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Times' celebration of the written word opens its 20th chapter
Times' celebration of the written word opens its 20th chapter

"In the beginning, people weren't sure what to expect. Who's going to come to a book festival in Los Angeles?" novelist Paula Woods recalls asking. "They don't read books in L.A. They watch movies." Woods was on the author committee that helped plan the first Los Angeles Times Festival of Books almost two decades ago. People did turn out in 1996 — 75,000 of them over two days — proving that a book festival in Los Angeles is not oxymoronic in concept. The festival's 20th iteration is just around the corner — and Woods, a perennial participant, can't stay away. Come Saturday morning, she'll be talking murder and mystery...

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