The fun's not over yet. The Times is hosting its 36th annual Book Prizes ceremony at USC's Bovard Auditorium from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The categories include biography, fiction, graphic novel/comics and history.
Two of this year's winners have already been announced and will be honored tonight. They are U.S. poet laureate Juan Felipe Herrera, who will be presented with the Robert Kirsch Award for lifetime achievement.
"It's nice to be getting this award from the L.A. Times. I started back in the '60s. I'm humbled to be representing those who are no longer with us. I'm talking about people like Luis Omar Salinas, Francisco X. Alarcón, and Gloria Anzaldúa. It's in that spirit, hermano. There's so much creative energy out there that we need to tap, and I accept this award in honor of those voices we have yet to hear from too."
Juan Felipe Herrera
The other is bestselling author James Patterson, recipient of the Innovator’s Award for his work to inspire a lifelong love of reading in children and his support of independent bookstores nationwide.
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!