Festival of Books: Huffington disses Trump; Carrie Brownstein charms; everybody wants to Instagram this mural
It was heaven for book nerds! The Los Angeles Times Festival of Books at the USC campus drew thousands of fans and more than 500 authors for a weekend of living and breathing books. The lineup included former astronaut Buzz Aldrin, U.S. poet laureate Juan Felipe Herrera, “Top Chef” host Padma Lakshmi, YA author Ransom Riggs, religious scholar Reza Aslan, Newbery Award winner Kwame Alexander and many more.
On Saturday night, The Times hosted its annual Book Prizes, during which Herrera received the Robert Kirsch Award and James Patterson was given the Innovator’s Award. See the full list of winners. And on Sunday, Carrie Brownstein and Arianna Huffington joined the festivities as part of the L.A. Times’ Ideas Exchange Series.