2004 Los Angeles Times Festival of Books Set for April 24 and 25 at UCLA

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 19, 2003 — The Los Angeles Times ninth annual Festival of Books happens Saturday, April 24, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday, April 25, from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m., on UCLA’s campus. The written word springs to life during the two-day event through panel discussions, poetry readings, book signings and music.

The Festival gives Southern Californians the chance to meet best-selling authors, publishers and other literary figures. The hundreds of exhibitor booths, stage events and popular children’s characters keep it entertaining for all ages.

General event information about the Festival is available at www.latimes.com/festivalofbooks or by calling 1-800-LA TIMES, ext. 7BOOK.

Admission is free, but tickets are required to attend author-panel discussions and lectures because of limited seating. Free tickets will be available at all Ticketmaster locations in Southern California starting Sunday, April 18, at noon until Thursday, April 22, at 5 p.m., or until all tickets have been distributed. A limited number of tickets will also be available on-site.

Los Angeles Times Book Prize Awards Ceremony

The 24th annual presentation of the Los Angeles Times Book Prizes happens Saturday, April 24, at 7:30 p.m., in UCLA’s Royce Hall. Tickets are required and go on sale in late February at UCLA’s Central Ticket Office.

The Los Angeles Times Book Prizes, established in 1980, recognize outstanding literary achievements in biography, current interest, history, poetry, science and technology, fiction, first fiction, mystery/thriller, and young adult fiction. More information is available atwww.latimes.com/bookprizes.

The Los Angeles Times Festival of Books—one of the nation’s premier public literary festivals and the largest of its kind on the West Coast—was created in 1996 by The Times to promote literacy and to bring together those who create books with the people who love to read them. It’s presented in association with UCLA. The Festival’s TV media sponsor is KTLA TV-5.

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