LOS ANGELES, April 2, 2003 – More than 325 of the country's best-selling authors will join thousands of Southern California book lovers at the eighth annual Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, which will be held Saturday, April 26, and Sunday, April 27, on the UCLA campus.
Festival hours are 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Sunday.
Admission is free to the public. However, tickets will be required to attend author panel discussions and lectures. Beginning April 20, tickets will be available free of charge at all participating Southern California Ticketmaster locations. A limited number of tickets also will be available on-site. On-campus parking is $7.
General event information is available online at www.latimes.com/festivalofbooks or by calling 1-800-LA TIMES ext. 7BOOK. Detailed information on all festival activities will be published in the April 20 edition of The Times.
The Los Angeles Times Festival of Books – one of the nation's premier public literary festivals and the largest of its kind on the West Coast – was created in 1996 by The Times to promote literacy, celebrate the written word, and bring together those who create books with the people who love to read them. It is presented in association with UCLA.
· more than 325 authors participating in 95 panels, readings and book signings
· seven stages showcasing book and poetry readings, cooking demonstrations, children's storytelling and cartoon characters, and music, drama and dance performances
· 23rd annual Los Angeles Times Book Prize awards ceremony
· more than 300 exhibitors including specialty booksellers and major book publishers
Rock Bottom Remainders
Best-selling authors Dave Barry, Amy Tan and Scott Turow will be joined by Matt Groening, creator of the "Simpsons" television cartoon series, and Roger McGuinn, former member and founder of The Byrds, for a special concert appearance as The Rock Bottom Remainders. The rock band will perform on Saturday from 4-6 p.m. on the ETC. Stage.
The concert is the last stop on the group's first West Coast tour.
Billed as the "literary world's answer to the Rolling Stones," the Rock Bottom Remainders also features the musical talents of other top writers including Mitch Albom, Kathi Goldmark, Greg Iles, Stephen King and Ridley Pearson.
Literary "Who's Who"
Authors scheduled to appear include Mitch Albom, David Baltimore, Peter Bart, Gioconda Belli, A. Scott Berg, Peter Biskind, Roy Blount, Mark Bowden, T. C. Boyle, Ray Bradbury, Po Bronson, Stephen J. Cannell, Carol Channing, Deepak Chopra, Sandra Cisneros, Mary Higgins Clark, Wanda Coleman, Robert Crais, Michael Crichton, Janet Fitch, Peter Guber, Edward Hirsch, Christopher Hitchens, Carol Muske-Dukes, James Ellroy, Daniel Ellsberg, David Halberstam, bell hooks, Arianna Huffington, Faye Kellerman and Jonathan Kellerman.
Also participating will be Elmore Leonard, John Lithgow, Cheech Marin, Yxta Maya Murray, Lynda Obst, T. Jefferson Parker, James Patterson, George Pelecanos, George Plimpton, Richard Reeves, Carl Reiner, Luis Rodriguez, Richard Rodriguez, Carolyn See, Dava Sobel, Susan Straight, Gay Talese, Scott Turow, Harry Turtledove, D.J. Waldie, Henry Winkler, Naomi Wolf, David Wolper and Paula Woods.