LA Observed at the Festival of Books

A nice group of LA Observed contributors will be taking part in this weekend's Los Angeles Times Festival of Books at UCLA. I'll be signing copies of Wilshire Boulevard and San Fernando Valley: America's Suburb — and be available to chat — from noon to 2 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday. That's at the Angel City Press booth on the main concourse outside Royce Hall, where you can also schmooze with LA Observed contributors Veronique de Turenne and Deanne Stillman and other Angel City authors including D.J. Waldie, Charles Phoenix, Al Martinez, Paddy Calistro, Harry Chandler, Nat Read, Marc Wanamaker, Gloria Koenig, Ernest Marquez, Gary Leonard, and Julie Jaskol and Brian Lewis. I always enjoy seeing a lot of LA Observed readers and I get to put faces to names — come on by.

Veronique and Deanne can also be heard on some official festival panels along with LAO contributors Erika Schickel, Denise Hamilton, Jenny Price, Cari Beauchamp and David Davis. Their panels and some other recommended things to see at the festival are listed after the jump.

Saturday at the festival:

11 a.m.
Biography: The Corridors of Power
Moderator Mr. A. Scott Berg
Mr. H.W. Brands
Mr. Jim Newton
Mr. Ronald C. White, Jr.

12 p.m.
Memoirs With a Twist
Moderator Ms. Erika Schickel
Mr. Gustavo Arellano
Mr. Chris Ayres
Ms. Rachel Resnick
Ms. Marion Winik

12:30 p.m.
Biography: At the Gates of the 20th Century
Moderator Mr. Jim Newton
Ms. Paula J. Giddings
Mr. Richard Reeves
Mr. Robert Roper

1 p.m. Los Angeles Times Stage:
Alyssa Milano, author of “Safe at Home: Confessions of a Baseball Fanatic,” interviewed by Jon Weisman of Dodger Thoughts.

1:30 p.m.
Mysteries in Black & White
Moderator Ms. Sarah Weinman
Ms. Denise Hamilton
Mr. Michael Koryta
Mr. Simon Lewis

Sports: The Athlete as Role Model
Moderator Mr. David Davis
Mr. Bill Dwyre
Ms. Diana Nyad
Mr. Michael Vetre's

2 p.m.
Biography: The Artist's Life
Moderator Mr. Albert Mobilio
Ms. Judith Freeman
Mr. Brad Gooch
Ms. Barbara Isenberg

2 p.m. Etc. Stage
Tom Waldman, David Reyes, Lysa Flores
"Land of a Thousand Dances" Reading and Performance

2 – 3:30 p.m. LAT Pavilion
Columnist Sandy Banks in conversation with her daughter Alyssa Robinson

3 p.m.
Publishing: The Big Picture
Moderator Mr. Kit Rachlis
Mr. George Gibson
Mr. David Kipen
Ms. Bonnie Nadell

3 p.m.
The Future of News
Moderator Ms. Karen Grigsby Bates
Ms. Geneva Overholser
Mr. Russ Stanton
Mr. Jacob Weisberg

3 p.m.
Fiction: Intimate Strangers
Moderator Ms. Veronique de Turenne
Ms. Janet Fitch
Mr. Andrew Sean Greer
Ms. Jean Hanff Korelitz
Ms. Gina Nahai

3:30 p.m.
History: Unknown Los Angeles
Moderator Mr. William Deverell
Ms. Frances Dinkelspiel
Mr. Chip Jacobs
Mr. D.J. Waldie

4 – 5:30 p.m. LAT Pavilion
Food editor Russ Parsons interviewed by chef and KCRW “Good Food” host Evan Kleiman

4:30 p.m. Ackerman Grand Ballroom
Ray Bradbury with an Introduction by M.G. Lord

Sunday at the festival:

10:30 a.m.
Mystery: Cold Cases
Moderator Ms. Sarah Weinman
Mr. Tom Epperson
Ms. Denise Hamilton
Ms. Nina Revoyr

10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. LAT Pavilion
Columnist Steve Lopez with special guest

11 a.m.
Fiction: Borderlines
Moderator Ms. Veronique de Turenne
Mr. Uwem Akpan
Ms. Thrity Umrigar
Mr. Luis Alberto Urrea

12 p.m.
The Rest of the West
Moderator Mr. Steven J. Ross
Mr. Mark Arax
Mr. Scott Martelle
Mr. Jim Newton
Ms. Deanne Stillman

12:30 p.m.
Biography: Hollywood Lives
Moderator Mr. Kenneth Turan
Ms. Cari Beauchamp
Mr. Stefan Kanfer
Mr. Glenn Lovell
Mr. Richard Schickel

2 p.m.
History: The Underbelly of California
Moderator Mr. Miles Corwin
Mr. Larry Harnisch
Mr. Richard Rayner
Mr. David Ward

2 p.m.
Dirty Fingers, Clean Hands: Sustainable Living
Moderator Ms. Rebecca Solnit
Mr. Jalopy
Mr. David Mas Masumoto
Mr. Russ Parsons
Ms. Jenny Price

2 p.m.
Media: Where Do We Go From Here?
Moderator Mr. James Rainey
Mr. Marc Cooper
Mr. Andrew Donohue
Ms. Arianna Huffington
Ms. Sharon Waxman

Full schedule at FOB website

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