The L.A. Times Festival of Books is coming up this weekend (Saturday and Sunday, April 28th and 29th). If you’re in the L.A. area, it’s a must-see. I just checked out the list of panels at this link, and wow, there are some great people speaking. Here’s a link to the list of authors attending, too.
It’s all free, but for some events you need to get tickets ahead of time, which you can do through Ticketmaster, and parking is $8. There are panels on every genre of literature, plus all kinds of other book-related topics. Here are a few highlights, but really, check out the website.
Joseph Wambaugh and James Ellroy in conversation
Ellen Burstyn in conversation with Leonard Maltin
Ray Bradbury introduced by M.G. Lord
Jim Lehrer in conversation with Sander Vanocur
Children's Books: Creating Today's Classics, with moderator Ms. Lois Sarkisian, and Ms. Cornelia Funke, Mr. Hilary Knight and Ms. Laura Numeroff.
Fiction: Jumping Off the Page, with moderator Ms. Susan Salter Reynolds, and Mr. Chris Bohjalian, Mr. Peter Orner, Mr. Gary Shteyngart, and Ms. Marianne Wiggins
T.C. Boyle with an Introduction by Jerry Stahl
Gore Vidal in conversation with Jon Wiener
Mitch Albom in conversation with Frank McCourt
And many, many more interesting panels and speakers...
I often feel that L.A. is a wonderful place to live, and then there are the other times, when I feel it's a cesspool. This is one of the good times. This event is one of the perks of living in a big city, and sometimes I need to be reminded of those perks...