LOS ANGELES, April 19, 2006 -- The focus of the literary world will once again turn westward as the Los Angeles Times prepares to celebrate its 11th annual Festival of Books on Saturday, April 29, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday, April 30, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., on the UCLA campus.
Authors scheduled to appear include Dave Barry, T. C. Boyle, Ray Bradbury, Taylor Branch, Mary Higgins Clark, Robert Crais, Billy Crystal, Joan Didion, Arianna Huffington, Erica Jong, Chip Kidd, John Lithgow, David Maraniss, Frank McCourt, Joyce Carol Oates, Carl Reiner, Dr. Laura Schlessinger, R.L. Stine, Gore Vidal and Sarah Vowell.
The Los Angeles Times Festival of Books--the nation's largest public literary festival--was created in 1996 by The Times to promote literacy and to unite those who create books with the people who love to read them. It is presented in association with UCLA.
The two-day celebration features a mix of panel discussions, book signings, poetry readings, cooking demonstrations, a movie screening and music including a performance by the Rock Bottom Remainders, a band that includes such authors as Mitch Albom, Dave Barry, Kathi Kamen Goldmark, Matt Groening, Greg Iles, Ridley Pearson, Amy Tan and Scott Turow. The Festival affords book lovers the chance to meet best-selling authors, publishers and celebrities. The hundreds of exhibitor booths, stage events and popular children's characters ensure that guests of all ages will find engaging activities.
General event information, including a list of authors, is available at http://www.latimes.com/events. Information is also available by calling 1-800-LA TIMES, ext. 7BOOK.
Admission is free, but tickets are required to attend author/panel discussions, lectures and the April 30 screening of "Peaceful Warrior" because of limited seating. Free tickets will be available at all Ticketmaster locations in Southern California starting Sunday, April 23, at noon until Thursday, April 27, at 5 p.m., or until all tickets have been distributed. A limited number of tickets will also be available on-site during the Festival.
As part of the Los Angeles Times' yearlong 125th anniversary celebration, the 2006 Festival of Books will have panels featuring Times editorial staff and a 125th anniversary-themed Times Pavilion.
Other Festival Highlights
- About 400 authors participating in 97 panels, readings and book signings
- Six outdoor stages showcasing book and poetry readings, cooking demonstrations, storytelling, cartoon characters, music, drama and dance performances
- 26th annual Los Angeles Times Book Prize awards ceremony on April 28
- More than 300 exhibitor booths including specialty booksellers and major book publishers
- Special screening of the film "Peaceful Warrior" followed by a discussion with "Way of the Peaceful Warrior" author Dan Millman (Sunday, April 30, 5:30 p.m. in Royce Hall)
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