2014 LA Times Festival of Books Runs This Weekend at USC
The 19th annual Los Angeles Times Festival of Books will take place today, April 12, and Sunday, April 13, at the University of Southern California's University Park Campus. The Festival is free and open to the public, celebrating ideas, creativity, and the written word with a wide range of programming to entertain, engage, and inspire people of all ages and interests. The complete lineup and schedule are available on the Festival's website at: http://events.latimes.com/festivalofbooks/.
Notable appearances include: Hugh Acheson, Gustavo Arellano, Reza Aslan, Philip Bailey, Mayim Bialik, T.C. Boyle, LeVar Burton, Roy Choi, Sandra Cisneros, Jackie Collins, Giada de Laurentiis, Rob Delaney, Barbara Ehrenreich, John Green, Carla Hall, Daniel Handler, Robert Hilburn, Pico Iyer, Diego Luna, Chris Kluwe, Terry McMillan, B.J. Novak, Veronica Roth, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Katherine Schwarzenegger, Maria Shriver, Alicia Silverstone, Susan Straight, Marlo Thomas, Stephen Tobolowsky, Sandra Tsing Loh, Rachel Zoe and Adrian Todd Zuniga.
In addition to its distinguished authors and topical panel discussions, the Festival celebrates the vitality and diversity of Los Angeles' culture by showcasing local talent and creativity. Programming includes cooking demonstrations with local celebrity chefs, film screenings, and a host of musical performances, ranging from the L.A. Opera to the indie sounds of the Pop & Hiss Stage and everything in between.
The Festival has also expanded and refreshed its offerings this year to invite new audiences to experience this beloved Los Angeles tradition.
New and notable elements include:
--> Festival After Dark: The Festival of Books makes its nighttime debut with a live performance of American Public Media's Wits. Special guests Margaret Cho, Paul F. Tompkins, Superchunk and Will Sheff (of Okkervil River) will join host John Moe for an evening of music, comedy, and conversation. Tickets can be purchased at: www.latimes.com/festivalafterdark.
--> Artists' Row: To celebrate creativity of all kinds, the Festival has invited a thoughtfully curated group of Los Angeles artists to give new meaning to the term "site-specific art." Working in a variety of media, the artists will create their works on site as the Festival happens, allowing audience members to see the artistic process as each piece takes shape and evolves. The participating artists are: Lorenzo Hurtado Segovia, Andy Robert, Jena Priebe, Essi Zimm, and DevNGosha: Devin Liston and Gosha Levochkin.
--> LA Times Photo Pop-Up Gallery: Showcasing the exceptional work of the Times' award-winning visual storytelling team, the gallery will provide a unique opportunity to experience newsworthy events through the power of images.
--> Cooking Stage: Featuring chefs of all stripes, the Cooking Stage is a delicious buffet of Los Angeles' vibrant culinary scene.