La Chamba Cumbia Chicha has people dancing in the late-afternoon sun.
A photo booth at the Festival of Books allowed attendees to try out headline writing. Here are a few of my favorites.
Hardly! Scroll through the blog to see scenes and stories from the weekend's events at USC. In non-festival news, there was a major election in France.
I have a hunch about where to start the search. (USC.)
Impressive. I bet that pup has a real command -- sit, stay, shake -- of the English language.
She created two front pages. The first: "I like big books."
At least one panel attendee wondered why Margaret Atwood was a little behind schedule on Sunday.
This would appear to be the answer:
Margaret Atwood sat down to talk with our Facebook Live audience about the new Hulu adaptation of "The Handmaid's Tale," the meaning of feminism, the important of science, and why America shouldn't get too depressed about Trump just yet.
Festival-goers who attended MSNBC host Chris Hayes' discussion with Christina Bellantoni, The Times' assistant managing editor for politics, took to social media to relay some notable quotations from the author and photos.
Hayes seemed to enjoy the festival too.
The weekend's not over yet! Still on the agenda:
- 2 p.m. Young adult fantasy with Marie Lu, Laini Taylor, Kiersten White and Victoria Aveyard at Taper Hall
- 2 p.m. Head over to the Children's Stage for "The Legend of Rock Paper Scissors"
- 2:30 p.m. "The Handmaid's Tale" has been adapted for T.V. and Margaret Atwood is here to talk about it.
- 3 p.m. A discussion about "Poetry in the Present Moment" at the Annenberg Auditiorium.
- 3 p.m. Ngugi Wa Thiong'o in conversation with Rebecca Carroll
- 3:30 p.m. "What's Up With America" with "Dark Money" Author Jane Meyer and more.
- 3:40 p.m. Discussing "Diversity in Hollywood at L.A. Times Central.
With more than 1 billion loops on Vine and 50 million views on YouTube, Matthew Espinosa knows a thing or two about social media.
On Sunday, he stopped by the Festival of Books to talk about his new book, "More Than Me."
At the end of the panel, he talked about what social media advice he would give his fans.
His message: Social media isn't real. The photos you see from celebrities are posed and filtered, and you can't measure yourself -- a real person -- against something that's not real at all. Be yourself and cultivate your own interests based on what you actually like, not what you see on social media.
Yes, they were there to talk about Marlon James' latest work, "A Brief History of Seven Killings." But James, from Jamaica, and Times Editor Davan Maharaj, from Trinidad, had some fun with accents, as well.
If you want some great fiction, you can’t go wrong with Fiction: Disappearing Acts on Sunday at 11 a.m. The panel, moderated by writer Mary Otis, features the novelists Edan Lepucki, author of the bestselling “California” whose “Woman No. 17” comes out in two weeks; Amy Gentry, author of “Good as Gone,” which came out in January; Lydia Millet, whose “Sweet Lamb of Heaven” was longlisted for the National Book Award; our critic at large Alexander Chee, talking about his book “The Queen of the Night.”
Speaking of our critics at large, you can find more of them on Sunday: Viet Thanh Nguyen and Laiala Lalami in conversation at 11 a.m.; at 12:30 p.m., Marlon James in conversation with Times Editor and Publisher Davan Maharaj at 12:30 pm.; John Scalzi in conversation with Cory Doctorow at 1:30 p.m.; and at 3 p.m., Rebecca Carroll will interview Ngugi Wa Thiong’o, always rumored to be in serious contention for the Nobel Prize in literature; and also at 3 p.m., Susan Straight will join Steve Lopez, with Steven P. Wallace and Susan B. Geffen, for a conversation about California’s hidden poor.
For great nonfiction, here are some can’t-miss ideas:
The 10:30 a.m. panel Police, Prisons and Justice with Gary Younge, author of “Another Day in the Death of America: A Chronicle of Ten Short Lives”; Victor Rios, author of “Human Targets: Schools, Police, and the Criminalization of Latino Youth”; Heather Ann Thompson, author of “Blood in the Water: The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 and Its Legacy”; and Les Klinger, co-editor of “Anatomy of Innocence: Testimonies of the Wrongfully Convicted,” moderated by Margot Roosevelt.
At noon, the panel Nonfiction: Lost Stories of the West will feature four writers: Tim Hernandez, whose book “All They Will Call You” tells the story of a California plane crash and the Mexican farmworkers who were erased from its history; Kimball Taylor, author of “The Coyote's Bicycle: The Untold Story of 7000 Bicycles and the Rise of a Borderland Empire”; Gabriel Thompson, author of “America’s Social Arsonist,” a biography of Fred Roos; and Christine Pelisek previewing her book “The Grim Sleeper: The Lost Women of South Central,” which hits shelves in June, moderated by Miriam Pawell.
Chris Hayes of MSNBC, whose new book is “A Colony in a Nation,” will be talking to The Times’ Christina Bellantoni at 12:30 p.m.
And at 3:30, the panel Nonfiction: What’s Up With America features book prize finalist Jane Mayer with her book “Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right”; Jeff Chang, author of “We Gon’ Be Alright: Notes on Race and Resegregation”; James Poulos and his book “The Art of Being Free: How Alexis de Tocqueville Can Save Us from Ourselves”; and Mugambi Jouet, author of “Exceptional America: What Divides Americans From the World and Each Other,” moderated by Dinah Lenney.
And last but not least, the panel I’m most likely to attend, if I’m still standing: Nonfiction: The Culture of Southern California with Josh Kun, Gustavo Arellano and David L. Ulin, moderated by The Times’ Carolina Miranda. It starts at 3:30 p.m.
See you at the festival!
From crime to romance to other topics:
- 1:20 p.m. Actor Stephen Tobolowsky in conversation with Sarah Rodman on the Los Angeles Times Main Stage
- 1:30 p.m. Ace Atkins, Gina Wohlsdorf, Mette Ivie Harrison and Melissa Scrivner Love join the ominously named crime fiction panel Trust No One
- 1:30 p.m. Romance novels more your thing? The panel I'm Too Sexy for This Book takes over the Annenberg Auditorium
- 1:30 p.m. The panel Is This Goodbye, NEA? Let's hope not. Anita Dashiell-Sparks, Rachel Moore and Viet Thanh Nguyen address our fears.
The Waitomo Glowworm Caves in New Zealand are among the many marvels found in the wildly popular book "Atlas Obscura." Co-editor Joshua Foer will be among the panelists discussing The New Coffee Table Book at 3:30 p.m.
Join Jessica Koslow, Sqirl owner and the author of "Everything I Want to Eat," for a demonstration at the Cooking Stage at 2 p.m.
And the columnists must have had the same thought about today's sunny weather.
Attendance for events at The Times' stage has been healthy, deputy politics editor Julie Westfall reports. She moderated a panel on "Storytelling in the Age of Trump" before another brimming crowd.
One attendee at that panel asked how The Times can cultivate trust with readers who are disinclined to trust mainstream media sources, Westfall said.
Len DeGroot, director of data visualization, said that the paper doesn't seek to persuade people, but seeks to inform, Westfall said. And especially with data projects, Times journalists try to be transparent about their sources. That way a skeptical reader can check the journalists' work.
Pay a visit to the Pacific Palisades home of actor and comedian Cheech Marin and you may find yourself holed up in the bathroom, in the company of your affable host, having an impassioned conversation about painting.
Marin, an avid collector, has dozens of artworks dotting every corner of his hilltop home. There are canvases by Patssi Valdez in the hallway, an oversized painting of a Madonna by George Yepes in the foyer and, in the guest bathroom — where Marin has led a small clutch of guests — a series of surreal etchings by the late Los Angeles painter Carlos Almaraz.
“These are very rare,” says Marin, gesturing at a print in which a trio of feline heads float before a custard-colored sky. “The color, the way he captures these figures, the city, it’s the bomb.”
Marin is a singular type of Renaissance man.
So many great events coming up! On the agenda:
- 12:10 p.m. Matthew Espinosa takes the L.A. Times Main Stage
- 12:10 p.m. Steve Lopez talks to Michael Hiltzik
- 12:30 p.m. Roads Less Traveled panel with Shanti Sekaran, Natashia Deon and Janie Chang
- 12:30 p.m. Chris Hayes in conversation with Christina Bellantoni at Bovard Auditorium
- 12:30 p.m. Marlon James, pictured above, in conversation with Davan Maharaj at the Ronald Tutor Campus Center
And a viral marketing stunt Sunday had festivalgoers and authors buzzing about an upcoming TV adaptation of Atwood's novel. Two rows of women -- wearing red dresses and white bonnets -- were spotted walking the USC campus.
Hayes is the author of "A Colony in a Nation" and will speak with The Times' Christina Bellantoni at 12:30 p.m.