The 22nd annual L.A. Times Festival of Books officially got underway Saturday morning with a performance by the USC Trojan Marching Band, which got festivalgoers dancing and cheering to a rendition of Pat Benatar's "Heartbreaker" and, of course, "Fight On," among others.
Justin Dearborn, chief executive of Tronc Inc., The Times' parent company, and USC President C.L. Max Nikias delivered opening remarks.
"There is no better place to host this festival than the USC campus," said Nikias, noting that USC and the L.A. Times are the two oldest surviving nonreligious institutions in the city, with USC having been founded in 1880 and The Times in 1881.
Margaret Atwood sat down to talk with our Facebook Live audience about the new Hulu adaptation of "The Handmaid's Tale," the meaning of feminism, the important of science, and why America shouldn't get too depressed about Trump just yet.
Festival-goers who attended MSNBC host Chris Hayes' discussion with Christina Bellantoni, The Times' assistant managing editor for politics, took to social media to relay some notable quotations from the author and photos.