As he has done so often in comic books, Stan Lee had the crowd cheering at his every word. Hundreds turned out, huddled at an outdoor venue in the middle of a wet USC campus for his Festival of Books appearance. Speaking about his graphic novel-style memoir — "Amazing Fantastic Incredible Stan Lee" — Lee recounted the response he got when he came up with Spider-Man ("No! People are scared of spiders!"), how he was enlisted to draw images while in the military ("I showed people how to use an M-16.") and what started him reading comics:
There were no comic books, just comic strips like Prince Valiant.
There were also stories about the X-Men and advice given to writers and artists. With his recognizable voice booming through the microphone, the crowd swelled and laughed and took what could've been thousands of photos and videos.
As he made his way to the small autograph booth, that crowd followed and dozens of hands shot out to shake the hand of the man who brought the Fantastic Four to life. His fast-moving autograph line snaked around and through the building that houses the School of International Relations.
Arianna Huffington talked about sleep, sex (it's "Mother Nature's Ambien," she said) and Donald Trump during her conversation with Times columnist Robin Abcarian at Sunday's Festival of Books. Her new book, "The Sleep Revolution," makes the case for getting more shut-eye -- advice she especially wants our leaders to follow. Here are three highlights from the conversation:
Arianna Huffington talks with Times columnist Robin Abcarian about sex at the Festival of Books at USC.
Arianna Huffington talks with Times columnist Robin Abcarian about leadership at the Festival of Books at USC.
Deputy Director of Audience Engagement Michelle Maltais sent her cub reporters out to the Festival of Books to ask attendees why they read and write. Prepare to clutch your heart as you watch these adorable dispatches.
Michael Connelly, the popular detective novelist and the man behind Amazon's "Bosch," was among this weekend's special guests. Earlier today, he joined "Bosch" star Titus Welliver at Bovard Auditorium to discuss how the show is made. But Connelly didn't just stop by for his event. He spent the weekend with us, spreading the #bookfest love.
"I go to many, many book festivals in many, man cities and this is, by far, the best one." Thank you, Michael Connelly, we love having you!