wellness Stage, Signing Area 9

5:00pm

The Nick & Jen Show
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avatar for The Nick & Jen Show

The Nick & Jen Show

Nick the Music Man & Jen the Fairy Dancer are a husband and wife duo dedicated to sharing the joy of music and movement with children everywhere. With over 20 years of work in the classroom and on the stage their interactive kids music is enriching, imaginative and irresistible!


Saturday April 22, 2017 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Reading by 9 Children's Stage, Signing Area 7

5:20pm

Marjorie Becker, Jeanette Marie Clough and Mariano Zaro read from “Angle of Reflection”
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avatar for Marjorie Becker

Marjorie Becker

Becker holds a Yale doctorate, is associate professor of Latin American History and English at USC, and is the author of the poetry collections "Body Bach" and "Piano Glass/Glass Piano" (both from Tebot Bach). She has received many awards including a USC Mellon Mentoring Award for and a Faculty Fulbright Research Fellowship for Mexico. She was honored as runner-up in the Second Beyond Baroque Poetry Contest.
avatar for Jeanette  Marie Clough

Jeanette Marie Clough

Clough's most recent poetry collection, "Flourish," was a finalist in the Otis College of Art and Design and Eastern Washington University book competitions. She is among ten Los Angeles poets featured in the 2017 anthology, "Angle of Reflection.” Clough has edited for “Solo,” “A Journal of Poetry,” reviewed for “Poetry International,” and is author of two artist books.
avatar for Mariano Zaro

Mariano Zaro

Zaro is the author of 4 bilingual books of poetry, most recently "Tres letras/Three Letters.” His poems are included in "Monster Verse" (Random House)," Wide Awake" (Beyond Baroque Books), "The Coiled Serpent" (Tía Chucha), "Angle of Reflection" (Arctos Press) and in several magazines in Spain, Mexico and the USA. He has translated American poets Philomene Long and Tony Barnstone. He collaborates with Poetry.LA hosting in-depth interviews with... Read More →


Saturday April 22, 2017 5:20pm - 5:40pm
Poetry Stage, Signing Area 5

5:30pm

Cutty Flam: Musical Performance
Artists
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Cutty Flam

Cutty Flam is a soulful three-piece rock n' roll band from the suburbs of the San Fernando Valley. Their sound is both retro and modern. With a tinge of Spanish-language vocals, they mix genres to produce their very own sonic signature— accurately reflecting their Angeleno upbringing.


Saturday April 22, 2017 5:30pm - 6:00pm
Hoy Stage, Signing Area 6

5:30pm

SoCal VoCals: A Cappella Performance
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avatar for SoCal Vocals

SoCal Vocals

The SoCal VoCals are four-time winners of the International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella. Last year, the VoCals | sang for the president and first lady, toured Hong Kong, and released their newest album, “VoCabulary.”


Saturday April 22, 2017 5:30pm - 6:00pm
USC Stage

5:40pm

Get Lit Players
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Get Lit Players

The Get Lit Players are an award-winning teen performance troupe from L.A. In the past year, they have performed at the Hollywood Bowl alongside John Legend; on “The Queen Latifah Show;” at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.; and at Lincoln Center in New York. They also ranked No. 3 in the world for spoken word poetry at Brave New Voices, an international youth poetry slam that was held in Philadelphia last year.


Saturday April 22, 2017 5:40pm - 6:00pm
Poetry Stage, Signing Area 5
 
Sunday, April 23
 

10:00am

Laurel Ann Bogen, Reading from 'Psychosis in the Produce Department'
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avatar for Laurel Ann Bogen

Laurel Ann Bogen

Bogen is the author of 11 books of poetry and short fiction the most recent of which is "Psychosis in the Produce Department: New and Selected Poems 1975-2015.” Since 1990, she has been an instructor for the UCLA Extension Writers' Program, where she received the Outstanding Instructor of the Year. Her work has appeared in over 100 literary magazines and anthologies including The Maverick Poets, California Poetry from the Gold Rush to the... Read More →


Sunday April 23, 2017 10:00am - 10:20am
Poetry Stage, Signing Area 5

10:00am

The Nick & Jen Show
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avatar for The Nick & Jen Show

The Nick & Jen Show

Nick the Music Man & Jen the Fairy Dancer are a husband and wife duo dedicated to sharing the joy of music and movement with children everywhere. With over 20 years of work in the classroom and on the stage their interactive kids music is enriching, imaginative and irresistible!


Sunday April 23, 2017 10:00am - 10:30am
Reading by 9 Children's Stage, Signing Area 7

10:15am

The Trojan Marching Band
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avatar for Trojan Marching Band

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 Trojan Marching Band 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... Read More →


Sunday April 23, 2017 10:15am - 10:30am
USC Stage

10:20am

10:30am

Claire Keane, Illustrator of "Love Is"
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avatar for Claire Keane

Claire Keane

Keane is the author and illustrator of "Once Upon A Cloud" and is also known for her development art for the movies Tangled and Frozen. She lives in Venice Beach, California, with her husband and kids. She recently illustrated the book "Love Is."


Sunday April 23, 2017 10:30am - 10:55am
Reading by 9 Children's Stage, Signing Area 7

10:30am

Nonfiction: Hooray for Classic Hollywood, Conversation 2051
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M.G. Lord

Lord is an author, critic and cartoonist. Her most recent book is “The Accidental Feminist: How Elizabeth Taylor Raised | Our Consciousness and We Were Too Distracted by Her Beauty to Notice.” She also wrote “Forever Barbie: The | Unauthorized Biography of a Real Doll” as well as “Astro Turf: The Private Life of Rocket Science.”

Speakers
avatar for Glenn Frankel

Glenn Frankel

Frankel worked 27 years for the Washington Post, winning a Pulitzer Prize for international reporting. He taught journalism at Stanford and the University of Texas. He wrote critically acclaimed books about Israel and South Africa and was a Los Angeles Times Book Prize finalist for "The Searchers: The Making of An American Legend,” a national bestseller. His latest is "High Noon: The Hollywood Blacklist and the Making of An American... Read More →
avatar for Jon Lewis

Jon Lewis

Lewis is the Distinguished Professor of Film Studies at Oregon State University and the former editor of Cinema Journal. | His books include: "The Road to Romance and Ruin: Teen Films and Youth Culture,” "Whom God Wishes to Destroy... Francis Coppola and the New Hollywood,” "Hollywood v. Hard Core: How the Struggle over Censorship Saved the Modern Film Industry,” and for the BFI's Film Classics series, The Godfather.
avatar for Karen Maness

Karen Maness

Maness is the principle painting instructor for the University of Texas Department of Theatre and Dance and Scenic Art Supervisor at Texas Performing Arts. Her research is held in the Art Directors Guild core collection at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Maness' career as a scenic artist and practicing studio artist spans more than twenty-five years, with works held in private collections worldwide. Her book is “The Art of... Read More →
avatar for Kenneth Turan

Kenneth Turan

Turan is film critic for the Los Angeles Times and National Public Radio's Morning Edition as well as the director of the L.A. Times Book Prizes. He has been a staff writer for the Washington Post and the Times' book review editor. A graduate of Swarthmore College and Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism, he is the author most recently of “Not to be Missed: Fifty-four Favorites from a Lifetime of Film,” coauthor of "Call Me... Read More →


Sunday April 23, 2017 10:30am - 11:30am
Salvatori Computer Science Center 101, Signing Area 2

10:30am

Nonfiction: Pop Goes the World, Conversation 2091
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avatar for Tod Goldberg

Tod Goldberg

Goldberg is the New York Times bestselling author of over a dozen books, including “The "House of Secrets,” co-authored with Brad Meltzer, "Gangsterland,” a finalist for the Hammett Prize, and "Living Dead Girl,” which was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. He is also the director & founder of the Low Residency MFA at UC Riverside. His next novel, "Gangster Nation,” will be released this fall.

Speakers
avatar for Simon Roy

Simon Roy

Roy, in 2014, published in French "Ma vie rouge Kubrick", which won the Prix des Libraires du Québec for best novel of the year. In May 2016, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation included "Kubrick Red" in its select list of 100 essential Canadian books that must be read. It has been translated since then in English and Spanish. Last September, he published his second novel, "Owen Hopkins, Esquire."
avatar for Kevin Smokler

Kevin Smokler

Smokler is the author of "Practical Classics: 50 Reasons to Reread 50 Books You Haven't Touched Since High School" (2013), and the editor of “Bookmark Now,” a San Francisco Chronicle Notable Book of 2005. His writing has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Salon, BuzzFeed, Vulture, the San Francisco Chronicle and on NPR. He lives in San Francisco with his wife, cat, and most of MTV's first year on vinyl. His newest book is “Brat Pack... Read More →


Sunday April 23, 2017 10:30am - 11:30am
Seeley G. Mudd 123, Signing Area 4

10:30am

California Dreams: A Tribute to Kevin Starr, Conversation 2141
Moderators
avatar for William Deverell

William Deverell

Deverell is a historian focusing on the American West. A co-editor of the Blackwell Companion to California History, he is | a professor of history at the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences.

Speakers
avatar for Josh Kun

Josh Kun

Kun is a professor in the USC Annenberg School for Communication and the Department of American Studies and Ethnicity. He is an author and editor of several books, including "Songs in the Key of Los Angeles,” "To Live and Dine in L.A.,” and the forthcoming "The Tide Was Always High: The Music of Latin America in Los Angeles" and "Double Vision: The Photography of George Rodriguez.” In 2016, he was named a fellow of the MacArthur... Read More →
avatar for Tara McPherson

Tara McPherson

McPherson is Professor in USC's School of Cinematic Arts and Director of the Harman Academy for Polymathic Studies. She is author of "Reconstructing Dixie" (Duke, 2003), co-editor of "Hop on Pop: The Politics and Pleasures of Popular Culture" (Duke, 2003) and "Transmedia Frictions" (California, 2014), and editor of "Digital Youth, Innovation and the Unexpected" (MIT, 2008.) "Feminist in a Software Lab" is forthcoming from Harvard University Press... Read More →
avatar for Nayan Shah

Nayan Shah

Shah is a professor of history and chair of the Department of American Studies and Ethnicity at USC. His research examines historical struggles over bodies, space, and the exercise of state power from the mid-nineteenth to the twenty-first century. Shah is the author of the award-winning books "Stranger Intimacy: Contesting Race, Sexuality and the Law in the North American West" and "Contagious Divides: Epidemics and Race in San Francisco’s... Read More →


Sunday April 23, 2017 10:30am - 11:30am
Wallis Annenberg Hall, Presented by USC, Signing Area 10

10:30am

More Than Strip Malls: The Artchitecture of Iconic Los Angeles, Conversation 2081
Moderators
avatar for Patt Morrison

Patt Morrison

Morrison is a writer and columnist for the Los Angeles Times, a public radio contributor and author of the best-selling “Rio L.A.: Tales from the Los Angeles River.” Her numerous awards include two shared Pulitzer Prizes and six Emmys.

Speakers
avatar for Stephen Gee

Stephen Gee

Gee is a writer and television producer based in Los Angeles. He is also the author of "Iconic Vision: John Parkinson, Architect of Los Angeles.” Gee has worked on numerous award-winning television productions and has directed and produced live coverage of high-profile news stories, including U.S. presidential elections, important court cases, Hollywood events, as well as disasters—including the 9/11 tragedy.
avatar for Jerald Podair

Jerald Podair

Podair is professor of history and Robert S. French Professor of American Studies at Lawrence University. He is the author of "The Strike That Changed New York" and "Bayard Rustin: American Dreamer," and co-edits "The Routledge History of the 20th Century United States." He received the Society of American Historians' Allan Nevins Prize for "literary distinction in the writing of history" and Lawrence University's Award for Excellence in... Read More →
avatar for Arnold Schwartzman

Arnold Schwartzman

Schwartzman is a renowned graphic designer and Academy Award® -winning documentary film director of “Genocide.” | His latest book is “Los Angeles Central Library: A History of Its Art and Architecture.”Other books include "DECO Landmarks,” "Art Deco Gems of Los Angeles,” "London Art Deco and Griffith Observatory,” "A Celebration of its Architectural Splendor.” He was appointed Director of Design for the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic... Read More →


Sunday April 23, 2017 10:30am - 11:30am
Annenberg Auditorium, Signing Area 3

10:30am

Drawing the Lines: Political Cartoons, Conversation 2131
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Luke McGarry

McGarry is an illustrator, cartoonist, animator and designer from Manchester, UK, now based in Los Angeles. His clients include Bloomberg Businessweek, The New York Observer, Goldenvoice, FYF Fest, Festival Supreme, Myspace, Vans Shoes, Chilli Beans Sunglasses and Universal Music Group among others. He has created a number of animations and music videos for the likes of VISA, IFC, Epitaph Records, Universal Republic and the NHL. He has received... Read More →

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avatar for David Horsey

David Horsey

Two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist and columnist Horsey is a political commentator for the Los Angeles Times. Syndicated by Tribune Media Services, Horsey’s work has appeared in hundreds of media outlets. After graduating from the University of Washington, Horsey entered journalism as a political reporter. His multifaceted career has taken him to national political party conventions, presidential primaries, the Olympic... Read More →
avatar for Tom Tomorrow

Tom Tomorrow

Tomorrow (Dan Perkins) is the creator of “This Modern World,” a weekly cartoon of political and social satire which has been a mainstay of the alternative press for more than two and a half decades. His work has also appeared in publications including The New York Times, the New Yorker, Esquire, Spin, Mother Jones, US News and World Report, the Economist, and many others. He is a two-time recipient of the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award... Read More →


Sunday April 23, 2017 10:30am - 11:30am
Norris Theater, Signing Area 5

10:30am

Environment: Surviving the Future?, Conversation 2011
Moderators
avatar for Alex Cohen

Alex Cohen

Cohen is host of KPCC’s “Morning Edition.” Prior to that she was co-host of KPCC’s “Take Two.” A native Angeleno, she first joined the station as host of "All Things Considered" after working as a host and reporter for NPR and the former national program "Day to Day." She has won various journalistic awards including the L.A. Press Club’s Best Radio Anchor prize.

Speakers
avatar for Steve Early

Steve Early

Early is a Richmond, California-based author, journalist, and community activist. He is the author of three previous books and a past contributor to the Los Angeles Times, Boston Globe, USA Today, The Nation, The Progressive, in These Times, Monthly Review, Washington Monthly, and many other publications. He helped initiate Labor for Bernie and belongs to the Richmond Progressive Alliance, one of America's most successful municipal reform... Read More →
avatar for Miriam Horn

Miriam Horn

Horn is the author of several books, including the New York Times best-selling “Earth: The Sequel.” She works at Environmental Defense Fund and lives in New York City. Her newest book is “Rancher, Farmer, Fisherman: Conservation Heroes of the American Heartland.”
avatar for Lee van der Voo

Lee van der Voo

Van der Voo is an independent journalist based in Portland, Oregon, and the author of “The Fish Market - Inside the Big-Money Battle for the Ocean and Your Dinner Plate.”


Sunday April 23, 2017 10:30am - 11:30am
Hancock Foundation, Signing Area 1

10:30am

Nonfiction: Police, Prisons & Justice, Conversation 2031
Moderators
avatar for Margot Roosevelt

Margot Roosevelt

Roosevelt covers the economy for the Orange County Register. Before that, she covered environment and energy news for the Los Angeles Times, and was TIME Magazine's National Correspondent. She was also a foreign correspondent for TIME, based in Paris. She covered Congress for the Washington Post and was the Post's New York bureau chief.

Speakers
avatar for Leslie S Klinger

Leslie S Klinger

Klinger is the New York Times-best-selling editor of the Edgar®-winning "New Annotated Sherlock Holmes" as well as numerous other anthologies, books, and articles on Holmes, Dracula, H. P. Lovecraft, and classic mysteries and horror. His latest book is "Anatomy of Innocence: Testimonies of the Wrongfully Convicted,” co-edited by Laura Caldwell, true stories about the experiences of exonerees (Liveright/W. W. Norton, 2017).
avatar for Victor Rios

Victor Rios

Rios is professor of sociology at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He is the author of “Human Targets: Schools, Police, and the Criminalization of Latino Youth.”
avatar for Heather Ann Thompson

Heather Ann Thompson

Thompson is an historian at the University of Michigan. Her book, "Blood in the Water: The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 and Its Legacy,” is a finalist for the 2016 L.A. Times Book Prize in History, was a finalist for the National Book Award, and has been named on more than a dozen Best Books of 2016 lists as well as a Best Human Rights Books of 2016. It has also been optioned by TriStar Pictures and will be adapted for film by screenwriters... Read More →
avatar for Gary Younge

Gary Younge

Younge, an Alfred Knobler Fellow at the Nation Institute, is an award-winning columnist for the Guardian and Nation. In 2015, he was awarded Foreign Commentator of the Year Award in Britain and the David Nyhan Prize for political journalism by Harvard's Shorenstein's Center. He is author of "The Speech,” "Who Are We—and Should it Matter in the Twenty-First Century?,” "Stranger in a Strange Land,” and "No Place Like Home.”


Sunday April 23, 2017 10:30am - 11:30am
Town & Gown, Signing Area 1

10:40am

Morgan Parker, Reading from 'There Are More Beautiful Things Than Beyonce'
Speakers
avatar for Morgan Parker

Morgan Parker

Parker is the author of "Other People's Comfort Keeps Me Up At Night" and "There Are More Beautiful Things Than Beyoncé.” Her work has been published in the The Paris Review, The New York Times, The Nation, and elsewhere. Parker is the recipient of a 2017 National Endowment of the Arts Literature Fellowship, winner of a 2016 Pushcart Prize, and a Cave Canem graduate fellow. She lives in Brooklyn.


Sunday April 23, 2017 10:40am - 11:00am
Poetry Stage, Signing Area 5

10:45am

Street Smart Tips Every Traveler Should Know
Speakers
avatar for Kevin Coffey

Kevin Coffey

Travel Risk and Awareness Trainer, KevinCoffey.com
Coffey, recently retired after more than three decades with the LAPD, is also a world traveler who will share his unique insights and proven tips to help travelers stop trouble in its tracks. Coffey has been featured on “Oprah,” ABC's “20/20,” the Travel Channel's series "Travel Scams and Rip-Offs Revealed," and in the pages of the Los Angeles Times Travel section. He is the author of "Traveler Beware: An Undercover Cop's Guide to... Read More →


Sunday April 23, 2017 10:45am - 11:30am
Travel & Wellness Stage, Signing Area 9

11:00am

Robyn Schiff, Reading from 'A Woman of Property'
Speakers
avatar for Robyn Schiff

Robyn Schiff

Schiff is the author of three poetry collections, the most recent of which, "A Woman of Property" (Penguin, 2016), was named a best poetry book of the year by The New Yorker and the Chicago Tribune. Her poems have appeared in The New Yorker, New Republic, A Public Space, Poetry, and elsewhere. Schiff co-edits Canarium Books and teaches poetry at the University of Iowa. “A Woman of Property” is a finalist for the 2016 L.A. Times Book... Read More →


Sunday April 23, 2017 11:00am - 11:20am
Poetry Stage, Signing Area 5

11:00am

Salina Yoon, Author of 'My Kite is Stuck! and Other Stories'
Speakers
avatar for Salina Yoon

Salina Yoon

Yoon is an award-winning author-illustrator of nearly two hundred books for children, including "Duck, Duck, Porcupine!,” the Penguin series, the Bear and Floppy series, "Be a Friend” and most recently, “My Kite is Stuck! and Other Stories.” She studied art and design at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California, and now lives in San Diego with her family.


Sunday April 23, 2017 11:00am - 11:25am
Reading by 9 Children's Stage, Signing Area 7

11:00am

Clinton Kelly, Author of 'I Hate Everyone, Except You,' in Conversation with Yvonne Villarreal
Moderators
avatar for Yvonne Villarreal

Yvonne Villarreal

Villarreal is a Los Angeles Times writer covering the business of entertainment for Company Town. She joined the Los Angeles Times in 2008 as a METPRO Fellow before moving to the Calendar section as an entertainment reporter.

Speakers

Sunday April 23, 2017 11:00am - 11:40am
Los Angeles Times Main Stage, Signing Area 8

11:00am

Storytelling in the Age of Trump
Moderators
avatar for Julie Westfall

Julie Westfall

Westfall is the deputy politics editor at the Los Angeles Times. Previously, she led real-time news at The Times. She has also worked in breaking-news editing roles at Digital First Media in New York City, NPR-affiliate KPCC in Los Angeles, and the regional news startup TBD.com in Washington, D.C. She grew up in Florida and holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She also served as a Peace... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Christina Bellantoni

Christina Bellantoni

Bellantoni has been assistant managing editor, politics since August 2015. She came to the Los Angeles Times after 12 years covering politics in Washington, most recently as editor-in-chief at Roll Call. Before that, she served as political editor at “PBS NewsHour” for two years. She has covered the White House, Congress, the 2004, 2008 and 2012 presidential campaigns, and the Virginia statehouse. Bellantoni, a California native, is... Read More →
avatar for Len DeGroot

Len DeGroot

De Groot is the director of data visualization for the Los Angeles Times, overseeing the development of graphics and data presentations for digital platforms and in print. A California native, he joined The Times after teaching at UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism and nearly 20 years of producing and directing graphics for digital, television and print products.
avatar for Alexandra Manzano

Alexandra Manzano

Manzano is the Los Angeles Times’ director of audience engagement. She previously worked for the Oregonian, where she was that newsroom’s first social media editor and engagement strategist. Manzano has lectured on social media and journalism for the American Press Institute, Associated Press News Editors and AEJMC and was an organizer for the Online News Assn.’s Portland chapter. A native of Portland, she earned a degree in broadcast... Read More →
avatar for Laurie Ochoa

Laurie Ochoa

Ochoa is the arts and entertainment editor of the L.A. Times and co-founder of the literary journal Slake, which features narrative reporting, fiction, memoir, poetry, art and photography. Prior to her role at the L.A. Times, Ochoa was editor of the LA Weekly and Gourmet magazine and an interim editor of the Hollywood Reporter.


Sunday April 23, 2017 11:00am - 11:40am
LA Times Central

11:00am

Maria Del Pilar (music performance)
Speakers
avatar for Maria Del PIlar

Maria Del PIlar

Maria del Pilar joined the vanguard of the US Latin Alternative music movement and continues to carry the torch with her groundbreaking Spanish/English lyric writing style and genre-bending music. She was just awarded a grant from her native country’s National Council of Culture and the Arts - Government of Chile, to produce her next album “Songs + Canciones II” due September 2017.   | | In the past year, her song... Read More →


Sunday April 23, 2017 11:00am - 11:45am
LA Sound Stage

11:00am

Marcela Valladolid, author of 'Casa Marcela', Cooking Demonstration
Speakers
avatar for Marcela Valladolid

Marcela Valladolid

Valladolid is one of the hosts of "The Kitchen,” the Emmy-nominated talk show on The Food Network and former host of "Mexican Made Easy.” A former food editor at "Bon Appétit" magazine, she competed on "The Apprentice: Martha Stewart.” She is the author of three cookbooks, including "Casa Marcela.”


Sunday April 23, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
Cooking Stage, Signing Area 4

11:00am

Fiction: Rebel Rousers, Conversation 2021
Moderators
avatar for Mark Sarvas

Mark Sarvas

Sarvas is the author of the forthcoming novel “Memento Park” (Farrar, Straus,Giroux). His debut novel, “Harry, Revised” (Bloomsbury), was published in a dozen languages. He is a member of the National Book Critics Circle and teaches novel writing at the UCLA Extension Writers Program.

Speakers
avatar for Michael Tolkin

Michael Tolkin

Tolkin is an award-winning writer, director, and producer. His novels include "The Player,” "The Return of the Player,” "Among the Dead,” and "Under Radar.” For the film adaptation of "The Player,” Tolkin won the Writers Guild Award, the BAFTA Award for Best Adapted Screenplay, the PEN Center USA West Literary Award, and the Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best Crime Screenplay. His most recent book is “NK3: A Novel.”
avatar for Ben Winters

Ben Winters

Winters is the author of the New York Times bestseller "Underground Airlines,” as well as the Edgar Award winning, Philip K. Dick award winning Last Policeman trilogy. He lives in Los Angeles.
avatar for Lidia Yuknavitch

Lidia Yuknavitch

Yuknavitch is the author of “The Chronology of Water: A Memoir,” the novel “Dora: A Headcase,”a book of literary criticism, “Allegories of Violence,” and three works of short fiction: “Her Other Mouths,” “Liberty’s Excess,” and “Real to Reel.” Her book “Real to Reel”was a finalist for the Oregon Book Award and she is the recipient of awards and fellowships... Read More →


Sunday April 23, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
Hoffman Hall, Signing Area 1

11:00am

Viet Thanh Nguyen and Laila Lalami in Conversation, Conversation 2111
Speakers
avatar for Laila Lalami

Laila Lalami

Lalami 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 Account,” which won the American Book Award, the | Arab American Book Award, and the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award. It was both a nominee for the Man Booker Prize and a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. She is a critic-at-large for the... Read More →
avatar for Viet Thanh Nguyen

Viet Thanh Nguyen

Nguyen’s 2015 debut novel, "The Sympathizer,” won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and was a finalist for the 2015 L.A. Times Book Prize in Mystery/Thriller. “Nothing Ever Dies: Vietnam and the Memory of War,” was a finalist for the National Book Award. His newest novel is “The Refugees.” He co-directs the Diasporic Vietnamese Artists Network and is a professor of English and American studies and ethnicity at USC. He is an LA Times... Read More →


Sunday April 23, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
Seeley G. Mudd 124, Signing Area 4

11:00am

Middle Grade Fiction: Growing Up the Hard Way, Conversation 2121
Moderators
avatar for Pseudonymous Bosch

Pseudonymous Bosch

Bosch is the infamously anonymous author of the New York Times bestselling Secret Series. Despite rumors to the contrary, his books are not actually written by his pet rabbit, Quiche; the rabbit is merely his typist. His latest book is "Bad Luck."

Speakers
avatar for Danielle Davis

Danielle Davis

Davis grew up in Singapore and Hong Kong and currently lives in Los Angeles. She has an M.A. in literature and creative writing and has had the privilege of teaching English to middle school and community college students. Now, she reads and writes and enjoys volunteering with literacy organizations. "Zinnia and the Bees" is her first novel.
avatar for Steven B. Frank

Steven B. Frank

Frank is the author of the middle grade novels "Armstrong & Charlie" (2017) and "Class Action" (coming in 2018). His previous book, "The Pen Commandments,” won the N.Y. Public Library Books for the Teen Age award. Frank also teaches 6th grade English and likes to punish rambunctious kids with fun writing topics. He lives in Laurel Canyon with one wife, two dogs, and three kids.
avatar for Erin Entrada Kelly

Erin Entrada Kelly

Kelly grew up in Louisiana and now lives in Philadelphia, where she earned an MFA from Rosemont College. Her mother was the first in her family to immigrate to the United States from the Philippines. Erin’s debut novel, "Blackbird Fly," was a Kirkus Best Book, an SLJ Best Book, an ALSC Notable, an Asian/Pacific American Award Honor Book, and a Cyblis Finalist. She is also the author of "The Land of Forgotten Girls" and her newest, "Hello... Read More →
avatar for A.S. King

A.S. King

King has published many critically acclaimed young adult novels under the name A.S. King, including "Please Ignore Vera Dietz,” which won a Michael L. Printz Honor, and "Ask the Passengers,” which won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize in Young Adult Literature. "Me and Marvin Gardens" is her first middle grade novel. She lives in Pennsylvania with her family and teaches writing at the Sierra Nevada College, Lake Tahoe MFA program.


Sunday April 23, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
Taper Hall 101, Signing Area 5

11:00am

Young Adult Fiction: There is No Emoji For This
Moderators
avatar for Maurene Goo

Maurene Goo

Goo grew up in a Los Angeles suburb surrounded by floral wallpaper and piles of books. She is the author of "Since You Asked…”and has very strong feelings about tacos and houseplants. You can find her in Los Angeles with her husband and two cats--one weird, one even more weird. Her new book, “I Believe in a Thing Called Love,” will be published in May.

Speakers
avatar for Kayla Cagan

Kayla Cagan

Cagan used to manage the social media for @latimesfob, and is overjoyed to be involved as an author this year. She lives with her husband and dog in Los Angeles. Her debut novel is "Piper Perish.”
avatar for Morgan Matson

Morgan Matson

Matson is a New York Times bestselling author. She received her MFA in writing for children from the New School and was named a Publishers Weekly Flying Start author for her first book, "Amy & Roger's Epic Detour,” which was also recognized as an ALA Top Ten Best Book for Young Adults. Her second book, "Second Chance Summer,” won the California State Book Award and her latest novel for young adults is “The Unexpected Everything.”
avatar for Gretchen McNeil

Gretchen McNeil

McNeil is the author of several young adult horror novels including "Possess,” "Get Even,” and the award-winning "Ten.” | In 2016, Gretchen published her first YA comedy "I'm Not Your Manic Pixie Dream Girl,” and her next novel will be the dark comedy "#Murdertrending" for Disney/Freeform. The film adaptation of "Ten" starring China Anne McClain (Descendants | 2) and Rome Flynn (The Bold and the Beautiful) premieres later this year.
avatar for Amy Spalding

Amy Spalding

Spalding received a B.A. in Advertising and Marketing Communications from Webster University and currently works as the Digital Media Planner for an independent film advertising agency. She's a lover of all things YA and an active member of the community. She's the author of “Kissing Ted Callahan,” ”The Reece Malcolm List” and “Ink Is Thicker Than Water.” Her latest book is “The New Guy (and Other... Read More →


Sunday April 23, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
YA Stage, Signing Area 9

11:00am

Nonfiction: Silicon Valley's Disrupters, Conversation 2071
Moderators
avatar for David Lazarus

David Lazarus

Lazarus is an award-winning business columnist for the Los Angeles Times, focusing on consumer affairs. He also appears daily on KTLA-TV Channel 5 and is a part-time radio host. His work appears in newspapers across the country and has resulted in a variety of laws protecting consumers.

Speakers
avatar for Dan Lyons

Dan Lyons

Lyons is a novelist, journalist, screenwriter, and public speaker. He was a staff writer on the first two seasons of the Emmy-winning HBO series Silicon Valley. Previously, Lyons was technology editor at Newsweek and the creator of the groundbreaking viral blog "The Secret Diary of Steve Jobs" (AKA "Fake Steve Jobs"). Lyons has written for the New York | Times Magazine, GQ, Vanity Fair, and Wired. He lives in Winchester, MA. His book is... Read More →
avatar for Brad Stone

Brad Stone

Stone is the author of "The Upstarts: How Uber, Airbnb, and the Killer Companies of the New Silicon Valley are Changing the World.” In 2013, he published "The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon.” The book, a New York Times bestseller, won the 2013 Financial Times Business Book of the Year Award. Brad is senior executive editor for technology at Bloomberg.
avatar for Alexandra Wolfe

Alexandra Wolfe

Wolfe is a staff reporter for The Wall Street Journal and writes the weekly column Weekend Confidential. After graduating from Duke University, she worked as a staff reporter for the New York Observer, The Wall Street Journal, and then Conde Nast Portfolio. As a freelancer, she wrote regular columns for Bloomberg Businessweek, features for Travel + Leisure and Departures, and has written cover stories for Vanity Fair and Town & Country. “The... Read More →
avatar for Tim Wu

Tim Wu

Wu, author of “The Attention Merchants: The Epic Scramble to Get Inside Our Heads,” is a policy advocate and professor at Columbia University, best known for coining the term "net neutrality." Scientific American named him one of 50 leaders in science and technology, 01238 magazine listed him as one of Harvard's 100 most influential graduates, and the National Law Journal included him in "America's 100 Most Influential Lawyers." He is also... Read More →


Sunday April 23, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
Ronald Tutor Campus Center, Signing Area 3

11:00am

Fiction: Disappearing Acts, Conversation 2041
Moderators
avatar for Mary Otis

Mary Otis

Otis is the author of "Yes, Yes, Cherries" (Tin House). She has been published in Best New American Voices, Electric Literature, The Believer, Zyzzva, and many other publications. Her stories have received an honorable mention for the Pushcart Prize and been named a Distinguished Story of the Year (Best American Short Stories). Mary is a fiction professor in the Low-Residency MFA Program at UC Riverside.

Speakers
avatar for Alexander Chee

Alexander Chee

Chee is the author of the novels "Edinburgh" and "The Queen of the Night.” He has received numerous awards including the Whiting Award and a NEA in Fiction. He is a contributing editor at The New Republic and VQR, a critic-at-large for the | Los Angeles Times, and an associate professor of English at Dartmouth College.
avatar for Amy Gentry

Amy Gentry

Gentry is a book reviewer for the Chicago Tribune whose work has also appeared in Salon, Los Angeles Review of Books, and the Best Food Writing of 2014. She lives in Austin, where she volunteered for several years with victims of sexual and domestic violence. "Good As Gone" is her first novel.
avatar for Edan Lepucki

Edan Lepucki

Lepucki is the bestselling author of the novel "California" as well as the novella "If You're Not Yet Like Me.” Her second novel, "Woman No. 17,” will be published this May. She is a contributing editor and staff writer at the Millions and the founder of Writing Workshops Los Angeles.
avatar for Lydia Millet

Lydia Millet

Millet is the author of 11 books of literary fiction, most recently the novel "Sweet Lamb of Heaven" (2016), a finalist for the National Book Award and 2016 L.A. Times Book Prize in Fiction. Earlier titles include "Mermaids in Paradise" (2014); "Magnificence" (2012), a finalist for the National Book Critics' Circle and Los Angeles Times book awards; a story collection called "Love in Infant Monkeys" (2010), a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize... Read More →


Sunday April 23, 2017 11:00am - Monday April 24, 2017 12:00pm
Andrus Gerontology Center, Signing Area 2

11:20am

11:30am

Jon Agee, author of 'Life on Mars'
Speakers
avatar for Jon Agee

Jon Agee

Agee is the beloved author and illustrator of many acclaimed picture books, including "Terrific" (a New York Times Best Illustrated Book), "Milo's Hat Trick" (an ALA Notable Book), "Little Santa" (an ALA Notable Book and recipient of five starred reviews), and "It's Only Stanley" (a Boston Globe-Horn Book Award Honor Book). His current book is “Life on Mars.”


Sunday April 23, 2017 11:30am - 11:55am
Reading by 9 Children's Stage, Signing Area 7

11:30am

Fact or Fiction: Activism for Kids in a New Political Era
Moderators
avatar for Stan Yogi

Stan Yogi

Yogi is co-author with Laura Atkins of the new children's book "Fred Korematsu Speaks Up." He is co-author with Elaine Elinson of "Wherever There's a Fight: How Runaway Slaves, Suffragists, Immigrants, Strikers, and Poets Shaped Civil Liberties in California." He co-edited "Highway 99: A Literary Journey Through California's Great Central Valley."

Speakers
avatar for Laura Atkins

Laura Atkins

Atkins is an author, teacher and children's book editor who worked at Children's Book Press, Orchard Books, and Lee & Low Books. With an MA in Children's Literature and an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults, she co-wrote "Fred Korematsu Speaks Up", and is the author of the picture book, "Sled Dog Dachshund". Passionate about diversity and equity in children's books, Laura is based in Berkeley, California.
avatar for Zetta Elliott

Zetta Elliott

Born in Canada, Zetta Elliott moved to the US in 1994. Her poetry has been published in several anthologies, and her plays have been staged in New York, Chicago, and Cleveland. Her essays have appeared in The Huffington Post, School Library Journal, and Publishers Weekly. She is the author of over twenty books for young readers, including the award-winning picture book Bird. She currently lives in Brooklyn.  
avatar for Maya Gonzalez

Maya Gonzalez

Gonzalez is an artist, author and progressive educator whose work focuses on the use of art and story as powerful tools of reclamation and transformation. She has illustrated over 20 award-winning children's books, several of which she also wrote and is the recipient of the Pura Belpré Award Honor. "When a Bully is President: Truth and Creativity for Oppressive Times," self-care for kids, is her most recent picture book.


Sunday April 23, 2017 11:30am - 12:00pm
Hoy Stage, Signing Area 6

11:40am

Monica Youn, Reading From "Blackacre: Poems"
Speakers
avatar for Monica Youn

Monica Youn

Youn is the author of "Blackacre,” which was shortlisted for the National Book Critics Circle Award and longlisted for the | National Book Award, and named one of 2016's best poetry books by the New York Times, the Washington Post and | BuzzFeed. Her previous book "Ignatz" (2010) was a finalist for the National Book Award. A former lawyer and the daughter | of Korean immigrants, she teaches at Princeton University.


Sunday April 23, 2017 11:40am - 12:00pm
Poetry Stage, Signing Area 5

11:40am

J. VEN: R&B/Pop Musical Performance
Artists
avatar for J. VEN

J. VEN

J.VEN has been making music since he was eight, when one of his foster mothers had him join the church choir. He funded his first recording through his work as a server and is now a student in the USC Thornton School of Music. “I hope that my music inspires people to embody their truth–to find their power and their magnificence,” he says.


Sunday April 23, 2017 11:40am - 12:10pm
USC Stage

12:00pm

David St. John, Reading from "The Last Troubadour: New and Selected Poems"
Speakers
avatar for David St. John

David St. John

St. John's most recent collection of poetry is "The Last Troubadour" (Ecco). He is a Chancellor of The Academy of American Poets.


Sunday April 23, 2017 12:00pm - 12:20pm
Poetry Stage, Signing Area 5

12:00pm

Javaka Steptoe, Author of "Radiant Child"
Speakers
avatar for Javaka Steptoe

Javaka Steptoe

Steptoe is an award-winning artist, author and illustrator. In 2017, he won the Caldecott Medal and the Coretta | Scott King Award for his latest picture book "Radiant Child: The Story of Young Jean-Michel Basquiat,” which is also a New York Times bestseller.


Sunday April 23, 2017 12:00pm - 12:25pm
Reading by 9 Children's Stage, Signing Area 7

12:00pm

Strange Travels
Moderators
avatar for Catharine Hamm

Catharine Hamm

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 and L.A. Hamm has twice received individual Lowell Thomas Awards, and the Travel section has been recognized seven times during her tenure as editor. Her favorite place... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Joshua Foer

Joshua Foer

Foer is the cofounder, chairman, and editor at large of AtlasObscura.com. He is the author of "Atlas Obscura: An Explorer's Guide To The World's Hidden Wonders,” "Moonwalking with Einstein,” and a forthcoming book about the world's last hunter-gatherers. His writing has appeared in The New Yorker, National Geographic, Esquire, Slate, Outside, the New York Times, and other publications.
avatar for Laurel Moglen

Laurel Moglen

Moglen has produced news for NPR-affiliate stations KPCC and KCRW on "AirTalk," and "Which Way, LA?" She's made many podcasts for organizations and businesses including Bon Appètit Magazine, Travelocity, the California State Parks Foundation and currently Forbes Magazine for PodcastOne. Catch her in a bunch of character roles in movies and television reruns. She is co-author, with Julia Posey, of “111 Places in Los Angeles That You Must Not... Read More →
avatar for Julia Posey

Julia Posey

Posey is a writer, artist, and clothing designer. She is a native Angeleno and has worked for NPR affiliate KPCC. She has held many jobs, and in her inauspicious youth - she even worked in a recycling truck. She lives in Highland Park with her husband, sons, and sweet dog. She is co-author, with Laurel Moglen, of “111 Places in Los Angeles You Must Not Miss.”
avatar for Christopher Reynolds

Christopher Reynolds

Reynolds, born and raised in California, has written about travel, the outdoors, arts and culture for the Los Angeles Times since 1990. Since 2009, he has climbed Mayan pyramids, roamed Red Square in a snowstorm, been shushed at the New York Public Library and jumped from the tallest building in Soweto (rope attached). He takes no freebies or press discounts.


Sunday April 23, 2017 12:00pm - 12:45pm
Travel & Wellness Stage, Signing Area 9

12:00pm

Scott Simon in Conversation with Todd Martens, Conversation 2132
Moderators
avatar for Todd Martens

Todd Martens

Martens joined the Los Angeles Times in 2007 and covers a mix of interactive entertainment (video games) and pop music. Previously, Martens reported on the music business for Billboard Magazine. He has contributed to numerous books, including "The Big Lebowski: An Illustrated, Annotated History of the Greatest Cult Film of All Time." He continues to torture himself by rooting for the Chicago Cubs and, while he likes dogs, he is more of a cat... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Scott Simon

Scott Simon

Simon, author of “My Cubs: A Love Story,” is the award-winning host of NPR's Weekend Edition Saturday, its most popular news program. A contributor to NPR for over thirty years, Simon has won every major award in broadcasting, including the Peabody and the Emmy. He lives in Washington, D.C.


Sunday April 23, 2017 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Norris Theater, Signing Area 5

12:00pm

Nonfiction: Lost Stories of the West, Conversation 2012
Moderators
avatar for Miriam Pawel

Miriam Pawel

Pawel is a journalist and independent scholar and the author of two books about Cesar Chavez and the farmworker movement. Her most recent book, "The Crusades of Cesar Chavez: A Biography," won the Robert F. Kennedy Book Prize, the California Book Award Gold Medal, and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award.

Speakers
avatar for Tim Z. Hernandez

Tim Z. Hernandez

Hernandez, an award-winning poet, novelist, and performer, was born and raised in California's San Joaquin Valley. His books and research have been featured in the Los Angeles Times, the New York Times, CNN, Public Radio International, and National Public Radio. He divides his time between Fresno and El Paso, where he teaches in the MFA Program in Creative Writing at the University of Texas at El Paso. His latest book is “All They Will Call You... Read More →
avatar for Christine Pelisek

Christine Pelisek

Pelisek is an award winning crime reporter who's been covering the scene, most recently for PEOPLE Magazine, for over | 17 years. "The Grim Sleeper" is her first book.
avatar for Kimball Taylor

Kimball Taylor

Taylor is the author of three books, the most recent of which is "The Coyote's Bicycle: The Untold Story of 7000 Bicycles and the Rise of a Borderland Empire.” He is a long-time contributor to Surfer magazine. His work has also appeared in Vice media, ESPN the magazine, and the Los Angeles Times.
avatar for Gabriel Thompson

Gabriel Thompson

Thompson, author of “Chasing the Harvest,” is an independent journalist who has written for the New York Times, Harper's, New York, Slate, Mother Jones, Virginia Quarterly Review, and the Nation. His articles about labor and immigration have won a number of prizes, including the Studs Terkel Media Award and the Sidney Award. His previous books are "America's Social Arsonist: Fred Ross" and "Grassroots Organizing in the Twentieth Century.”


Sunday April 23, 2017 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Hancock Foundation, Signing Area 1

12:00pm

Fiction: Slightly Surreal, Conversation 2092
Moderators
KM

Kate Maruyama

Maruyama's novel “Harrowgate” was published by 47North. Her short work has appeared in numerous online and print journals as well as in anthologies. She is faculty in the BA and MFA programs at Antioch University Los Angeles and teaches with Writing Workshops LA and inspiration2publication.com. She writes, teaches, cooks and eats in Los Angeles where she lives with her family.

Speakers
avatar for Brian Evenson

Brian Evenson

Evenson is the author of a dozen books of fiction, most recently "A Collapse of Horses" and "The Warren." His novel "Last | Days" won the ALA-RUSA award for Best Horror Novel of 2009 and his novel The Open Curtain was a finalist for an Edgar Award. He is the recipient of three O. Henry Prizes and an NEA fellowship. He lives in Los Angeles and teaches at CalArts.
avatar for Paul Tremblay

Paul Tremblay

Tremblay is the author of six novels including the award-winning "A Head Full of Ghosts,”"Disappearance at Devil's Rock,” and "The Little Sleep.” His essays and short fiction have appeared in the Los Angeles Times and numerous "year’s best" anthologies. He has a master's degree in mathematics and lives outside of Boston with his family.
avatar for Matt Wallace

Matt Wallace

Wallace is the author of "The Failed Cities" and the novella series "Sin du Jour" and "Rencor.” He's penned over one hundred short stories, some of which have won awards and been nominated for others, in addition to writing for film and television. In his youth he traveled the world as a pro-wrestler and unarmed combat and self-defense instructor before retiring to write full-time. He lives in Los Angeles.
avatar for Chuck Wendig

Chuck Wendig

Wendig, author of “Thunderbird,” is a novelist, screenwriter, and game designer. He's the author of many published novels, including but not limited to: "Blackbirds,” the YA Heartland series, and the NYT bestselling series "Star Wars: Aftermath.” He is co-writer of the short film “Pandemic” and the Emmy Award-nominated digital narrative “Collapsus.” He currently lives in the forests of Pennsyltucky with wife, tiny human, and dog.


Sunday April 23, 2017 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Seeley G. Mudd 123, Signing Area 4

12:00pm

Fiction: The New New Narrative, Conversation 2052
Moderators
avatar for Agatha French

Agatha French

French is a 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, she has lived on Vancouver Island, British Columbia; St. Andrews, Scotland; Boulder, Colorado; Cambridge, Massachusetts; and the west and east sides of L.A.

Speakers
avatar for Vi Khi Nao

Vi Khi Nao

Nao is the author of novel, "Fish in Exile" (Coffee House Press), and poetry collection, "The Old Philosopher" (Nightboat Books). Vi's work includes poetry, fiction, film and cross-genre collaboration. She was the winner of 2014 Nightboat Poetry Prize and the 2016 Ronald Sukenick Innovative Fiction Contest.
avatar for Wendy C. Ortiz

Wendy C. Ortiz

Ortiz is the author of "Excavation: A Memoir,” "Hollywood Notebook,” and the dreamoir "Bruja.” Her work has been profiled or featured in the National Book Critics Circle Small Press Spotlight blog, the Los Angeles Times, The Rumpus, and the Los Angeles Review of Books. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, StoryQuarterly, and a year-long series appeared at McSweeney's Internet Tendency. Wendy lives in Los Angeles.
avatar for Matias Viegener

Matias Viegener

Viegener is a writer, artist and critic who lives in LA and teaches at CalArts.  He’s the author of 2500 Random Things About Me Too, and editor of I'm Very Into You, the correspondence of Kathy Acker and McKenzie Wark, and co-editor of Séance in Experimental Writing and The Noulipian Analects. He has published fiction and criticism in Afterimage, American Book Review, Artforum, Art Issues... Read More →


Sunday April 23, 2017 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Salvatori Computer Science Center 101, Signing Area 2

12:00pm

Nonfiction: The Home DIY Revolution, Conversation 2082
Moderators
avatar for Lisa Boone

Lisa Boone

Boone is a design writer for the Los Angeles Times. Since 2003, she has covered home design, gardening, parenting, even youth sports, for the Home section and L.A. at Home. She is a native of Los Angeles.

Speakers
avatar for Caitlin Atkinson

Caitlin Atkinson

Atkinson is a photographer and stylist for magazines, books and such retailers as Flora Grubb Gardens. Her work has appeared in Elle Décor, Dwell, Martha Stewart Living, Garden Design and Sunset Magazine. The first book she authored, photographed, and styled, "Plant Craft: 30 Projects That Add Natural Style to your Home," was released from Timber Press in 2016. She lives and gardens in California.
avatar for Rachel Hoffman

Rachel Hoffman

Hoffman is a blogger and app developer who launched Unf*ck Your Habitat in 2011 to motivate the lazy to get up and start cleaning. Her columns have appeared in Persephone magazine, xoJane, and Glamour. Rachel lives in New England with her husband and three Chihuahuas. 
avatar for Yumi Sakugawa

Yumi Sakugawa

Sakugawa is an Ignatz Awards nominated comic book artist and author of "I Think I Am In Friend-Love With You,” "Your Illustrated Guide To Becoming One With The Universe” and "There Is No Right Way to Meditate.” Her comics have appeared in BuzzFeed, The Believer, Bitch, The Rumpus, and other publications. A graduate from the fine art program of UCLA, Sakugawa lives in Los Angeles.
avatar for Fay Wolf

Fay Wolf

Wolf, since 2006, has guided folks toward less clutter, more creativity, and happier adulthoods. She's the author of "New Order: A Decluttering Handbook For Creative Folks (And Everyone Else)" (Ballantine/Random House), praised in the Los Angeles Times, New York Times, Apartment Therapy, and Fast Company, among others. An artist herself, Wolf's sad songs have been heard on shows like “Grey's Anatomy” and “Pretty Little Liars.”


Sunday April 23, 2017 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Annenberg Auditorium, Signing Area 3

12:00pm

Writing Across Genres: Humanizing Conflict, Conversation 2032
Moderators
avatar for Michelle Franke

Michelle Franke

Franke is the Executive Director of PEN Center USA and founding editor of The Rattling Wall. Michelle has produced over 200 literary events across Southern California and was named a 2013 "Face To Watch" by the Los Angeles Times. She currently teaches in the UCLA Extension Writers' Program in Los Angeles.

Speakers
avatar for Ben Ehrenreich

Ben Ehrenreich

Ehrenreich is the author of "The Way to the Spring,” based on his reporting from the West Bank, as well as the novels "Ether" and "The Suitors.” His work has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles Magazine, the New York Times Magazine, | Harper's, and the London Review of Books, and has been recognized with, among other honors, a National Magazine Award.
avatar for Maximilian Uriarte

Maximilian Uriarte

Uriarte enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in 2006 at the age of nineteen and served for four years. During his first deployment to Iraq in 2007 he served as an MRAP turret gunner. He deployed to Iraq again in 2009 as a billeted Combat Photographer and Combat Artist. In 2010, Uriarte created the popular comic strip “Terminal Lance” while still on active duty. "The White Donkey" is his first novel.
avatar for Amy Wilentz

Amy Wilentz

Wilentz is an award-winning journalist and author. Former New Yorker Jerusalem correspondent and long-time contributing editor to The Nation, she won the National Book Critics Circle 2013 Award for her memoir “Farewell, Fred Voodoo: A Letter from Haiti.” Her work has appeared in The Nation, Time, the New Republic, the New Yorker, and Conde Nast Traveler, among many other publications. She teaches in the Literary Journalism Program at UCI.


Sunday April 23, 2017 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Town & Gown, Signing Area 1

12:00pm

Living Long or Living Well: Can We Do Both?, Conversation 2142
Moderators
avatar for Pinchas Cohen

Pinchas Cohen

Cohen is dean of the USC Davis School of Gerontology and executive director of the Andrus Gerontology Center. He has received numerous awards for his research, and serves on the boards of the American Society of Aging and the Milken Institute Center for the Future of Aging, and is president of the Growth Hormone Research Society. Dr. Cohen is leading several new initiatives at the USC Davis School, including the development of a Center for... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Lucio Comai

Lucio Comai

Comai is a professor in the Department of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology at the USC Keck School of Medicine, with secondary appointments in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine and at the USC Davis School of Gerontology. His laboratory is housed within the Institute of Genetic Medicine, where Dr. Comai’s research program investigates the molecular basis of human aging with a goal of translating basic science findings... Read More →
avatar for Laura Mosqueda

Laura Mosqueda

Mosqueda, MD, is a professor of family medicine and geriatrics at the USC Keck School of Medicine and professor of gerontology at the USC Davis School of Gerontology. She also serves as the associate dean of Primary Care, chair of the Department of Family Medicine, and director of the National Center on Elder Abuse at USC. Dr. Mosqueda is well known for her expertise in care for older adults, interprofessional healthcare, and medical education.
avatar for Murali Nair

Murali Nair

Nair is a clinical professor at the USC School of Social Work and an affiliate of the USC Roybal Institute on Aging. His interdisciplinary research interests include alternative health systems and gerontology, and he has written, edited, or co-authored thirteen books, including "Healing Across Cultures and the Good Life: An Approach to Holistic Health.” His cross-national field studies have resulted in the production of twelve documentaries... Read More →


Sunday April 23, 2017 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Wallis Annenberg Hall, Presented by USC, Signing Area 10

12:10pm

Matthew Espinosa, Author of "More Than Me," in Conversation with Jessica Roy
Speakers
avatar for Matthew Espinosa

Matthew Espinosa

Espinosa, ever since he was a kid, was looking for a spotlight where he could perform and show everyone who he was. He cultivated a deep love for acting, creating, and humor and finally discovered Vine as a way to share himself with the world. | More than one billion loops and more than fifty-five million YouTube views later, Espinosa has become a global phenomenon. After wrapping a hugely successful national headlining tour in 2015, Matthew... Read More →
avatar for Jessica Roy

Jessica Roy

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


Sunday April 23, 2017 12:10pm - 12:50pm
Los Angeles Times Main Stage, Signing Area 8

12:10pm

Steve Lopez and Michael Hiltzik in Conversation
Speakers
avatar for Michael Hiltzik

Michael Hiltzik

Hiltzik is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who has written for the Los Angeles Times for over 20 years. He is the author of "Colossus: The Turbulent, Thrilling Saga of the Building of the Hoover Dam," "The New Deal: A Modern History," and most recently, "Big Science: Ernest Lawrence and the Invention that Launched the Military-Industrial Complex."
avatar for Steve Lopez

Steve Lopez

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 was a 2011 Pulitzer finalist for his columns on elder care. He is the author of three novels, two collections of columns and a non-fiction work called "The Soloist," which was a Los Angeles Times and New York Times best-seller... Read More →


Sunday April 23, 2017 12:10pm - 12:50pm
LA Times Central

12:30pm

Amor Al Aire: Conversation with Omar, Argelia and Tommy Calle
Moderators
avatar for Tommy Calle

Tommy Calle

Calle was born in Lima, Peru, and raised in Venezuela. He studied social communication at Central University of Venezuela. He is currently deputy editor of Hoy and Fin de Semana publications, in addition to being entertainment editor.

Speakers
avatar for Argelia Atilano

Argelia Atilano

Velasco y Atilano, con talento incomparable y personalidad contagiosa son los anfitriones del programa matutino K-LOVE 107.5 de Univision Radio donde mantienen entretenidos a sus oyentes con temas candentes y éxitos musicales. Juntos desempeñan el mayor de todos sus papales hasta el momento: el de orgullosos padres de sus dos hijas, Camila y Anabella.
avatar for Omar Velasco

Omar Velasco

Velasco y Atilano, con talento incomparable y personalidad contagiosa son los anfitriones del programa matutino K- | LOVE 107.5 de Univision Radio donde mantienen entretenidos a sus oyentes con temas candentes y éxitos musicales. | Juntos desempeñan el mayor de todos sus papales hasta el momento: el de orgullosos padres de sus dos hijas, Camila y | Anabella.


Sunday April 23, 2017 12:30pm - 1:00pm
Hoy Stage, Signing Area 6

12:30pm

Andrew Wessels, Reading from "A Turkish Directory"
Speakers
avatar for Andrew Wessels

Andrew Wessels

Wessels currently splits his time between Los Angeles and Istanbul. He has held fellowships from Poets & Writers and the Black Mountain Institute. "Semi Circle,” a chapbook of his translations of the Turkish poet Nurduran Duman, was published by Goodmorning Menagerie in 2016. He is an editor at Les Figues Press and The Offending Adam. "A Turkish Dictionary,” published by 1913 Press, is his first book.


Sunday April 23, 2017 12:30pm - 1:00pm
Poetry Stage, Signing Area 5

12:30pm

Elena Karina Byrne, Reading from "Squander"
Speakers
avatar for Elena Karina Byrne

Elena Karina Byrne

Byrne, a Pushcart Prize Winner is author of "Squander" (Omnidawn, 2016), "Masque" (Tupelo Press), and "The Flammable Bird" (Zoo Press). Her work has appeared in Best American Poetry, the Kenyon Review, APR, The Paris Review, Yale Review, Poetry, Verse, Denver Quarterly, Slate, Colorado Review, Diode, and is forthcoming in Bomb, Academy of American Poets Poem-a-Day, and Black Renaissance Noire. She's just completed an essay book, "Voyeur Hour."


Sunday April 23, 2017 12:30pm - 1:00pm
Poetry Stage, Signing Area 5

12:30pm

Memoir: Live Through This, Conversation 2042
Moderators
avatar for Jillian Lauren

Jillian Lauren

Lauren is the New York Times bestselling author of the memoirs "Everything You Ever Wanted" and "Some Girls: My Life in a Harem," and the novel "Pretty.” Her writing has appeared in The Paris Review, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, Vanity Fair, and Elle, among others. She is a regular storyteller on The Moth and blogs at jillianlauren.com. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and two sons.

Speakers
avatar for Annabelle Gurwitch

Annabelle Gurwitch

Gurwitch is an actress and author of the New York Times Bestseller, "I See You Made an Effort,” Thurber Prize finalist 2015, co-author of "You Say Tomato, I Say Shut Up,”and "Fired!" Her writing has appeared in the New Yorker, New York Times, and the Los Angeles Times, and she's the former host of “Dinner & a Movie” on TBS. Her new collection of essays on family is titled "Wherever You Go, There They Are."
avatar for Joshua Mohr

Joshua Mohr

Mohr is the author of five novels, including "Damascus," which The New York Times called "Beat-poet cool." He's also written "Some Things that Meant the World to Me," one of O Magazine's Top 10 reads of 2009, as well as "Termite Parade," an Editors' Choice in The New York Times. His novel "All This Life" won the Northern California Book Award. His memoir, "Sirens," was recently published.
avatar for Dani Shapiro

Dani Shapiro

Shapiro is the best-selling author of the memoirs "Still Writing,” "Devotion,” and "Slow Motion,” and five novels including "Black & White" and "Family History.” Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, Tin House, Elle, Vogue, The New York Times Book Review, the op-ed pages of The New York Times, and the Los Angeles Times. A contributing editor at Condé Nast Traveler, Shapiro lives with her family in Connecticut. Her newest book is... Read More →


Sunday April 23, 2017 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Andrus Gerontology Center, Signing Area 2

12:30pm

Shalane Flanagan & Elyse Kopecky, authors of 'Run Fast. Eat Slow', Cooking Demonstration
Speakers
avatar for Shalane Flanagan

Shalane Flanagan

Flanagan is an Olympic medalist, four-time Olympian, American record holder and world-class marathoner. She finished second at the 2010 NYC Marathon and ran the fastest time ever by an American woman at the 2014 Boston Marathon. She lives and trains in Portland, OR. She is the co-author of "Run Fast Eat Slow.”
avatar for Elyse Kopecky

Elyse Kopecky

Kopecky is a chef, nutrition coach and ran cross-country and track alongside Shalane Flanagan at UNC Chapel Hill. She studied culinary arts at the Natural Gourmet Institute following a 10-year marketing career at Nike. She is the co-author of "Run Fast Eat Slow.”


Sunday April 23, 2017 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Cooking Stage, Signing Area 4

12:30pm

Fiction with a Funny Side, Conversation 2122
Moderators
avatar for Elizabeth Crane

Elizabeth Crane

21st Century Award. Her work has been featured on NPR's Selected Shorts and adapted for the stage by Chicago's Steppenwolf Theater. Her debut novel, "We Only Know So Much,” has been adapted for film, and her second novel, "The History of Great Things,” was released in 2016. Her fourth collection of stories, "Turf,” is forthcoming in June from Soft Skull Press.

Speakers
avatar for Francine Prose

Francine Prose

Prose is the author of twenty-one works of fiction, including NYT bestselling novel, "Lovers At The Chameleon Club: Paris, | 1932.” Prose is a former president of PEN American Center, National Book Award Finalist and is the recipient of numerous grants and honors, including a Guggenheim, a Fulbright, Dayton Literary Peace Prize and a Director's Fellow at the Center for Scholars and Writers at the New York Public Library. Her latest book is... Read More →
avatar for Cathleen Schine

Cathleen Schine

Schine is the author of "The Three Weissmanns of Westport,” "The Love Letter,” "The New Yorkers,” and her most recent, “They May Not Mean To, but They Do,” among other novels. She has contributed to The New Yorker, The New York Review of Books, The New York Times Magazine, and The New York Times Book Review. She lives in Los Angeles.
avatar for Jim Shepard

Jim Shepard

Shepard is the author of seven novels and four previous story collections, including his latest, “The World to Come: Stories.” He lives in Williamstown, Massachusetts, with his wife, three children, and three beagles. He teaches at Williams College.


Sunday April 23, 2017 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Taper Hall 101, Signing Area 5

12:30pm

Fiction: Roads Less Traveled, Conversation 2022
Moderators
avatar for Alex Espinoza

Alex Espinoza

Espinoza was raised in Los Angeles. His books include "Still Water Saints" and "The Five Acts of Diego León" (both from Random House). He's written for the NY Times Sunday Magazine, the LA Times, NPR, and the Virginia Quarterly Review. An NEA fellow and winner of an American Book Award, he's director of the MFA Program in Creative Writing and Literary Arts at Cal State LA.

Speakers
avatar for Janie Chang

Janie Chang

Chang draws upon family legends for historical novels set in China. Janie has lived in the Philippines, Iran, Thailand, New Zealand, and now lives in Vancouver, Canada. Her first novel, "Three Souls,” was a finalist for the 2014 BC Book Prizes Fiction Prize and one of 9 Canadian books long-listed for the 2015 IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. Her second novel, "Dragon Springs Road,” was released in January 2017.
avatar for Natashia Deon

Natashia Deon

Deón is a 2017 NAACP Image Award Nominee and author of the critically-acclaimed novel, Grace (Counterpoint Press), which was awarded the 2017 First Novel Prize by the American Library Association's Black Caucus (BCALA), was named Kirkus Review Best Book of 2016, a New York Times Top Book 2016, a Book Riot Favorite Book of 2016, The Root Best Book of 2016, and an Entropy Magazine Best Book of 2016. Her writing has appeared in American Short... Read More →
avatar for Shanthi Sekaran

Shanthi Sekaran

Sekaran lives in Berkeley and teaches writing and literature. Her latest novel, "Lucky Boy,” was an Amazon Editor's Pick and an IndieNext Great Read. Her essays and short fiction have appeared in The New York Times, Canteen Magazine, Huffington Post and Best New American Voices.


Sunday April 23, 2017 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Hoffman Hall, Signing Area 1

12:30pm

Fiction: Writing Short Stories, Conversation 2112
Moderators
avatar for Libby Flores

Libby Flores

Flores is a 2008 PEN Center USA Emerging Voices Fellow. Her short fiction has appeared in Post Road Magazine, The Open | Bar at Tin House, The Rattling Wall, Paper Darts, Bridge Eight, FLASH: The International Short-Short Story Magazine, The Los Angeles Review of Books and American Short Fiction. She is the Director of Literary Programs at PEN. She lives in Los | Angeles, but will always be a Texan.

Speakers
avatar for Chanelle Benz

Chanelle Benz

Benz has published short stories in The American Reader, Fence, and The Cupboard, and on Granta.com, and is the recipient of an O. Henry Prize. She received her MFA at Syracuse University as well as a BFA in acting from Boston University. She is of British-Antiguan descent and currently lives in Houston. Her current book is “The Man Who Shot Out My Eye is Dead.”
avatar for Dana Johnson

Dana Johnson

Johnson is the author of “Break Any Woman Down,” for which she received the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction and the novel “Elsewhere, California.” Born and raised in and around Los Angeles, she is an associate professor of English at USC where she teaches literature and creative writing. Her newest book is “In the Not Quite Dark: Stories.”
avatar for Rebecca Schiff

Rebecca Schiff

Schiff graduated from Columbia University's MFA program, where she received a Henfield Prize. Her stories have appeared in n+1, Electric Literature, The American Reader, Guernica, The Guardian, and Lenny Letter. Her latest book is “The Bed Moved,” is a finalist for the 2016 L.A. Times' Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction. She lives in Brooklyn.
avatar for Deb Olin Unferth

Deb Olin Unferth

Unferth is the author of the collection of stories "Minor Robberies,” the novel "Vacation,” and the memoir, "Revolution: The Year I Fell in Love and Went to Join the War,” which was a finalist for a 2012 National Book Critics Circle Award. Her work has appeared in Harper's, McSweeney's, NOON, the Paris Review, and Tin House. She lives in Austin, Texas.


Sunday April 23, 2017 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Seeley G. Mudd 124, Signing Area 4

12:30pm

Marlon James in Conversation with Davan Maharaj, Conversation 2072
Moderators
avatar for Davan Maharaj

Davan Maharaj

Maharaj, a 27-year veteran of The Times, added publisher to his title in March 2016. He had been named editor and executive vice president in 2011. Prior to that role, he served as managing editor, assistant foreign editor and deputy business editor. A native of Trinidad, he holds a political science degree from the University of Tennessee, a master’s in law from Yale and an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Letters from the University of the... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Marlon James

Marlon James

James was born in Kingston, Jamaica in 1970. His first novel, "John Crow's Devil" was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and the Commonwealth Writers Prize, as well as a New York Times Editor's Choice. His second novel, "The Book of Night" won the 2010 Dayton Literary Peace Prize, Minnesota Book Award, and was a finalist for the 2010 National Book Critics Circle Award in fiction. His most recent novel, "A Brief History of... Read More →


Sunday April 23, 2017 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Ronald Tutor Campus Center, Signing Area 3

12:30pm

Middle Grade & Young Adult Fiction: Reaching Readers
Moderators
avatar for Joel Arquillos

Joel Arquillos

Arquillos is Executive Director at 826LA, a non-profit writing and tutoring organization that serves youth ages 6-18 with their creative and expository writing skills, and supports teachers by helping them get their students excited about writing. 826LA is also the home of the Time Travel Marts -- whimsical storefronts that financially support 826LA's free writing programs.

Speakers
avatar for Melissa de la Cruz

Melissa de la Cruz

De la Cruz is the internationally bestselling author of many critically acclaimed novels, including "The Isle of the Lost: A Descendants Novel" and the Summer on East End series. Her Blue Bloods series has sold over three million copies, and the Witches of East End series became a television show on the Lifetime network. Her latest novel for young adults is “Alex and Eliza.”
avatar for Benjamin Alire Saenz

Benjamin Alire Saenz

Sáenz is an acclaimed writer for adults and teens. His novel "Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe" won a Printz Honor Award, the Pura Belpre, Lambda, and Stonewall Book Awards. His latest book is “The Inexplicable Logic of My Life.” He lives in El Paso, Texas.
avatar for Janet Tashjian

Janet Tashjian

Tashjian is the author of the popular My Life series including “My Life as a Ninja,” “My Life as a Book,” “My Life as a Stuntboy,” “My Life as a Cartoonist,” “My Life as a Joke,” and “My Life as a Gamer,” as well as the Einstein the Class Hamster series, both illustrated by her son, Jake Tashjian. Janet lives in Sherman Oaks, California.
avatar for Renee Watson

Renee Watson

Watson is the acclaimed author of the teen novel, "This Side of Home,” and two picture books: "Harlem's Little Blackbird" | and "A Place Where Hurricanes Happen,” which was featured on NBC Nightly News. Her middle grade novel, "What | Momma Left Me" debuted as an ABA New Voices Pick. She lives in New York City and her newest young adult novel is “Piecing Me Together.”


Sunday April 23, 2017 12:30pm - 1:30pm
YA Stage, Signing Area 9

12:30pm

Chris Hayes in Conversation with Christina Bellantoni, Conversation 2062
Moderators
avatar for Christina Bellantoni

Christina Bellantoni

Bellantoni has been assistant managing editor, politics since August 2015. She came to the Los Angeles Times after 12 years covering politics in Washington, most recently as editor-in-chief at Roll Call. Before that, she served as political editor at “PBS NewsHour” for two years. She has covered the White House, Congress, the 2004, 2008 and 2012 presidential campaigns, and the Virginia statehouse. Bellantoni, a California native, is... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Chris Hayes

Chris Hayes

Hayes hosts "All In with Chris Hayes" at 8 p.m. ET Monday through Friday on MSNBC. Hayes is also Editor-at-Large of "The Nation." Hayes' first book, "Twilight of the Elites: America After Meritocracy," which is about the crisis of authority in American life, was published in June 2012. Hayes grew up in the Bronx and graduated from Brown University. His newest book is “A Colony in a Nation.”


Sunday April 23, 2017 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Bovard Auditorium, Signing Area 3

12:50pm

Trio Ellas : Latin Musical Performance
Artists
avatar for Trio Ellas

Trio Ellas

Trio Ellas, Latin Grammy®–nominated sweethearts of Los Angeles, have been making waves with their fresh take on traditional mariachi blended with jazz, pop, and country. They have recorded for Benjamin Gibbard and Lady Gaga, and performed with top artists including Sheila E. and Lila Downs. The trio is composed of Suemy Gonzalez, a graduate of USC's Thornton School of Music; Nelly Cortez, a fourth-generation mariachi musician and... Read More →


Sunday April 23, 2017 12:50pm - 1:20pm
USC Stage

1:00pm

Anna Journey, Reading from 'The Atheist Wore Goat Silk'
Speakers
avatar for Anna Journey

Anna Journey

Journey is the author of the essay collection "An Arrangement of Skin" (Counterpoint, 2017) and the poetry collections | "The Atheist Wore Goat Silk" (LSU Press, 2017), "Vulgar Remedies" (LSU Press, 2013), and "If Birds Gather Your Hair for | Nesting" (University of Georgia Press, 2009), which was selected by Thomas Lux for the National Poetry Series. She is an assistant professor of English at the University of Southern California.


Sunday April 23, 2017 1:00pm - 1:20pm
Poetry Stage, Signing Area 5

1:00pm

Gennifer Choldenko & Dan Santat, Author & Illustrator of 'Dad and the Dinosaur'
Speakers
avatar for Gennifer Choldenko

Gennifer Choldenko

Choldenko is the New York Times bestselling and Newbery Honor Award-winning author of ten children's books, including "A Giant Crush,” illustrated by Melissa Sweet, and "Al Capone Does My Shirts,” "Al Capone Shines My Shoes,"and "Al | Capone Does My Homework.” She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her family. Her latest book, with Dan Santat, is “Dad and the Dinosaur.”
avatar for Dan Santat

Dan Santat

Santat won the Caldecott Medal for “The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend” and is the illustrator of "The Three Ninja Pigs,” "Ninja Red Riding Hood,” and "Hensel and Gretel, Ninja Chicks.” He is also the creator of the Disney Channel's animated hit “The Replacements.” Dan lives with his family in Los Angeles and his newest book, with Gennifer Childenko, is “Dad and the Dinosaur.”


Sunday April 23, 2017 1:00pm - 1:25pm
Reading by 9 Children's Stage, Signing Area 7

1:00pm

Pair of Arrows (music performance)
Artists
avatar for Pair of Arrows

Pair of Arrows

Pair of Arrows is Swan Palermo (The Glitch Mob, Gold Country, Birdseye), R.D. White (R/D), and Brandon Burkart (The Saint James Society, Cathedral Club, Dead Dawn). | http://soundcloud.com/pairofarrows  


Sunday April 23, 2017 1:00pm - 1:45pm
LA Sound Stage

1:15pm

The Educational Travel Boom
Speakers
avatar for Catharine Hamm

Catharine Hamm

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 and L.A. Hamm has twice received individual Lowell Thomas Awards, and the Travel section has been recognized seven times during her tenure as editor. Her favorite place... Read More →
avatar for Lawrence Ingrassia

Lawrence Ingrassia

Ingrassia joined the Los Angeles Times in January 2015 as managing editor focusing on new ventures. Previously, he worked at the New York Times as business editor from 2004 to 2012 and later as deputy managing editor for new initiatives. Coverage he directed at the New York Times won five Pulitzer Prizes – one each for national reporting, international reporting and commentary and two in explanatory reporting. In 2009, he received the... Read More →
avatar for Chase Poffenberger

Chase Poffenberger

Poffenberger is a veteran of Academic Travel, having begun her career as a China Program Designer just three short months before the Tiananmen Square massacre in Beijing that redirected her job, and her life! She has since worn many hats during her tenure, including France Program Designer and Assistant Director of the Program and Marketing Departments. Poffenberger currently oversees Academic Travel Abroad’s team of Sales and... Read More →
avatar for Mark Steinberg

Mark Steinberg

Steinberg, prior to becoming a full-time traveler, worked as a ballpark vendor, a parking attendant at a Chicago racetrack, a television news producer, a law firm partner, Counselor to the Legal Adviser of the State Department, Associate Deputy Attorney General in the Clinton Justice Department, Senior Policy Adviser to the International Commission on Missing Persons in the Former Yugoslavia, Deputy General Counsel to the Independent Commission... Read More →


Sunday April 23, 2017 1:15pm - 2:00pm
Travel & Wellness Stage, Signing Area 9

1:20pm

Jane Mead, Reading from 'World of Made and Unmade'
Speakers
avatar for Jane Mead

Jane Mead

Mead is the author of five collections of poetry and the recipient of a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship, a Whiting | Writers Award, and a Lannan Foundation Completion Grant. For many years Poet-in-Residence at Wake Forest | University, she has taught as a visiting writer at Colby College, Washington University in St. Louis, and The University of | Iowa. She manages her family's ranch in northern California. Her latest book is “World of... Read More →


Sunday April 23, 2017 1:20pm - 1:40pm
Poetry Stage, Signing Area 5

1:20pm

Stephen Tobolowsky, Author of 'My Adventures with God,' in Conversation with Sarah Rodman
Moderators
avatar for Sarah Rodman

Sarah Rodman

Rodman joined the LA Times after 10 years at the Boston Globe, where she has been a TV and pop music critic. A longtime board member of the TV Critics Assn., she is an astute observer of television – and an avid fan. Her tastes are as varied as “Your Show of Shows,” “The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and “Game of Thrones.”

Speakers
avatar for Stephen Tobolowsky

Stephen Tobolowsky

Tobolowsky has appeared in over 200 movies and television shows including "Groundhog Day," "Silicon Valley," and Netflix’s "One Day at a Time." He has performed his stories all over the world. They can be heard on "The Tobolowsky Files" and his storytelling films: "Stephen Tobolowsky’s Birthday Party" and "The Primary Instinct." His two books, "The Dangerous Animals Club" and his latest, "My Adventures with God," are published by Simon and... Read More →


Sunday April 23, 2017 1:20pm - 2:00pm
Los Angeles Times Main Stage, Signing Area 8

1:20pm

Politics: The View from California
Moderators
avatar for John Myers

John Myers

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 online projects included everything from one of Sacramento's original politics blogs to California’s first politics podcast. He also served as the moderator of... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Mark Barabak

Mark Barabak

Barabak covers state and national politics for the Los Angeles Times, based in San Francisco. A reporter for nearly 40 years, Barabak has covered campaigns and elections in 49 of the 50 states, including all or part of the last 10 presidential campaigns and dozens of mayoral, gubernatorial and U.S. Senate contests. He also reported from the White House and Capitol Hill during the George H.W. Bush and Clinton administrations.
avatar for Liam Dillon

Liam Dillon

Dillon covers California state politics and policy for the Los Angeles Times and is based in Sacramento. Prior to joining | The Times in 2016, Dillon covered local politics in San Diego and Southwest Florida.
avatar for Melanie Mason

Melanie Mason

Mason covers state government and politics in Sacramento. She first began working for the Los Angeles Times in 2011 in Washington, D.C., where she covered money and politics during the 2012 presidential campaign. She is originally from Los Angeles and is a graduate of Georgetown University and the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism.
avatar for Seema Mehta

Seema Mehta

Mehta is a political writer for the Los Angeles Times. She covered the 2016, 2012 and 2008 presidential campaigns, as well as gubernatorial, Senate and mayoral races. A graduate of Syracuse University, the East Coast native swore when she joined The Times in 1998 that she would only spend a few years on the Left Coast. Many years, a husband, a house and a few cats later, Seema can’t imagine living somewhere she couldn’t golf... Read More →


Sunday April 23, 2017 1:20pm - 2:00pm
LA Times Central

1:30pm

Danica McKellar, author of 'Goodnight, Numbers'
Speakers
avatar for Danica McKellar

Danica McKellar

McKellar is a New York Times bestselling author of groundbreaking math books for young readers including "Kiss My Math" and the new "Goodnight Numbers,” and a summa cum laude graduate of UCLA with a degree in mathematics. She is well known for her acting roles in The Wonder Years, The West Wing, and multiple television movies for Hallmark Channel and Lifetime. She lives with her family in Los Angeles.


Sunday April 23, 2017 1:30pm - 1:55pm
Reading by 9 Children's Stage, Signing Area 7

1:30pm

Sin Color Musical Performance
Artists
avatar for Sin Color

Sin Color

Sin Color is Crisia and David, a young duo from South LA whose music embodies traditional styles passed on from older Latinx generations, transforming disco, mariachi, and cumbia into bilingual indie dance pop with catchy melodies and introspective lyrics. Sin Color have built a solid buzz and a loyal following in the LA music scene, and will soon be self-releasing their debut LP, “Frutas.”


Sunday April 23, 2017 1:30pm - 2:00pm
Hoy Stage, Signing Area 6

1:30pm

Memoir: Exploring the World, Conversation 2093
Moderators
avatar for Chris Daley

Chris Daley

Daley is the Director of Writing Workshops Los Angeles and she teaches academic writing at the California Institute of Technology. Her creative work and criticism have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, The Collagist, Crony, DUM DUM | Zine, FORTH Magazine, Los Angeles Review of Books, and various essay collections, including "Brief Encounters: A Collection of Contemporary Nonfiction.”

Speakers
avatar for Mark Kurlansky

Mark Kurlansky

Kurlansky is the New York Times bestselling author of "Cod, Salt, Paper,” "The Basque History of the World,” "1968,” "The Big Oyster,” "International Night,” and others. He received the Dayton Literary Peace Prize for Nonviolence, Bon Appetit's Food Writer of the Year Award, James Beard Award, and Glenfiddich Award. "Salt" was a Los Angeles Times Book Prize finalist. He spent ten years as Caribbean correspondent for the Chicago Tribune... Read More →
avatar for Tom Lutz

Tom Lutz

Lutz is the author of "And the Monkey Learned Nothing: Dispatches from a Life in Transit" and "Drinking Mare's Milk on the Roof of the World: Wandering the Globe from Azerbaijan to Zanzibar," both published in 2016. His other books include "Crying," “Doing Nothing," "American Nervousness, 1903" and "Cosmopolitan Vistas." He is the founding editor of the Los Angeles Review of Books and teaches at UCR.
avatar for Jonathan White

Jonathan White

White has written for the Christian Science Monitor, Sierra, The Sun, Surfer's Journal, Orion, and other publications. His first book, "Talking on the Water" (Sierra Club Books), is a collection of interviews exploring our relationship with nature. His newest book is "Tides." White is an active marine conservationist, holds an MFA in creative nonfiction, and lives with his wife and son on a small island in Washington State.


Sunday April 23, 2017 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Seeley G. Mudd 123, Signing Area 4

1:30pm

Jonathan Lethem in Conversation with Charles Yu, Conversation 2133
Moderators
avatar for Charles Yu

Charles Yu

Yu is the author of "How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe" and received the National Book Foundation’s 5 Under 35 award for his story collection "Third Class Superhero." His work has been published in the Harvard Review and the Gettysburg Review, among other journals.

Speakers
avatar for Jonathan Lethem

Jonathan Lethem

Lethem is the author of "The Fortress of Solitude" and numerous other books. His writing has been translated into over 30 languages. He lives in Los Angeles and Maine and his latest book is “A Gambler's Anatomy: A Novel.”


Sunday April 23, 2017 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Norris Theater, Signing Area 5

1:30pm

Romance: I'm Too Sexy for this Book, Conversation 2083
Moderators
avatar for Kassia Krozser

Kassia Krozser

Kassia Krozser is a lifelong romance reader, and the former publisher of Booksquare, a website devoted to exploring the intersection of technology and publishing. She's appeared at South by Southwest, on NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, and at countless publishing industry events. Her many years of reading, writing, and exploring publishing have taught her one thing: never, ever leave home without a book or three.

Speakers
avatar for Ashley Antoinette

Ashley Antoinette

Antoniette is the feminine half of the popular married duo, Ashley and JaQuavis. She has co-written over 40 novels. Several of her titles have hit The New York Times bestsellers list, but she is most widely regarded for her racy four-book saga, “The Prada Plan.” Born in Flint, MI, she was bred with an innate street sense that she uses as motivation in her crime -filled writings. Her latest book is "Luxe Two: A La La Addiction."
avatar for Julia Quinn

Julia Quinn

Quinn started writing her first book one month after finishing college and has been tapping away at her keyboard ever since. The New York Times bestselling author of more than two dozen novels for Avon Books, she is a graduate of Harvard and Radcliffe Colleges and is one of only sixteen authors ever to be inducted in the Romance Writers of America Hall of Fame. Her latest book is “The Girl with the Make-Believe Husband.”
avatar for Reese Ryan

Reese Ryan

Ryan writes sexy, contemporary romance featuring a multicultural cast of flawed, but lovable characters. She secretly enjoys torturing her heroines with family and career drama, reformed bad boys, revealed secrets, and the occasional identity crisis, but always rewards them with supportive girlfriends and a happily ever after. | | An avid reader, Reese's to-be-read stack resembles a small skyscraper. She adores brilliant singer/songwriters, and... Read More →


Sunday April 23, 2017 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Annenberg Auditorium, Signing Area 3

1:30pm

Is This Goodbye, NEA? Addressing Our Fears - and Hopes -for the Arts and Humanities, Conversation 2143
Moderators
avatar for Sasha Anawalt

Sasha Anawalt

Anawalt is an acclaimed critic, writer, and media entrepreneur. She co-founded the USC Annenberg master’s program in arts journalism; was chief dance critic for the Los Angeles Herald-Examiner, LA Weekly, and KCRW; and is the author of "The Joffrey Ballet: Robert Joffrey and the Making of an American Dance Company", which was the basis of a PBS documentary. Anawalt ran the Getty Arts Journalism Program for thirteen years and the NEA Arts... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Anita Dashiell-Sparks

Anita Dashiell-Sparks

Dashiell-Sparks is an actor, director, and associate professor of theatre practice in the USC School of Dramatic Arts. She has performed on Broadway in “Night Must Fall” and guest-starred in television shows including “West Wing” and “Lincoln Heights.” Dashiell-Sparks directed “Letters from Zora” at the Crossroads Theatre and two critically acclaimed engagements at the Pasadena Playhouse, among many other endeavors.
avatar for Rachel Moore

Rachel Moore

Moore is president and CEO of The Music Center. She was previously CEO of American Ballet Theatre; director of Boston | Ballet’s Center for Dance Education; executive director of Project STEP, a classical-music school for students of color in Boston; and managing director of Ballet Theatre of Boston. She has also held senior positions with Americans for the Arts and the National Cultural Alliance. Moore currently serves on the advisory... Read More →
avatar for Viet Thanh Nguyen

Viet Thanh Nguyen

Nguyen’s 2015 debut novel, "The Sympathizer,” won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and was a finalist for the 2015 L.A. Times Book Prize in Mystery/Thriller. “Nothing Ever Dies: Vietnam and the Memory of War,” was a finalist for the National Book Award. His newest novel is “The Refugees.” He co-directs the Diasporic Vietnamese Artists Network and is a professor of English and American studies and ethnicity at USC. He is an LA Times... Read More →


Sunday April 23, 2017 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Wallis Annenberg Hall, Presented by USC, Signing Area 10

1:30pm

Nonfiction: Cults & Cultures, Conversation 2013
Moderators
avatar for Barry Glassner

Barry Glassner

Glassner is the author of the best-selling book "The Culture of Fear: Why Americans Are Afraid of the Wrong Things" and "The Gospel of Food: Why We Should Stop Worrying and Enjoy What We Eat.” A sociology professor, Glassner has served as president of Lewis & Clark College and executive vice provost at USC.

Speakers
avatar for Jeff Guinn

Jeff Guinn

Guinn is a former award-winning investigative journalist and the bestselling author of numerous books, including "Go | Down Together: The True Untold Story of Bonnie and Clyde,” "The Last Gunfight: The Real Story of the Shootout at the O.K. | Corral and How It Changed the West,” and "Manson: The Life and Times of Charles Manson.” His latest is “The Road to Jonestown: Jim Jones and Peoples Temple.” Guinn lives in Fort Worth, Texas.
avatar for Annie Jacobsen

Annie Jacobsen

Jacobsen is a journalist and the author of the New York Times bestseller “Area 51” and “Operation Paperclip: The Secret Intelligence Program that Brought Nazi Scientists to America.” Jacobsen graduated from Princeton University and lives in Los Angeles with her husband and two sons. Her latest book is “Phenomena: The Secret History of the U.S. Government's Investigations into Extrasensory Perception and... Read More →
avatar for Douglas Preston

Douglas Preston

Preston worked as a writer and editor for the American Museum of Natural History and taught writing at Princeton University. He has written for The New Yorker, Natural History, National Geographic, Harper's, Smithsonian, and The Atlantic. The author of several acclaimed nonfiction books, including the bestseller "The Monster of Florence,” Preston is also the co-author with Lincoln Child of the bestselling series of novels featuring FBI agent... Read More →


Sunday April 23, 2017 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Hancock Foundation, Signing Area 1

1:30pm

John Scalzi & Cory Doctorow in Conversation, Conversation 2033
Speakers
avatar for Cory Doctorow

Cory Doctorow

Doctorow is an author, activist and journalist; co-editor of Boing Boing; author of many books, including the novel "Walkaway,”; "In Real Life,” a graphic novel; "Iinformation Doesn't Want To Be Free,” nonfiction about earning in the internet age; and "Homeland,” a YA novel. He is Activist-in-Residence to the MIT Media Lab, Visiting Professor of Computer Science to Open University, and Special Consultant to the Electronic Frontier... Read More →
avatar for John Scalzi

John Scalzi

Scalzi writes science fiction, has a couple of Hugos, and is totally NOT actually a lizard person from Antares here to learn your strange and incomprehensible human ways. Really, he's not. What would make you think he is? (Blinks his third and fourth eyes in a VERY HUMAN FASHION.) His newest book is “The Collapsing Empre” and he is a critic-at-large for the LA Times.


Sunday April 23, 2017 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Town & Gown, Signing Area 1

1:30pm

Crime Fiction: Trust No One, Conversation 2053
Moderators
avatar for Celeste Fremon

Celeste Fremon

Fremon is the creator and editor of the nonprofit online news site WitnessLA, and an award-winning freelance journalist specializing in gangs, law enforcement, juvenile justice, and criminal justice systems. She is the author of "G-Dog and the Homeboys" (Hyperion 1995, University of New Mexico Press, 2004, 2008), and is working on "Downfall,” about corruption and brutality inside the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department.

Speakers
avatar for Ace Atkins

Ace Atkins

Atkins is the New York Times-bestselling author of twenty-one novels, including "The Fallen" and "Robert B. Parker's Little White Lies,” both out in 2017. A former newspaper reporter, Atkins also writes essays and investigative pieces for several national publications including the Wall Street Journal, Outside, Garden & Gun, and Men's Journal. He lives in Oxford, Mississippi with his family.
avatar for Mette Ivie Harrison

Mette Ivie Harrison

Harrison is the author of the Linda Wallheim mystery series, including "The Bishop's Wife,” "His Right Hand" and her latest, “For Time and All Eternities,” as well as numerous books for young adults. She holds a Ph.D. in German literature from Princeton University and is a nationally ranked triathlete. A member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, she lives in Utah with her husband and five children.
avatar for Melissa Scrivner Love

Melissa Scrivner Love

Love 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, Melissa moved to Los Angeles, where she has lived for over a decade. During that time, she has written for several television shows, among them “Life,” “CSI: Miami,” and “Person of Interest.” “Lola” is her first novel.
avatar for Gina Wohlsdorf

Gina Wohlsdorf

Wohlsdorf was born in Bismarck, North Dakota, and graduated from Tulane University. In 2013 she earned an MFA in creative writing from the University of Virginia. She lives in Denver, Colorado. "Security" is her first novel.


Sunday April 23, 2017 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Salvatori Computer Science Center 101, Signing Area 2

1:40pm

Bruce Willard, Reading from "Violent Blues"
Speakers
avatar for Bruce Willard

Bruce Willard

Willard's poems have appeared in African american Review, Agni Online, NPR's Writers Almanac, Harvard Review, Cortland Review, Ploughshares, Salamander, 5 A.M. and numerous other publications. His first collection of poems, "Holding Ground,” was published by Four Way Books (NYC) in 2013. "Violent Blues,” his second book, was published in 2016. Willard is a graduate of Middlebury College with a degree in American Literature and holds an MFA... Read More →


Sunday April 23, 2017 1:40pm - 2:00pm
Poetry Stage, Signing Area 5

2:00pm

Amy Uyematsu, Reading from "Basic Vocabulary" With Bass Accompaniment by Taiji Miyagawa
Speakers
avatar for Amy Uyematsu

Amy Uyematsu

Uyematsu is a 3rd-generation Angelino. She has written five poetry collections, the two most recent being "Basic Vocabulary" and "The Yellow Door.” Now retired, Uyematsu taught public high school math for 32 years. She was also active in the early development of the UCLA Asian American Studies Center and co-edited "Roots: An Asian American Reader.”


Sunday April 23, 2017 2:00pm - 2:20pm
Poetry Stage, Signing Area 5

2:00pm

Adam Rex, Illustrator of 'The Legend of Rock Paper Scissors'
Speakers
avatar for Adam Rex

Adam Rex

Rex is the New York Times best-selling author and illustrator of “Frankenstein Makes a Sandwich.” His other books include “Fat Vampire,”“Smek for President!” and his latest, “Chloe and the Lion.” He also illustrated the Brixton Brothers series, “Billy Twitters and his Blue Whale Problem” by Mac Barnett and “Chu’s Day” by Neil Gaiman. He lives in Tucson, Arizona.


Sunday April 23, 2017 2:00pm - 2:25pm
Reading by 9 Children's Stage, Signing Area 7

2:00pm

Anna Dellaria: R&B/Pop Musical Performance
Artists
avatar for Anna Dellaria

Anna Dellaria

Singer-songwriter Anna Dellaria has performed with Chaka Khan, John Fogerty, Lamont Dozier, and others. A student in | USC’s Popular Music program, she is already gaining attention for her awesome talent and natural soul.


Sunday April 23, 2017 2:00pm - 2:30pm
USC Stage

2:00pm

Jessica Koslow, author of 'Everything I Want to Eat', Cooking Demonstration
Speakers
avatar for Jessica Koslow

Jessica Koslow

Koslow is the chef and owner of Sqirl in Los Angeles and a soon-to-open restaurant in West LA. Sqirl has been listed among Los Angeles Magazine’s 75 Best Restaurants in LA and Jonathan Gold’s 101 Best Restaurants. She won the 2014 Eater Award for Best Chef in Los Angeles and nominated for Food & Wine’s Best New Chef 2014. Jessica is the author of "Everything I Want to Eat: Sqirl and the New California Cooking."


Sunday April 23, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Cooking Stage, Signing Area 4

2:00pm

Fiction: Culture & Identity, Conversation 2023
Moderators
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Olivia Taylor Smith

Smith is Executive Editor of the Unnamed Press. She is also a certified silver pin sommelier with the North American Sommelier Association and translator of the graphic novel “Panthers in the Hole,” about the Angola 3.

Speakers
avatar for Charmaine Craig

Charmaine Craig

Craig studied literature at Harvard College, received her MFA from the University of California at Irvine, and serves as a faculty member in the Department of Creative Writing at UC Riverside, where she particularly enjoys teaching literature, the art of the paragraph, and forms of narration. Her first novel, “The Good Men (Riverhead),” was a national bestseller translated into six languages. Her second novel, “Miss Burma (Grove),” is... Read More →
avatar for Peter Kimani

Peter Kimani

Kimani was born in 1971 in Kenya, and is a leading African writer of his generation. He was one of only three international poets commissioned by NPR to compose and present a poem to mark Barack Obama's inauguration in January 2009. Kimani earned his doctorate in creative writing and literature from the University of Houston. "Dance of the Jakaranda" is his third novel.
avatar for Krys Lee

Krys Lee

Lee is the author of the short story collection "Drifting House" and the recent debut novel "How I Became a North Korean,” both published by Viking. She is a recipient of the Rome Prize and the Story Prize Spotlight Award, the Honor Title in Adult Fiction Literature from the Asian/Pacific American Libraries Association, and finalist for Center for Fiction First Novel Prize and the BBC International Story Prize. Her fiction, journalism, and... Read More →


Sunday April 23, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Hoffman Hall, Signing Area 1

2:00pm

Fiction: Exceptions and Expectations, Conversation 2043
Moderators
avatar for Julia Fierro

Julia Fierro

Fierro is the author of the novels The Gypsy Moth Summer and Cutting Teeth. Her work has been published in Buzzfeed, Glamour, The Millions, Poets & Writers, Time Out New York, and other publications. A graduate of the Iowa Writer’s Workshop, Julia founded The Sackett Street Writers' Workshop in 2002, a creative home to more than 3,500 writers in NYC, Los Angeles and Online.

Speakers
avatar for Laurie Frankel

Laurie Frankel

Frankel is the author of three novels, "The Atlas of Love,” "Goodbye for Now,” and, most recently, "This Is How It Always Is.” She lives in Seattle with her daughter and husband.
avatar for Shilpi Gowda

Shilpi Gowda

Gowda was born and raised in Toronto, Canada. In college, she spent a summer as a volunteer in an Indian orphanage, which seeded the idea for her first novel, "Secret Daughter,” published in 2010. It became an international bestseller, selling well over a million copies worldwide in over 30 languages. Her second novel, "The Golden Son", was published in 2016 and is a Target Book Club Pick.
avatar for Liza Palmer

Liza Palmer

Palmer is the internationally bestselling author of "Conversations with the Fat Girl" and several other novels. An Emmy-nominated writer, she lives in Los Angeles and works for BuzzFeed. “The F Word” is her latest book.


Sunday April 23, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Andrus Gerontology Center, Signing Area 2

2:00pm

Middle Grade Fiction: Storytelling in Series
Moderators
avatar for Amy Spalding

Amy Spalding

Spalding received a B.A. in Advertising and Marketing Communications from Webster University and currently works as the Digital Media Planner for an independent film advertising agency. She's a lover of all things YA and an active member of the community. She's the author of “Kissing Ted Callahan,” ”The Reece Malcolm List” and “Ink Is Thicker Than Water.” Her latest book is “The New Guy (and Other... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Pseudonymous Bosch

Pseudonymous Bosch

Bosch is the infamously anonymous author of the New York Times bestselling Secret Series. Despite rumors to the contrary, his books are not actually written by his pet rabbit, Quiche; the rabbit is merely his typist. His latest book is "Bad Luck."
avatar for Dean Hale

Dean Hale

Hale and his wife, Shannon Hale, are the award-winning team behind the "Princess in Black" series, illustrated by LeUyen Pham. Shannon Hale is also the author of the Newbery Honor novel "Princess Academy" as well as the New York Times best-selling series "Ever After High.” They live in Salt Lake City, Utah. He and Shannon are also the authors of “The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl: Squirrel Meets World.”
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Shannon Hale

Hale and Dean Hale are the award-winning team behind the "Princess in Black" series, illustrated by LeUyen Pham. Shannon Hale is also the author of the Newbery Honor novel "Princess Academy" as well as the New York Times best-selling series "Ever After High.” They live in Salt Lake City, Utah and are also the authors of “The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl: Squirrel Meets World.”
avatar for James R. Hannibal

James R. Hannibal

Hannibal is the award-winning of author of adult military thrillers and no stranger to deep dark secrets or hunting bad guys, having served in the US Air Force as a stealth bomber pilot and a Predator mission commander. Like his protagonist Jack Buckles, Hannibal "suffers" from synesthesia, an intersection of the senses. If you bake him a cake, he might tell you that it smells blue and sticky. His latest is “The Lost Property Office (Section... Read More →


Sunday April 23, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
YA Stage, Signing Area 9

2:00pm

Young Adult Fantasy: Wars in New Worlds, Conversation 2123
Moderators
avatar for Sarah Enni

Sarah Enni

Enni is a journalist and YA author living in Los Angeles. She is creator and host of the First Draft podcast, where she talks shop with other KidLit authors. In her non-laptop life she likes enchiladas, flea market shopping, and her cat, Hammer. She is featured in the forthcoming YA anthology, “Because You Love To Hate Me: 13 Tales of Villainy,” out in July.

Speakers
avatar for Victoria Aveyard

Victoria Aveyard

Aveyard is the New York Times bestselling author of “Red Queen” series whose newest entry is “Glass Sword.” A Massachusetts native, Aveyard moved to Los Angeles to earn a BFA in screenwriting at USC. As an author/screenwriter, she uses her career as an excuse to read too many books and watch too many movies.
avatar for Marie Lu

Marie Lu

Lu is the author of the New York Times bestselling series "The Young Elites,” as well as the bestselling "Legend" series. | She graduated from the University of Southern California and jumped into the video game industry as an artist. Now a full-time writer, she spends her spare time reading, drawing, and playing games. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband
avatar for Laini Taylor

Laini Taylor

Taylor is the New York Times bestselling author of the global sensation the Daughter of Smoke & Bone trilogy ("Daughter of Smoke & Bone,” "Days of Blood & Starlight,” "Dreams of Gods & Monsters,” and the companion novella, "Night of Cake & Puppets") and "Strange the Dreamer.” She is also the author of the Dreamdark books and "Lips Touch: Three Times.” She lives in Portland, Oregon, with her family.
avatar for Kiersten White

Kiersten White

White is the New York Times bestselling author of "And I Darken" as well as the Paranormalcy trilogy, the dark thrillers "Mind Games and Perfect Lies,” "The Chaos of Stars,” "Illusions of Fate,” and "In the Shadows" with Jim Di Bartolo. She lives in San Diego, which, in spite of its perfection, spurs her to dream of faraway places and even further away times.


Sunday April 23, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Taper Hall 101, Signing Area 5

2:00pm

Nonfiction: The Courts & the Constitution, Conversation 2073
Moderators
avatar for David Lauter

David Lauter

Lauter is the Los Angeles Times’ Washington bureau chief. He began writing news in Washington in 1981 and since then has covered Congress, the Supreme Court, the White House under Presidents George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton, and four U.S. presidential campaigns. He lived in L.A. from 1995 to 2011, where he had several editing roles, including deputy foreign editor and assistant managing editor responsible for California coverage.

Speakers
avatar for Erwin Chemerinsky

Erwin Chemerinsky

Chemerinsky is the founding Dean and Distinguished Professor of Law, Raymond Pryke Professor of First Amendment Law, at University of California, Irvine School of Law. He is the author of ten books, including "Closing the Courthouse Door: How Your Constitutional Rights Became Unenforceable,” "The Case Against the Supreme Court" and "Free Speech on Campus" (with Howard Gillman), to be published by Yale University Press in 2017.
avatar for Stephen E. Gottlieb

Stephen E. Gottlieb

Gottlieb, educated at Princeton and Yale Law School, is the author of six books including “Unfit For Democracy: The Roberts Court and the Breakdown of American Politics” (NYU 2016). He is a Distinguished Professor at Albany Law School, a regular commentator for radio, television and print and has had articles published in leading legal journals. He is a former board member of the NY Civil Liberties Union, the NY Advisory Committee to US Civil... Read More →
avatar for Geoffrey Stone

Geoffrey Stone

Stone is the Edward H. Levi Distinguished Service Professor at the University of Chicago. He served as dean of the University of Chicago Law School and as Provost of the University of Chicago, and is one of the nation's leading constitutional scholars. His most recent book, "Sex and the Constitution,” was published in March. It explores the history of sex, religion, law, and the Constitution.
avatar for James D. Zirin

James D. Zirin

Zirin is the author of two books, “Supremely Partisan,” published by Rowman & Littlefield in 2016, and “The Mother Court,” published by ABA Books in 2014. He is host of the critically acclaimed television talk show, “Conversations in the Digital Age,” which airs weekly in the New York metropolitan area. He has contributed to Time, Forbes, Barron's, L.A. Times, London Times, Washington Times, Nation, and... Read More →


Sunday April 23, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Ronald Tutor Campus Center, Signing Area 3

2:00pm

Crime Fiction: The Hunters & the Hunted, Conversation 2113
Moderators
avatar for Lee Goldberg

Lee Goldberg

Goldberg is a two-time Edgar & two-time Shamus Award nominee and the bestselling author of over thirty novels, including the Fox & O'Hare series co-written with Janet Evanovich. He's also written and produced scores of network TV shows and co-owns the publishing company Brash Books.

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avatar for Eric Jerome Dickey

Eric Jerome Dickey

Dickey is the New York Times best-selling author of 21 previous novels, as well as a six-issue miniseries of graphic novels featuring Storm (from the X-Men) and the Black Panther. Originally from Memphis, Tenn., Dickey now lives on the road and rests in whatever hotel will have him. His newest book is “Finding Gideon.”
avatar for Christopher Farnsworth

Christopher Farnsworth

Farnsworth is the author of "Flashmob," "Kiillfile," "The Eternal World," and the President's Vampire series. He lives in Los Angeles with his family.
avatar for Gregg Hurwitz

Gregg Hurwitz

Hurwitz is the critically acclaimed, New York Times and internationally bestselling author of 16 novels, including "The | Nowhere Man.” His books have been nominated for numerous awards, shortlisted twice for best novel of the year by International Thriller Writers, nominated for CWA's Ian Fleming Steel Dagger, chosen as feature selections for all four major literary book clubs, honored as Book Sense Picks, and translated into 28 languages.
avatar for Daniel Suarez

Daniel Suarez

Suarez is a New York Times bestselling author whose books include "Daemon,” "Freedom TM,” "Kill Decision,” "Influx,” and "Change Agent.” A former systems consultant to Fortune 1000 companies, his high-tech and sci-fi thrillers focus on technology-driven change. He is a graduate from the University of Delaware with a BA in English Literature and lives in Los Angeles, California.


Sunday April 23, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Seeley G. Mudd 124, Signing Area 4

2:20pm

Michael Miller, Reading from "The First Thing Mastered" & "Angels in Seven"
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avatar for Michael Miller

Michael Miller

Miller is a two-time Pushcart Prize nominee and the author of three books of poetry, the most recent of which is "Angels in Seven" (Moon Tide Press, 2016). A longtime former journalist for the Los Angeles Times, he has served as a judge for Poetry Out Loud and the San Diego Book Awards and teaches English at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish School in Northridge.


Sunday April 23, 2017 2:20pm - 2:40pm
Poetry Stage, Signing Area 5

2:30pm

Laurie Berkner, Author of 'We Are the Dinosaurs'
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avatar for Laurie Berkner

Laurie Berkner

Berkner is a singer, songwriter, lyricist, author, and founder of Two Tomatoes Records. She has released eleven bestselling, award-winning albums, was the first recording artist ever to perform in music videos on Nick Jr., and appeared regularly on Jack's Big Music Show. Laurie helped develop the animated series, “Sing It, Laurie!,” on the television channel Sprout, and has written music and lyrics for two Off-Broadway children's musicals.


Sunday April 23, 2017 2:30pm - 2:55pm
Reading by 9 Children's Stage, Signing Area 7

2:30pm

The Most Beautiful: A Conversation with Mayte Garcia
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avatar for Laura Aguilar

Laura Aguilar

Aguilar is co-host of the morning show Mañanas Sabrosas with Marcela Luevanos at TUYO Radio on the Dash Radio network. A working mother who started her career in the healthcare industry, she found her way to music marketing through a friend who started their own radio station. She began translating for Power 106’s Big Boy show which eventually led to becoming a Red Carpet corresponding interviewing stars such as Jaime Camil... Read More →

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avatar for Mayte Garcia

Mayte Garcia

Garcia is an internationally acclaimed dancer, actress, singer, choreographer, and the author of "The Most Beautiful: My Life with Prince." She has appeared in numerous films and starred in the VH1 reality series "Hollywood Exes," as well as | "Army Wives," "Psych," "The Closer," and "Nip/Tuck." She lives in Los Angeles with her young daughter.


Sunday April 23, 2017 2:30pm - 3:00pm
Hoy Stage, Signing Area 6

2:30pm

Cheech Marin, Author of 'Cheech is Not My Real Name'
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avatar for Cheech Marin

Cheech Marin

Marin is a comedian and actor and art collector who gained recognition as part of the comedy act Cheech and Chong during the 1970s and early 1980s, and as Don Johnson's quick-and-scheme partner, Insp. Joe Dominguez, on Nash Bridges. His book is “Cheech Is Not My Real Name: ...But Don't Call Me Chong.”


Sunday April 23, 2017 2:30pm - 3:10pm
Los Angeles Times Main Stage, Signing Area 8

2:30pm

How to Navigate Education in California
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avatar for Nita Lelyveld

Nita Lelyveld

Lelyveld writes City Beat stories for the Los Angeles Times about moments in the life of Los Angeles. She was born in New York and grew up around the world, but has now lived in Los Angeles longer than she’s lived anywhere else. Before joining The Times in 2001, she wrote for the Tuscaloosa News, the Associated Press and the Philadelphia Inquirer, which sent her to Los Angeles as a national writer in 1997. She went reluctantly, but fell for the... Read More →

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avatar for Howard Blume

Howard Blume

Blume covers education for the Los Angeles Times. He’s won the top investigative reporting prize from the L.A. Press Club and print Journalist of the Year from the L.A. Society of Professional Journalists chapter. He co-hosts “Deadline L.A.” on KPFK, which the press club named best radio public affairs show in 2010. He teaches tap dancing and has two superior daughters.
avatar for Sonali Kohli

Sonali Kohli

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 before joining The Times in 2015.
avatar for Anna Phillips

Anna Phillips

Phillips covers K-12 education in Los Angeles. Before joining the Los Angeles Times, she wrote about crime and courts for | the Tampa Bay Times. She previously covered the New York City public school system for the New York Times and | Chalkbeat New York. She grew up in a suburb of Philadelphia and graduated from Columbia University.
avatar for Joy Resmovits

Joy Resmovits

Resmovits is an editor and reporter who covers education for the Los Angeles Times. Before that, she spent four years as the Huffington Post’s education reporter. In 2014-15, she was a Columbia University Spencer Fellow. Her writing previously appeared in the Wall Street Journal, the Forward and the New York Daily News. She serves on the board of trustees for the Columbia Daily Spectator and the Education Writers Assn.’s journalist advisory... Read More →
avatar for Teresa Watanabe

Teresa Watanabe

Watanabe covers education for the Los Angeles Times. Since joining the Times in 1989, she has covered immigration, ethnic communities, religion, Pacific Rim business and served as Tokyo correspondent and bureau chief. She also covered Asia, national affairs and state government for the San Jose Mercury News and wrote editorials for the Los Angeles Herald Examiner. A Seattle native, she graduated from USC in journalism and in East Asian... Read More →
avatar for Rosanna Xia

Rosanna Xia

Xia covers higher education for the Los Angeles Times. She previously reported on disaster preparedness and wrote stories that connected science, infrastructure and policy. Topics included the drought, wildfires, vaccinations and earthquake safety, with an emphasis on buildings at risk of collapse when a big one hits. She has also written about Chinese-speaking communities for The Times and reported for the Business section and the data... Read More →


Sunday April 23, 2017 2:30pm - 3:10pm
LA Times Central

2:30pm

CANCELLED due to illness: Robb Wolf – Turn Off Cravings, Rewire Your Appetite for Weight Loss, and Determine the Foods That Work for You
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avatar for Robb Wolf

Robb Wolf

Wolf is a former research biochemist and is regarded as one of the world's leading nutrition experts. He has functioned as a review editor for the Journal of Nutrition and Metabolism and the Journal of Evolutionary Health and also serves on the Board of directors of Specialty Health medical clinic in Reno, NV. Wolf has provided seminars in nutrition and strength & conditioning to various entities including NASA, the Canadian Light Infantry... Read More →


Sunday April 23, 2017 2:30pm - 3:15pm
Travel & Wellness Stage, Signing Area 9

2:30pm

The Handmaid's Tale from Page to Screen: Margaret Atwood & Bruce Miller in Conversation with Mary McNamara, Conversation 2063
Moderators
avatar for Mary McNamara

Mary McNamara

McNamara was named assistant managing editor for arts and entertainment in 2016. She was previously the television critic and senior culture editor. A Pulitzer Prize winner in 2015 and finalist for criticism in 2013 and 2014, she has won various awards for criticism and feature writing. She is the author of the Hollywood mysteries “Oscar Season” and “The Starlet.” She lives in La Crescenta with her husband, three children... Read More →

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avatar for Margaret Atwood

Margaret Atwood

Atwood is the author of more than 40 books of fiction, poetry and critical essays. Her novels include “Cat’s Eye,” shortlisted for the Booker Prize; “Alias Grace,” which won the Giller Prize in Canada; “The Blind Assassin,” winner of the 2000 Booker Prize; “Oryx and Crake,” shortlisted for the 2003 Booker Prize; and “The Year of the Flood.” She is the winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prizes 2012 Innovator’s Award... Read More →
avatar for Bruce Miller

Bruce Miller

Miller is a producer and writer, known for “Eureka” (2006), “The 100” (2014) and “ER” (1994). His current project is the Hulu adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s “The Handmaid’s Tale.”


Sunday April 23, 2017 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Bovard Auditorium, Signing Area 3

2:40pm

Kim Dower, Reading from "Last Train to the Missing Planet"
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avatar for Kim Dower

Kim Dower

Dower is the City Poet Laureate of West Hollywood. She has published three collections of poetry with Red Hen Press, and her poems appear in several anthologies including "Wide Awake: Poets of Los Angeles and Beyond,” Beyond Baroque Books, as well as journals including Rattle, Barrow Street, Ploughshares, Garrison Keillor’s, The Writer’s Almanac, and Poem-A-Day.


Sunday April 23, 2017 2:40pm - 3:00pm
Poetry Stage, Signing Area 5

3:00pm

3:00pm

James Meetze, Reading from 'Phantom Hour'
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avatar for James Meetze

James Meetze

Meetze is the author of three books of poetry, including "Phantom Hour" and "Dayglo,” which was selected by Terrance Hayes as winner of the 2010 Sawtooth Poetry Prize, both published by Ahsahta Press. He is editor, with Simon Pettet, of “Other Flowers: Uncollected Poems by James Schuyler.” He lives in San Diego, where he teaches creative writing and film studies at Ashford University.


Sunday April 23, 2017 3:00pm - 3:20pm
Poetry Stage, Signing Area 5

3:00pm

James Burks, Author of "Pigs and a Blanket"
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avatar for James Burks

James Burks

Burks has written and illustrated a number of children's books, including the Bird and Squirrel graphic novel series and "Gabby and Gator," which was selected as a Read Across America title in 2012. Before beginning his career in books, he worked in the world of animationon films such as "Space Jam," "The Iron Giant," and "The Emperor's New Groove." His new book is "Pigs and a Blanket."


Sunday April 23, 2017 3:00pm - 3:25pm
Reading by 9 Children's Stage, Signing Area 7

3:00pm

Breakestra (music performance)
Artists

Sunday April 23, 2017 3:00pm - 3:45pm
LA Sound Stage

3:00pm

From Page to Screen to Page: Writing in Hollywood, Conversation 2054
Moderators
avatar for Richard Rayner

Richard Rayner

Rayner’s books include “Murder Book” and “The Devil’s Wind.” Rayner writes for the New Yorker, the Los Angeles Times and the Los Angeles Review of Books. His most recent book is “A Bright and Guilty Place.”

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avatar for Tod Goldberg

Tod Goldberg

Goldberg is the New York Times bestselling author of over a dozen books, including “The "House of Secrets,” co-authored with Brad Meltzer, "Gangsterland,” a finalist for the Hammett Prize, and "Living Dead Girl,” which was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. He is also the director & founder of the Low Residency MFA at UC Riverside. His next novel, "Gangster Nation,” will be released this fall.
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Brian McGreevy

McGreevy is an author and screenwriter whose debut novel, “Hemlock Grove,” was adapted into the Netflix series of the same name. He is co-creator of the AMC series, “The Son,” based on Phillip Meyer’s bestselling book. He holds an MFA in fiction from the University of Texas, where he was a James Michener Fellow. “The Lights” is his second novel.
avatar for Lara Parker

Lara Parker

Parker is the author of three novels all based on the cult TV soap opera “Dark Shadows.” Before she became an author, she was an actress, and she appeared on “Dark Shadows” for five years playing the part of the witch, Angelique. Lara was born in Knoxville and grew up in Memphis, Tennessee. She attended Vassar College and graduated from Rhodes College in Memphis with a BA in Philosophy. Lara received her MFA in Creative... Read More →
avatar for Pamela Ribon

Pamela Ribon

Ribon is a bestselling author, TV writer, comic book writer, screenwriter, roller derby girl, and Wonder Killer. In addition | to her novels, Ribon continues to work in film and television, most recently on Disney’s Moana. She is the author of the roller derby comic book “Slam!” and her most recent book, “Notes to Boys: And Other Things I Shouldn't Share in Public” She lives in Los Angeles.


Sunday April 23, 2017 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Salvatori Computer Science Center 101, Signing Area 2

3:00pm

Nonfiction: California's Hidden Poor, Conversation 2034
Moderators
avatar for Steve Lopez

Steve Lopez

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 was a 2011 Pulitzer finalist for his columns on elder care. He is the author of three novels, two collections of columns and a non-fiction work called "The Soloist," which was a Los Angeles Times and New York Times best-seller... Read More →

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avatar for Susan B. Geffen

Susan B. Geffen

Geffen has been a civil rights attorney for most of her career advocating for elderly and disabled clients. After teaching as an Elder Law Professor at Loyola Law School and serving as in- house counsel for a major nursing home corporation based in Southern California, Susan received her Masters Degree in Gerontology from the USC. She currently practices as an elder law attorney and has written several books, including "The Seven Triggers of... Read More →
avatar for Susan Straight

Susan Straight

Straight, a recipient of the L.A. Times 2013 Robert Kirsch Award, has published eight novels, including "Between Heaven and Here" and "Highwire Moon.” Her new novel, "The Shipwreck Bed,” will be published in 2017, and a memoir, A "Sunday Kind of Love,” will be published in 2018. She lives in Riverside, California, and is an LA Times critic-at-large.
avatar for Steven P. Wallace

Steven P. Wallace

Wallace, Ph.D. is professor and chairperson of the Department of Community Health Sciences, and Associate Director of the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research, at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health. He is a leading scholar nationally on aging in communities of color and has published research on inequities in the consequences of aging policies, economic insecurity, access to long-term care, and the politics of aging.


Sunday April 23, 2017 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Town & Gown, Signing Area 1

3:00pm

Ngugi Wa Thiong'o in Conversation with Rebecca Carroll, Conversation 2134
Moderators
avatar for Rebecca Carroll

Rebecca Carroll

Carroll is Editor of Special Projects at WNYC. She is a Critic-at-Large for the Los Angeles Times, and a former Opinion writer for The Guardian. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, New York magazine, Harper's Bazaar and Esquire, among others. She is the author of five narrative nonfiction books, including "Sugar in the Raw" and "Saving the Race.”

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avatar for Ngugi Wa Thiong'o

Ngugi Wa Thiong'o

Wa Thiong'o, currently a Professor of Literature at UC Irvine, was born in Kenya. He is a novelist, playwright, journalist, academic and social activist, as well as the recipient of many honors including the 2001 Nonino International Prize for Literature. Wa Thiong'o most recently authored the memoir "Dreams in a Time of War.”


Sunday April 23, 2017 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Norris Theater, Signing Area 5

3:00pm

I Ain't Got No Home In This World Anymore: Poetry and the Present Moment, Conversation 2084
Moderators
avatar for David St. John

David St. John

St. John's most recent collection of poetry is "The Last Troubadour" (Ecco). He is a Chancellor of The Academy of American Poets.

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avatar for Jane Mead

Jane Mead

Mead is the author of five collections of poetry and the recipient of a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship, a Whiting | Writers Award, and a Lannan Foundation Completion Grant. For many years Poet-in-Residence at Wake Forest | University, she has taught as a visiting writer at Colby College, Washington University in St. Louis, and The University of | Iowa. She manages her family's ranch in northern California. Her latest book is “World of... Read More →
avatar for Morgan Parker

Morgan Parker

Parker is the author of "Other People's Comfort Keeps Me Up At Night" and "There Are More Beautiful Things Than Beyoncé.” Her work has been published in the The Paris Review, The New York Times, The Nation, and elsewhere. Parker is the recipient of a 2017 National Endowment of the Arts Literature Fellowship, winner of a 2016 Pushcart Prize, and a Cave Canem graduate fellow. She lives in Brooklyn.
avatar for Robyn Schiff

Robyn Schiff

Schiff is the author of three poetry collections, the most recent of which, "A Woman of Property" (Penguin, 2016), was named a best poetry book of the year by The New Yorker and the Chicago Tribune. Her poems have appeared in The New Yorker, New Republic, A Public Space, Poetry, and elsewhere. Schiff co-edits Canarium Books and teaches poetry at the University of Iowa. “A Woman of Property” is a finalist for the 2016 L.A. Times Book... Read More →
avatar for Monica Youn

Monica Youn

Youn is the author of "Blackacre,” which was shortlisted for the National Book Critics Circle Award and longlisted for the | National Book Award, and named one of 2016's best poetry books by the New York Times, the Washington Post and | BuzzFeed. Her previous book "Ignatz" (2010) was a finalist for the National Book Award. A former lawyer and the daughter | of Korean immigrants, she teaches at Princeton University.


Sunday April 23, 2017 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Annenberg Auditorium, Signing Area 3

3:00pm

From Protest to Action to Justice: Politics, Media and the Law, Conversation 2144
Moderators
avatar for K.C. Cole

K.C. Cole

Cole is a professor at the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism and the author of eight nonfiction books, including the best-selling "The Universe and the Teacup: The Mathematics of Truth and Beauty" and "Something | Incredibly Wonderful Happens: Frank Oppenheimer and His Astonishing Exploratorium."

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avatar for Jody David Armour

Jody David Armour

Armour is the Roy P. Crocker Professor of Law at USC. His book "Negrophobia and Reasonable Racism: The Hidden Costs of Being Black in America" addresses three core concerns of the Black Lives Matter movement: racial profiling, police brutality, and mass incarceration.
avatar for Gillian Hadfield

Gillian Hadfield

Hadfield is the author of "Rules for a Flat World: Why Humans Invented Law and How to Reinvent It for a Complex Global Economy.” She is a professor of law and economics, and the director of the Center for Law and Social Science, at USC.
avatar for Robert Scheer

Robert Scheer

Scheer is a veteran political journalist. He conducted the famous Playboy interview with Jimmy Carter and went on to interview Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton, and other prominent political figures. In the late 1960s, he was Vietnam correspondent and editor of Ramparts magazine. He has been a national correspondent at the Los Angeles Times and host of KCRW’s Left, Right, and Center. The author of ten books, including "They Know... Read More →


Sunday April 23, 2017 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Wallis Annenberg Hall, Presented by USC, Signing Area 10

3:00pm

Nonfiction: Tragedies of Our Past, Conversation 2014
Moderators
avatar for William Deverell

William Deverell

Deverell is a historian focusing on the American West. A co-editor of the Blackwell Companion to California History, he is | a professor of history at the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences.

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avatar for Sharla M. Fett

Sharla M. Fett

Fett is an Associate Professor of History at Occidental College. She is the author of "Recaptured Africans,” and her previous book, "Working Cures,” won the Southern Historical Association's Frank L. and Harriet Owsley Prize and the Organization of American Historian's James A. Rawley Prize (co-winner). She lives in Los Angeles, CA.
avatar for Benjamin Madley

Benjamin Madley

Madley is an historian of Native America, the United States, and colonialism in world history. Born in Redding, California, | Ben spent much of his childhood in Karuk Country near the Oregon border where he became interested in the relationship between colonizers and indigenous peoples. He writes about American Indians as well as colonial genocides in Africa, Australia, and Europe, often applying a transnational and comparative approach. His... Read More →
avatar for Christina Snyder

Christina Snyder

Snyder is an award-winning historian who teaches at Indiana University. Her first book, "Slavery in Indian Country," earned a wide range of accolades, including the Berkshire Conference of Women Historians Book Prize, the James H. Broussard Prize, and the John C. Ewers Prize. Snyder's most recent book, published in early 2017, is "Great Crossings: Indians, Settlers, and Slaves in the Age of Jackson."


Sunday April 23, 2017 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Hancock Foundation, Signing Area 1

3:00pm

Crime Fiction: Walking the Line, Conversation 2094
Moderators
avatar for Paula L. Woods

Paula L. Woods

Woods is a member of the National Book Critics Circle and the editor or author or eight books, including four Charlotte Justice mystery novels. Her reviews appear regularly in The Los Angeles Times.

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avatar for Tim Hallinan

Tim Hallinan

Hallinan is the Edgar- and Macavity-nominated author of the Poke Rafferty thriller series and the Junior Bender mystery series. After years of working in Hollywood, television, and the music industry, he now writes full time. He divides his time between California and Thailand. His latest book is “Fields Where They Lay.”
avatar for Joe Ide

Joe Ide

Ide is of Japanese American descent. Growing up in South Central Los Angeles, Joe's favorite books were the Conan Doyle Sherlock Holmes stories. The idea that a person could face the world and vanquish his enemies with just his intelligence fascinated him. Joe went on to earn a graduate degree and had several careers before writing his debut novel, "IQ.” Ide lives in Santa Monica.
avatar for David Swinson

David Swinson

Swinson is the author of “A Detailed Man” and “Second Girl.” He is a retired D.C. police detective and a former alternative and punk rock promoter in Long Beach, CA in the eighties.


Sunday April 23, 2017 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Seeley G. Mudd 123, Signing Area 4

3:10pm

Third Bird: Jazz Musical Performance
Artists
avatar for Third Bird

Third Bird

Third Bird is Zev Shearn-Nance, Kyle Scherrer, Paul Cornish, Logan Kane, and Michael Blasky, who started playing together as students of jazz at the USC Thornton School of Music.


Sunday April 23, 2017 3:10pm - 3:40pm
USC Stage

3:20pm

Sarah Vap, Reading from 'Viability'
Speakers
avatar for Sarah Vap

Sarah Vap

Vap is the author of six books of poetry and poetics. She is the recipient of a National Endowment of the Arts Fellowship, and her most recent collection, "Viability" (Penguin 2016), was selected for the National Poetry Series. She lives in | Venice, California.


Sunday April 23, 2017 3:20pm - 3:40pm
Poetry Stage, Signing Area 5

3:30pm

LeUyen Pham, Author of 'The Bear Who Wasn't There'
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avatar for LeUyen Pham

LeUyen Pham

Pham worked in animation before turning to children’s books. She wrote and illustrated “Big Sister, Little Sister” and “The Bear Who Wasn't There,” and is the illustrator of numerous other picture books. Pham lives in Los Angeles with her husband. Her latest book is “The Princess in Black Takes a Vacation.”


Sunday April 23, 2017 3:30pm - 3:55pm
Reading by 9 Children's Stage, Signing Area 7

3:30pm

Wandering Song: Central American Writing in the United States
Speakers
avatar for Carolina Rivera Escamilla

Carolina Rivera Escamilla

Escamilla is a writer and documentarian. Born in El Salvador, she went into exile in the 1980's and joined the PEN Center USA Emerging Voice Fellowship.
avatar for William Gonzalez

William Gonzalez

Gonzalez is the author of two books: Black Bubblegum and Blue Bubblegum. He was born in Los Angeles and is from Salvadorian descent. 
avatar for Adolfo Hernandez

Adolfo Hernandez

Hernandez is a poet and comedian of Guatemalan descent. He maintains the Los Brainiacs Poetry website and was previously published in The Coiled Serpent anthology. 
avatar for Luis J. Rodriguez

Luis J. Rodriguez

Rodriguez served as Los Angeles Poet Laureate from 2014-2016. He's also founding editor of Tia Chucha Press and co-founder of Tia Chucha's Cultural Center & Bookstore in the San Fernando Valley. He's best known for the bestselling memoir "Always Running, La Vida Loca, Gang Days in L.A." His latest poetry book is "Borrowed Bones" from Curbstone Books/Northwestern University Press.
avatar for Harold Terezon

Harold Terezon

Terezon is a Bay area poet and educator. His award winning poetry collection "Hunting for Izotes" explores his family's immigrant experiences living in Pacoima, California. 


Sunday April 23, 2017 3:30pm - 4:00pm
Hoy Stage, Signing Area 6

3:30pm

More Than Words: The New Coffee Table Book, Conversation 2114
Moderators
avatar for Davy Rothbart

Davy Rothbart

Rothbart is the creator of Found Magazine, a frequent contributor to public radio's This American Life, and the author of a book of personal essays, “My Heart Is An Idiot,” and a collection of stories, “The Lone Surfer of Montana, Kansas.” He writes regularly for GQ Magazine, and his work has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times... Read More →

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avatar for Joshua Foer

Joshua Foer

Foer is the cofounder, chairman, and editor at large of AtlasObscura.com. He is the author of "Atlas Obscura: An Explorer's Guide To The World's Hidden Wonders,” "Moonwalking with Einstein,” and a forthcoming book about the world's last hunter-gatherers. His writing has appeared in The New Yorker, National Geographic, Esquire, Slate, Outside, the New York Times, and other publications.
avatar for Benjamin Grant

Benjamin Grant

For his book "Overview,” Grant created more than 220 stunning images by stitching together numerous high-resolution satellite photographs. The book takes its inspiration from Daily Overview — his Instagram account with more than half a million followers. With each image, he aims to not only inspire a fresh perspective of our planet but also encourage new understandings of what human impact looks like. Grant graduated from Yale and lives in... Read More →
avatar for Adam White

Adam White

White is the author, with Barney Ales, of “Motown: The Sound of Young America,” a visual history of the Detroit music factory which inspired the world. With 1,000-plus photos in color and black & white, the book showcases Motown’s style, soul and magnetism, while the narrative explores its development as a business. White is a Grammy® nominee and former editor-in-chief of Billboard who has written about music and the... Read More →


Sunday April 23, 2017 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Seeley G. Mudd 124, Signing Area 4

3:30pm

Nonfiction: The Culture of Southern California, Conversation 2124
Moderators
avatar for Carolina Miranda

Carolina Miranda

Miranda is a Los Angeles Times staff writer covering culture from high to low: museums to murals, art books to comics, documentaries to reaction GIFs. A longtime independent journalist, she has reported on the architecture of skate parks and the intersection of fine art and video games – as well as the adventures of the donut-making Mexican wrestler of East L.A. When she’s not reading about the lives of the artists, she’s recapping action... Read More →

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avatar for Gustavo Arellano

Gustavo Arellano

Arellano is editor of OC Weekly, author of the syndicated column ¡Ask a Mexican! And wrote "Taco USA: How Mexican Food Conquered America."
avatar for Josh Kun

Josh Kun

Kun is a professor in the USC Annenberg School for Communication and the Department of American Studies and Ethnicity. He is an author and editor of several books, including "Songs in the Key of Los Angeles,” "To Live and Dine in L.A.,” and the forthcoming "The Tide Was Always High: The Music of Latin America in Los Angeles" and "Double Vision: The Photography of George Rodriguez.” In 2016, he was named a fellow of the MacArthur... Read More →
avatar for David L. Ulin

David L. Ulin

Ulin is the author, most recently, of "Sidewalking: Coming to Terms with Los Angeles," a finalist for the PEN/Diamonstein- | Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay, and the novel "Ear to the Ground," co-written with Paul Kolsby. A 2015 | Guggenheim Fellow, he is the former book editor and book critic of the Los Angeles Times.


Sunday April 23, 2017 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Taper Hall 101, Signing Area 5

3:30pm

Advice Experts: Go Ahead - Ask Me Anything, Conversation 2044
Moderators
avatar for Amy Alkon

Amy Alkon

Alkon writes applied behavioral science. Her award-winning science-based advice column is distributed by Creators Syndicate to newspapers across North America. Alkon's most recent book is the science-based and bitingly funny "Good Manners for Nice People Who Sometimes Say F*ck" (St. Martin's Griffin, 2014). She is the president of the Applied Evolutionary Psychology Society and hosts the podcast "HumanLab," featuring the luminaries of... Read More →

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Pamela Des Barres

Des Barres is a rock journalist, and New York Times best-selling author of five books, including the international classic, "I'm With the Band." She teaches women's writing workshops around the globe, hosts rock and roll tours of Hollywood, and has her own clothing line, Groupie. Pamela has appeared on numerous talk shows through the years and starred in and produced documentary based on fourth book, "Let's Spend the Night Together.” Her latest... Read More →
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Amy Dickinson

Dickinson writes the syndicated "Ask Amy" advice column, which replaced the Ann Landers column in 2003. "Ask Amy" appears in more than 150 newspapers in North America, including the Los Angeles Times, The Chicago Tribune, Newsday, The Boston Globe, the Denver Post, the St. Louis Post Dispatch and the Washington Post. She currently lives in Freeville, NY.
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Heather Havrilesky

Havrilesky writes New York's Ask Polly advice column and Bookforum's Best Seller List column. She is the author of “How to Be a Person in the World” and “Disaster Preparedness,” and her writing has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, The Los Angeles Times, NPR's All Things Considered, and other publications and anthologies.


Sunday April 23, 2017 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Andrus Gerontology Center, Signing Area 2

3:30pm

Nguyen Tran, of Starry Kitchen, gives a Cooking Demo & Food Bowl Preview
Speakers
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Nguyen Tran

Tran is the creator of Starry Kitchen, which started an illegal underground phenomenon out of their apartment in North | Hollywood. Jonathan Gold listed Starry Kitchen on his Los Angeles Times 101 Best Restaurants list two years in a row, and Button Mash was recently announced as one of LA Weekly's Essential 99 restaurants in LA. Nguyen is the author of "Adventures in Starry Kitchen: 88 Asian-Inspired Recipes from America's Most Famous... Read More →


Sunday April 23, 2017 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Cooking Stage, Signing Area 4

3:30pm

Young Adult Fiction: L.A. Stories
Moderators
avatar for Aaron Hartzler

Aaron Hartzler

Hartzler has written books, screenplays, and a great number of tweets. His first book, "Rapture Practice" (2013) is a true story about his own life, a memoir about getting kicked out of his Christian high school in Kansas City two weeks before graduation. His novel "What We Saw" (2015) deals with rape culture, consent, and the complicity in silence.

Speakers
avatar for Maurene Goo

Maurene Goo

Goo grew up in a Los Angeles suburb surrounded by floral wallpaper and piles of books. She is the author of "Since You Asked…”and has very strong feelings about tacos and houseplants. You can find her in Los Angeles with her husband and two cats--one weird, one even more weird. Her new book, “I Believe in a Thing Called Love,” will be published in May.
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Sherri L. Smith

Smith is the award-winning author of six Young Adult novels including the 2009 California Book Awards Gold Medalist, "Flygirl,” "Orleans,” and her latest, "Pasadena.” Her books have been listed as Amelia Bloomer, ALA Best Books for Young People, and Junior Library Guild Selections. Sherri is on the faculty of Goddard College's MFA Writing and Hamline University's MFA in Children's Writing programs.
avatar for Margaret Stohl

Margaret Stohl

Stohl is the author of Marvel's "Black Widow: Red Vengeance" and "Black Widow: Forever Red,” Icons series and the best-selling co-author of the Beautiful Creatures novels. Her most recent book is “Royce Rolls.” She is a veteran of the videogame industry, co-founder of YALLFest, the biggest YA book festival in the country, and its sister festival, YALLWEST. She lives in Santa Monica with her husband and two excellent kittens.


Sunday April 23, 2017 3:30pm - 4:30pm
YA Stage, Signing Area 9

3:30pm

Young Adult Fiction: Pieces of Me, Conversation 2024
Moderators
avatar for Brandy Colbert

Brandy Colbert

Colbert is author of the young adult novel "Pointe,” which was named a best book of 2014 by Publishers Weekly, BuzzFeed, Book Riot, and the Chicago and Los Angeles public libraries. Her short fiction and nonfiction has been featured in critically acclaimed anthologies, and her next novel, "Little & Lion,” will be published in August.

Speakers
avatar for Nina LaCour

Nina LaCour

LaCour is the author of the award-winning "Hold Still" and widely acclaimed "The Disenchantments.” Formerly a bookseller and high school English teacher, she now writes and parents full time. A San Francisco Bay Area native, Nina lives with her family in Richmond, California. Her latest release is "We Are Okay."
avatar for Jennifer Niven

Jennifer Niven

Niven is the author of the New York Times bestsellers "All the Bright Places" and "Holding Up the Universe.” She has also written four novels for adults--"American Blonde,” "Becoming Clementine,” "Velva Jean Learns to Fly,” and "Velva Jean Learns to Drive"—as well as three nonfiction books. She lives with her fiancé in Los Angeles.
avatar for Angie Thomas

Angie Thomas

Thomas was born, raised, and still resides in Jackson, Mississippi. She is a former teen rapper whose greatest accomplishment was an article about her in Right-On Magazine. She holds a BFA in Creative Writing from Belhaven University. Her debut YA novel, “The Hate U Give,” was published recently by Balzer + Bray/HarperCollins to wide acclaim.
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Nicola Yoon

Yoon is the author of the New York Times bestsellers "The Sun Is Also a Star," a National Book Award finalist and "Everything, Everything,” her debut novel, which is soon to be a major motion picture. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and daughter, both of whom she loves beyond all reason.


Sunday April 23, 2017 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Hoffman Hall, Signing Area 1

3:30pm

Nonfiction: What's Up with America?, Conversation 2074
Moderators
avatar for Dinah Lenney

Dinah Lenney

Lenney wrote "The Object Parade" and "Bigger Than Life: A Murder, a Memoir," and, with Judith Kitchen, co-edited "Brief | Encounters: A Collection of Contemporary Nonfiction." She serves as core faculty for the Bennington Writing Seminars, and as a senior editor for the Los Angeles Review of Books. A working actor, Dinah most recently played Frannie-the-building-inspector on Showtime's Shameless.

Speakers
avatar for Jeff Chang

Jeff Chang

Chang has been a hip-hop journalist for more than a decade and has written for The San Francisco Chronicle, The Village Voice, Vibe, The Nation, URB, Rap Pages, Spin, and Mother Jones. He was a founding editor of Colorlines Magazine, senior editor at Russell Simmons's 360hiphop.com, and cofounder of the influential hip-hip label SoleSides, now Quannum Projects. He lives in California.
avatar for Mugambi Jouet

Mugambi Jouet

Jouet teaches at Stanford Law School. His writing on the intriguing evolution of American politics, government, and | culture has been featured in numerous publications, including Mother Jones, Slate, The New Republic, and San Francisco Chronicle. Raised in Paris by a French mother and Kenyan father, Jouet then lived in the Bible Belt, Manhattan, and beyond. His book, “Exceptional America: What Divides Americans From the World and From Each... Read More →
avatar for Jane Mayer

Jane Mayer

Mayer is a staff writer for The New Yorker and the author of three bestselling and critically acclaimed narrative nonfiction books, most recently “Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right.” For her reporting at The New Yorker, Mayer has been awarded the John Chancellor Award, the George Polk Award, the Toner Prize for Excellence in Political Reporting, and the I. F. Stone Medal for Journalistic... Read More →
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James Poulos

Poulos is one of America's most original social theorists. A contributing editor at National Affairs and American Affairs, he has mapped the future of freedom for Foreign Policy, The Federalist, and Vice, among many other publications. Holding degrees from Duke and USC, he was a doctoral fellow of the Tocqueville Forum at Georgetown University. James fronts the band Night Years in Los Angeles, where he lives with his son and is the author of... Read More →


Sunday April 23, 2017 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Ronald Tutor Campus Center, Signing Area 3

3:40pm

Michelle Bitting, Reading from 'The Couple Who Fell To Earth'
Speakers
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Michelle Bitting

Bitting's third collection is "The Couple Who Fell to Earth" (C & R Press, 2016), named to Kirkus Reviews' Best Books of 2016. Poems appear in The American Poetry Review, Narrative, The New York Times, Vinyl, Plume, Diode, the Paris-American, Fjords, and others. Poems have been nominated for Pushcart and Best of the Net prizes, and recently, The Pablo Neruda, American Literary Review and Tupelo Quarterly Poetry contest.


Sunday April 23, 2017 3:40pm - 4:00pm
Poetry Stage, Signing Area 5

3:40pm

Diversity in Hollywood
Moderators
avatar for Greg Braxton

Greg Braxton

A lifelong Los Angeles resident, Braxton has written for the Los Angeles Times for more than three decades. He currently is the deputy television editor for the Calendar section, and has also written extensively about trends and cultural issues in the entertainment field.

Speakers
avatar for Tre'vell Anderson

Tre'vell Anderson

Anderson is a film reporter with the Los Angeles Times covering the intersections of diversity and Hollywood with a focus on black and queer film. A sociology graduate from the nation’s headquarters for black male excellence, Morehouse College in Atlanta, he also received his master’s in journalism from Stanford University. When he’s not tweeting through his Twitter addiction you can find him jamming to Fantasia’s latest... Read More →
avatar for Gerrick Kennedy

Gerrick Kennedy

Kennedy is a music writer for the Los Angeles Times covering pop, R&B/soul and hip-hop. An Ohio native, he came to The Times as an intern in 2009. On the pop music team, he’s found his favorite stories while smoking cigars with Nas, being trapped on a Kid Rock-themed music cruise, rediscovering boy bands and perfecting the craft of the snarky tweet. In 2012, Kennedy was named Emerging Journalist of the Year by the National Assn. of Black... Read More →
avatar for Sarah Rodman

Sarah Rodman

Rodman joined the LA Times after 10 years at the Boston Globe, where she has been a TV and pop music critic. A longtime board member of the TV Critics Assn., she is an astute observer of television – and an avid fan. Her tastes are as varied as “Your Show of Shows,” “The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and “Game of Thrones.”
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Deborah Vankin

Vankin is a staff writer for the Los Angeles Times, where she covers art and culture, entertainment and nightlife. Prior to that, she launched and served as editor in chief of Metromix LA and Brand X. She is the author of the graphic novel “Poseurs.”
avatar for Yvonne Villarreal

Yvonne Villarreal

Villarreal is a Los Angeles Times writer covering the business of entertainment for Company Town. She joined the Los Angeles Times in 2008 as a METPRO Fellow before moving to the Calendar section as an entertainment reporter.


Sunday April 23, 2017 3:40pm - 4:20pm
LA Times Central

3:40pm

Steve Jones, Author of 'Lonely Boy: Tales from a Sex Pistol,' in Conversation with Mikael Wood, presented by KLOS
Moderators
MW

Mikael Wood

Wood writes about pop music in all its ever-quickening splendor. Prior to joining the Los Angeles Times in 2012, he was a freelance contributor to Rolling Stone, Entertainment Weekly, Spin and the Village Voice. He grew up in Little Rock, Ark., graduated from Northwestern University and knows every word to “Mo Money Mo Problems.”

Speakers
avatar for Steve Jones

Steve Jones

Jones, of The Sex Pistols and author of “Lonely Boy: Tales from a Sex Pistol,” is the host of Jonesy’s Jukebox. The show encompasses everything from groundbreaking new music of his own personal collection to current topic discussions and guest interviews of all varieties with a living room conversation vibe. The Sex Pistols inspired a punk rock revolution starting in the UK during the mid-to-late 1970’s and spread... Read More →


Sunday April 23, 2017 3:40pm - 4:20pm
Los Angeles Times Main Stage, Signing Area 8

4:00pm

Rickey Laurentiis, Reading from 'Boy with Thorn'
Speakers
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Rickey Laurentiis

Laurentiis was raised in New Orleans, Louisiana. His poetry has been supported by the Civitella Ranieri Foundation in Italy, the NEA and the Poetry Foundation. In 2016, he traveled to Palestine as a part of the Palestine Festival of Literature. His first book, "Boy with Thorn,” won the 2014 Cave Canem Poetry Prize, the 2016 Levis Reading Prize and was a finalist for the 2017 Kate Tufts Discovery Award.


Sunday April 23, 2017 4:00pm - 4:20pm
Poetry Stage, Signing Area 5

4:15pm

La Chamba Cumbia Chicha: Musical Performance
Artists
avatar for La Chamba Cumbia Chicha

La Chamba Cumbia Chicha

La Chamba is driven by Electric Guitar, that fuses 60's psychedelic inspired surf-pop from Peru, with Afro-Latin rhythms. With roots in East and South Central Los Angeles, "Chamba" literally means "work," and is a word used throughout the barrios of Latin America to describe your hustle. Their sound pays homage to the melodies and grooves of Peruvian Chicha music popular among the working-classes of Lima and the Amazon.


Sunday April 23, 2017 4:15pm - 4:45pm
Hoy Stage, Signing Area 6

4:20pm

Carol V. Davis, Reading from "Because I Cannot Leave This Body"
Speakers
avatar for Carol V. Davis

Carol V. Davis

Davis is the author of "Because I Cannot Leave This Body" (Truman State Univ. Press, 2017), "Between Storms" (TSUP, 2012) and won the 2007 T.S. Eliot Prize for "Into the Arms of Pushkin: Poems of St. Petersburg.” Twice a Fulbright scholar in Russia, she teaches at Santa Monica College, Antioch University, Los Angeles. She is poetry editor of the Los Angeles newspaper the Jewish Journal.


Sunday April 23, 2017 4:20pm - 4:40pm
Poetry Stage, Signing Area 5

4:30pm