Keeping up with the Festival of Books


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Eric Carle, the author and illustrator of ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’ and this year’s Festival of Books logo, tells Sonja Bolle, ‘my books are made for two days in a child’s life: the last day at home and the first day of school. Home is touching, and warmth, and the familiar, and school is something surprising, something new.’ He’ll be at the festival on Saturday, signing items at the L.A. Times booth at 11a.m. and reading at the Target Children’s Stage at 2:40 p.m.

There are 45 nominees for the L.A. Times Book Prizes, which will be awarded in a ceremony tonight. Watch this space for the full story — and for instant gratification, keep your eye on Twitter.


And if you’re on Twitter and are coming to the festival like these authors, tag your posts with #LATfob so others can follow along.

For those of you who aren’t in L.A., or who are just reluctant to drive to UCLA (don’t be, my eastside-y friends! it’s not so bad!) we’ll be posting here at Jacket Copy all weekend.

— Carolyn Kellogg