LA Observed at this year's Festival of Books

Bill Boyarsky at the Festival of Books at USC, April 21, 2012.

As usual, writers from LA Observed will be all over the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books this weekend at USC. My gig this year is to sign at the Angel City Press booth both days, on Saturday from 1 to 3 p.m. and again on Sunday from noon to 2 p.m. I always enjoy the visiting that goes on, so come on by. I'm told we'll have both books, WILSHIRE BOULEVARD: Grand Concourse of Los Angeles and SAN FERNANDO VALLEY: America's Suburb. Angel City Press has booth number 068, in a prime location near the stature of Tommy Trojan at Trousdale and Childs Way.

You can hear and meet present and past LA Observed authors on both days. Here's the list with their panels.


11 a.m. Steve Greenberg signs his book, "Fine-Tooning the Planet," until noon at the Comic Art Professional Society's booth (#860.)

Noon - Cari Beauchamp moderates "Biography: That's Entertainment."

12:30 p.m. - Denise Hamilton interviews Anne Perry.

3:30 p.m. - Deanne Stillman on the panel "Nonfiction: Visions of the West."

5 p.m. - Denise Hamilton presents “Surf Noir and Uncommon Scents” with LAT Magazine editor Nancie Clare.


10:30 a.m. - Erika Schickel moderates "Memoir: You Make Me Crazy," and David Davis on the panel "Nonfiction: Olympic Stories."

11 a.m. - Denise Hamilton on "Crime Fiction: Buried Secrets."

2 p.m. - Bill Boyarsky on "Nonfiction: We Built This City."

Also of note:

At 12:30 on Saturday, Patt Morrison will interview Rodney King. And Sunday at 11 a.m., Warren Olney moderates a panel called "Los Angeles 20 Years After the Rodney King Verdict, with former DA Gil Garcetti, Times columnist Jim Newton and attorney Connie Rice.

Full schedule of panels and events


LA Observed photos: Top, 2012 Festival of Books; Bottom, festival in 2011.

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