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L.A. Times Festival of Books

Read highlights from the L.A. Times Festival of Books, including author panels, exclusive video interviews and photo galleries of the scene at USC.

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  • Local authors on writing about L.A. 'in all its multiplicity'

    Local authors on writing about L.A. 'in all its multiplicity'

    Why write in and about Los Angeles? Brighde Mullins offered one pithy answer while moderating a panel on that subject at the Festival of Books on Sunday. Quoting Carson McCullers, Mullins said, "If you're going to write, you better have someplace to be from." Mullins  then spent the next hour delving...

  • Talking to Molly Ringwald about book tours and L.A. writers [video]

    Talking to Molly Ringwald about book tours and L.A. writers [video]

    At the L.A. Times Festival of Books, Molly Ringwald sat down with L.A. Times staff writer Carolyn Kellogg to discuss her book of short stories, “When It Happens to You,” surprising tour encounters and the new book she’s starting. VIDEO: AUTHOR INTERVIEWS FROM FESTIVAL OF BOOKS In honor of our new...

  • Florence Williams explains her obsession with 'Breasts' [Video]

    Florence Williams explains her obsession with 'Breasts' [Video]

    When you write a book that is titled "Breasts: A Natural and Unnatural History," you probably expect a question something like this: What on Earth was the impetus for the work ... and the title? Florence Williams, the winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for science and technology, proved...

  • Rachel Kushner, Marisa Silver on being L.A. writing buddies [video]

    Rachel Kushner, Marisa Silver on being L.A. writing buddies [video]

    At the L.A. Times Festival of Books, novelists Marisa Silver (“Mary Coin”) and Rachel Kushner (“The Flamethrowers”) sat down to speak with book critic David Ulin. Silver and Kushner are good friends, and they talked about being “writing buddies” as well as the influence of living in the West on...

  • Gun control laws from the Wild West (yes, they had them!) to now

    Gun control laws from the Wild West (yes, they had them!) to now

    Early on in the Sunday morning panel about "Guns in America," author and UCLA constitutional law professor Adam Winkler held up his new book, "Gunfight: The Battle Over the Right to Bear Arms in America," and opened it to an 1879 photograph of Dodge City, Kan., one of the most storied of the Wild...

  • Sportswriters discuss going beyond 'hits, runs and errors'

    Sportswriters discuss going beyond 'hits, runs and errors'

    Each day the sports pages teem with wins and losses, statistics and scores, victors and runners-up. But that's not all. "Sports don't just have to be about touchdowns and three-point shots and goals," said Los Angeles Times sportswriter David Wharton while moderating the panel discussion "Great...

  • Who are 'The Accursed'? Joyce Carol Oates explains all

    Who are 'The Accursed'? Joyce Carol Oates explains all

    A couple of winters ago, Joyce Carol Oates pulled out a manuscript she first put down in 1984, had dusted up every six or seven years and couldn't quite finish. "Writing is very intuitive and you can't quite force it," she said. Not that she hasn't been publishing in the meantime, but about three...

  • Duck stamps, tacos, coffees and other single-subject obsessions

    Duck stamps, tacos, coffees and other single-subject obsessions

    Despite a diverse range of topics -- Mexican food, the coca plant, the world’s most complicated watch and the federal duck stamp art program -- the authors participating in Saturday's Festival of Books panel discussion "A Singular Passion" all described similar experiences when it came to writing...

  • Silly and scary moments with the man who is not Lemony Snicket

    Silly and scary moments with the man who is not Lemony Snicket

    Author Lemony Snicket and children's book illustrator Jon Klassen sparred over their book "The Dark" at  the Target Children’s Stage on Saturday afternoon at the Festival of Books. Snicket, a.k.a. Daniel Handler, who always denies he is Snicket, wrote the words and Klassen created the illustrations...

  • Author panel puts Hollywood in the spotlight

    Author panel puts Hollywood in the spotlight

    True to the occupations and personalities of its many inhabitants, Hollywood is constantly reinventing itself. In a Saturday panel at the Festival of Books moderated by Barbara Isenberg, authors Leo Braudy, M.G. Lord and Margaret Talbot discussed the chameleon-like evolution of Hollywood in the...

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