The program schedule for the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books was released Monday morning. The schedule, which is online, includes the complete list of author appearances and special events during the Festival of Books, April 20-21, on the campus of USC.
More than 400 writers are to appear at the festival, and 150,000 people are expected to attend. There are to be panel discussions with authors, poetry readings, book signings and celebrity appearances. Did you know Debbie Reynolds is publishing a memoir? She's scheduled to be there.
As are Margaret Atwood, chef Ludo Lefebrve, Lemony Snicket (a.k.a. Daniel Handler), Janet Fitch, Jonathan Lethem, Demetri Martin, Molly Ringwald, Carol Burnett, Pico Iyer and John Scalzi.
Also on the schedule: L.A. poet laureate Eloise Klein Healy, novelist Jamaica Kincaid, Olympian Brian Boitano, 2nd Amendment scholar Adam Winkler, mystery writer T. Jefferson Parker, memoirist Luis Rodriguez, singer Paul Anka and actress/math whiz Danica McKellar.
The trouble with the schedule is that it lets us all see, for the first time, how tricky it can be to get to every author we'd like to. Will you be able to see both mystery writer Attica Locke and novelist Jami Attenberg? Riverside's Susan Straight and young adult writer Maureen Johnson? Chef Susan Feniger and film director William Friedkin?
Every hour during the festival, there are more than a dozen panel discussions, readings, conversations and signings taking place all over the campus. You get the idea.
See the complete schedule online at www.latimesfestivalofbooks.com -- you'll be able to make reservations there to see the writers you like, beginning on March 28.
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