14 Panels to Attend at the L.A. Times Festival of Books (Plus Tips!)

For a second year in a row, book lovers convene at the USC campus for the L.A. Times Festival of Books. Now in its 17th year, the festival features panels, readings, and performances by L.A. writers, cooks, and musicians as well as hundreds of independent bookstores, publishers, publications, shops, and writers. With so many panels and events, it can be hard to decide on which panels to attend.

To make life easier for you, here's our guide to the festival, featuring some of our columnists and interview subjects, and other panels that may be of interest to you.

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California Literature: The Big Picture 10:30 AM
with: Ralph Lewin, Tom Lutz, Carol Muske-Dukes
Moderator: Oscar Villalon
Where: Seeley G. Mudd

Poetry: Saying More in Fewer Words 10:30 Am
with: Henri Cole, Linda Norton, Carl Phillips, Bruce Smith
Moderator: Dana Gioia
Where: Annenberg Auditorium

Geoff Boucher in Coversation 10:30 AM
with: Robert Kirkman
Where: Ronald Tutor Campus Center

Cultural Visions: Blackness Now & Then 3:00 PM
with: Adilifu Nama, Rebecca Walker, Kevin Young
Moderator: Erin Aubry Kaplan
Where: Davidson Continuing Education Center

Nonfiction: E Cannibis Unum 4:30PM
with: Heather Donahue, Paul Krassner, Mark Haskell Smith
Moderator: Dean Kuipers
Where: Taper Hall

Narrative in a Digital Age
with: Mark Bryant, Jay Caspian Kang, Jacob Lewis, Evan Ratliff
Moderator David L. Ulin
Where: Norris Theater


Cooking Demonstration 11:00 AM
Josiah Citrin, author of "In Pursuit of Excellence."
Where: Cooking Stage

Future Books: Media in the Digital Age 11:25 AM
with: Steve Anderson, Anne Balsamo, Catherine Quinlan
Moderator: Holly Willis
Where: Hoffman Hall

History: City of Angels 11:30 AM
with: Leo Braudy, John Buntin, Steven J. Ross, D.J. Waldie
Moderator: Richard Rayner
Where: Seeley G. Mudd

Nonfiction: The Art of Immersion 12:00 PM
with: Tom Bissell, Mark Haskell Smith, David Treuer
Moderator: Patrick Brown
Where: Norris Theater

History: The American Dream 1:00 PM
with: Michael Hiltzik, Robert Morgan, Miriam Pawel, Richard White
Moderator: William Deverell
Where: Davidson Continuing Education Center

Cooking Demonstration 2:00 PM
Debbie Lee, author of "Seoultown Kitchen."
Where: Cooking Stage

Fiction: The Faults They Had 2:30 PM
with: Tayari Jones, Susan Straight, Luis Alberto Urrea
Moderator: Karen Grigsby Bates
Where: Seeley G. Mudd

Food Writing: American Potluck 2:30 PM
with: Gustavo Arellano, Aaron Bobrow-Strain, Jennifer 8. Lee
Moderator: Jonathan Gold
Where: Ronald Tutor Campus Center

Festival Pro Tips:
Do bring water.
Do wear sunscreen.
Do check out the free cultural performances.
Do take Metro (save 10%).
Do attend both days.
Do take breaks, walking around all day can be tiring.
Do have fun!

Find more panels and information in the L.A. Times Festival of Books website.

Please note that the panels are free, but RSVPs are required.

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Hi, I'm KCET.org's Community Moderator. I love Los Angeles, reading, history, and sunny days.
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