The most fascinating guests at the 2022 L.A. Times Festival of Books
The 27th Los Angeles Times Festival of Books returned in person at the University of Southern California on April 23 and 24, with more than 550 authors, poets, artists, chefs, journalists, celebrities and musicians, including Amanda Gorman, Billy Porter, Luis Rodriguez, Don Winslow and Janelle Monáe. The Times covered the highlights over a very busy and lively weekend.
Billy Porter gave a talk to remember, torching homophobic laws, recalling his struggles and musing on gender pronouns.
Gorman read her poem “Fugue,” about the ravages of the pandemic, publicly for the first time on Saturday.
Thousands of Angelenos descended upon the USC campus over the weekend for the 2022 L.A. Times Festival of Books. Here’s what they said about being back.
The California representative and author of “Midnight in Washington” discussed revelations about the minority leader’s about-face on the 2020 election.
Jonathan Franzen offered to “vouchsafe my secrets,” discussing religion, women and when we might expect the next novel.
At the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, Don Winslow spoke to filmmaker Michael Mann. Winslow’s recent announcement that he was done writing books did not come up.
Images of some of the participants who joined photographer Jay L. Clendenin at the Los Angeles Times’ photo studio.
Janelle Monáe was joined by Times columnist Erika D. Smith to discuss her book “The Memory Librarian.”
The “How I Met Your Father” actor explained how he hopes “Happy People Are Annoying” might help others.
Martha S. Jones, Imani Perry, Anna Malaika Tubbs and Mia Bay spoke on the legacy and persistence of racism and why the pandemic forced the reckonings.
Bernstein spoke about his recent memoir, “Chasing History: A Kid in the Newsroom.”
Matthew Specktor, Ken Layne and Greg Sarris spoke on Saturday at the L.A. Times Festival of Books about the stories California has told them.
Essayists Melissa Febos, Maggie Nelson and Megham Daum made the case for essays and feminism, but disputed the categories, at the Festival of Books.
Braided themes of grief, hope and perspective animated a lively and ultimately hopeful panel on climate fiction.
After a few years of virtual ceremonies, the 42nd Los Angeles Times Book Prizes was held in person at USC, kicking off the Festival of Books.