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Saturday, April 21
 

10:00am

Juan Felipe Herrera, Reading from "Jabberwalking"
Speakers
avatar for Juan Felipe Herrera

Juan Felipe Herrera

Herrera is a poet, performance artist, and activist. The son of migrant farmworkers, he was the U.S. Poet | Laureate from 2015-2017. He has published more than a dozen collections of poetry, in addition to short | stories, young adult novels, and children's literature. He is... Read More →


Saturday April 21, 2018 10:00am - 10:20am
Poetry Stage, Signing Area 2

10:00am

10:20am

Carine Topal, Reading from "In Order of Disappearance"
Speakers
avatar for Carine Topal

Carine Topal

Topal's award-winning books are "Bed of Want," the 2007 Robert G. Cohen Prose Poetry Award and "Tattooed," | winner of the Palettes and Quills International Book Contest. "In the Heaven of Never Before," was | published in 2008 by Moon Tide Press. She is also the recipient of... Read More →


Saturday April 21, 2018 10:20am - 10:40am
Poetry Stage, Signing Area 2

10:25am

Beatie Wolfe’s The Art of Music — A Full Day of Storytelling Across Music, Art & Technology
The Art of Music will represent the very best in musical innovation and creativity. Singer-songwriter and innovator Beatie Wolfe will curate the inaugural 2018 ‘Art of Music’ across the following platforms: an exhibition of music storytelling curiosities; a lively stage of world-class speakers and the global premiere of an architectural music AR installation. The stage will be packed with interviews, panels, performances, and screening premieres curated to include pioneers exploring the physical/digital intersection in music and who have a story to tell.

Speakers
avatar for David Birnbaum

David Birnbaum

Birnbaum, design director at Immersion Corporation, has been creating haptic experiences for over 12 years, | in which time he's developed technology for ad tech, gaming, wearables, medical, mobile communication, | and rich media. David is driven to tell stories with the sens... Read More →
avatar for Kerry Brown

Kerry Brown

We Are Hear is an artist empowerment record label, publishing house, and management company founded | by multi-platinum producers Linda Perry and Kerry Brown. The Los Angeles-based entity focuses on | publishing, sync, licensing, management, recording and consultation. The co... Read More →
avatar for Donick Cary

Donick Cary

Cary is a TV writer/producer (“Parks and Recreation,” “Late Show with David Letterman,” “The Simpsons,” “Silicon Valley”). When a rash of | teen suicides occurred at his former high school in Nantucket, Donick thought about what got him through | long and isol... Read More →
avatar for Phil Crowe

Phil Crowe

Crowe is Executive Creative Director at The Mill. Known as a hands-on, passionate and astute visionary, Crowe | leads the creative output of the LA studio. With his 20 years of experience and constant striving for perfection, | he has led multiple award-winning campaigns includ... Read More →
avatar for Dan Goods

Dan Goods

Goods is passionate about creating experiences where people are reminded of the gift and privilege of | being alive. During the day, he runs The Studio at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, a team developing | creative ways of transforming complex concepts into meaningful stor... Read More →
avatar for Ross Harris

Ross Harris

Harris is a director, photographer, editor, and VFX artist. He specializes in web content, viral, behind the | scenes, music video, and broadcast advertising. Campaigns and videos that he has directed, conceived and | contributed to have garnered tens of millions of views and... Read More →
avatar for Domhnaill Hernon

Domhnaill Hernon

Hernon is Head of Innovation Incubation & Experiments in Arts and Technology (E.A.T.) at Nokia Bell Labs. He | graduated with a B.Eng in Aeronautical Engineering, a Ph.D in fundamental fluid mechanics from the | University of Limerick and an Executive M.B.A. from Dublin City... Read More →
avatar for Dre Koval

Dre Koval

Koval is a full-time Innovation Sherpa, designer and founder of Maybe Capital, a hilarious board game and fake Venture Capital firm. As CEO, she retains complete creative license to do what must be done: make fun of Silicon Valley and prank the patriarchy. She strongly believes in the power of art, music and humor to inspire joy and positive change. Website... Read More →
avatar for David Mason

David Mason

Mason, of Mason & Sons, is London's most cutting edge and iconic Savile Row tailor. Mason is the man behind the reawakening of the classic James Bond brand, Anthony Sinclair, as well as rock star label Mr Fish, known for dressing Jagger, Bowie, Hendrix and creating Muhammad Ali's... Read More →
avatar for David McIntyre

David McIntyre

McIntyre is senior VP of strategy and standards at Xperi Corporation. He is responsible for driving the | corporate strategy within the company, as well as leading its global standards team that participates in more | than 25 international organizations. Additionally, David he... Read More →
avatar for Hélène Muddiman

Hélène Muddiman

Muddiman is a multi-award-winning film composer and songwriter. Her compositions can be heard on the score for “Happy Feet Two,” “Ice Age 4,” “Frankenweenie,” and “Skin.” At 18, Muddiman was signed to EMI Records & Music Publishing, and later wrote albums produced... Read More →
avatar for Linda Perry

Linda Perry

We Are Hear is an artist empowerment record label, publishing house, and management company founded | by multi-platinum producers Linda Perry and Kerry Brown. The Los Angeles-based entity focuses on | publishing, sync, licensing, management, recording and consultation. The co... Read More →
avatar for Matthias Röder

Matthias Röder

Röder has been the managing director of the Karajan Institute since 2001, and as such, responsible for the overall strategy and worldwide business development of the KARAJAN® brand and its associated products. In 2010,Röder received a PhD in musicology from Harvard University... Read More →
avatar for Walter Werzowa

Walter Werzowa

Werzowa, born in Vienna, Austria, started a career as a sound inventor, the day he was born. His fascination | with sound brought him on a journey through classical and contemporary phases. He moved from Vienna in 1991 to | settle in Los Angeles. The circle of life brought him... Read More →
avatar for Allee Willis

Allee Willis

Willis is a one-woman creative think-tank and multi-disciplinary artist. Inducted into the Songwriters Hall Of | Fame in 2018, she's a Grammy, Emmy, Tony and Webby award-winning and nominated songwriter, performer, | artist, multimediaist, director, collector, party thrower... Read More →
avatar for Beatie Wolfe

Beatie Wolfe

Wolfe is an award-winning singer songwriter & innovator who has created a series of world first formats for | music that bridge the tangible & digital. Wolfe is the only artist to have her album's art exhibited in London's | V&A Museum, address Apple's VPs on innovation, have... Read More →
avatar for Dean Zimmer

Dean Zimmer

Zimmer is no ordinary drummer. He was born with arthrogryposis, a birth defect that severely restricts joint movement. Though he’s confined to a wheelchair, Zimmer refuses to let his condition stop him from doing what he loves to do the most. And that was decided a long time ag... Read More →


Saturday April 21, 2018 10:25am - 6:00pm
Newstory Stage

10:30am

How Immersion Corporation’s Haptics “Touch Technology” Brings Vibrant Realism to the Digital World
Bringing a sense of touch to our virtual reality worlds, Immersion Corporation's David Birnbaum will be sharing the very latest in haptic technology that literally enables you to feel a vibrant and humanistic experience at your fingertips.

Moderators
avatar for David Birnbaum

David Birnbaum

Birnbaum, design director at Immersion Corporation, has been creating haptic experiences for over 12 years, | in which time he's developed technology for ad tech, gaming, wearables, medical, mobile communication, | and rich media. David is driven to tell stories with the sens... Read More →

Saturday April 21, 2018 10:30am - 10:50am
Newstory Stage

10:30am

Candace Fleming, Author of "Strongheart'
Speakers
avatar for Candace Fleming

Candace Fleming

Fleming is the author of "The Family Romanov," winner of the LA Times Book Prize in Young Adult Literature and the Boston Globe-Horn | Book Award; "Amelia Lost"; and "The Lincolns." Her most recent work is featured in "Fatal Throne: The Wives | of Henry VIII Tell All."


Saturday April 21, 2018 10:30am - 10:55am
Reading by 9 Children's Stage, Signing Area 7

10:30am

American Cultural Icons, Conversation 1011
Moderators
avatar for Elizabeth Taylor

Elizabeth Taylor

Taylor co-edits The National Book Review (thenationalbookreview.com) with Adam Cohen, her co-author on | "American Pharaoh: Mayor Richard J. Daley, His Battle for Chicago and the Nation," and is working on a book | on Reconstruction-era America. Chair of multiple Pulitzer Pri... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Isaac Butler

Isaac Butler

Butler is a writer and theater director, most recently of "The Trump Card," a meditation on the peculiar rise of | Donald Trump. Butler also wrote and directed "Real Enemies," which was commissioned by the Brooklyn | Academy of Music and named one of the top ten live events o... Read More →
avatar for Caroline Fraser

Caroline Fraser

Fraser is the editor of the Library of America edition of Laura Ingalls Wilder's "Little House" books and theauthor of "Rewilding the World” and “God's Perfect Child." Her writing has appeared in The New York Review ofBooks, The New Yorker, The Atlantic, the Los Angeles Times... Read More →
avatar for Dan Kois

Dan Kois

Kois is an editor and writer for Slate's culture section and a contributing writer for the New York Times | Magazine. He's the former culture editor at Slate, where he launched the Slate Book Review. His previous | book was "Facing Future," about the Hawaiian musician Israel... Read More →
avatar for Vanda Krefft

Vanda Krefft

Krefft is a former magazine and newspaper journalist covering the entertainment industry. She has a BA in | English and an MA in Communication, both from the University of Pennsylvania, and is a member of Phi Beta | Kappa. Her latest book "The Man Who Made the Movies" receive... Read More →


Saturday April 21, 2018 10:30am - 11:30am
Hancock Foundation, Signing Area 1

10:30am

Joyce Carol Oates in Conversation with Michael Silverblatt, Conversation 1061
Moderators
avatar for Michael Silverblatt

Michael Silverblatt

Silverblatt has been the acclaimed host of KCRW’s Bookworm since 1989. Through the nationally-syndicated program he has introduced listeners to emerging authors along with writers of renown.

Speakers
avatar for Joyce Carol Oates

Joyce Carol Oates

Oates is a recipient of the National Humanities Medal, the National Book Award, and the PEN/Malamud | Award for Excellence in Short Fiction. She has written some of the most enduring fiction of our time, including | "We Were the Mulvaneys," "Blonde" (a finalist for the Nationa... Read More →


Saturday April 21, 2018 10:30am - 11:30am
Bovard Auditorium, Signing Area 3

10:30am

Keep the World Interesting — Solving the Problems of Immersive Storytelling, Conversation 1151
The popularity and gripping nature of immersive storytelling has grown over the past decade. With Hollywood investing in immersive experiences from some of the industry's most lucrative intellectual properties, narrative pieces are becoming a new and dynamic method of filmmaking. For first-time immersive directors, the transition from storytelling in 2D to storytelling in multiple dimensions is challenging. Hear tips from expert immersive storytellers on how they troubleshoot in 360 degrees and provide solutions to a new generation of makers.

Moderators
avatar for Miles Perkins

Miles Perkins

Perkins is the VP of Marketing Communications for Jaunt VR. Previously, he was a 23-year veteran of Lucasfilm where as Head of Corporate Communications he was responsible for the development and implementation of communications and public relations across all Lucasfilm companies... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Michele Barnwell

Michele Barnwell

Writer/Storyteller Barnwell is a television showrunner and executive producer. She has worked as a producer in nonfiction multi-episodic television, short-form branded entertainment, web-series, music videos, pilots and specials. Her work has aired on the CW, MTV, HBO, Fox, TLC... Read More →
avatar for Alton Glass

Alton Glass

Glass is an award-winning filmmaker and founder of GlassRock Entertainment. Black Enterprise awarded | Glass the 2017 Tech ConneXt "Breakout Star of The Year" Award. In 2014, Glass' ground-breaking drama "CRU" | made history at the American Black Film Festival (ABFF) with a w... Read More →
avatar for Patrick Meegan

Patrick Meegan

Meegan is a filmmaker, game designer, and translator between creative and engineering teams. He has collaborated with researchers at Microsoft Research, Intel Labs, and USC’s World Building Media Lab on interactive cinema, augmented and virtual reality projects. For the past tw... Read More →
avatar for Kamal Sinclair

Kamal Sinclair

Sinclair serves as the Director of the Sundance Institute's New Frontier Labs Program, which supports artists | working at the convergence of film, art, media and technology; as a Consultant to the Ford Foundation's | JustFilms program; and as artist and producer on Question... Read More →


10:30am

Safe For Work Podcast: Liz Dolan and Matt Ritter in Conversation with Special Guests, Conversation 1081
The office might be crazy, but workers don’t have to be. Workplace MVPs and corporate veterans Liz Dolan and Matt Ritter will help attendees make the big decisions, sort through the small stuff, and get more fulfillment from their work lives. Liz Dolan is the former head of marketing for Nike, NatGeo, and the Oprah Winfrey Network. Matt Ritter is a recovering lawyer turned comedian and executive recruiter. Liz, Matt, and their guests will help attendees figure out how to deal with their burning workplace problems.

Moderators
avatar for Liz Dolan

Liz Dolan

Dolan is one of the five Dolan sisters who started the "Satellite Sisters" radio show in 2000. Their mission is to connect with each other, their guests and their audience the way women connect in real life: with empathy, intelligence and humor. They've won 3 Gracie Allen Awards... Read More →
avatar for Matt Ritter

Matt Ritter

Ritter is a TV producer on various shows including A&E’s "Duck Dynasty"(highest rated unscripted show in the history of cable television) and "Fat N’ Furious" (Discovery Channel). He is also the co-creator of the television series "Chained to My Ex" which premiered on MSNBC r... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Sara Benincasa

Sara Benincasa

Benincasa is a comedian, actress, and author. Her most recent book is "Real Artists Have Day Jobs" (William Morrow). She's adapted two of her four books for film or TV, and is working on her next novel.
avatar for Lian Dolan

Lian Dolan

Dolan is a writer and talker. She is the co-host of Satellite Sisters, a long-running podcast, and the author of two LA Times bestselling novels and several collections of essays.


Saturday April 21, 2018 10:30am - 11:30am
Annenberg Auditorium, presented by Newstory, Signing Area 3

10:30am

The Future of Fun: Engineering Entertainment with Brent Bushnell, Co-Founder of Two Bit Circus, Conversation 1131
Bushnell, entrepreneur, engineer and CEO/co-founder of Two Bit Circus, a Los Angeles-based experiential entertainment company, speaks on the Future of Fun. Listen as Brent shares how video games and circuses inspired his work, his company's evolution into a micro amusement park, and why this type of entertainment is poised to explode in popularity.

Moderators
avatar for Brent Bushnell

Brent Bushnell

Bushnell is an entrepreneur, engineer and CEO/co-founder of Two Bit Circus, a Los Angeles-based | experiential entertainment company. The interdisciplinary team strives to create immersive, social fun and is | currently building a network of micro-amusement parks featuring fre... Read More →

Saturday April 21, 2018 10:30am - 11:30am
Norris Theater, presented by Newstory, Signing Area 5

10:30am

The Environment on the Precipice, Conversation 1031
Moderators
avatar for Teofilo Ruiz

Teofilo Ruiz

Ruiz is a distinguished professor of History and Spanish and Portuguese at UCLA. His newest book is "The Western Mediterranean and the World: 400 to the Present."

Speakers
avatar for Dan Egan

Dan Egan

Egan, a reporter at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, has covered the Great Lakes since 2003. He is the | author of the book "The Death and Life of the Great Lakes," a finalist for the 2017 LA Times Book Prize in History. He has twice been a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, and h... Read More →
avatar for Lucy Jones

Lucy Jones

Dr. Jones was a seismologist for the U.S. Geological Survey for thirty years, most recently as Science Advisor | for Risk Reduction. She created the Great ShakeOut Drill, an earthquake preparation experiment that by 2016 | included 53 million participants around the world. A... Read More →
avatar for Edward Struzik

Edward Struzik

Struzik is an award-winning writer and photographer. His previous books include "Future Arctic," "Arctic | Icons," and "The Big Thaw," among others. A fellow at the Institute for Energy and Environmental Policy at | Queen's University in Kingston, Canada, his numerous accolad... Read More →


Saturday April 21, 2018 10:30am - 11:30am
Town & Gown, Signing Area 1

10:30am

Welcoming Aging: New Possibilities for Living Long and Living Well, Conversation 1141
Moderators
avatar for Pinchas Cohen

Pinchas Cohen

Cohen is the Dean of the USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology. He has received numerous awards for his | research, including a National Institute of Aging "EUREKA" Award and has published over 250 papers in top | scientific journals focusing on aging, Alzheimer's, cancer... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Alison Balbag

Alison Balbag

Balbag is a musician, health changemaker, and academic entrepreneur. With doctorates in gerontology and harp performance, she researches music’s influence on health across the lifespan. A harpist, she’s soloed with orchestras, performed on-screen (Modern Family, Glee, Great P... Read More →
avatar for Caleb Finch

Caleb Finch

Dr. Finch studies the basic mechanisms in human aging with a focus on inflammation. He has received numerous awards in biomedical gerontology, including the Robert W. Kleemeier Award of the Gerontological Society of America, the Sandoz Premier Prize by the International Geriatric... Read More →
avatar for Valter Longo

Valter Longo

Longo is a biogerontologist and cell biologist known for his studies on the role of starvation and nutrient | response genes on cellular protection, aging and diseases, and for proposing that longevity is regulated by | similar genes and mechanisms in many eukaryotes. He is c... Read More →


Saturday April 21, 2018 10:30am - 11:30am
Wallis Annenberg Hall, presented by USC, Signing Area 10

10:30am

Writing Big Science, Conversation 1091
Moderators
avatar for Carol Tavris

Carol Tavris

Tavris is a noted social psychologist, writer, and lecturer. Her books include "Anger: The Misunderstood | Emotion," "The Mismeasure of Woman," and, with Elliot Aronson, "Mistakes Were Made (But Not by Me)." | Carol has written hundreds of articles, op-eds, and book reviews o... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Antonio Damasio

Antonio Damasio

Damasio is  the author of the  critically acclaimed  new book "The Strange Order of Things: Life, Feeling, and the Making of Cultures."  He is David Dornsife Professor of Neuroscience, Psychology, and Neurology, and director of the Brain and Creativity Institute at the USC... Read More →
avatar for Cornelia Dean

Cornelia Dean

Dean is an author, a lecturer at Brown University and a science writer and former science editor of The New | York Times, where she led her staff to every major journalism award and the Lasker Award for Public Service. | She has also taught at Harvard and the Columbia School... Read More →
avatar for Leonard Mlodinow

Leonard Mlodinow

Mlodinow is the author of several bestselling science books including “The Drunkard’s Walk” and "Subliminal: How Your Unconscious Mind Rules Your Behavior." He has taught at Caltech, written for TV and worked as producer and designer of several award-winning computer games... Read More →


Saturday April 21, 2018 10:30am - 11:30am
Seeley G. Mudd 123, Signing Area 4

10:30am

Crime Fiction: Trouble in Paradise, Conversation 1051
Moderators
avatar for K.J. Howe

K.J. Howe

Howe is the executive director of ThrillerFest, and the bestselling author of "The Freedom Broker" series | featuring elite kidnap negotiator Thea Paris, including "The Freedom Broker" and "Skyjack." She has spent five | years researching the world of kidnap and ransom to lend... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Lee Goldberg

Lee Goldberg

Goldberg is a prolific TV writer/producer, a two-time Edgar & Shamus Award nominee, and the #1 New York | Times bestselling author of over thirty novels, including "True Fiction," "The Walk," and five Fox & O'Hare | thrillers co-written with Janet Evanovich.
avatar for Naomi Hirahara

Naomi Hirahara

Hirahara is an Edgar Award-winning mystery author and nonfiction writer on the Southern California | experience. Her seventh and final Mas Arai mystery, "Hiroshima Boy," was released this March, along with a | nonfiction book, "Life After Manzanar," co-authored by Heather C... Read More →
avatar for Stuart Woods

Stuart Woods

Woods is the author of more than seventy novels and over fifty hardcover bestsellers. An avid sailor and | pilot, Woods lives in Florida, Maine, and New Mexico. "Shoot First" is Woods's 45th Stone Barrington novel.


Saturday April 21, 2018 10:30am - 11:30am
Salvatori Computer Science Center 101, Signing Area 4

10:30am

A Conversation with KRS-One on Hip-Hop, Philosophy and Storytelling, Conversation 1161
KRS-One, hip-hop lyrical legend, philosopher and historian, discusses a variety of projects including his upcoming biography, the social and political conscience of hip hop, and the preservation of hip hop.

Speakers
avatar for KRS-One

KRS-One

KRS-One has been called the “conscience of Hip Hop” (Rolling Stone), “the greatest live emcee ever” (The Source), the “spokesperson for Hip Hop” (Wall Street Journal), “master teacher” (Zulu Nation) and the “son of Hip Hop” (Kool DJ Herc). With 20 published al... Read More →


Saturday April 21, 2018 10:30am - 12:00pm
School of Cinematic Arts - Broccoli Theater, presented by Newstory

10:40am

David Baker, Reading from "Scavenger Loop"
Speakers
avatar for David Baker

David Baker

Baker is author of twelve books of poetry, including "Scavenger Loop" and "Never-Ending Birds" (both from W. W. Norton), awarded the Theodore Roethke Memorial Poetry Prize. His books of prose include "Show Me Your Environment" (Michigan University Press) and "Radiant Lyre" (Grayw... Read More →


Saturday April 21, 2018 10:40am - 11:00am
Poetry Stage, Signing Area 2

10:55am

How Blockchain is Empowering Songwriters & Creators, with Classical Musicians Leading the Way
CEO of Karajan Institute, Matthias Röder (Musicology, PHD) in conversation with multi-award winning film composer and songwriter Hélène Muddiman ("Happy Feet Two," "Ice Age 4") about how Blockchain is bringing greater transparency to the music industry and empowerment to the songwriter.

Speakers
avatar for Hélène Muddiman

Hélène Muddiman

Muddiman is a multi-award-winning film composer and songwriter. Her compositions can be heard on the score for “Happy Feet Two,” “Ice Age 4,” “Frankenweenie,” and “Skin.” At 18, Muddiman was signed to EMI Records & Music Publishing, and later wrote albums produced... Read More →
avatar for Matthias Röder

Matthias Röder

Röder has been the managing director of the Karajan Institute since 2001, and as such, responsible for the overall strategy and worldwide business development of the KARAJAN® brand and its associated products. In 2010,Röder received a PhD in musicology from Harvard University... Read More →


Saturday April 21, 2018 10:55am - 11:20am
Newstory Stage

11:00am

Carol Muske-Dukes, Reading from "Blue Rose"
Speakers
avatar for Carol Muske-Dukes

Carol Muske-Dukes

Muske-Dukes is the author of eight books of poetry, her newest: "Blue Rose," just published by Penguin. | She’s also author of four novels, two collections of essays & an anthology of poems, "Crossing State Lines" | with Bob Holman. She has been a National Book Award finali... Read More →


Saturday April 21, 2018 11:00am - 11:20am
Poetry Stage, Signing Area 2

11:00am

Patrick Downes and Jessica Kensky, Authors of "Rescue and Jessica: A Life-Changing Friendship"
Speakers
avatar for Patrick Downes

Patrick Downes

Downes and Jessica Kensky are a married couple who were both injured during the Boston Marathon bombing in | 2013. Their debut picture book, "Rescue & Jessica: A Life-Changing Friendship," is based on Jessica's real-life | partnership with her service dog Rescue, who joined t... Read More →
avatar for Jessica Kensky

Jessica Kensky

Kensky and Patrick Downes are a married couple who were both injured during the Boston Marathon bombing in | 2013. Their debut picture book, "Rescue & Jessica: A Life-Changing Friendship," is based on Jessica's real-life | partnership with her service dog Rescue, who joined t... Read More →


Saturday April 21, 2018 11:00am - 11:25am
Reading by 9 Children's Stage, Signing Area 7

11:00am

What You Need to Know to Travel the World: Tips from Times Experts
Moderators
avatar for Catharine Hamm

Catharine Hamm

Hamm is the Travel editor for the Los Angeles Times. She was born in Syracuse, N.Y., to a peripatetic family | whose stops included Washington, D.C.; Honolulu; and Manila. Her career has taken her from McPherson, | Kan., to Kansas City, Mo., San Bernardino, Salinas and L.A. H... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Anne Harnagel

Anne Harnagel

Harnagel has been an editor in the Travel section of the LA Times since 2009. She has worked at the Times since | 1996, with stints in Business and Calendar sections as well as the Los Angeles Times Magazine. Previously, | she was managing editor of Home magazine, managing ed... Read More →
avatar for Christopher Reynolds

Christopher Reynolds

Reynolds, born and raised in California, has written about travel, the outdoors, arts and culture for the LosAngeles Times since 1990. Since 2009, he has climbed Mayan pyramids, roamed Red Square in a snowstorm,been shushed at the New York Public Library and jumped from the talle... Read More →


Saturday April 21, 2018 11:00am - 11:40am
L.A. Times Central

11:00am

Ed Asner & Ed Weinberger, Authors of "The Grouchy Historian" in Conversation with Patt Morrison
Moderators
avatar for Patt Morrison

Patt Morrison

Morrison has a share of two Pulitzer Prizes as a longtime Los Angeles Times writer and columnist. As a public | television and radio broadcaster, she has won six Emmys and a dozen Golden Mike awards. Her first book, | Rio LA, about the Los Angeles River, was a best-seller. The... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Ed Asner

Ed Asner

Asner is a television legend, well known for his role as Lou Grant on "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" and subsequent spin-off "Lou Grant." Winner of seven Emmy Awards, he was the president of the Screen Actors Guild, from 1981-1985, during which time he was an outspoken critic of for... Read More →
avatar for Ed Weinberger

Ed Weinberger

Weinberger began his career in the early 1960s with Dick Gregory and has written for such diverse comedians | as Bob Hope, Richard Pryor, and Johnny Carson (for five years on The Tonight Show). He wrote for and | produced “The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” co-created “Taxi... Read More →


Saturday April 21, 2018 11:00am - 11:40am
Los Angeles Times Main Stage, Signing Area 8

11:00am

Natalie Morales, Author of "At Home with Natalie"
Speakers
avatar for Natalie Morales

Natalie Morales

Morales is the West Coast anchor of NBC’s TODAY show, host of Access Hollywood, and cohost of Access | Hollywood Live. She previously served as news anchor and cohost of TODAY’s third hour. She is the author of | "At Home With Natalie: Simple Recipes for Healthy Living Fr... Read More →


Saturday April 21, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
Pacific Sales Cooking Stage, Signing Area 6

11:00am

Fiction: Coming of Age, Conversation 1021
Moderators
avatar for Mark Haskell Smith

Mark Haskell Smith

Smith is the author of five novels, including "Raw: A Love Story," and "Salty," as well as the nonfiction | books "Naked at Lunch" and "Heart of Dankness." His next novel "Blown" will be published by Black Cat | in June 2018. His work has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Los... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Jonathan Evison

Jonathan Evison

Evison is the author of four previous novels, including "All About Lulu," "West of Here," "The Revised | Fundamentals of Caregiving," and "This Is Your Life, Harriet Chance!" He lives with his family in Washington | State. His most recent book is "Lawn Boy."
avatar for Chelsey Johnson

Chelsey Johnson

Johnson received an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and a Stegner Fellowship from Stanford University. Her stories and essays have appeared in Ploughshares, One Story, Ninth Letter, The Rumpus, and NPR’s Selected Shorts, among other outlets. She has received fellowships t... Read More →
avatar for Jenny Zhang

Jenny Zhang

Zhang is an American writer, poet, and prolific essayist living in New York City. Her book, "Sour Heart," won the Pen/Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction and is a finalist for the 2017 LA Times Book Prize in First Fiction.


Saturday April 21, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
Hoffman Hall, Signing Area 1

11:00am

Middle Grade Fiction: Your Best Self
Moderators
avatar for Cecil Castellucci

Cecil Castellucci

Castellucci has written many books and graphic novels for young adults including "Rose Sees Red," "First Day | on Earth," and "The Plain Janes." She lives in Los Angeles. Her most recent novel is "Don't Cosplay with My | Heart." Follow Cecil on Twitter @misscecil.

Speakers
avatar for Cynthia Kadohata

Cynthia Kadohata

Kadohata is the author of the Newbery Medal-winning book "Kira-Kira," the National Book Award winner "The | Thing About Luck," the Jane Addams Peace Award and Pen USA Award winner "Weedflower," "Cracker!," | "Outside Beauty," "A Million Shades of Gray," "Half a World Away," an... Read More →
avatar for Karen Rivers

Karen Rivers

Rivers’s books have been nominated for a wide range of literary awards and have been published in multiple languages. When she’s not writing, reading, or visiting schools, she can usu­ally be found hiking in the forest that flourishes behind her tiny old house in Victoria, B... Read More →
avatar for Holly Goldberg Sloan

Holly Goldberg Sloan

Sloan is the author of four previous novels for children and young adults, including the acclaimed "Counting | by 7s," which is a New York Times bestseller and E.B. White Read Aloud Honor Book. A graduate of Wellesley | College who has written feature films such as "Angels in... Read More →


Saturday April 21, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
YA Stage, presented by HS Insider, Signing Area 9

11:00am

Poetry: Self, Cultural Narratives, and Form, Conversation 1041
Moderators
avatar for Cyrus Cassells

Cyrus Cassells

Cassells is the author of "The Mud Actor," winner of the 1981 National Poetry Series Competition; "Soul Make | a Path through Shouting," nominee for the Pulitzer Prize and winner of the William Carlos Williams Award; | "Beautiful Signor," winner of the Lambda Literary Award... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Mary Jo Bang

Mary Jo Bang

Bang is the author of eight books of poems, including her most recent "A Doll For Throwing" and "Elegy," which received the National Book Critics Circle Award. Her translation of "Dante's Inferno," illustrated by Henrik Drescher, was published in 2012. She's been the recipient of... Read More →
avatar for Christopher Merrill

Christopher Merrill

Merrill is the author of many books of poetry and prose, including “Self-Portrait with Dogwood” (nonfiction), “Boat” (poetry), and “Necessities” (prose poetry). He directs the International Writing Program at the University of Iowa.
avatar for Evie Shockley

Evie Shockley

Shockley is the author of three books of poetry, most recently, "semiautomatic," a finalist for the 2018 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry, a finalist for the 2017 LA Times Book Prize for Poetry, and "the new black" (winner of the 2012 Hurston/Wright Award), and a book of criticism, "Rene... Read More →
avatar for David St.John

David St.John

St. John is the author of many collections of poetry, most recently: "The Last Troubadour: New & Selected | Poems." In 2017, he was named an Academy of American Poets Chancellor. St. John is University Professor of English and Comparative Literature at USC.


Saturday April 21, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
Andrus Gerontology Center, Signing Area 4

11:00am

Jorge Ramos in Conversation with David Kipen, Conversation 1071
Moderators
avatar for David Kipen

David Kipen

Kipen founded the Boyle Heights lending library Libros Schmibros in 2010. A former literature director of the National Endowment for the Arts, book editor/critic of the San Francisco Chronicle, and contributor to multiple volumes of California cultural history, Kipen teaches on t... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Jorge Ramos

Jorge Ramos

Ramos has been the anchorman for Noticiero Univision since 1986. He received the Maria Moors Cabot award | from the University of Columbia and has won 10 Emmy awards. He is the author of thirteen books and | bestsellers, including his newest book, "Stranger: The Challenge of... Read More →


Saturday April 21, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
Ronald Tutor Campus Center, Signing Area 3

11:00am

Nonfiction: Looking at Other Places, Conversation 1111
Moderators
avatar for Alan Zarembo

Alan Zarembo

Zarembo is an assistant foreign editor. He has also been an investigative reporter with a focus on medicine, | science and the military. Before joining the Los Angeles Times in 2003, he was Mexico City bureau chief for | Newsweek and a freelance journalist based in central Af... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Mark Bowden

Mark Bowden

Bowden is the author of thirteen books, including the #1 New York Times bestseller "Black Hawk Down." He | reported at the Philadelphia Inquirer for twenty years and now writes for the Atlantic, Vanity Fair, and other | magazines. He is also the writer in residence at the Uni... Read More →
avatar for Amy Wilentz

Amy Wilentz

Wilentz is the author of "Farewell Fred Voodoo" (2013), "The Rainy Season: Haiti Since Duvalier" (1990), | "Martyrs' Crossing" (2000), and "I Feel Earthquakes More Often Than They Happen" (2006). She is the winner of | the Whiting Writers Award, the PEN Martha Albrand Non-Fict... Read More →
avatar for Matt Young

Matt Young

Young is a Marine Corps infantry veteran, teacher, and writer. His work can be found in Incoming: Veteran | Wrtiers on Coming Home, CONSEQUENCE Magazine, Split Lip, Word Riot, Tin House, River Teeth, and many | others. He teaches composition, literature, and creative writing... Read More →
avatar for Jessica Yu

Jessica Yu

Yu is a filmmaker and writer. Her documentaries include the Academy Award-winning "Breathing Lessons," | the water crisis film "Last Call at the Oasis," and "In the Realms of the Unreal," a portrait of artist Henry | Darger, nominated for a Writers Guild of America award. Her... Read More →


Saturday April 21, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
Seeley G. Mudd 124, Signing Area 4

11:00am

Publishing: What's Working & What's Next, Conversation 1121
Moderators
avatar for Carolyn Kellogg

Carolyn Kellogg

Kellogg was named book editor of the Los Angeles Times in 2016. She joined the Times in 2010 as a staff writer in books with an emphasis on digital projects and her work was recognized with the paper's editorial award. For six years, she served on the board of directors of the Na... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Betsy Amster

Betsy Amster

Amster is president of Betsy Amster Literary Enterprises. A former editor at Pantheon and Vintage, she has been described in the L.A. Times as "a dogged prospector of the city's literary talent." Her clients include novelists Christopher Noxon, María Amparo Escandón, and Joy Ni... Read More →
avatar for Glory Edim

Glory Edim

Edim is the founder of Well-Read Black Girl (WRBG), a Brooklyn-based book club and digital platform that | celebrates the uniqueness of Black literature and sisterhood. In 2017, she organized the first-ever Well-Read | Black Girl Festival. She serves on the board of New York... Read More →
avatar for Peter Ginna

Peter Ginna

Ginna is the author of "What Editors Do: The Art, Craft, and Business of Book Editing." He has been a book | editor and publisher for more than three decades. Most recently Ginna was the founder, publisher and | editorial director of Bloomsbury Press; he has also worked at Ox... Read More →
avatar for Chad Post

Chad Post

Post is the director of Open Letter Books, a press at the University of Rochester dedicated to publishing | contemporary literature from around the world. In addition, he is the managing editor of Three Percent, a | blog and review site that promotes literature in translation... Read More →


Saturday April 21, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
Taper Hall 101, Signing Area 5

11:20am

Shane McCrae, Reading from "In the Language of my Captor"
Speakers
avatar for Shane McCrae

Shane McCrae

McCrae is the author of five books of poetry: "In the Language of My Captor," which was short-listed for the National Book Award and is a finalist for the 2017 LA Times Book Prize in Poetry; "The Animal Too Big to Kill," winner of the 2014 Lexi Rudnitsky/Editor’s Choice Award... Read More →


Saturday April 21, 2018 11:20am - 11:40am
Poetry Stage, Signing Area 2

11:30am

Juan Felipe Herrera, Author of "Jabberwalking"
Speakers
avatar for Juan Felipe Herrera

Juan Felipe Herrera

Herrera is a poet, performance artist, and activist. The son of migrant farmworkers, he was the U.S. Poet | Laureate from 2015-2017. He has published more than a dozen collections of poetry, in addition to short | stories, young adult novels, and children's literature. He is... Read More →


Saturday April 21, 2018 11:30am - 11:55am
Reading by 9 Children's Stage, Signing Area 7

11:30am

Seeing the Unseen with The Studio at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory
NASA JPL’s lead creative Dan Goods, “one of the most interesting people in LA,” shares how his team transforms complex concepts into meaningful stories that can be universally understood and remind people of the gift and privilege of being alive. Highlights include the Voyager Golden Record and his “Museum of Awe.”

Moderators
avatar for Dan Goods

Dan Goods

Goods is passionate about creating experiences where people are reminded of the gift and privilege of | being alive. During the day, he runs The Studio at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, a team developing | creative ways of transforming complex concepts into meaningful stor... Read More →

Saturday April 21, 2018 11:30am - 11:55am
Newstory Stage

11:40am

Alessandra Lynch, Reading from "Daylily Called it a Dangerous Moment"
Speakers
avatar for Alessandra Lynch

Alessandra Lynch

Lynch is Poet-in-Residence at Butler University in Indianapolis. She has received several fellowships, | including residencies at Yaddo and the Macdowell Colony. Her poems have appeared in the American Poetry | Review, Massachusetts Review, Ploughshares, and elsewhere. Lynch... Read More →


Saturday April 21, 2018 11:40am - 12:00pm
Poetry Stage, Signing Area 2

11:40am

LA Opera--Fight On Figaro!: Opera Musical Performance
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avatar for LA Opera

LA Opera

In a little over three decades of existence, LA Opera has become, under the leadership of Eli and Edythe | Broad and General Director Plácido Domingo, the United States' fourth largest opera company and "...stands out | as a newly important force in American Opera." (Mark Sw... Read More →


Saturday April 21, 2018 11:40am - 12:10pm
USC Stage

12:00pm

Patricia Smith, Reading from "Incendiary Art"
The fact that my book "Incendiary Art," is a finalist in the poetry category this year!

Speakers
avatar for Patricia Smith

Patricia Smith

Smith is the author of eight books of poetry, including "Incendiary Art," winner of the 2018 Kingsley TuftsPoetry Award and the 2018 NAACP Image Award, and finalist for the 2017 Los Angeles Times Book Prize in Poetry and for the 2018 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry; "ShouldaBeen Jimi Sa... Read More →


Saturday April 21, 2018 12:00pm - 12:20pm
Poetry Stage, Signing Area 2

12:00pm

Danica McKellar, Author of "Ten Magic Butterflies"
Speakers
avatar for Danica McKellar

Danica McKellar

McKellar is the New York Times bestselling author of groundbreaking math books, including "Goodnight, | Numbers" and "Kiss My Math," and is a summa cum laude graduate of UCLA with a degree in mathematics. | She is also known for her acting roles on “The Wonder Years... Read More →


Saturday April 21, 2018 12:00pm - 12:25pm
Reading by 9 Children's Stage, Signing Area 7

12:00pm

Director Ross Harris on Filming With Elliott Smith, Beck and Handicapable "Drummer Wanted" Dean Zimmer
Featuring rare footage, filmmaker Ross Harris shares stories of directing Elliott Smith (‘Coming up Roses’ and Oscar-nominated ‘Miss Misery’), touring and art directing with Beck, and shining the light on young artists such as Aloe Blacc and Anderson Paak. He also talks to drummer extraordinaire Dean Zimmer about shooting the viral “Drummer Wanted.”

Speakers
avatar for Ross Harris

Ross Harris

Harris is a director, photographer, editor, and VFX artist. He specializes in web content, viral, behind the | scenes, music video, and broadcast advertising. Campaigns and videos that he has directed, conceived and | contributed to have garnered tens of millions of views and... Read More →
avatar for Dean Zimmer

Dean Zimmer

Zimmer is no ordinary drummer. He was born with arthrogryposis, a birth defect that severely restricts joint movement. Though he’s confined to a wheelchair, Zimmer refuses to let his condition stop him from doing what he loves to do the most. And that was decided a long time ag... Read More →


Saturday April 21, 2018 12:00pm - 12:25pm
Newstory Stage

12:00pm

Writing Great Lives, Conversation 1012
Moderators
avatar for Diane Smith

Diane Smith

Smith is a writer and historian, and the author of four books, including the novel "Letters from | Yellowstone." Her most recent book, "Yellowstone and the Smithsonian: Centers of Wildlife Conservation," | examines the formative relationship between Yellowstone National Park... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Andrea Barnet

Andrea Barnet

Barnet is the author of "All-Night Party: The Women of Bohemian Greenwich Village and Harlem, 1913-1930," a nonfiction finalist for the 2004 Lambda Awards. She was a regular contributor to the New York Times Book Review for twenty-five years, and has contributed to Smithsonian, S... Read More →
avatar for Jonathan Eig

Jonathan Eig

Eig, whom Ken Burns calls a "master storyteller," is the author of five books, three of them New York Times best | sellers. In addition to "Ali," which is a finalist for the 2017 LA Times Book Prize in Biography, his books include "Luckiest Man: The Life and Death of Lou Gehrig... Read More →
avatar for John A. Farrell

John A. Farrell

Farrell is the author of "Richard Nixon: The Life," a finalist for the 2017 LA Times Book Prize in Biography, which has won the PEN America prize for best biography, and the New-York Historical Society prize for best work of American history in 2017. His previous works | are "C... Read More →
avatar for Adam Federman

Adam Federman

Federman is a reporting fellow with the Investigative Fund at the Nation Institute and the author of "Fasting | and Feasting: The Life of Visionary Food Writer Patience Gray," a finalist for the 2017 LA Times Book Prize in Biography. His work has appeared in the Washington Post... Read More →


Saturday April 21, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Hancock Foundation, Signing Area 1

12:00pm

The California Exception: Shaping America’s Future or Distant Outlier, Conversation 1142
Moderators
avatar for William Deverell

William Deverell

Deverell is professor of history and director of the Huntington-USC Institute on California and the West at the | University of Southern California. He is the author of numerous studies of the nineteenth- and twentieth- | century American West, including "Whitewashed Adobe: Th... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for William Randolph Hearst, III

William Randolph Hearst, III

Hearst is editor and publisher of Journal of Alta California, a quarterly that launched in 2017. He is | also chairman of the board of Hearst Corporation, one of the nation's largest media and information | companies, and president of the William Randolph Hearst Foundation. F... Read More →
avatar for Manuel Pastor

Manuel Pastor

Pastor is a Professor of Sociology at the University of Southern California where he directs the Program for | Environmental and Regional Equity and the Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration. The inaugural | holder of USC's Turpanjian Chair in Civil Society and Social... Read More →
avatar for Narda Zacchino

Narda Zacchino

Zacchino is an author and award-winning journalist who served as a top editor at the Los Angeles Times and | San Francisco Chronicle. During her 31 years at the Los Angeles Times, she was a reporter, government and | politics editor, Sacramento bureau chief, Editor of the Ora... Read More →


Saturday April 21, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Wallis Annenberg Hall, presented by USC, Signing Area 10

12:00pm

Fiction: Strange & Beautiful, Conversation 1092
Moderators
avatar for Amy Wallen

Amy Wallen

Wallen, a novelist and memoirist, is Associate Director of the New York State Summer Writers' Institute. In | addition, she teaches private workshops and edits manuscripts. Her essays have been published in The | Gettysburg Review, The Normal School, Country Living, The Write... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Victor LaValle

Victor LaValle

LaValle is the author of seven works of fiction. He has been the recipient of numerous awards, including a | Guggenheim fellowship, a Shirley Jackson Award, and the Key to Southeast Queens. He teaches writing at | Columbia University. His most recent book is "The Changeling... Read More →
avatar for Ben Loory

Ben Loory

Loory is the author of the collections "Tales of Falling and Flying" and "Stories for Nighttime and Some for the | Day," both from Penguin Books. His fables and tales have appeared in The New Yorker, Tin House, READ | Magazine, and Fairy Tale Review, and been heard on This Ame... Read More →
avatar for Carmen Maria Machado

Carmen Maria Machado

Machado's debut story collection, "Her Body and Other Parties," was a finalist for the National Book Award, winner of the National Book Critics Circle's John Leonard Prize, and is a finalist for the 2017 LA Times Book Prize in First Fiction. She is a fiction writer, critic, essay... Read More →


Saturday April 21, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Seeley G. Mudd 123, Signing Area 4

12:00pm

A New Look at Real Stories: Nonfiction for Young Adults, Conversation 1052
Moderators
avatar for Sharon Levin

Sharon Levin

Levin has been reviewing children's literature for 20 years. She founded and runs the Bay Area Children's | Literature List. Her biggest passion is getting books into the hands of children and teens.

Speakers
avatar for Candace Fleming

Candace Fleming

Fleming is the author of "The Family Romanov," winner of the LA Times Book Prize in Young Adult Literature and the Boston Globe-Horn | Book Award; "Amelia Lost"; and "The Lincolns." Her most recent work is featured in "Fatal Throne: The Wives | of Henry VIII Tell All."
avatar for Sara Saedi

Sara Saedi

Saedi was born in Tehran, Iran. Once a creative executive for ABC Daytime, Sara now writes novels for teens | and TV for everyone. Credits include the ABC Daytime web series "What If"(which won Saedi an Emmy), the FOX sitcom | “The Goodwin Games,” and the hit CW drama... Read More →
avatar for Dashka Slater

Dashka Slater

Slater, journalist, novelist, and children's book author, has been telling stories since she could talk. Her novel for adults, "The Wishing Box," was named one of the best books of the year by the Los Angeles Times, while her journalism honors include a gold Azbee, two Maggies, a... Read More →


Saturday April 21, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Salvatori Computer Science Center 101, Signing Area 4

12:00pm

Spotify’s Secret Genius Showcase with Grammy Award-winning Songwriters and Producers Larrance Dopson (Justin Timberlake, Sam Smith) and James Fauntleroy (Bruno Mars, Rihanna), Conversation 1132
Hit music producers Larrance Dopson and James Fauntleroy (1500 or Nothin’) give the Newstory audience exclusive behind-the-scenes look into production and will create a song with audience participation. Secret Genius is Spotify’s songwriting program that highlights the secret geniuses behind today’s hit songs.

Moderators
avatar for Larrance Dopson

Larrance Dopson

Dopson, a multi-instrumentalist artist, is credited with constructing the Grammy-winning crew of 1500 or Nothin’. Winning Best Rap/Sung Collaboration on 'These Walls' by Kendrick Lamar and Best Rap Album, 'To Pimp A Butterfly'. He's musical director for Usher and Jay Z, Executi... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for James Fauntleroy II

James Fauntleroy II

Fauntleroy, multi-Grammy award-winning singer/songwriter/producer/musician, is truly a force to be reckoned with. From Inglewood, CA, Fauntleroy is perhaps best known for co-writing many of the songs on Bruno Mars’ 2017 multi Grammy-winning album 24K Magic. Other notable songs... Read More →


Saturday April 21, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Norris Theater, presented by Newstory, Signing Area 5

12:00pm

The Bob Lefsetz Podcast with Special Guest Moby, Musician and Animal Rights Activist, Conversation 1082
Lefsetz is the author of "The Lefsetz Letter," which captivates readers from household name musicians to legendary executives with its candor and insights regarding the issues that are at the core of the music business, the internet and the world at large. Lefsetz will have a conversation with award-winning musician, DJ, producer, photographer and animal rights activist, Moby.

Moderators
avatar for Bob Lefsetz

Bob Lefsetz

Lefsetz writes the e-mail newsletter "The Lefsetz Letter." He addresses the issues that are at the core of | the music business: streaming, touring, ticketing and the music itself. Readers include Steven Tyler, Kid Rock, | Quincy Jones and music business heads like Michael Ra... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Moby

Moby

Moby has been making music since he was nine years old. He grew up playing classical music but after college became a fixture in the late 80’s New York house and hip-hop scenes. He released his first single, “Go” in 1991 (listed as one of Rolling Stone magazine’s best rec... Read More →


Saturday April 21, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Annenberg Auditorium, presented by Newstory, Signing Area 3

12:00pm

The Future of Immersive Storytelling, Conversation 1152
Immersive environments, virtual reality, augmented reality, live streaming and cutting-edge technology are fusing into an unlimited experiential palette for the senses, allowing us to share not just stories but the physical, emotional and psychological ties that make those experiences so profound. Imagine hundreds of immersion domes all around the world. Where we go from here is limited only by our own imaginations. This panel is presented by Vortex Immersion Media, a development, design, and production company dedicated to crafting stories and experiences by using the latest in entertainment technologies to create immersive entertainment content, 360 venues, and related products and services.

Speakers
avatar for Edd Dawson-Taylor

Edd Dawson-Taylor

Dawson-Taylor is a lead CG artist for major motion pictures, TV, and live events. His clients include ILM, Disney, and Digital Domain, for which he has worked on blockbusters such as “The Lion King,” “Jurassic World” and “The Jungle Book.” He is also co-founder of the... Read More →
avatar for Ed Lantz

Ed Lantz

Lantz is an entertainment technology engineer, entrepreneur and innovator in large-scale immersive | environments. He left aerospace engineering in 1990 to transform traditional planetariums into immersive | visualization environments, including the Library of Alexandria in E... Read More →
avatar for Brett Leonard

Brett Leonard

Leonard has been an innovator in the entertainment industry for over 25 years, having introduced the concept | of virtual reality to pop culture through his film "Lawnmower Man.”
avatar for Kate McCallum

Kate McCallum

McCallum is a multi-media producer, writer and story consultant. She serves on the Producers Guild of | America's National Board and is a delegate for the PGA New Media Council. Kate spent 20 years at Universal | and Paramount studios working in film & TV, was a development e... Read More →
avatar for Dana Nussbaum

Dana Nussbaum

Nussbaum, Warner Bros. Pictures' SVP, Media Advertising, develops and implements media strategies for a diverse film slate, including such critical and commercial successes like Dunkirk, Wonder Woman and Harry Potter franchises. She recently launched two hugely successful, but v... Read More →


12:00pm

Lawrence Wright in Conversation with Scott Kraft, Conversation 1032
Moderators
avatar for Scott Kraft

Scott Kraft

Kraft is Deputy Managing Editor/News at the Los Angeles Times. He oversees top stories, including narrative | and investigative projects. He has been a national and foreign correspondent and bureau chief for the paper, | with postings in Nairobi, Johannesburg, Paris and Chicag... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Lawrence Wright

Lawrence Wright

Wright is a staff writer for The New Yorker and the author of nine books of nonfiction, including | "Going Clear," "Thirteen Days in September," and "The Terror Years," and one novel, "God's Favorite." | His books have received many honors, including a Pulitzer Prize and L.A... Read More →


Saturday April 21, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Town & Gown, Signing Area 1

12:10pm

Vivica A. Fox, Author of "Every Day I'm Hustling" in Conversation with Laurie Ochoa
Speakers
avatar for Vivica A. Fox

Vivica A. Fox

Fox is an American actress, producer and television host. She began her career with roles on the daytime | television soap operas “Days of Our Lives” and “Generations,” subsequently shifting to the prime-time slot | starring opposite Patti LaBelle in the NBC sitcom... Read More →


Saturday April 21, 2018 12:10pm - 12:50pm
Los Angeles Times Main Stage, Signing Area 8

12:10pm

Postcard from the D.C. Bureau: Covering the White House
Speakers
avatar for Brian Bennett

Brian Bennett

Bennett covers the White House, and writes about national security and immigration for the Los Angeles Times. Since starting in The Times’ Washington bureau in 2010, he has documented a pattern of excessive force by U.S. Border Patrol agents and revealed the first arrest on U.S... Read More →
avatar for David Lauter

David Lauter

Lauter is the Los Angeles Times’ Washington bureau chief. He began writing news in Washington in 1981 and | since then has covered Congress, the Supreme Court, the White House under Presidents George H.W. Bush | and Bill Clinton, and four U.S. presidential campaigns. He liv... Read More →


Saturday April 21, 2018 12:10pm - 12:50pm
L.A. Times Central

12:30pm

Emily Calandrelli, Co-author of the "Ada Lace" Series
Speakers
avatar for Emily Calandrelli

Emily Calandrelli

Calandrelli is a producer and host of Xploration Outer Space, where she shows viewers the most exciting | projects in the space industry today and a correspondent on the new series, “Bill Nye Saves the World.” Emily | has a technical background with mechanical and aerospa... Read More →


Saturday April 21, 2018 12:30pm - 12:55pm
Reading by 9 Children's Stage, Signing Area 7

12:30pm

Grammy & Emmy Winner and Songwriters Hall of Fame ‘18 Inductee Allee Willis Shares Her Life in Song
2018 “Songwriters Hall of Fame” inductee Allee Willis talks to British innovator Beatie Wolfe about penning hits for everyone from Earth, Wind & Fire (“September”) to The Pointer Sisters (“Neutron Dance”), sessions with Bob Dylan to James Brown, and co-writing the Friends theme tune, The Color Purple Musical (produced by Oprah) and much more.

Moderators
avatar for Beatie Wolfe

Beatie Wolfe

Wolfe is an award-winning singer songwriter & innovator who has created a series of world first formats for | music that bridge the tangible & digital. Wolfe is the only artist to have her album's art exhibited in London's | V&A Museum, address Apple's VPs on innovation, have... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Allee Willis

Allee Willis

Willis is a one-woman creative think-tank and multi-disciplinary artist. Inducted into the Songwriters Hall Of | Fame in 2018, she's a Grammy, Emmy, Tony and Webby award-winning and nominated songwriter, performer, | artist, multimediaist, director, collector, party thrower... Read More →


Saturday April 21, 2018 12:30pm - 1:00pm
Newstory Stage

12:30pm

Kim Dower, Reading from "Last Train to the Missing Planet," and Brittany Perham, Reading from "Double Portrait"
Speakers
avatar for Brittany Perham

Brittany Perham

Perham is the author of "Double Portrait" (W.W. Norton, 2017), which was selected by Claudia Rankine for the | Barnard Women Poets Prize; "The Curiosities" (Free Verse Editions, 2012); and, with Kim Addonizio, the | collaborative chapbook "The Night Could Go in Either Directi... Read More →


Saturday April 21, 2018 12:30pm - 1:00pm
Poetry Stage, Signing Area 2

12:30pm

Ngugi wa Thiong'o in Conversation with Laila Lalami, Conversation 1022
Moderators
avatar for Laila Lalami

Laila Lalami

Lalami is the author of the novels "Hope and Other Dangerous Pursuits," which was a finalist for the Oregon | Book Award; "Secret Son," which was on the Orange Prize longlist; and "The Moor's Account," which won the | American Book Award, the Arab American Book Award, and the... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Ngugi wa Thiong’o

Ngugi wa Thiong’o

One of the leading writers and scholars at work today, wa Thiong'o was born in Limuru, Kenya, in 1938. He is | the author of "A Grain of Wheat;" "Weep Not, Child;" and "Petals of Blood," as well as "Birth of a Dream | Weaver" and "Wrestling with the Devil: A Prison Memoir." H... Read More →


Saturday April 21, 2018 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Hoffman Hall, Signing Area 1

12:30pm

Laila Ali, Author of "Food For Life"
Speakers
avatar for Laila Ali

Laila Ali

Ali is a world-class athlete, fitness and wellness expert, TV host, cooking enthusiast, and founder of the Laila Ali Lifestyle Brand. The daughter of Muhammad Ali, she is a four-time undefeated boxing world champion. Laila has appeared on Food Network’s Chopped and hosted FYI... Read More →


Saturday April 21, 2018 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Pacific Sales Cooking Stage, Signing Area 6

12:30pm

Fiction: Happily Ever After?, Conversation 1122
Moderators
avatar for David Francis

David Francis

Francis is the author of three novels, "The Great Inland Sea," published to acclaim in seven languages, "Stray | Dog Winter," winner of the American Library Association Barbara Gittings Prize for Literature, and, most | recently, "Wedding Bush Road." His short fiction has app... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Jasmine Guillory

Jasmine Guillory

Guillory is a graduate of Wellesley College and Stanford Law School and practices in the Bay Area. Her writing | has been featured on Jezebel, Thrillist, and The Toast. When she's not working, you can find her among the | towering stacks of books in her living room, working on... Read More →
avatar for Allegra Huston

Allegra Huston

Huston is the author of the novel "Say My Name" and "Love Child: A Memoir of Family Lost and Found." | Lynn Barber described her as "an absolutely outstanding writer, incapable of writing a dull sentence." | She has written for numerous publications and, as an editor, has wor... Read More →
avatar for Julia Whelan

Julia Whelan

Whelan is a screenwriter, life-long actor, and award-winning audiobook narrator. She graduated with a | degree in English and Creative Writing from Middlebury College and Oxford University. While in England, her | flirtation with tea blossomed into a full-blown love affair, c... Read More →
avatar for Anna Yen

Anna Yen

Yen has held executive positions at a wide range of tech companies. She spearheaded investor relations for | industry leaders such as Tesla Motors and Pixar Animations Studios, and reported directly to some of Silicon | Valley's most respected icons including Steve Jobs and E... Read More →


Saturday April 21, 2018 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Taper Hall 101, Signing Area 5

12:30pm

Outlander on Page and Screen: Diana Gabaldon in Conversation with April Wolfe, Conversation 1062
Moderators
avatar for April Wolfe

April Wolfe

Wolfe is a writer, filmmaker, and film critic. The former lead critic for LA Weekly, she writes on movies for the Village Voice, Film Comment, The Wrap, and Washington Post. She hosts the film podcast Switchblade Sisters and is a panelist on the Who Shot Ya? podcast, both on the... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Diana Gabaldon

Diana Gabaldon

Gabaldon is the New York Times bestselling author of the wildly popular and award-winning Outlander novels as well as the related Lord John Grey books, two works of nonfiction, the Outlander graphic novel "The Exile," and "The Official Outlander Coloring Book." Her most recent no... Read More →


Saturday April 21, 2018 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Bovard Auditorium, Signing Area 3

12:30pm

Pushing the Boundaries of the Graphic Novel, Conversation 1042
Moderators
avatar for Angie Wang

Angie Wang

Wang is a co-founder of Comic Arts Los Angeles, an editorial illustrator, a designer on Steven Universe, and a cartoonist.

Speakers
avatar for Gabrielle Bell

Gabrielle Bell

Bell was born in England and raised in California. In 2001 she moved to New York and released her autobiographical series "Lucky," published by Drawn and Quarterly. Bell’s graphic novel, "The Voyeurs," was named one of the best books of the year by Publishers Weekly, Kirkus Rev... Read More →
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Mimi Pond

Pond is a cartoonist and writer whose works have been published everywhere from the National Lampoon to | thenewyorker.com. Her most recent book is "The Customer is Always Wrong."
avatar for Leslie Stein

Leslie Stein

Stein is a cartoonist and bartender working out of Brooklyn, NY. She has published three volumes of her | series "Eye of the Majestic Creature," as well as the diary comic "Bright-Eyed at Midnight" with Fantagraphics | Books, and most recently "Present" with Drawn and Quarter... Read More →


Saturday April 21, 2018 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Andrus Gerontology Center, Signing Area 4

12:30pm

Rick Riordan & Roshani Chokshi in Conversation with Robert Graves, Conversation 1072
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avatar for Robert Graves

Robert Graves

Graves grew up devouring books in his neighborhood library, so naturally turned his love of literature into a | 30+ year career in librarianship. Now a branch manager and coordinator of author events at Santa Monica | Public Library, he is also a co-founder of Yallwest, the n... Read More →

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avatar for Roshani Chokshi

Roshani Chokshi

Chokshi is the author of New York Times bestselling novel, "The Star-Touched Queen." "Aru Shah and the End | of Time," her middle grade debut, is the inaugural book in the Rick Riordan Presents imprint at Disney Publishing. It was inspired by the stories Roshani’s grandmother... Read More →
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Rick Riordan

Riordan, dubbed "storyteller of the gods" by Publishers Weekly, is the author of five #1 New York Times best- | selling middle grade series with millions of copies sold throughout the world: "Percy Jackson and the | Olympians," "The Heroes of Olympus," and "The Trials of Apoll... Read More →


Saturday April 21, 2018 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Ronald Tutor Campus Center, Signing Area 3

12:30pm

Young Adult Fiction: Rebels, Romantics and Everything in Between
Moderators
avatar for Aminah Mae Safi

Aminah Mae Safi

Safi is a Muslim-American writer. Her debut—“Not the Girls You're Looking For"— is an ode to mean girls, | messy friendships, and bad decisions and will be published in June of this year. Winner of the We Need Diverse Books | short story contest, "Be Cool for Once," wil... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Maurene Goo

Maurene Goo

Goo is the author of several books for young adults, including "I Believe in a Thing Called Love," which | received starred reviews from Kirkus and Publishers Weekly. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and | her cat, Maeby. Her new book, “The Way You Make Me Feel... Read More →
avatar for Sandhya Menon

Sandhya Menon

Menon is the New York Times bestselling author of "When Dimple Met Rishi" and the forthcoming "FromTwinkle, with Love." She was born and raised in India on a steady diet of Bollywood movies and street food,and blames this upbringing for her obsession with happily-ever-afters, bad... Read More →
avatar for Amy Spalding

Amy Spalding

Spalding grew up in St. Louis, and now lives in Los Angeles. She has a B.A. in Advertising & Marketing from | Webster University, and an M.A. in Media Studies from The New School. Amy studied improv at the Upright | Citizens Brigade. By day, she manages digital media for an i... Read More →
avatar for Margaret Stohl

Margaret Stohl

Stohl is a #1 New York Times bestselling YA author of "Beautiful Creatures," two "Black Widow" novels, as | well as the ongoing "Mighty Captain" Marvel comics. She can often be seen at a Comicon, or at one of the | book festivals she co-founded, YALLFest and YALLWEST. Sometim... Read More →


Saturday April 21, 2018 12:30pm - 1:30pm
YA Stage, presented by HS Insider, Signing Area 9

12:30pm

How Multicultural Content Creators Influence Society, Presented by Univision Creator Network, Conversation 1162
This panel features a diverse panel of influencers in comedy, vlogging, and lifestyle as they discuss how they got started, what continues to fuel them to create content, and how their responsibility to their audience has changed. Panel moderated by Solange Rubio, influencer & branded content manager at Univision’s Creator Network.

Moderators
avatar for Solange Rubio

Solange Rubio

Rubio was born in Peru and at age five arrived with her family to Los Angeles. Since then, she has made Los Angeles her home. Solange holds a BA from Loyola Marymount University in Communication Studies and has worked in influencer marketing since graduating in 2013. Currently, s... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Jessica Lesaca

Jessica Lesaca

Lesaca is a Filipino-American social media phenomenon well known from her Vine days and cover songs. She grew up in Whittier, California with her sister Francesca, who is often featured in her Vlogs and covers. She is now the latest host of Week Sauce, a weekly pop culture round... Read More →
avatar for Anthony Nguyen

Anthony Nguyen

Nguyen is a co-founder of The Crazy Gorilla, a comedic duo with Ramon Guzman. The two started their venture as a fun way to spend their afternoons but it wasn’t long before the duo’s skill for comedic writing captured the attention of a dedicated following. In the summer of 2... Read More →
avatar for Eric Ochoa

Eric Ochoa

Ochoa, also known on YouTube as Supereeego, is a Mexican-American entertainer from Southern California. He is the mastermind behind his famous Cholo Adventure Series and his “You Know You’re Mexican If” Series. He and his friends often collaborate on comedic sketches that h... Read More →
avatar for Sierra Santana

Sierra Santana

Santana’s mixed heritage lays the groundwork for her unique perspective on the world. With a love of all things creative and the ambition of having a wider range of influence, Sierra stumbled into the world of plus size modeling as a representative of the curly-haired, brown wo... Read More →


12:30pm

To Die For: Scientific and Cultural Responses to Death, Conversation 1112
Moderators
avatar for Alex Cohen

Alex Cohen

Cohen is the host of Morning Edition on L.A.'s leading NPR member station KPCC. Her work as a reporter can | also be heard on NPR and the program "Marketplace." As her roller derby alter-ego, Axles of Evil, Cohen was | the trainer and choreographer for the Drew Barrymore roll... Read More →

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avatar for Gabrielle Birkner

Gabrielle Birkner

Birkner is the co-founder of the website Modern Loss, and the co-author of "Modern Loss: Candid Conversation About Grief. Beginners Welcome." A digital content strategist and producer, she has served as managing editor at the Jewish Telegraphic Agency (JTA), director of digital m... Read More →
avatar for Caitlin Doughty

Caitlin Doughty

Doughty--host and creator of "Ask a Mortician" and the New York Times best-selling author of | "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes" and "From Here to Eternity"—founded the Order of the Good Death. She lives in Los | Angeles, where she runs the nonprofit funeral home Undertaking LA.
avatar for Michael Shermer

Michael Shermer

Shermer is the Publisher of Skeptic magazine, a monthly columnist for Scientific American, a Presidential | Fellow at Chapman University, and the author of numerous best-selling science books. His latest book is | "The Moral Arc: How Science and Reason Lead Humanity Toward Tr... Read More →


Saturday April 21, 2018 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Seeley G. Mudd 124, Signing Area 4

12:50pm

Loren Cole: Folk Musical Performance
Speakers
avatar for Loren Cole

Loren Cole

Cole's music is comfort food with a conscience. Wrapping little life truths in a warm blanket of Americana | pop, she draws inspiration from the light and shade of ordinary people. "I love when a song gives back," says | Cole. "Maybe it's through the slightest perspective shif... Read More →


Saturday April 21, 2018 12:50pm - 1:20pm
USC Stage

1:00pm

Kim Addonizio, Reading from "Mortal Trash"
Speakers
avatar for Kim Addonizio

Kim Addonizio

Addonizio is the author of a dozen books, most recently "Bukowski in a Sundress: Confessions from a Writing Life" (Penguin), and the poetry collection "Mortal Trash" (W.W. Norton). Her work has appeared in the New York Times, Poetry, The Sun, and numerous literary journals and an... Read More →


Saturday April 21, 2018 1:00pm - 1:20pm
Poetry Stage, Signing Area 2

1:00pm

Story Pirates, Authors of "Stuck in the Stone Age"
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avatar for Story Pirates

Story Pirates

The Story Pirates are a nationally respected education and media organization, dually based in New York and | Los Angeles. They turn kids' original stories into wild sketch comedy musicals featuring professional actors | to show those kids just how amazing their ideas are.


Saturday April 21, 2018 1:00pm - 1:25pm
Reading by 9 Children's Stage, Signing Area 7

1:15pm

Emmy Winning Donick Cary (The Simpsons, Parks & Recreation) Shares His Story and Talks MUSACK
Cary shares his story, from writing and producing for "Parks and Recreation," "Letterman," "The Simpsons," "Silicon Valley" to founding Musack, an organisation all about giving kids and teens a voice and how it has expanded worldwide with the help of an annual music festival in his Los Angeles backyard.

Moderators
avatar for Donick Cary

Donick Cary

Cary is a TV writer/producer (“Parks and Recreation,” “Late Show with David Letterman,” “The Simpsons,” “Silicon Valley”). When a rash of | teen suicides occurred at his former high school in Nantucket, Donick thought about what got him through | long and isol... Read More →

Saturday April 21, 2018 1:15pm - 1:55pm
Newstory Stage

1:20pm

David St. John, Reading from "The Last Troubadour"
Speakers
avatar for David St.John

David St.John

St. John is the author of many collections of poetry, most recently: "The Last Troubadour: New & Selected | Poems." In 2017, he was named an Academy of American Poets Chancellor. St. John is University Professor of English and Comparative Literature at USC.


Saturday April 21, 2018 1:20pm - 1:40pm
Poetry Stage, Signing Area 2

1:20pm

Gabrielle Union, Author of "We're Going to Need More Wine" in Conversation with Tre'vell Anderson
Moderators
avatar for Tre'vell Anderson

Tre'vell Anderson

Anderson is a film reporter with the Los Angeles Times covering the intersections of diversity and Hollywood with a focus on black and queer film. A sociology graduate from Morehouse College in Atlanta, he also received his master’s in journalism from Stanford University. When... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Gabrielle Union

Gabrielle Union

Union (“Bring It On,” “Think Like a Man”) is an actress, producer, and New York Times bestselling author of | "We're Going to Need More Wine." She received a 2014 NAACP Image Award for her role in the BET series | "Being Mary Jane." She recently launched her own NY&Co... Read More →


Saturday April 21, 2018 1:20pm - 2:00pm
Los Angeles Times Main Stage, Signing Area 8

1:20pm

We're Opinionated: A Conversation with the Times Editorial Board
Moderators
avatar for Nicholas Goldberg

Nicholas Goldberg

Goldberg is the editorial page editor of the Los Angeles Times. He is a former editor of the Op-Ed page and | the Sunday Opinion section and, at New York Newsday in the 1980s and 1990s, a former Middle East | correspondent and political reporter. His writing has been publishe... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Robert Greene

Robert Greene

Greene is an editorial writer for the LA Times covering water, drought, criminal justice reform and Los Angeles County | government. Greene previously was a staff writer for the L.A. Weekly and a reporter and associate editor for | the Metropolitan News-Enterprise. Prior to b... Read More →
avatar for Carla Hall

Carla Hall

Hall is an editorial writer for the Los Angeles Times, focusing on homelessness, reproductive rights, and | animal welfare among other topics. Before joining the editorial board, she was a reporter for the Times' | California section. She is, also, a voice-over actor.
avatar for Jon Healey

Jon Healey

Healey is the deputy editorial page editor, which means he’s one of the individuals editing (and sometimes | writing) byline-free screeds that, technically speaking, reflect the views of the publisher. He writes most | often about healthcare policy, intellectual property, t... Read More →


Saturday April 21, 2018 1:20pm - 2:00pm
L.A. Times Central

1:30pm

Patty Rodriguez and Ariana Stein, Authors of "Selena"
Speakers
avatar for Patty Rodriguez

Patty Rodriguez

Rodriguez is author and founder of the bilingual children’s books Lil’ Libros, inspired by her own experience trying to find | bilingual, first-concept books that she could enjoy reading to her son, and her desire to connect him to his Latino cultural | roots. She is also... Read More →
avatar for Ariana Stein

Ariana Stein

Stein is the co-founder, co-author, and CEO of Lil’ Libros, a Los Angeles-based publisher focused on chic and modern bilingual children’s books. She is also the founder of a leading national pet transportation service, 1-800-Pet-Taxi, and a mother of a young son. In 2016, Ari... Read More →


Saturday April 21, 2018 1:30pm - 1:55pm
Reading by 9 Children's Stage, Signing Area 7

1:30pm

Fiction: Damage Done, Conversation 1053
Moderators
avatar for Dana Johnson

Dana Johnson

Johnson is the author of "Break Any Woman Down," for which she received the Flannery O’Connor Award for | Short Fiction and the novel "Elsewhere, California." Born and raised in and around Los Angeles, she is an | associate professor of English at USC where she teaches lite... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Lisa Ko

Lisa Ko

Ko is the author of "The Leavers," which was a finalist for the 2017 National Book Award for Fiction | and won the 2016 PEN/Bellwether Prize for Socially Engaged Fiction. Her writing has appeared in Best | American Short Stories 2016, The New York Times, BuzzFeed, O. Magazine... Read More →
avatar for Edan Lepucki

Edan Lepucki

Lepucki is the New York Times bestselling author of the novels "Woman No. 17" and "California." Her fiction | and nonfiction have been published in Esquire, McSweeney's, and the Los Angeles Times, among other | publications, and she is a contributing editor to The Millions. S... Read More →
avatar for Claire Messud

Claire Messud

Messud's novels include "The Emperor's Children" (2006); "The Woman Upstairs" (2013); and, most recently, | "The Burning Girl," a finalist for the 2017 LA Times Book Prize in Fiction. Twice a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award, a recipient of the Strauss Living Award from the... Read More →
avatar for Gabriel Tallent

Gabriel Tallent

Tallent was born in New Mexico and raised on the Mendocino coast by two mothers. He received his BA from | Willamette University, and after graduation spent two seasons leading youth trail crews in the backcountry of | the Pacific Northwest. Tallent lives in Salt Lake City. Hi... Read More →


Saturday April 21, 2018 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Salvatori Computer Science Center 101, Signing Area 4

1:30pm

Ain’t Life Sweet? Four People Who’ve Lived to Talk About Death, in Conversation with Dear World’s Founder RX Fogarty. Conversation 1135
An intimate conversation with four people who've lived to tell about their experiences with mortality.

1. Paige More is a previvor. At 22, she was told she had an 87 percent chance of developing breast cancer. She underwent a voluntary double mastectomy at 23.

2. Angel Colon went to the Orlando Pulse nightclub on a normal Saturday night to celebrate with friends. He woke up in a hospital room with multiple gunshot wounds and spent nearly two months there.

3. Ray Young, former NBA and UCLA basketball star woke up from a coma after two weeks. He collapsed on a basketball court.

Moderators
avatar for RX Fogarty

RX Fogarty

Fogarty is the founder and CEO of Dear World. Dear World’s recognized narrative facilitation process aligns remarkable stories within a team to the values | of the organization. Fogarty is a journalist by training, and knows that when teams care about each other more than the... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Angel Colon

Angel Colon

Colon went to the Orlando Pulse nightclub on a normal Saturday night to celebrate with friends—he woke up in a hospital room with multiple gunshot wounds and spend nearly two months there. Born and raised in Massachusetts, and a current resident of Orlando, Florida, Colon is a... Read More →
avatar for Paige More

Paige More

More is a 25 year-old, two-time Emmy Award-winning TV producer. In January of last year, she underwent a voluntary preventative double mastectomy procedure after tests indicated she carried the BRCA 1 gene mutation, denoting an 87 percent chance of developing breast cancer. After... Read More →
avatar for Ray Young

Ray Young

Young, former NBA and UCLA basketball star, is an entrepreneur based in California. A basketball standout at UCLA and also an NBA player, Young still plays often in retirement. Last year, during a pick-up basketball game, Young’s heart stopped and he spent two days in a coma.


Saturday April 21, 2018 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Norris Theater, presented by Newstory, Signing Area 5

1:30pm

Rebel Radio Podcast: Ali Shaheed Muhammad in Conversation with Josh Levine, Conversation 1083
Rebel Radio shines a light on cultural pioneers. The podcast engages the influencers who define what we wear, watch, listen to, and play with — and how we spend our spare time and loose change — and explore what it means to be a creative entrepreneur today. We celebrate the rebels who innovate, collaborate, and penetrate the consciousness of young America and the world. Hosted by Josh Levine, CEO of culture-marketing boutique Rebel Industries, which specializes in connecting leading consumer brands with underground talent.
DJ/Producer/Composer Ali Shaheed Muhammad is a hip-hop icon. As one-third of legendary hip-hop group A Tribe Called Quest, his influence and impact on the musical landscape is still felt today.

Moderators
avatar for Josh Levine

Josh Levine

Levine has a discerning eye for talent. His 20-year career began in journalism, writing about fledgling hip-hop culture for such publications as The Source, Vibe, URB, and XXL. Josh worked as a talent manager with some of the West Coast’s most credible hip-hop acts, including W... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Ali Shaheed Muhammad

Ali Shaheed Muhammad

DJ/Producer/Composer Ali Shaheed Muhammad is a hip-hop icon, known around the world as one-third of the legendary hip-hop group A Tribe Called Quest, which he cofounded in 1985 with Q-Tip, Phife Dawg, and Jarobi, and with which he remains affiliated. Muhammad carried that classic... Read More →


Saturday April 21, 2018 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Annenberg Auditorium, presented by Newstory, Signing Area 3

1:30pm

Virtual, Augmented and Mixed Reality: How These Mediums Will Change Storytelling Forever, Conversation 1153
What becomes possible in VR / AR / MR, and how will it change communication? Join this enterprise-focused conversation about the implications in communication brought on by immersive technology.

Moderators
avatar for Stephen Fromkin

Stephen Fromkin

Fromkin produces content utilizing premier, cutting edge technologies.  As co-founder and Chief Content Officer at Talespin, he brings 20 years of experience from nationally broadcast commercials, globally distributed feature films, Fortune 500 training and B2B applications, cro... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Nancy Bennett

Nancy Bennett

Bennett is the Chief Creative Officer at Two Bit Circus, an interdisciplinary team of artists, inventors, engineers, educators and entrepreneurs passionate about reimagining all forms of entertainment. With a background in commercial, music video and television direction, she is... Read More →
avatar for Ryan Horrigan

Ryan Horrigan

Horrigan is the Chief Content Officer of Felix & Paul Studios, where he oversees content development, strategy, partnerships. He began his career at CAA and Paramount before joining Fox / New Regency as a senior studio executive, where he oversaw films such as Academy Award Best... Read More →
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Zenka

Zenka is futurist and social engineer. She is a is an expert in art, augmented reality technology and exponential change. Zenka creates adventurous conversations about what is possible in the future using emerging technology and crowd participation.  She has spoken at TEDx and t... Read More →


1:30pm

Resilience and Survival in the Face of Disaster, Conversation 1143
Moderators
avatar for Leo Braudy

Leo Braudy

Braudy is an acclaimed film critic and the author of "Haunted: On Ghosts, Witches, Vampires, Zombies, and | Other Monsters of the Natural and Supernatural Worlds," "The Frenzy of Renown: Fame and Its History," and | "Jean Renoir: The World of His Films," among many other titl... Read More →

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avatar for Rita Burke

Rita Burke

Burke, PhD, MPH is an assistant professor of surgery and preventive medicine at the USC Keck School of | Medicine and research director for the Division of Pediatric Surgery at Children's Hospital Los Angeles. Dr. | Burke also co-chairs the Los Angeles Children in Disasters W... Read More →
avatar for Barry Glassner

Barry Glassner

Glassner is a sociologist and the author of seven books. His "The Culture of Fear" is a national bestseller that was | named a "Best Book of the Year" by Knight-Ridder newspapers and by the Los Angeles Times Book Review. | Described by The New York Times as "a master at the a... Read More →


Saturday April 21, 2018 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Wallis Annenberg Hall, presented by USC, Signing Area 10

1:30pm

Tim O'Reilly in Conversation with Michael Hiltzik, Conversation 1033
Moderators
avatar for Michael Hiltzik

Michael Hiltzik

Hiltzik is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author who has written for the Los Angeles Times for three | decades. His books include "Big Science: Ernest Lawrence and the Invention that Launched the Military- | Industrial Complex," "Colossus: Hoover Dam and the Making of... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Tim O'Reilly

Tim O'Reilly

O'Reilly has a history of convening conversations that reshape the computer industry. He's had a hand in framing each of the big ideas behind "open source software" "web 2.0" "the Maker movement" "government as a platform" and "the WTF economy." He is the founder, CEO, and Chairm... Read More →


Saturday April 21, 2018 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Town & Gown, Signing Area 1

1:30pm

Trump: The First Year, Conversation 1013
Moderators
avatar for Christina Bellantoni

Christina Bellantoni

Bellantoni has been assistant managing editor, politics for the Los Angeles Times since August 2015. She came to theTimes after 12 years covering politics in Washington, most recently as editor-in-chief at Roll Call. Before that, she served as political editor at PBS NewsHour for... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Steve Almond

Steve Almond

Almond is the author of ten books of fiction and non-fiction, most recently "Bad Stories: What the Hell Just Happened to Our Country." His work has appeared in the Best American Short Stories, the Pushcart Prize anthology, the New York Times Magazine, and elsewhere. He hosts the... Read More →
avatar for David Cay Johnston

David Cay Johnston

Johnston is a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter and bestselling author. He has lectured on | economics, journalism and tax policy on every continent except Antarctica and is a former president of | Investigative Reporters & Editors (IRE). Johnston teaches at Syrac... Read More →
avatar for Sarah Kendzior

Sarah Kendzior

Kendzior is the author of "The View from Flyover Country" and an op-ed columnist for the Globe and Mail. She | was named by Foreign Policy as one of the "100 people you should be following on Twitter to make sense of | global events," and her reporting has been featured in Pol... Read More →


Saturday April 21, 2018 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Hancock Foundation, Signing Area 1

1:30pm

Crime Fiction Under The Sun, Conversation 1093
Moderators
avatar for Gar Anthony Haywood

Gar Anthony Haywood

Haywood is the Shamus and Anthony award-winning author of twelve crime novels. His short fiction has been | included in the Best American Mystery Stories anthologies and Booklist has called him "a writer who has | always belonged in the upper echelon of American crime fiction... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Tod Goldberg

Tod Goldberg

Goldberg is the New York Times bestselling author of over a dozen books, including "Gangster Nation," | "Gangsterland," a 2015 finalist for the Hammett Prize, and "The House of Secrets," which he co-authored with | Brad Meltzer. He is also the co-host of the popular podcast L... Read More →
avatar for Attica Locke

Attica Locke

Locke is the author of "Bluebird, Bluebird," a finalist for the 2017 LA Times Book Prize in Mystery/Thriller; "Pleasantville," which won the 2016 Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction and was long-listed for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction; "Black Water Rising," which was... Read More →
avatar for Ivy Pochoda

Ivy Pochoda

Pochoda is the author of "Visitation Street," which was chosen as an Amazon Best Book of the Month, Amazon | Best Book of 2013, and a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection. Her writing has appeared in | The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles... Read More →


Saturday April 21, 2018 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Seeley G. Mudd 123, Signing Area 4

1:40pm

Mary Jo Bang, Reading from "A Doll For Throwing"
Speakers
avatar for Mary Jo Bang

Mary Jo Bang

Bang is the author of eight books of poems, including her most recent "A Doll For Throwing" and "Elegy," which received the National Book Critics Circle Award. Her translation of "Dante's Inferno," illustrated by Henrik Drescher, was published in 2012. She's been the recipient of... Read More →


Saturday April 21, 2018 1:40pm - 2:00pm
Poetry Stage, Signing Area 2

2:00pm

Ron Koertge, Reading from "Olympusville"
Speakers
avatar for Ron Koertge

Ron Koertge

A fixture in the L.A. poetry scene since the 60s, Koertge's poem "Negative Space" is a finalist for an Oscar in | Animated Shorts. Ron lives and writes in South Pasadena, and likes to go to Santa Anita and handicap | thoroughbred race horses. He teaches at Hamline University... Read More →


Saturday April 21, 2018 2:00pm - 2:20pm
Poetry Stage, Signing Area 2

2:00pm

Rob Sanders, Author of "Pride: The Story of Harvey Milk and the Rainbow Flag"
Speakers
avatar for Rob Sanders

Rob Sanders

Sanders is a writer who teaches, and a teacher who writes. His first picture book, "Cowboy Christmas," | was released by Golden Books/Random House in 2012. "Outer Space Bedtime Race" (listed among the top | twenty rhyming picture books of 2015 and winner of a Crystal Kite Awa... Read More →


Saturday April 21, 2018 2:00pm - 2:25pm
Reading by 9 Children's Stage, Signing Area 7

2:00pm

The Power of Music as Medicine – Celebrating the True Power of Music to Heal, Connect and Restore
A powerful, uplifting conversation between Moby-endorsed HealthTunes Founder Walter Werzowa and artist Beatie Wolfe (founder of Stanford-approved "Power of Music & Dementia") about the necessity of music for people living with conditions ranging from depression to Alzheimer’s and how music supports healing in hospitals and homes worldwide.

Moderators
avatar for Beatie Wolfe

Beatie Wolfe

Wolfe is an award-winning singer songwriter & innovator who has created a series of world first formats for | music that bridge the tangible & digital. Wolfe is the only artist to have her album's art exhibited in London's | V&A Museum, address Apple's VPs on innovation, have... Read More →

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avatar for Walter Werzowa

Walter Werzowa

Werzowa, born in Vienna, Austria, started a career as a sound inventor, the day he was born. His fascination | with sound brought him on a journey through classical and contemporary phases. He moved from Vienna in 1991 to | settle in Los Angeles. The circle of life brought him... Read More →


Saturday April 21, 2018 2:00pm - 2:25pm
Newstory Stage

2:00pm

Celeste Butler: R&B Musical Performance
Speakers
avatar for Celeste Butler

Celeste Butler

USC student and singer-songwriter Celeste Butler performs incredible songs for Trojan Vision, a student operated | television station located at the University of Southern California’s University Park campus.


Saturday April 21, 2018 2:00pm - 2:30pm
USC Stage

2:00pm

German DJ Remute Makes Techno Music on Floppy Disks, Performs via Live Stream, Conversation 1164
Learn why Hamburg-based producer Remute released his latest album, Limited, as a hybrid vinyl/7-inch floppy-disk techno record. Via Facebook Live, meet a true “Disk Jockey” that is putting the tech back in techno.

Speakers
avatar for Denis Karimani AKA DJ Remute

Denis Karimani AKA DJ Remute

Remute is a german techno music producer truly devoted to putting the 'tech' back into this genre. After 15 years in this game and with over 300 releases up to date, he decided to shake up this bizz with a fairly odd act: his recent album 'Limited' got released on good old 3,5" f... Read More →


2:00pm

Memoir: The Past is Never Past, Conversation 1023
Moderators
avatar for Daniel Hernandez

Daniel Hernandez

Hernandez is a long-time journalist and correspondent. He's hosted programs on NPR and covered the drug | war in Mexico for the L.A. Times and VICE News. Daniel is author of the 2011 book "Down & Delirious in | Mexico City."

Speakers
avatar for Alexandra Marzano-Lesnevich

Alexandra Marzano-Lesnevich

Marzano-Lesnevich is the author of "The Fact of a Body: A Murder and a Memoir," named one of the best | books of the year by Entertainment Weekly, Audible.com, Bustle, Book Riot, The Times of London, and The | Guardian. An Indie Next Pick and a Junior Library Guild selection... Read More →
avatar for Paisley Rekdal

Paisley Rekdal

Rekdal is the author of "The Night My Mother Met Bruce Lee" and five books of poetry. Her latest nonfiction | book is "The Broken Country," which won the 2016 AWP Nonfiction Prize. Her work has received the Amy Lowell | Poetry Traveling Fellowship, a Guggenheim Fellowship, an... Read More →
avatar for Rob Roberge

Rob Roberge

Roberge is the author of five books—four books of fiction and one memoir. He was a Barnes & Nobel Discover | Great New Writers series pick for his latest book, the memoir "LIAR." His work, both fiction and non-fiction, | has been widely published and anthologized. He is at... Read More →
avatar for Benjamin Taylor

Benjamin Taylor

Taylor is the 2017 LA Times Books Prizes Christopher Isherwood Prize for Autobiographical Prose recipient for his most recent book “The Hue and Cry at Our House: A Year Remembered.” He is also the author of "Proust: The Search," named a Best Book of 2016 by Thomas Mallon in T... Read More →


Saturday April 21, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Hoffman Hall, Signing Area 1

2:00pm

Food: The New Culture, Conversation 1113
Moderators
avatar for Gustavo Arellano

Gustavo Arellano

Arellano is the California columnist for the Los Angeles Times opinion section and author of "Taco USA: How Mexican Food Conquered America."

Speakers
avatar for Andrew Friedman

Andrew Friedman

Friedman has chronicled the lives and work of some of our best chefs. He is the author of "Knives at Dawn," | about the Bocuse d'Or competition; coeditor of the popular anthology "Don't Try This at Home;" and coauthor | or more than two dozen cookbooks and memoirs. Friedman w... Read More →
avatar for Edward Lee

Edward Lee

Lee is the author of "Smoke & Pickles" and "Buttermilk Graffiti;" the chef/owner of 610 Magnolia, MilkWood, | and Whiskey Dry in Louisville, KY; and culinary director of Succotash in Penn Quarter, Washington D.C. He | appears frequently in print and on television, earning an... Read More →
avatar for Dan Stone

Dan Stone

Stone is a writer on environmental science, agriculture, and botany in Washington D.C. He writes for National Geographic and is a former White House correspondent for Newsweek and The Daily Beast. He teaches environmental policy at Johns Hopkins University. After growing up in Lo... Read More →


Saturday April 21, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Seeley G. Mudd 124, Signing Area 4

2:00pm

Jet Tila, Author of "101 Asian Dishes You Need to Cook Before You Die" presented by Pacific Sales
Speakers
avatar for Jet Tila

Jet Tila

Tila is a celebrity chef and restaurateur. He is Chef/Partner of three Thai restaurants who regularly appears | on television, competing on Iron Chef America, appearing on Chopped, Guy's Grocery Games, and The Best | Thing I Ever Ate and currently a judge on Cutthroat Kitchen... Read More →


Saturday April 21, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Pacific Sales Cooking Stage, Signing Area 6

2:00pm

Young Adult Thrillers: Buried Secrets
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avatar for Gretchen McNeil

Gretchen McNeil

McNeil is the YA author of "I'm Not Your Manic Pixie Dream Girl," "Possess," "3:59," "Relic," "Get Even," "Get | Dirty," and "Ten," which was a 2013 YALSA Top Ten Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Adult Readers and an ALA | Booklist Top Ten Horror Fiction for Youth. Her next nov... Read More →

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avatar for Shea Ernshaw

Shea Ernshaw

Ernshaw is the author of The Wicked Deep. She lives and writes in a small mountain town in Oregon. She works as a producer for a film production company and shares a home with her husband, a dog named Diesel, and two cats.
avatar for Maureen Johnson

Maureen Johnson

Johnson is the bestselling author of several novels, including "13 Little Blue Envelopes," the "Suite Scarlett" series, and the "Shades of London" series. She has also written collaborative works such as "Let It Snow" with John Green and Lauren Myracle and "The Bane Chronicles" w... Read More →
avatar for Caleb Roehrig

Caleb Roehrig

Roehrig's debut YA thriller, "Last Seen Leaving," was called one of the Best YA Novels of 2016 by Buzzfeed.com. | Caleb lives with his husband in Los Angeles. "White Rabbit" is his newest book.


Saturday April 21, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
YA Stage, presented by HS Insider, Signing Area 9

2:00pm

Poetry: Trauma and the Problem of Beauty, Conversation 1043
Moderators
avatar for David Baker

David Baker

Baker is author of twelve books of poetry, including "Scavenger Loop" and "Never-Ending Birds" (both from W. W. Norton), awarded the Theodore Roethke Memorial Poetry Prize. His books of prose include "Show Me Your Environment" (Michigan University Press) and "Radiant Lyre" (Grayw... Read More →

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avatar for Alessandra Lynch

Alessandra Lynch

Lynch is Poet-in-Residence at Butler University in Indianapolis. She has received several fellowships, | including residencies at Yaddo and the Macdowell Colony. Her poems have appeared in the American Poetry | Review, Massachusetts Review, Ploughshares, and elsewhere. Lynch... Read More →
avatar for Shane McCrae

Shane McCrae

McCrae is the author of five books of poetry: "In the Language of My Captor," which was short-listed for the National Book Award and is a finalist for the 2017 LA Times Book Prize in Poetry; "The Animal Too Big to Kill," winner of the 2014 Lexi Rudnitsky/Editor’s Choice Award... Read More →
avatar for Carol Muske-Dukes

Carol Muske-Dukes

Muske-Dukes is the author of eight books of poetry, her newest: "Blue Rose," just published by Penguin. | She’s also author of four novels, two collections of essays & an anthology of poems, "Crossing State Lines" | with Bob Holman. She has been a National Book Award finali... Read More →
avatar for Patricia Smith

Patricia Smith

Smith is the author of eight books of poetry, including "Incendiary Art," winner of the 2018 Kingsley TuftsPoetry Award and the 2018 NAACP Image Award, and finalist for the 2017 Los Angeles Times Book Prize in Poetry and for the 2018 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry; "ShouldaBeen Jimi Sa... Read More →


Saturday April 21, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Andrus Gerontology Center, Signing Area 4

2:00pm

Unreally Real: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Conversation 1123
Moderators
avatar for Maryelizabeth Yturralde

Maryelizabeth Yturralde

Yturralde co-founded independent genre bookstore Mysterious Galaxy in Southern California in 1993; she is a | regular contributor to programming at literary conventions all over the country, including Comic-Con | International San Diego and New York Comic Con; and she is a reg... Read More →

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avatar for Sherrilyn Kenyon

Sherrilyn Kenyon

Kenyon is a New York Times bestselling author and is a regular in the #1 spot. More than 60 million copies of | her books are in print in more than one hundred countries. Her current series include "Deadman's Cross," | "The Dark-Hunters," "The League," and "Chronicles of Nick... Read More →
avatar for Annalee Newitz

Annalee Newitz

Newitz is an American journalist, editor, and author. She is the recipient of a Knight Science Journalism | Fellowship from MIT, and has written for Popular Science, Wired, and The San Francisco Bay Guardian among | others. She is currently the Tech Culture Editor at Ars Tech... Read More →
avatar for Connor Willumsen

Connor Willumsen

Willumsen is a Montreal-based author and visual artist. He is the recipient of a Doug Wright Award, which | recognizes avant-garde work in the field of comics, and various academic honors and scholarships from | institutions such as The School of Visual Arts and The Center fo... Read More →


Saturday April 21, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Taper Hall 101, Signing Area 5

2:00pm

Walter Mosley in Conversation with Steph Cha, Conversation 1073
Moderators
avatar for Steph Cha

Steph Cha

Cha wrote "Follow Her Home," which sold to St. Martin’s Minotaur in the summer of 2011 and was released in 2013. Her second book, "Beware Beware" came out in August 2014. Her most recent book is "Dead Soon Enough." She lives in the Los Feliz neighborhood of Los Angeles with her... Read More →

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avatar for Walter Mosley

Walter Mosley

Mosley, author of "Down the River Unto the Sea," is one of America's most celebrated and beloved writers. A | Grand Master of the Mystery Writers of America, he has won numerous awards, including the Anisfield-Wolf | Award, a Grammy, a PEN USA's Lifetime Achievement Award, an... Read More →


Saturday April 21, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Ronald Tutor Campus Center, Signing Area 3

2:20pm

Dana Levin, Reading from "Banana Palace"
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avatar for Dana Levin

Dana Levin

Levin, a native Angeleno, is Distinguished Writer in Residence at Maryville University in Saint Louis. She is a | grateful recipient of many honors, including those from the Library of Congress and the Guggenheim | Foundation. Recent poems and essays have appeared in Best Ame... Read More →


Saturday April 21, 2018 2:20pm - 2:40pm
Poetry Stage, Signing Area 2

2:30pm

Baila Baila: Bilingual Musical Performance for Children, Presented by LA Librería
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avatar for Baila Baila

Baila Baila

Baila Baila Bilingual concerts for children are an amazing energy filled interactive show. Isa plays her guitar | and rocks out with her Baila Baila band enticing everybody to dance and have fun while learning Spanish | together. The band performs multiple contagious rhythms... Read More →


Saturday April 21, 2018 2:30pm - 2:55pm
Reading by 9 Children's Stage, Signing Area 7

2:30pm

Acclaimed Producers from The Mill and Lead Technologists of Xperi Discuss AR, VR and The Magic of Audio
Lead Executive Creative from The Mill, Phil Crowe, talks with Xperi’s Senior VP David McIntyre about how sound and vision can truly come together as one, leading to greater immersion and artistry, via the latest virtual and augmented reality technologies and ambisonic audio.

Speakers
avatar for Phil Crowe

Phil Crowe

Crowe is Executive Creative Director at The Mill. Known as a hands-on, passionate and astute visionary, Crowe | leads the creative output of the LA studio. With his 20 years of experience and constant striving for perfection, | he has led multiple award-winning campaigns includ... Read More →
avatar for David McIntyre

David McIntyre

McIntyre is senior VP of strategy and standards at Xperi Corporation. He is responsible for driving the | corporate strategy within the company, as well as leading its global standards team that participates in more | than 25 international organizations. Additionally, David he... Read More →
avatar for Nonny de la Peña

Nonny de la Peña

Renowned for using cutting-edge technologies to tell immersive stories that create intense, empathic engagement, de la Peña was named Wired Magazine’s #MakeTechHuman Agent of Change and has been called the “Godmother of VR” by Forbes, Engadget and the Guardian. With TED Talk views toppling over 1 Million, she’s widely credited with having invented the field of immersive journalism when she premiered the first-ever VR experience at the Sundance Film... Read More →


Saturday April 21, 2018 2:30pm - 2:55pm
Newstory Stage

2:30pm

CANCELLED -- Janet Mock, Author of "Surpassing Certainty" in Conversation with Tre’vell Anderson --CANCELLED
Due to circumstances beyond her control, Janet Mock unfortunately had to cancel her festival appearance. 

Moderators
avatar for Tre'vell Anderson

Tre'vell Anderson

Anderson is a film reporter with the Los Angeles Times covering the intersections of diversity and Hollywood with a focus on black and queer film. A sociology graduate from Morehouse College in Atlanta, he also received his master’s in journalism from Stanford University. When... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Janet Mock

Janet Mock

Mock is the New York Times bestselling author of two memoirs, "Redefining Realness" | and "Surpassing Certainty,” the host of the conversation series, Never Before, a writer and producer on | Ryan Murphy’s upcoming FX series “Pose,” and a feminist tackling stigma thro... Read More →


Saturday April 21, 2018 2:30pm - 3:10pm
Los Angeles Times Main Stage, Signing Area 8

2:30pm

A Street-Level View of the Homelessness Crisis
Moderators
avatar for Steve Lopez

Steve Lopez

Lopez is a California native who has been an L.A. Times columnist since 2001. He has won more than a dozen national journalism awards for his reporting and column writing at seven newspapers and four news magazines, and is a three-time Pulitzer finalist for commentary – in 2012... Read More →

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avatar for Francine Orr

Francine Orr

Orr has been a staff photographer for the Los Angeles Times since 2000. Previously, she was as a staff photographer at the Kansas City Star. She has worked extensively in the Pacific Islands, Africa and Asia, focusing on poverty, corruption, HIV/AIDS and victims of rebels, rape a... Read More →
avatar for Anthony Ruffin

Anthony Ruffin

Ruffin works on the front lines of homelessness in Los Angeles. A caseworker turned nonprofit advocate with the Hollywood 4WRD, Ruffin tirelessly works for the most vulnerable, chronically homeless populations, some living with severe mental and physical illness. The event will a... Read More →


Saturday April 21, 2018 2:30pm - 3:10pm
L.A. Times Central

2:30pm

Jason Reynolds in Conversation with Claudette S. McLinn, Conversation 1064
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avatar for Claudette S. McLinn

Claudette S. McLinn

McLinn is the executive director of the Center for the Study of Multicultural Children's Literature (CSMCL). | She is the recipient of numerous awards and honors including the Dorothy McKenzie Award for Distinguished | Contribution to the Field of Children's Literature sponso... Read More →
avatar for Jason Reynolds

Jason Reynolds

Reynolds is twice a finalist for the LA Times Book Prize in Young Adult Literature: in 2016 for “The Boy in the Black Suit” and in 2017 for “Long Way Down,” which also received Printz and Newbery honors. He is also a New York Times bestselling author, a National Book Awar... Read More →


Saturday April 21, 2018 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Bovard Auditorium, Signing Area 3

2:40pm

Evie Shockley, Reading from "semiautomatic"
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avatar for Evie Shockley

Evie Shockley

Shockley is the author of three books of poetry, most recently, "semiautomatic," a finalist for the 2018 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry, a finalist for the 2017 LA Times Book Prize for Poetry, and "the new black" (winner of the 2012 Hurston/Wright Award), and a book of criticism, "Rene... Read More →


Saturday April 21, 2018 2:40pm - 3:00pm
Poetry Stage, Signing Area 2

3:00pm

Cyrus Cassells, Reading from "The Gospel According to Wild Indigo"
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avatar for Cyrus Cassells

Cyrus Cassells

Cassells is the author of "The Mud Actor," winner of the 1981 National Poetry Series Competition; "Soul Make | a Path through Shouting," nominee for the Pulitzer Prize and winner of the William Carlos Williams Award; | "Beautiful Signor," winner of the Lambda Literary Award... Read More →


Saturday April 21, 2018 3:00pm - 3:20pm
Poetry Stage, Signing Area 2

3:00pm

Sergio Andricaín, Reading from “La Noche Más Noche”, Presented by LA Librería
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avatar for Sergio Andricaín

Sergio Andricaín

Andricain is a writer, editor and journalist. Currently, he is the coordinator for the Program of Ibero American Authors at the Miami Book Fair, and cofounded and directs the Cuatrogatos Foundation based in Miami. Some of his titles include: "La caja de las coplas," "Hace muchís... Read More →


Saturday April 21, 2018 3:00pm - 3:25pm
Reading by 9 Children's Stage, Signing Area 7

3:00pm

Memory: How It Shapes You, Conversation 1094
Moderators
avatar for Dinah Lenney

Dinah Lenney

Lenney wrote "The Object Parade" and "Bigger Than Life: A Murder, a Memoir," and, with Judith Kitchen, co- | edited "Brief Encounters: A Collection of Contemporary Nonfiction." She serves as core faculty for the | Bennington Writing Seminars, and as a senior editor for the Los... Read More →

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avatar for Elizabeth Rosner

Elizabeth Rosner

Rosner is the bestselling, prize-winning author of three novels and a poetry collection. "Survivor Café: The | Legacy of Trauma and the Labyrinth of Memory" is her most recent book, and her first work of nonfiction. It | was featured on NPR's "All Things Considered" and in T... Read More →
avatar for Alex Wagner

Alex Wagner

Wagner is an anchor and correspondent for CBS News, a contributing editor at The Atlantic, and a host of | Showtime’s The Circus. She was formerly the host of MSNBC’s Emmy-nominated "Now with Alex Wagner." She | makes frequent TV appearances, including on the Today show... Read More →
avatar for Amy Wallen

Amy Wallen

Wallen, a novelist and memoirist, is Associate Director of the New York State Summer Writers' Institute. In | addition, she teaches private workshops and edits manuscripts. Her essays have been published in The | Gettysburg Review, The Normal School, Country Living, The Write... Read More →


Saturday April 21, 2018 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Seeley G. Mudd 123, Signing Area 4

3:00pm

Fiction: The Art of the Short Story, Conversation 1054
Moderators
avatar for Matthew Specktor

Matthew Specktor

Specktor is the author of the novels "American Dream Machine" and "That Summertime Sound," as well as a | nonfiction book of film criticism. He is a founding editor of the Los Angeles Review of Books.

Speakers
avatar for Elizabeth Crane Brandt

Elizabeth Crane Brandt

Crane is the author of two novels and four story collections, most recently, "Turf" and "The History of Great | Things." Her stories have been featured on NPR's Selected Shorts and adapted for film. Crane is a recipient of | the Chicago Public Library 21st Century Award, and C... Read More →
avatar for Scott O'Connor

Scott O'Connor

O'Connor is the author of "A Perfect Universe," and the novels "Untouchable" and "Half World." He has been | awarded the Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Award, and his stories have been shortlisted for the | Sunday Times/EFG Story Prize and cited as Distinguished in... Read More →
avatar for Daniel A. Olivas

Daniel A. Olivas

Olivas is the author of nine books including "The King of Lighting Fixtures: Stories” and "Crossing the Border: Collected Poems." He is also the co-editor of "The Coiled Serpent: Poets Arising from the Cultural Quakes and Shifts of Los Angeles" and editor of | "Latinos in Lot... Read More →
avatar for Susan Straight

Susan Straight

Straight's new short story "The Princess of Valencia" was released this spring by Amazon Originals. Her | interactive map 737 Novels of the American Experience, with the mapping company ESRI, was recently | published by Granta.com. Her memoir "In the Country of Women" is fort... Read More →


Saturday April 21, 2018 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Salvatori Computer Science Center 101, Signing Area 4

3:00pm

National Geographic Presents A Screening of One Strange Rock from Executive Producers Darren Aronofsky & Jane Root, Conversation 1085
Hosted by Will Smith, National Geographic’s new series One Strange Rock is a mind-bending, full-sensory trip across 45 countries, six continents and outer space, exploring the wonder and fragility of Earth. Our planet’s extraordinary story is brought into rich perspective by the only people to have left it behind – astronauts.

Also at the festival, check out National Geographic’s One Strange Rock Space Projection Helmets. The wearable technology simulates an astronaut’s unique point of view, taking guests on a trip to space right from the comfort of their seats! The Space Projection Helmets are part of National Geographic’s mission to make science fun and accessible everywhere.

One Strange Rock releases new episodes every Monday at 10pm PT on National Geographic, or catch up on demand and with the Nat Geo TV app.

Saturday April 21, 2018 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Annenberg Auditorium, presented by Newstory, Signing Area 3

3:00pm

Singer-Songwriter Lucinda Williams in Conversation with The Grammy Museum’s Scott Goldman, and Special Performance, Conversation 1133
Join the GRAMMY Museum for an intimate conversation with Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Lucinda Williams and GRAMMY Museum Executive Director Scott Goldman. Williams, known for her distinctive voice, weaves rock, country folk and blues into her introspective lyrics and melodies. Williams will also perform a couple of songs for the audience.

Moderators
avatar for Scott Goldman

Scott Goldman

Goldman joined the Recording Academy as Vice President of the GRAMMY Foundation and the MusiCares Foundation in December 2005. Prior to that, he was Vice President of Development at City of Hope. Goldman joined City of Hope in 1989, serving in a variety of regional and national d... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Lucinda Williams

Lucinda Williams

Williams, born in Lake Charles, Louisiana, is a rock, folk, blues, and country music singer, songwriter and musician imbued with a “culturally rich, economically poor” worldview. She has released 13 albums, been nominated for GRAMMYs 15 times and won three, and was named “A... Read More →


Saturday April 21, 2018 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Norris Theater, presented by Newstory, Signing Area 5

3:00pm

Black Girl Magic, Conversation 1034
Moderators
avatar for Rebecca Carroll

Rebecca Carroll

Carroll is Editor of Special Projects at WNYC. She is a critic-at-large for the Los Angeles Times, and a former | Opinion writer for The Guardian. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, New York magazine, Harper's | Bazaar and Esquire, among others. She is the author of... Read More →

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avatar for Glory Edim

Glory Edim

Edim is the founder of Well-Read Black Girl (WRBG), a Brooklyn-based book club and digital platform that | celebrates the uniqueness of Black literature and sisterhood. In 2017, she organized the first-ever Well-Read | Black Girl Festival. She serves on the board of New York... Read More →
avatar for Morgan Jerkins

Morgan Jerkins

Jerkins graduated from Princeton University with an AB in comparative literature and she has an MFA from the | Bennington Writing Seminars. She has written for The New Yorker, New York Times, The Atlantic, ELLE, The | New Republic, and BuzzFeed, among others. She's also an Ass... Read More →
avatar for Ijeoma Oluo

Ijeoma Oluo

Oluo is a Seattle-based writer, speaker & internet yeller. She was named of the most influential people in | Seattle, by Seattle Magazine. She's the Editor-At-Large at The Establishment - a media platform run and | funded by women. Her newest book is "So You Want to Talk Abou... Read More →


Saturday April 21, 2018 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Town & Gown, Signing Area 1

3:00pm

From the Women’s March to #MeToo: Gender and Activism in the U.S. Today, Conversation 1144
Moderators
avatar for Jessica Hoffmann

Jessica Hoffmann

Hoffmann is coeditor of the forthcoming anthology "Feminisms in Motion: Voices for Justice, Liberation, and Transformation" (AK Press, 2018). From 2007 to 2017, she coedited and copublished the grassroots-focused, intersectional feminist magazine "make/shift."

Speakers
avatar for Ange-Marie Hancock Alfaro

Ange-Marie Hancock Alfaro

Hancock Alfaro is a tenured professor and chair of Gender Studies at the University of Southern California and a globally recognized scholar of intersectionality theory, the world's leading analytical framework for analyzing and resolving inequality. The applied forms of her rese... Read More →
avatar for Sue Luftschein

Sue Luftschein

Luftschein is the Head of Special Collections at the University of Southern California.
avatar for Karen Tongson

Karen Tongson

Tongson is Associate Professor of English, Gender Studies and American Studies and Ethnicity at USC, and the | author of “Relocations: Queer Suburban Imaginaries” (NYU Press). Her writing has appeared in numerous | popular and academic venues. She has a forthcoming book... Read More →


Saturday April 21, 2018 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Wallis Annenberg Hall, presented by USC, Signing Area 10

3:00pm

The New Ascendance of Labor, Conversation 1014
Moderators
avatar for Miriam Pawel

Miriam Pawel

Pawel is a journalist and independent historian who has written extensively about agriculture, the United | Farm Workers, and Cesar Chavez. Her most recent book, "The Crusades of Cesar Chavez: A Biography" won the | Robert F. Kennedy Book Prize, the California Book Award, and... Read More →

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avatar for Susan L. Marquis

Susan L. Marquis

Marquis is the author of “Unconventional Warfare: Rebuilding U.S. Special Operations Forces.” Her latest book is “I am not a tractor! How Florida Farmworkers Took on the Fast Food Giants and Won.” Marquis teaches and researches on organizational culture in government inst... Read More →
avatar for Rick Wartzman

Rick Wartzman

Wartzman is director of the KH Moon Center for a Functioning Society at the Drucker Institute, a part of | Claremont Graduate University. He contributes regularly to Fast Company and hosts a podcast on the | intersection of business and society called "The Bottom Line." He is... Read More →
avatar for David Webber

David Webber

Webber is Professor of Law at Boston University and the author of “The Rise of the Working Class Shareholder: Labor’s Last Best Weapon.” He has published scholarly articles including “The Use and Abuse of Labor’s Capital” in the New York University Law Review and “T... Read More →
avatar for Bernice Yeung

Bernice Yeung

Yeung is an award-winning reporter for Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting where she covers | issues such as violence against women, labor and employment, and immigration. Her work has appeared in | a variety of media outlets, including The New York Times, The... Read More →


Saturday April 21, 2018 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Hancock Foundation, Signing Area 1

3:10pm

Singer/Songwriter Haleigh Bowers: Musical Performance
Speakers
avatar for Haleigh Bowers

Haleigh Bowers

As a songwriter, Bowers' personal material speaks to her own personality and musical style, however this | does not limit her in terms of working with others. She successfully wears the hat of collaborator, writing for | and with many artists whose genres range from country t... Read More →


Saturday April 21, 2018 3:10pm - 3:40pm
USC Stage

3:15pm

“Visionary Weirdo” Beatie Wolfe on Creating New Formats for Music from 3D Vinyls to Musical Jackets
Singer-songwriter Beatie Wolfe talks about creating new formats for music that bridge the tangible and digital, which include a 3D vinyl for the phone; a Musical Jacket - designed by Bowie and Hendrix’s tailor out of fabric woven with Wolfe’s music - and the world's first live 360 ̊ AR stream. With special video premiere of the Raw Space galactic broadcast, via the ‘Big Bang’ horn.

Speakers
avatar for Domhnaill Hernon

Domhnaill Hernon

Hernon is Head of Innovation Incubation & Experiments in Arts and Technology (E.A.T.) at Nokia Bell Labs. He | graduated with a B.Eng in Aeronautical Engineering, a Ph.D in fundamental fluid mechanics from the | University of Limerick and an Executive M.B.A. from Dublin City... Read More →
avatar for David Mason

David Mason

Mason, of Mason & Sons, is London's most cutting edge and iconic Savile Row tailor. Mason is the man behind the reawakening of the classic James Bond brand, Anthony Sinclair, as well as rock star label Mr Fish, known for dressing Jagger, Bowie, Hendrix and creating Muhammad Ali's... Read More →
avatar for Beatie Wolfe

Beatie Wolfe

Wolfe is an award-winning singer songwriter & innovator who has created a series of world first formats for | music that bridge the tangible & digital. Wolfe is the only artist to have her album's art exhibited in London's | V&A Museum, address Apple's VPs on innovation, have... Read More →


Saturday April 21, 2018 3:15pm - 3:55pm
Newstory Stage

3:20pm

Christopher Merrill, Reading From Selected Works
Speakers
avatar for Christopher Merrill

Christopher Merrill

Merrill is the author of many books of poetry and prose, including “Self-Portrait with Dogwood” (nonfiction), “Boat” (poetry), and “Necessities” (prose poetry). He directs the International Writing Program at the University of Iowa.


Saturday April 21, 2018 3:20pm - 3:40pm
Poetry Stage, Signing Area 2

3:20pm

The Women's Movement: Where Do We Go From Here? Live from Define American's Chicago Film Festival, Conversation 1163
A live stream and panel conversation on female empowerment in light of the Time's Up and #MeToo movements. How are women's voices changing our country, and what's next? How is the nation changing due to the power of the inclusivity of women’s voices in new conversations, policies and narratives? 

Moderators
avatar for Paola Mendoza

Paola Mendoza

Mendoza was the Artistic Director for the Women’s March on Washington, the largest one-day mass | mobilization in the history of the world. She is a critically acclaimed film director and author. Her award- | winning movies have premiered at the most prestigious film festiva... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Erika Andiola

Erika Andiola

Andiola is a DREAMer and the political director of Our Revolution, a progressive American political action organization which educates voters about issues, gets people involved in the political process and works to organize and elect progressive candidates. Our Revolution was spu... Read More →
avatar for Anuria Bhargava

Anuria Bhargava

Bhargava served as the chief of the Educational Opportunities Section of the Civil Rights Division at the U.S. Department of Justice. From 2010-2016, she led federal enforcement of civil rights laws in schools and institutions of higher education. Since the Obama administration e... Read More →
avatar for Michaela Angela Davis

Michaela Angela Davis

Davis is an image activist, writer, creative director & cultural commentator. She is the creator of MAD FREE, a | service and platform for producing creative content, curating culture and connecting community. She’s been | honored by the NAACP, UNCF, The City of NY, and oth... Read More →
avatar for Ai-jen Poo

Ai-jen Poo

Poo is a labor organizer whose compelling vision of the value of home-based care work is transforming the | landscape of working conditions and labor standards for domestic or private-household workers. Ai-jen Poo | received a B.A. (1996) from Columbia University and began he... Read More →
avatar for Bethany Yellowtail

Bethany Yellowtail

Yellowtail is a fashion designer and activist. Yellowtail is the CEO and designer of the B.Yellowtail indigenous clothing line, which reflects her Apsaalooke (Crow) & Tsetsehestahese & So’taeo’o (Northern Cheyenne) tribal heritage.


3:30pm

Dashka Slater, Author of "The Antlered Ship"
Speakers
avatar for Dashka Slater

Dashka Slater

Slater, journalist, novelist, and children's book author, has been telling stories since she could talk. Her novel for adults, "The Wishing Box," was named one of the best books of the year by the Los Angeles Times, while her journalism honors include a gold Azbee, two Maggies, a... Read More →


Saturday April 21, 2018 3:30pm - 3:55pm
Reading by 9 Children's Stage, Signing Area 7

3:30pm

California Living: Bohemian DIY, Conversation 1124
Moderators
avatar for Lisa Boone

Lisa Boone

Boone is a design writer for the Los Angeles Times. Since 2003, she has covered home design, gardening, | parenting, and even youth sports, for the Home section and L.A. at Home. She is a native of Los Angeles.

Speakers
avatar for Justina Blakeney

Justina Blakeney

Blakeney is a designer, artist, and New York Times best-selling author of "The New Bohemians" and "The | New Bohemians Handbook." With a passion for color, pattern and plants, Justina and her design blog, | Jungalow®, have quickly become the go-to sources for bohemian design... Read More →
avatar for Mary Gray

Mary Gray

Gray, a former commercial art director, along with her good friend Annette Goliti Gutierrez own Potted, a garden lifestyle boutique in Los Angeles. With backgrounds in the film industry and no retail experience, they transformed a run-down pottery store into a popular gardening d... Read More →
avatar for Annette Goliti Gutierrez

Annette Goliti Gutierrez

Gutierrez, a former screenwriter, along with her good friend Mary Gary own Potted, a garden lifestyle boutique in Los Angeles. With backgrounds in the film industry and no retail experience, they transformed a run-down pottery store into a popular gardening destination and brand... Read More →
avatar for Erica Tanov

Erica Tanov

Tanov launched her eponymous label in 1990 after earning a BFA in fashion design from Parsons School of | Design. Her clothing and lifestyle collections, sold at her three boutiques in California and her online shop, | epitomize relaxed luxury. Her work has been featured in V... Read More →


Saturday April 21, 2018 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Taper Hall 101, Signing Area 5

3:30pm

Social Media as Literary Discovery, Curated by Marty Preciado, EIC of NYLON en Español, Conversation 1044
Social media platforms as space for access to information; these forums are, also, serving as spaces of promotion and communication for emerging authors, writers, illustrators, and more – and for audiences, an opportunity to discover and engage. By reframing and reshaping access to knowledge, social media is tracing new methodology of literature promotion, participation and economies.

From book clubs to book deals; in terms of accessibility, how are literary activities and works reaching audiences, and creating spaces of dialogue to address needs of communities? Eva Recinos and Gabriela Herstik will discuss social media as a vehicle of storytelling, awareness and amplification for emerging authors.

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avatar for Gabriela Herstik

Gabriela Herstik

Gabriela Herstik's debut book, "Craft: How To Be A Modern Witch" makes witchcraft accessible for the modern woman who wants to reconnect to her own power. Gabriela guides readers through working with tarot, crystals, astrology, fashion magick, the holidays of the witch and more s... Read More →
avatar for Eva Recinos

Eva Recinos

Eva Recinos is the social media manager for the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA). As a writer, her work has appeared in LAWeekly, LAMagazine, The Guardian, Marie Claire, Refinery29, Jezebel and more. She holds a BA in English with a minor in Art History from USC Dornsife... Read More →


Saturday April 21, 2018 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Andrus Gerontology Center, Signing Area 4

3:30pm

Memoir: Becoming a Writer, Conversation 1024
Moderators
avatar for Michelle Franke

Michelle Franke

Franke is the Executive Director of PEN America Los Angeles and founding editor of "The Rattling Wall," aliterary journal. Michelle has produced over 200 literary events across Southern California and was named a"Face To Watch" by the Los Angeles Times. She is a published poet an... Read More →

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avatar for Alexander Chee

Alexander Chee

Chee is the bestselling author of the "The Queen of the Night," and the new essay collection, "How To Write An | Autobiographical Novel." He is a contributing editor at The New Republic, an editor at large at VQR, and his | work has appeared recently in T Magazine, The New Yo... Read More →
avatar for Samantha Dunn

Samantha Dunn

Dunn is the author of "Failing Paris," a finalist for the PEN West Fiction Award in 2000, and the memoirs "Not | By Accident: Reconstructing a Careless Life" (Henry Holt & Co.), and "Faith in Carlos Gomez: A Memoir of Salsa, | Sex and Salvation." Samantha’s work is antholog... Read More →
avatar for Nell Scovell

Nell Scovell

Scovell is a television and magazine writer, producer, director and collaborator on the #1 New York Times | bestseller "Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead." She is the creator of the televisions series “Sabrina | the Teenage Witch,” and her TV writing credits incl... Read More →


Saturday April 21, 2018 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Hoffman Hall, Signing Area 1

3:30pm

Writing the West, Conversation 1114
Moderators
avatar for William Deverell

William Deverell

Deverell is professor of history and director of the Huntington-USC Institute on California and the West at the | University of Southern California. He is the author of numerous studies of the nineteenth- and twentieth- | century American West, including "Whitewashed Adobe: Th... Read More →

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avatar for Stephen G. Bloom

Stephen G. Bloom

Bloom is an award-winning journalist and author of four critically acclaimed nonfiction books, including the | bestselling "Postville: A Clash of Cultures in Heartland America." He is a professor of journalism at the | University of Iowa. His newest book is "The Audacity of I... Read More →
avatar for Bryan Mealer

Bryan Mealer

Mealer is the author of "The Kings of Big Spring," "Muck City" and the New York Times bestseller "The Boy | Who Harnessed the Wind," written with William Kamkwamba. He's also the author of "All Things Must Fight | to Live," which chronicled his years covering the war in the D... Read More →
avatar for Joshua Wheeler

Joshua Wheeler

Wheeler is from Alamogordo, New Mexico. His essays have appeared in many literary journals, including The | Iowa Review, Sonora Review, PANK, and the Missouri Review. He has written feature stories for BuzzFeed and | Harper's Magazine online and is a coeditor of the anthology... Read More →


Saturday April 21, 2018 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Seeley G. Mudd 124, Signing Area 4

3:30pm

Alison Clare Steingold, Author of "The L.A. Cookbook," with special guest Roxana Jullapat
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avatar for Roxana Jullapat

Roxana Jullapat

Jullapat is a pastry chef/master baker/co-owner of Friends & Family in East Hollywood. She was the former pastry chef at AMMO, Lucques and Cooks County, which she owned with husband and chef, Daniel Mattern. She is featured in "The L. A. Cookbook : Recipes from the Best Restauran... Read More →
avatar for Alison Clare Steingold

Alison Clare Steingold

Steingold covers design, travel and culinary for magazines and books. Former senior editor at C Magazine, she has written for Architectural Digest, WSJ's Off Duty, Los Angeles Magazine, and Luxury Magazine. She is the author of "The L. A. Cookbook : Recipes from the Best Restaura... Read More →


Saturday April 21, 2018 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Pacific Sales Cooking Stage, Signing Area 6

3:30pm

Jabberwalking: A Conversation and Live Poetry Workshop with Juan Felipe Herrera & HS Insider
Moderators
avatar for Blake Atwell

Blake Atwell

Atwell is a passionate multimedia journalist dedicated to pursuing authentic stories. He was an intern for the Times’ High School Insider over the 2017 summer and currently works as a student leader for the program. Blake has 44 published stories on High School Insider, four of... Read More →
avatar for Phalaen Chang

Phalaen Chang

Chang is in the Creative Writing Conservatory at CSArts-SGV. She is passionate about the stories that people have lived and writes as an editor-in-chief for her school paper and the LA Times High School Insider, where she is part of their Student Advisory Board. One of her articl... Read More →

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avatar for Juan Felipe Herrera

Juan Felipe Herrera

Herrera is a poet, performance artist, and activist. The son of migrant farmworkers, he was the U.S. Poet | Laureate from 2015-2017. He has published more than a dozen collections of poetry, in addition to short | stories, young adult novels, and children's literature. He is... Read More →


Saturday April 21, 2018 3:30pm - 4:30pm
YA Stage, presented by HS Insider, Signing Area 9

3:30pm

Power Up: Women of Gaming Panel, Conversation 1154
Gaming is massively popular with both women and men, but video gaming is still strongly associated with men. Join this panel of women in the video game industry as they discuss how to improve opportunities for girls and young women to engage with the video game industry, increase visibility and representation of women in gaming, and more.

Moderators
avatar for Cat Silvestre

Cat Silvestre

Silvestre games industry veteran with 10+ years of experience building and managing several top grossing game franchises for major companies including Zynga, Warner Bros, and glu. In her current roles as the Sr Director of Games and Apps at Ellen Digital, Catherine oversees popul... Read More →

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avatar for Fiona Cherbak

Fiona Cherbak

Lead Recruiter, Worldwide Studios at Sony PlayStation; Board member at International Game Developers Association, Los Angeles;Co-founder of Boston Festival of Indie Games; Game events & PR at ThemePark Studios.
avatar for Kirsten England

Kirsten England

Technical Visual Effects Artist at Naughty Dog
avatar for Margaret Ng

Margaret Ng

Ng is a leader and veteran of the gaming industry through her adventures at Electronics Arts making The Sims, and at Zynga working on the Cityville and Farmville franchises. Now at Riot Games, she is the Development Director leading teams in the area of corporate operations and h... Read More →
avatar for Maggie Oh

Maggie Oh

Oh is currently the Technical PM at ILMxLAB. Her experience ranges from content creation, engineering, and leadership. She has worked on projects such as "LiveCGX" at London Fashion Week 2018, "Microsoft's HoloLens," "Halo4," "Pirates of the Caribbean 2," and "Star Wars." She hol... Read More →


3:30pm

Our Endangered Constitution, Conversation 1074
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avatar for Barry Glassner

Barry Glassner

Glassner is a sociologist and the author of seven books. His "The Culture of Fear" is a national bestseller that was | named a "Best Book of the Year" by Knight-Ridder newspapers and by the Los Angeles Times Book Review. | Described by The New York Times as "a master at the a... Read More →

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avatar for Erwin Chemerinsky

Erwin Chemerinsky

Chemerinsky is the founding Dean and Distinguished Professor of Law, Raymond Pryke Professor of First | Amendment Law, at University of California, Irvine School of Law. He is the author of ten books, including | "Closing the Courthouse Door: How Your Constitutional Rights Be... Read More →
avatar for Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz

Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz

Dunbar-Ortiz grew up in rural Oklahoma, the child of tenant farmers. A historian, writer, and professor emeritus | in Native American Studies at California State University, she is author of a memoir trilogy and numerous | Indigenous related books and articles, including "An... Read More →
avatar for Richard Rothstein

Richard Rothstein

Rothstein is a research associate of the Economic Policy Institute and a fellow at the Thurgood Marshall Institute of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund and of the Haas Institute at the University of California (Berkeley). He is the author of “The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of... Read More →
avatar for Adam Winkler

Adam Winkler

Winkler is a professor of law at UCLA and the author of "We the Corporations: How American Businesses Won | Their Civil Rights" and "Gunfight: The Battle over the Right to Bear Arms in America.” His | scholarship has been cited by the US Supreme Court and his writings have a... Read More →


Saturday April 21, 2018 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Ronald Tutor Campus Center, Signing Area 3

3:40pm

Tarfia Faizullah, Reading from "Registers of Illuminated Villages"
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avatar for Tarfia Faizullah

Tarfia Faizullah

Faizullah is the author of "Registers of Illuminated Villages" as well as a previous | poetry collection, "Seam,” winner of a VIDA Award, a GLCA New | Writers’ Award, a Milton Kessler First Book Award, Drake University Emerging Writer Award, and other honors. | Her poem... Read More →


Saturday April 21, 2018 3:40pm - 4:00pm
Poetry Stage, Signing Area 2

3:40pm

How Social Justice Movements are Reshaping Hollywood
Moderators
avatar for Mary McNamara

Mary McNamara

McNamara was named assistant managing editor for arts and entertainment at the Times in 2016. She was previously the | television critic and senior culture editor. A Pulitzer Prize winner in 2015 and finalist for criticism in 2013 and | 2014, she has won various awards for cr... Read More →

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avatar for Tre'vell Anderson

Tre'vell Anderson

Anderson is a film reporter with the Los Angeles Times covering the intersections of diversity and Hollywood with a focus on black and queer film. A sociology graduate from Morehouse College in Atlanta, he also received his master’s in journalism from Stanford University. When... Read More →
avatar for Jessica Gelt

Jessica Gelt

Since joining the LA Times in 2003, Gelt has written about television, music, movies, books, art, fashion, food, cocktails and more. She once played bass in a band with an inexplicably large following in Spain, and still gets stopped by fans (OK, maybe a fan) on the streets of Ba... Read More →


Saturday April 21, 2018 3:40pm - 4:20pm
L.A. Times Central

4:00pm

David Mason, Reading from "The Sound"
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avatar for David Mason

David Mason

Mason was poet laureate of Colorado from 2010 to 2014. His books include "Ludlow: A Verse Novel," "TheSound: New and Selected Poems," and "Voices, Places: Essays." He has also written a memoir, a children'sbook and several opera libretti and plays. He teaches at Colorado College... Read More →


Saturday April 21, 2018 4:00pm - 4:20pm
Poetry Stage, Signing Area 2

4:00pm

Junot Diaz, Author of "Islandborn" **
**Please note: after this session, Junot Diaz will only be signing books for attendees who have purchased a copy of "Islandborn" from the book seller at the Reading by 9 Children's Stage. Line tickets will be given upon purchase of the book. Mr. Diaz will sign his other titles for those with line tickets. 

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avatar for Junot Diaz

Junot Diaz

Díaz was born in the Dominican Republic and raised in New Jersey. He is the author of the critically | acclaimed "Drown,” “The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao," which won the 2008 Pulitzer Prize, the National | Book Critics Circle Award and was an L.A. Times Book Prize f... Read More →


Saturday April 21, 2018 4:00pm - 4:25pm
Reading by 9 Children's Stage, Signing Area 7

4:00pm

Producers Kerry Brown (The Smashing Pumpkins) & Linda Perry (Gwen Stefani) Present We Are Hear
Songwriter Linda Perry and fellow multi-platinum producer & We Are Hear co-founder, Kerry Brown, discuss the state and future of artist development in 2018 and beyond. Is artist development at labels dead? Who is actually doing it right and what does it mean for career longevity? Find out why the time and money put into artist development is worth it and what it can do for the artists.

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avatar for Kerry Brown

Kerry Brown

We Are Hear is an artist empowerment record label, publishing house, and management company founded | by multi-platinum producers Linda Perry and Kerry Brown. The Los Angeles-based entity focuses on | publishing, sync, licensing, management, recording and consultation. The co... Read More →
avatar for Linda Perry

Linda Perry

We Are Hear is an artist empowerment record label, publishing house, and management company founded | by multi-platinum producers Linda Perry and Kerry Brown. The Los Angeles-based entity focuses on | publishing, sync, licensing, management, recording and consultation. The co... Read More →


Saturday April 21, 2018 4:00pm - 4:30pm
Newstory Stage

4:20pm

Margo Berdeshevsky, Reading from "Before the Drought"
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avatar for Margo Berdeshevsky

Margo Berdeshevsky

Berdeshevsky, born in New York City, often writes in Paris. Her books include "Before the Drought," (Glass Lyre Press), a finalist for National Poetry Series, "Between Soul & Stone," "But a Passage in Wilderness," (Sheep Meadow Press), and "Beautiful Soon Enough," winner of the R... Read More →


Saturday April 21, 2018 4:20pm - 4:40pm
Poetry Stage, Signing Area 2

4:20pm

Kinglii: R&B/Rock/Folk Musical Performance
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avatar for Kinglii

Kinglii

Kinglii melds R&B grooves with folk-rock melodies, delivered with a pop sensibility. With Mark's child-like | energy, Eddie's dance moves and Jarren's cool, the three create a trinity of emotion. The trio is known for | energetic live performances, and sounding like five peop... Read More →


Saturday April 21, 2018 4:20pm - 4:50pm
USC Stage

4:30pm

Susan Lendroth, Author of "Natsumi!"
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avatar for Susan Lendroth

Susan Lendroth

Lendroth was inspired to write this story from her own daughter's often over-the-top curiosity and | exuberance with her own fascination with an all-girl taiko drumming group she saw on a trip to Japan. She | combined both of these elements to create "Natsumi." She lives in S... Read More →


Saturday April 21, 2018 4:30pm - 4:55pm
Reading by 9 Children's Stage, Signing Area 7

4:30pm

How We Die: Approaches to Mourning, Burial, and Death, Conversation 1145
Moderators
avatar for Susan Enguidanos

Susan Enguidanos

Enguidanos is assistant professor at the Davis School of Gerontology at the University of Southern California. | She has more than 10 years’ experience conducting research in aging, with a focus on geriatric health and | end-of-life care issues.

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avatar for Caitlin Doughty

Caitlin Doughty

Doughty--host and creator of "Ask a Mortician" and the New York Times best-selling author of | "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes" and "From Here to Eternity"—founded the Order of the Good Death. She lives in Los | Angeles, where she runs the nonprofit funeral home Undertaking LA.
avatar for Megan Rosenbloom

Megan Rosenbloom

Rosenbloom is a medical librarian at USC and director of Death Salon, the Order of the Good Death's public | event series. She leads a multidisciplinary team scientifically testing alleged books bound in human skin in | the world's libraries and museums. Her debut book titled... Read More →
avatar for David Sloane

David Sloane

Sloane is professor in the Department of Urban Planning and Spatial Analysis in the Sol Price School of Public | Policy at the University of Southern California. He is the author of "The Last Great Necessity: Cemeteries in | American History" (1991), "Is the Cemetery Dead" (20... Read More →


Saturday April 21, 2018 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Wallis Annenberg Hall, presented by USC, Signing Area 10

4:30pm

You Go Girl: Women in Charge, Conversation 1055
Moderators
Speakers
avatar for Amy Alkon

Amy Alkon

Alkon does "applied behavioral science," translating scientific research into highly practical advice. Alkon writes "The Science Advice Goddess," an award-winning nationally syndicated column distributed by Creators syndicate to newspapers across North America. She has written fo... Read More →
avatar for Melissa Carbone

Melissa Carbone

Carbone scares people for a living—and she does it so well, she has her market cornered. She | has been featured in Forbes, Fortune, Entrepreneur Magazine, Inc., CSQ Magazine, on The Today Show as an | industry expert in immersive entertainment, coined a "market maker" by B... Read More →
avatar for Krista Suh

Krista Suh

Suh is a feminist, artist, Hollywood screenwriter, and creator of The Pussyhat Project. She's based in Los | Angeles. She wants to make the world a safer place for women and to help everyone validate their own | creativity, femininity, and intuition. Krista recently launched... Read More →


Saturday April 21, 2018 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Salvatori Computer Science Center 101, Signing Area 4

4:30pm

Fiction: The Meaning of Family, Conversation 1095
Moderators
avatar for Nina Revoyr

Nina Revoyr

Revoyr is the author of five novels, including "Lost Canyon"; "The Age of Dreaming," which was nominated for | the LA Times Book Prize; "Southland," a Los Angeles Times best seller and "Best Book" of 2003; "The | Necessary Hunger"; and "Wingshooters." Revoyr lives and works i... Read More →

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avatar for Kirstin Chen

Kirstin Chen

Chen is the author of "Bury What We Cannot Take," now out from Little A, and "Soy Sauce for Beginners," an | O Magazine "book to pick up now" and a Glamour book club pick. The recipient of awards from the Steinbeck | Fellows Program, Sewanee, Hedgebrook, and the Napa Valley W... Read More →
avatar for Gina Frangello

Gina Frangello

Frangello is the author of 4 books of fiction, most recently "Every Kind of Wanting" and "A Life | in Men,” both of which have been optioned for television by Denver & Delilah/UCP. She was the | longtime editor of Other Voices Books, The Nervous Breakdown Fiction Section an... Read More →
avatar for Anne Raeff

Anne Raeff

Raeff's second novel, "Winter Kept Us Warm" was published in February, 2018. Her short story collection, "The | Jungle Around Us" won the 2015 Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction. She is proud to be a high school | teacher and works primarily with recent immigrants. She... Read More →
avatar for Mark Sarvas

Mark Sarvas

Sarvas is the author of the novel "Harry, Revised," which was published in more than a dozen countries. His | reviews and criticism have appeared in The New York Times, Bookforum, and many other publications. | He is a member of the National Book Critics Circle, PEN/America... Read More →


Saturday April 21, 2018 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Seeley G. Mudd 123, Signing Area 4

4:30pm

Empowered Women & Enlightened Men: L.A. Sparks' Christine Simmons with NFL Player Martellus Bennett, Conversation 1134
L.A. Sparks executive Christine Simmons talks with NFL athlete Martellus Bennett about how to progress towards equity as empowered women and enlightened men. Come learn from Simmons and Bennett, two leaders on and off the court/field — in athletics, in business and in the community.

Moderators
avatar for Christine Simmons

Christine Simmons

Simmons is president & chief operations officer of the Los Angeles Sparks. She is entering her fifth season with the team and the fourth in her official capacity. She leads all aspects of the team’s business operations including ticket and sponsorship sales and service, marketi... Read More →

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avatar for Martellus Bennett

Martellus Bennett

Bennett, one of the top tight ends in the NFL, has talents extending well beyond football. An entrepreneur, animator, illustrator, author, app creator, musician, dreamer and much more, in 2014, he founded The Imagination Agency, a multi-media creative production company focused o... Read More →


Saturday April 21, 2018 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Norris Theater, presented by Newstory, Signing Area 5

4:30pm

Launch Podcast: John August on Writing Across Platforms and Launching "Arlo Finch," Conversation 1084
August tells stories across books (Arlo Finch, the middle-grade fantasy fiction novel), film (Go, Big Fish, Charlie's Angels), and podcasts (Launch). Join him in conversation with Wondery's Ben Adair as they discuss writing across platforms and launching “Arlo Finch in the Valley of Fire."

Moderators
avatar for Ben Adair

Ben Adair

Adair is a Peabody Award-winning journalist, podcaster, entrepreneur and educator. He currently leads BA Creative.

Speakers
avatar for John August

John August

August is a screenwriter whose credits include "Big Fish," "Charlie's Angels," "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory," "Corpse Bride," and "Frankenweenie." He is also the creator of the Writer Emergency Pack, an Illustrated deck of cards designed to encourage storytelling, distribut... Read More →


Saturday April 21, 2018 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Annenberg Auditorium, presented by Newstory, Signing Area 3

4:30pm

Speaking Out & Fighting Back, Conversation 1015
Moderators
avatar for Scott Martelle

Scott Martelle

Martelle, a member of the Times' editorial board, will publish his sixth work of nonfiction in November, | "William Walker's Wars: How One Man Tried to Conquer Mexico, Nicaragua, and Honduras." His last book | was "The Madman and the Assassin: The Strange Life of Boston Corbe... Read More →

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avatar for Susan Burton

Susan Burton

Burton is the founder and executive director of A New Way of Life, a nonprofit that provides sober housing | and other support to formerly incarcerated women. She is nationally known as an advocate for restoring basic | civil and human rights to those who have served time. Bur... Read More →
avatar for Ashley Farmer

Ashley Farmer

Farmer is an Assistant Professor of History and African American Studies at Boston University. Her writing has | appeared in numerous scholarly and popular venues including The Independent and the History Channel. | She is the author of "Remaking Black Power: How Black Women... Read More →
avatar for Nadine Strossen

Nadine Strossen

Strossen is a professor of constitutional law at New York Law School and the first woman national President of the ACLU, where she served from 1991 through 2008. A frequent speaker on constitutional and civil liberties issues, her media appearances include 60 Minutes, CBS Sunday... Read More →


Saturday April 21, 2018 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Hancock Foundation, Signing Area 1

4:40pm

Ari Banias, Reading from "Anybody"
Speakers
avatar for Ari Banias

Ari Banias

Banias is the author of "Anybody" (W.W. Norton, 2016), which was named a finalist for the Kate Tufts Discovery Award and the PEN Center USA Literary Award. He was born in Los Angeles, grew up in the Chicago area, and lives in Berkeley, CA, where he teaches poetry and works with s... Read More →


Saturday April 21, 2018 4:40pm - 5:00pm
Poetry Stage, Signing Area 2

4:45pm

4:50pm

Curtis Armstrong, Author of "Revenge of the Nerd" in Conversation with Chris Barton
Moderators
avatar for Chris Barton

Chris Barton

Barton writes about TV, music and pop culture for the Los Angeles Times. Since joining the newsroomin 2000 his roles have included time as senior web producer and deputy music editor. Heserves as The Times'jazz critic as well as the occasionally cranky voice behind the weekly col... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Curtis Armstrong

Curtis Armstrong

Armstrong is an American actor best known for playing the roles of Booger in the "Revenge of the Nerds" movies, Herbert Viola on the TV series "Moonlighting," Miles Dalby in the film "Risky Business," famed record producer Ahmet Ertegün in the film "Ray" as well as for playing t... Read More →


Saturday April 21, 2018 4:50pm - 5:30pm
Los Angeles Times Main Stage, Signing Area 8

5:00pm

Peggy Shumaker, Reading from "Cairn"
Speakers
avatar for Peggy Shumaker

Peggy Shumaker

Shumaker writes from two deserts—the Sonoran Desert where she grew up and the subarctic desert of Interior | Alaska where she lives now. Her new book is "Cairn: New and Selected," work drawn from four decades of | writing. She teaches in the Rainier Writing Workshop MFA Prog... Read More →


Saturday April 21, 2018 5:00pm - 5:20pm
Poetry Stage, Signing Area 2

5:00pm

5:00pm

Writing Across All Media: The Ever-Evolving Nature of Storytelling, presented by Medium, Conversation 1155
Moderators
avatar for Elizabeth Taylor

Elizabeth Taylor

Taylor co-edits The National Book Review (thenationalbookreview.com) with Adam Cohen, her co-author on | "American Pharaoh: Mayor Richard J. Daley, His Battle for Chicago and the Nation," and is working on a book | on Reconstruction-era America. Chair of multiple Pulitzer Pri... Read More →

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avatar for Vivian Lee

Vivian Lee

Lee is an editor at Little A, Amazon Publishing's literary fiction and narrative nonfiction imprint. Her list includes Matthew Salesses' "The Hundred-Year Flood" (A Millions Most Anticipated Book of 2015), Viet Dinh's "After Disasters" (PEN/Faulkner Finalist), and Kimberly Rae Mi... Read More →
avatar for Carmen Maria Machado

Carmen Maria Machado

Machado's debut story collection, "Her Body and Other Parties," was a finalist for the National Book Award, winner of the National Book Critics Circle's John Leonard Prize, and is a finalist for the 2017 LA Times Book Prize in First Fiction. She is a fiction writer, critic, essay... Read More →
avatar for Siobhan O'Connor

Siobhan O'Connor

O’Connor, as Vice President, Editorial at Medium, leads all editorial functions, commissioning and curating | stories for Medium members with a team of editors. She comes from Time, where she was executive editor. | O'Connor has also held editorial positions at Rodale's Pre... Read More →


5:20pm

Robin Coste Lewis, Reading from "Voyage of the Sable Venus"
Speakers
avatar for Robin Coste Lewis

Robin Coste Lewis

Lewis is a Provost’s Fellow in Poetry and Visual Studies at USC. Her book, "Voyage of the Sable Venus" won | the 2015 National Book Award for Poetry and was a finalist for the 2015 LA Times Book Prize in Poetry. She is currently the poet laureate of Los Angeles.


Saturday April 21, 2018 5:20pm - 5:40pm
Poetry Stage, Signing Area 2

5:30pm

LAMI: R&B Musical Performance
Speakers
avatar for LAMI

LAMI

LAMI is a true artist—a multifaceted rapper, singer, producer, drummer, pianist, and creative looking to bring | joy to the world through his music. His multilayered songs seamlessly fuse hip hop, R&B, funk, jazz, and soul | in a way that brings his entire world and experie... Read More →


Saturday April 21, 2018 5:30pm - 6:00pm
USC Stage

5:40pm

L.A. River Bend Musical Performance
Speakers
avatar for L.A. River Bend

L.A. River Bend

Built upon intricate guitar embellishments, indie-folk facets and poetically pop melodies, LA River Bend succeeds in creating music of happy nostalgia. The four-piece, made up of Nate Weiner (Vocals, Guitar), Emily Elkin (Cello, Vocals), Branden Stroup (Bass, Vocals) and Jacob Se... Read More →


Saturday April 21, 2018 5:40pm - 6:00pm
Poetry Stage, Signing Area 2
 
Sunday, April 22
 

10:00am

Shauna Barbosa, Reading from "Cape Verdean Blues"
Speakers
avatar for Shauna Barbosa

Shauna Barbosa

Barbosa is the author of the poetry collection "Cape Verdean Blues." Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Boulevard, Lenny Letter, Awl, Colorado Review, Virginia Quarterly Review, Foundry, Wildness, No Tokens Review, PANK, and others. She received her MFA from Bennington... Read More →


Sunday April 22, 2018 10:00am - 10:20am
Poetry Stage, Signing Area 2

10:00am

The Trojan Marching Band
Speakers
avatar for Trojan Marching Band

Trojan Marching Band

One of the most innovative collegiate marching bands in the country, the USC Trojan Marching Band features | more than 300 students from nearly every major at USC. In addition to rousing team spirit on campus, the | Trojan Marching Band has entertained audiences with jubilant... Read More →


Sunday April 22, 2018 10:00am - 10:30am
USC Stage

10:20am

Gary Soto, Reading from "The Elements of San Joaquin"
Speakers
avatar for Gary Soto

Gary Soto

Soto is the author of 12 poetry collections, including "New and Selected Poems," a National Book Award | finalist. His most recent work is "The Elements of San Joaquin." His poems have appeared in many literary | magazines. He lives in Berkeley, California.


Sunday April 22, 2018 10:20am - 10:40am
Poetry Stage, Signing Area 2

10:30am

10:30am

Music Performance & Videos with Inara George, Singer-Songwriter (The Bird and the Bee)
Singer-songwriter Inara George will play a some "future folk" songs, show a few music videos and then talk about the stories behind them.

Moderators
avatar for Inara George

Inara George

George is a singer-songwriter who is one-half of the indie-pop duo The Bird and the Bee, the group known for | albums like “Please Clap Your Hands.” She is also a member of the music group The Living Sisters.

Speakers

Sunday April 22, 2018 10:30am - 11:15am
Newstory Stage

10:30am

The Power of Comics: From the Page to the Screen, Conversation 2141
Moderators
avatar for M.G. Lord

M.G. Lord

Lord is an author, critic and cartoonist. Her most recent book is "The Accidental Feminist: How Elizabeth Taylor Raised Our Consciousness and We Were Too Distracted by Her Beauty to Notice." She also wrote "Forever Barbie: The Unauthorized Biography of a Real Doll" as well as "As... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for John DeMita

John DeMita

DeMita's hundreds of credits include “Ninjago,” “Cars 3,” “Star Trek: Discovery,” “The Lego Batman Movie,” “Friday the | 13th: The Game,” “Happy Feet,” “Lilo and Stitch,” “The Simpsons,” “Princess Mononoke,” “Naruto,” and “Dragon Ball... Read More →
avatar for Henry Jenkins

Henry Jenkins

Jenkins is Provost’s Professor of Communication, Journalism, Cinematic Arts, and Education at USC and the | former co-director of the Comparative Media Studies Program at MIT. His publications include "Reading in a | Participatory Culture: Remixing Moby-Dick for the English... Read More →
avatar for Clifford Johnson

Clifford Johnson

Johnson is a professor at USC in the Department of Physics and Astronomy. His research interests are mainly | concerned with the development of theoretical tools for the description of the basic fabric of nature. He | works on superstring theory, quantum gravity, gauge theory... Read More →


Sunday April 22, 2018 10:30am - 11:30am
Wallis Annenberg Hall, presented by USC, Signing Area 10

10:30am

Fiction: Hidden Histories, Conversation 2051
Moderators
avatar for Michael Schaub

Michael Schaub

Schaub is a journalist, book critic, and regular contributor to the Los Angeles Times and NPR. He lives in | Austin, Texas.

Speakers
avatar for Hector Abad

Hector Abad

Abad is one of Colombia's leading writers. Born in 1958, he grew up in Medellín, where he studied medicine, philosophy, and journalism. His memoir, "Oblivion," earned widespread critical acclaim as well as the WOLA-Duke Book Award. "The Farm," translated by Anne McLean, won the... Read More →
avatar for Paul La Farge

Paul La Farge

La Farge is the author of four novels, most recently "The Night Ocean," a finalist for the 2017 LA Times Book Prize for Mystery/Thriller. His stories and nonfiction have appeared in The New Yorker, The New Republic, The Paris Review, Harper's, and elsewhere. He lives in upstate N... Read More →
avatar for Leni Zumas

Leni Zumas

Zumas is the author of the story collection "Farewell Navigator and the novel The Listeners," which was a | finalist for the Oregon Book Award. Her most recent novel is "Red Clocks." She is an associate professor in | the MFA program in creative writing at Portland State Univ... Read More →


Sunday April 22, 2018 10:30am - 11:30am
Salvatori Computer Science Center 101, Signing Area 4

10:30am

Junot Diaz in Conversation with Carolina Miranda ,** Conversation 2061
**Please note:
There are two ticket type options available for this conversation. 
  • For $25, you will receive preferred seating at the conversation, one copy of Junot Diaz's new book "Islandborn," and priority entrance in the book signing line post-conversation.
  • For the standard $2 service fee, you will receive seating at the event outside of the preferred seating option
Anyone with a copy of "Islandborn" will be able to get books signed by Junot Diaz after this event, even if they did not buy "Islandborn" on site or attend the conversation. However, the $25 ticket holders as indicated above will have priority in the book signing line.

Moderators
avatar for Carolina Miranda

Carolina Miranda

Miranda is a Los Angeles Times staff writer covering culture from high to low: museums to murals, art books | to comics, documentaries to reaction GIFs. A longtime independent journalist, she has reported on the | architecture of skate parks and the intersection of fine art a... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Junot Diaz

Junot Diaz

Díaz was born in the Dominican Republic and raised in New Jersey. He is the author of the critically | acclaimed "Drown,” “The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao," which won the 2008 Pulitzer Prize, the National | Book Critics Circle Award and was an L.A. Times Book Prize f... Read More →


Sunday April 22, 2018 10:30am - 11:30am
Bovard Auditorium, Signing Area 3

10:30am

#IMakeALiving Podcast Powered by Freshbooks, Conversation 2081
The #IMAKEALIVING Podcast powered by FreshBooks is a companion show to the popular monthly event where Bob Knorpp (@Bobknorpp) discusses honestly and openly how people make a living as the employment world keeps changing. In each episode, he introduces audiences to amazing people who are doing cool things, some successful, some struggling and some both at the same time. The one constant of the podcast will be the insights--these people have lived through some incredible things and the host and audience are fortunate that they are willing to share their stories and learnings.

Speakers
avatar for Wendi Cooper

Wendi Cooper

Cooper is Creative Marketing Director and Content Producer for Lumeni Productions, Inc., an Entertainment Solutions Company in Burbank that has been working with major motion picture studios for 39 years. She also owns C Spot Run Productions, a company she founded in 1997, which... Read More →
avatar for Bob Knorpp

Bob Knorpp

Knorpp is a management and business consultant, who assists established brands and emerging startups in | solving their operational and marketing challenges. With a 20-year career in consulting behind him, he has | worked with clients as diverse as Campbell's, Visa, FX, Novar... Read More →
avatar for Jackie Lam

Jackie Lam

Lam is an L.A.-based money writer and brand storyteller who is passionate about helping creatives with their finances and to cultivate community among entrepreneurs. Her clients include Fortune 500 companies and FinTech startups, and her work has appeared in Forbes, Business Insider, and GOOD. She blogs at... Read More →
avatar for Clint Schaff

Clint Schaff

Schaff is the Los Angeles Times Vice President of Strategy and Development, and producer of Newstory at the L.A. Times Festival of Books. “It’s such an amazing and fun time for storytellers, as well as for readers, viewers and listeners,” said Schaff, L.A. Times Vice Presid... Read More →


Sunday April 22, 2018 10:30am - 11:30am
Annenberg Auditorium, presented by Newstory, Signing Area 3

10:30am

Freaks, Geeks, & Awkward Weirdos: Teen Angst Storytelling from The Wonder Years to The Mortified Guide, Conversation 2151
Join Mortified founder Dave Nadelberg, Lauren Iungerich (creator, MTV’s "Awkward"), Tom Tenowich (showrunner, "Saved by the Bell") and others for a conversation about the evolution of teenage depictions in pop culture. (Lineup subject to change.)  This panel is hosted by Mortified, which produces stage shows, podcast, books, TV and film — all around the stories revealed throughout the strange and extraordinary things we created as kids.

Moderators
avatar for Ben Blacker

Ben Blacker

Blacker, with his writing partner Ben Acker, is the co-creator of “The Thrilling Adventure Hour,” the lauded stage show and podcast. Their television credits include “Supernatural” and “Puss in Boots.” In comics, they've written for Marvel, Boom!, and others. “Star... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Lauren Iungerich

Lauren Iungerich

Iungerich (you-know-rick) grew up in LA and is a writer and director. In TV, Lauren is best known for creating, running and directing the MTV series AWKWARD, 2013 People's Choice Award winner for "Favorite Cable Comedy." She currently co-created, directed and showruns Netflix's O... Read More →
avatar for Dave Nadelberg

Dave Nadelberg

Nadelberg is the creator of Mortified (getmortified.com), an international storytelling project where adults | share their embarrassing childhood diaries, letters and art. Hailed by NPR, Time and Entertainment Weekly, | Nadelberg's creation has grown from a stage show to a gl... Read More →


10:30am

The Second City presents Improvisation: Decoding Creative Practices with Kelly Leonard, Conversation 2131
In this interactive presentation, Second City's Kelly Leonard (Author of "Yes, And") weaves together the unusual history of improvisation in America and it's development at the world famous Second City Theatre in Chicago. In addition to backstage stories featuring some of America's best known comic artists, Leonard will lead the audience through improvisational exercises now used by behavioral scientists in the treatment of social anxiety, autism and Parkinson's--all of which find the connection between the recognition of humor and human insight.

Moderators
avatar for Kelly Leonard

Kelly Leonard

Leonard is a longtime creative executive at the world famous Second City Theatre in Chicago and he is the | author of "Yes, And: Lessons from The Second City." He works at the intersection of improvisation, comedy and | science.

Sunday April 22, 2018 10:30am - 11:30am
Norris Theater, presented by Newstory, Signing Area 5

10:30am

History: The Problem of Slavery's Intransigent Legacy, Conversation 2011
Moderators
avatar for Marcus Anthony Hunter

Marcus Anthony Hunter

Hunter is Chair of the Department of African American Studies, Associate Professor of Sociology and the Scott | Waugh Endowed Chair in the Division of the Social Sciences at the University of California, Los Angeles. He is | the coauthor of "Chocolate Cities: The Black Map of... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Kendra Taira Field

Kendra Taira Field

Field is a professor of history and director of the Center for the Study of Race and Democracy at Tufts | University. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Western Writers of America's 2017 Award | for Best Western Short Nonfiction. Field is the author of "Gr... Read More →
avatar for Ethan J. Kytle

Ethan J. Kytle

Kytle is a professor of history at California State University, Fresno. The co-author, with Blain Roberts, of | "Denmark Vesey's Garden" and the author of "Romantic Reformers and the Antislavery | Struggle in the Civil War Era," he lives in Fresno, California.
avatar for Blain Roberts

Blain Roberts

Roberts is a professor of history at California State University, Fresno. The co-author, with Ethan J. Kytle, of"Denmark Vesey's Garden" (The New Press) and the author of "Pageants, Parlors, and Pretty Women," shelives in Fresno, California.


Sunday April 22, 2018 10:30am - 11:30am
Hancock Foundation, Signing Area 1

10:30am

The Russia Stuff: Michael Isikoff and David Corn in Conversation with David Lauter, Conversation 2091
Moderators
avatar for David Lauter

David Lauter

Lauter is the Los Angeles Times’ Washington bureau chief. He began writing news in Washington in 1981 and | since then has covered Congress, the Supreme Court, the White House under Presidents George H.W. Bush | and Bill Clinton, and four U.S. presidential campaigns. He liv... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for David Corn

David Corn

Corn has written for the Washington Post, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Philadelphia Inquirer, Boston | Globe, Newsday, Harper’s, The New Republic, Mother Jones, Washington Monthly, LA Weekly, the Village | Voice, Slate, Salon, TomPaine.com, Alternet, and many other pu... Read More →
avatar for Michael Isikoff

Michael Isikoff

Michael Isikoff is an award-winning investigative correspondent for Newsweek, writing extensively on the | war on terrorism, Abu Ghraib, campaign finance and other national issues. A frequent guest on MSNBC and | other cable news networks, Isikoff is the author of the bestsel... Read More →


Sunday April 22, 2018 10:30am - 11:30am
Seeley G. Mudd 123, Signing Area 4

10:30am

John Scalzi in Conversation with Wil Wheaton, Conversation 2031
Moderators
avatar for Wil Wheaton

Wil Wheaton

Wheaton is an actor, author, blogger, podcaster, voice actor, Twitter user and champion of geek culture. His | most recent book is "Dead Trees Give No Shelter" He entered the public spotlight in 1996 with his | performance in "Stand By Me" and then was cast as Wesley Crusher... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for John Scalzi

John Scalzi

Scalzi is one of the most popular and acclaimed sci-fi authors to emerge in the last decade. His massively | successful debut "Old Man's War" won him science fiction's John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer. His | New York Times bestsellers include "Lock In," "Fuzzy Nation... Read More →


Sunday April 22, 2018 10:30am - 11:30am
Town & Gown, Signing Area 1

10:40am

Hieu Minh Nguyen, Reading from "Not Here"
Speakers
avatar for Hieu Minh Nguyen

Hieu Minh Nguyen

Nguyen, a queer Vietnamese American poet, is a Kundiman fellow and a poetry editor for Muzzle Magazine. | His work has appeared in the Southern Indiana Review, Guernica, Ninth Letter, Devil's Lake, Bat City Review, | the Paris-American, and elsewhere. He is the author of "Thi... Read More →


Sunday April 22, 2018 10:40am - 11:00am
Poetry Stage, Signing Area 2

11:00am

Kaveh Akbar, Reading from "Calling a Wolf a Wolf"
Speakers
avatar for Kaveh Akbar

Kaveh Akbar

Akbar's poems appear in The New Yorker, Poetry, The New York Times, The Nation, and elsewhere. His first book, "Calling a Wolf a Wolf," was released with Alice James in the US and Penguin in the UK. Akbar is the recipient of a Pushcart Prize, a Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Fell... Read More →


Sunday April 22, 2018 11:00am - 11:20am
Poetry Stage, Signing Area 2

11:00am

Jenna Fischer, Author of "The Actor's Life" in Conversation with Yvonne Villarreal
Moderators
avatar for Yvonne Villarreal

Yvonne Villarreal

Villarreal is a Los Angeles Times writer covering the business of entertainment for Company Town. She joined | the Los Angeles Times in 2008 as a METPRO Fellow before moving to the Calendar section as an | entertainment reporter.

Speakers
avatar for Jenna Fischer

Jenna Fischer

Fischer is an American actress best known for her portrayal of Pam Beesly on the NBC sitcom The Office, for | which she was nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy | Series in 2007. Her debut novel is "The Actor's Life: A Survival... Read More →


Sunday April 22, 2018 11:00am - 11:40am
Los Angeles Times Main Stage, Signing Area 8

11:00am

Reporting on Sexual Harassment in the #MeToo Era
Moderators
avatar for Robin Abcarian

Robin Abcarian

Abcarian is a Los Angeles Times columnist and blogger. She writes a weekly column for the print edition about California culture and politics and posts frequently on her blog about national news. A UC Berkeley graduate with a journalism degree from Boston University, she covered... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Amy Kaufman

Amy Kaufman

Kaufman is a staff writer at the LA Times, where she has covered film, celebrity, and pop culture since 2009. | She reports from industry events like the Academy Awards, the Sundance Film Festival and the Grammys. In | addition to profiling hundreds of stars—Lady Gaga, Juli... Read More →
avatar for Victoria Kim

Victoria Kim

Kim is a Metro reporter for the Los Angeles Times. Since joining the paper in 2007, she has covered the state | and federal courts and the Korean community in Los Angeles. Her work has included investigations on the | cover-up of the sex abuse scandal in the Los Angeles Archd... Read More →
avatar for Melanie Mason

Melanie Mason

Mason covers state government and politics in Sacramento. She first began working for the Los Angeles Times | in 2011 in Washington, D.C., where she covered money and politics during the 2012 presidential campaign. | She is originally from Los Angeles and is a graduate of Geor... Read More →
avatar for Glenn Whipp

Glenn Whipp

Whipp covers film and television for the Los Angeles Times and serves as columnist for The Envelope, the Los Angeles Times’ awards season publication.


Sunday April 22, 2018 11:00am - 11:40am
L.A. Times Central

11:00am

11:00am

Memoir: The Unexpected Hard Stuff, Conversation 2021
Moderators
avatar for Samantha Dunn

Samantha Dunn

Dunn is the author of "Failing Paris," a finalist for the PEN West Fiction Award in 2000, and the memoirs "Not | By Accident: Reconstructing a Careless Life" (Henry Holt & Co.), and "Faith in Carlos Gomez: A Memoir of Salsa, | Sex and Salvation." Samantha’s work is antholog... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Sandy Allen

Sandy Allen

Allen is a writer of true stories. Their first book, "A Kind of Mirraculas Paradise: A True Story About Schizophrenia" was published in January. Their essays and reported feature stories have been published by BuzzFeed News, Pop Up Magazine, CNN Opinion, among others, and are for... Read More →
avatar for Michael Ausiello

Michael Ausiello

Ausiello is the founder and editor-in-chief of TVLine.com. Ausiello began his publishing career in 1997 as an editor at Soaps in Depth magazine before moving over to TV Guide in 2000. During his eight-year tenure there, he launched "Ask Ausiello," a spoiler-tinged weekly online Q... Read More →
avatar for Meaghan O'Connell

Meaghan O'Connell

O'Connell's debut novel is "And Now We Have Everything.” She is also a freelance writer. Most | of her recent work can be read at Longreads and New York Magazine's The Cut. From 2013-2015, she co-edited | the personal finance website The Billfold, and before that worked in... Read More →


Sunday April 22, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
Hoffman Hall, Signing Area 1

11:00am

Devin Alexander, Author of "You Can Have It"
Speakers
avatar for Devin Alexander

Devin Alexander

Alexander is a media personality, healthy comfort food chef, weight loss expert, and New York Times bestselling author. She was the chef of NBC’s The Biggest Loser and has appeared on The Today Show, Good Morning America, Dr. Oz, Dr. Phil, The View, FOX, CNN, and others. She is... Read More →


Sunday April 22, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
Pacific Sales Cooking Stage, Signing Area 6

11:00am

Fiction: Iconoclastic Voices, Conversation 2041
Moderators
avatar for Alex Espinoza

Alex Espinoza

Espinoza is the author of "Still Water Saints" and "The Five Acts of Diego León.” His work has appeared in the New York Times Sunday Magazine, the Los Angeles | Times, Salon, NPR, and the Virginia Quarterly Review. A recipient of an NEA fellowship in prose and an | America... Read More →

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avatar for Azareen Van der Vliet Oloomi

Azareen Van der Vliet Oloomi

Van der Vliet Oloomi is the author of the novels "Fra Keeler" and "Call Me Zebra." She is the winner of a 2015Whiting Writers' Award, a National Book Foundation "5 Under 35" honoree, and the recipient of a FulbrightFellowship as well as residency fellowships from MacDowell and Le... Read More →
avatar for Willy Vlautin

Willy Vlautin

Vlautin is the author of "Don't Skip Out on Me," "The Free," "Lean on Pete" and "Motel Life." He is the singer | and songwriter of the band Richmond Fontaine and a member of The Delines. He lives outside Portland, | Oregon.
avatar for Adrian Todd Zuniga

Adrian Todd Zuniga

Zuniga is the host and creator of Literary Death Match (now featured in over 60 cities worldwide). He hosts | LDM Book Report on YouTube, and is the co-writer of Madden NFL 18's interactive movie "Longshot" (EA | Sports), which earned a nomination for a Writers Guild of Ameri... Read More →


Sunday April 22, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
Andrus Gerontology Center, Signing Area 4

11:00am

Viet Thanh Nguyen and Alexander Chee in Conversation, Conversation 2121
Speakers
avatar for Alexander Chee

Alexander Chee

Chee is the bestselling author of the "The Queen of the Night," and the new essay collection, "How To Write An | Autobiographical Novel." He is a contributing editor at The New Republic, an editor at large at VQR, and his | work has appeared recently in T Magazine, The New Yo... Read More →
avatar for Viet Thanh Nguyen

Viet Thanh Nguyen

Nguyen is the author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel "The Sympathizer," short story collection "The | Refugees," nonfiction works "Nothing Ever Dies" and "Race and Resistance," and the editor of a new essay | collection, "The Displaced: Refugee Writers on Refugee Lives... Read More →


Sunday April 22, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
Taper Hall 101, Signing Area 5

11:00am

Eat. Read. Sleep: Fantastical Young Adult Fiction, Conversation 2071
Moderators
avatar for Sarah Enni

Sarah Enni

Enni is an author and podcaster living in L.A. She writes books for young adults - you can read her short story | in the New York Times best-selling villain anthology, "Because You Love To Hate Me," out now. She's currently | working on her debut novel, which will be out with... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Dhonielle Clayton

Dhonielle Clayton

Clayton is the coauthor of the "Tiny Pretty Things" series. She grew up in the Washington, DC, suburbs on the | Maryland side and spent most of her time under her grandmother's table with a stack of books. A former | teacher and middle school librarian, Dhonielle is cofounder... Read More →
avatar for Marie Lu

Marie Lu

Lu is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the "Legend" trilogy and "The Young Elites" trilogy. She | graduated from the University of Southern California and jumped into the video game industry, working for | Disney Interactive Studios as a Flash artist. Now a full-ti... Read More →
avatar for Tochi Onyebuchi

Tochi Onyebuchi

Onyebuchi holds a B.A. from Yale University, a M.F.A. from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, a J.D. | from Columbia Law School, and a Masters degree in droit économique from L'institut d'études politiques. His | debut young adult novel, "Beasts Made of Night... Read More →
avatar for Sabaa Tahir

Sabaa Tahir

Tahir is the bestselling author of "An Ember in the Ashes" and "A Torch Against the Night." She grew up in | California's Mojave Desert at her family's eighteen-room motel. There, she spent her time devouring fantasy | novels, raiding her brother's comic book stash, and playi... Read More →


Sunday April 22, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
Ronald Tutor Campus Center, Signing Area 3

11:00am

Kate DiCamillo in Conversation with Jonathan Hunt, Conversation 2111
Moderators
avatar for Jonathan Hunt

Jonathan Hunt

Coordinator of Library Media Services, San Diego County Office of Education
Jonathan Hunt is the Lead Coordinator of Library Media Services at the San Diego County Office of Education. A principal reviewer for the Horn Book Magazine, he has judged many literary prizes such as the Newbery Medal, the Caldecott Medal, the Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards, and... Read More →

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avatar for Kate DiCamillo

Kate DiCamillo

DiCamillo is the beloved author of many books for children, including "Flora & Ulysses" and "The Tale of | Despereaux," both of which received Newbery Medals, and the "Mercy Watson" series. A former National | Ambassador for Young People's Literature with more than 22 million... Read More →


Sunday April 22, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
Seeley G. Mudd 124, Signing Area 4

11:00am

Young Adult Fiction: Nothing Left to Lose
Moderators
avatar for E. Katherine Kottaras

E. Katherine Kottaras

Kottaras is the author of the critically-acclaimed YA novels, "How to Be Brave" and "The Best Possible Answer" | from St. Martin's Press. She teaches at Pasadena City College and is a proud board member of the Children's | Literature Council of Southern California. She is inte... Read More →

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avatar for Gayle Forman

Gayle Forman

Award-winning author and journalist Forman has written several bestselling novels for young adults, | including the "Just One" Series, "I Was Here," "Where She Went" and the #1 New York Times bestseller "If I | Stay," which has been translated into more than 40 languages and... Read More →
avatar for Marie Marquardt

Marie Marquardt

Marquardt is the author of three YA novels: "The Radius of Us," "Dream Things True," and "Flight Season." | When not writing books, she works as a college professor and advocate alongside Latin American immigrants | to the South. She is chair of El Refugio, a non-profit that s... Read More →
avatar for Emily X.R. Pan

Emily X.R. Pan

Pan is the author of the New York Times bestseller "The Astonishing Color After," named by the Wall Street Journal as one of thetop twelve books of the season. She received her MFA in fiction from NYU, where she was a GoldwaterFellow. She is a co-creator of "Foreshadow: A Serial... Read More →
avatar for Farrah Penn

Farrah Penn

Penn was born and raised in a suburb in Texas that's far from the big city, but close enough to Whataburger. | She now resides in Los Angeles, CA, with her gremlin dog and succulents. When she's not writing books, she | can be found writing things for BuzzFeed and sending tex... Read More →


Sunday April 22, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
YA Stage, presented by HS Insider, Signing Area 9

11:20am

Maurya Simon, Reading from "The Wilderness"
Speakers
avatar for Maurya Simon

Maurya Simon

Simon has published ten volumes of poetry, including "The Wilderness: New & Selected Poems" (Red Hen | Press, 2018), and her novel-in-verse, "The Raindrop’s Gospel: The Trials of St. Jerome & St. Paula" (Elixir Press, | 2010). Simon’s received an NEA in poetry and residen... Read More →


Sunday April 22, 2018 11:20am - 11:40am
Poetry Stage, Signing Area 2

11:30am

Greenwich Entertainment Presents a preview screening of "The Bookshop," Conversation 2162
Greenwich Entertainment is proud to present "The Bookshop" starring Emily Mortimer, Bill Nighy and Patricia Clarkson based on Penelope Fitzgerald’s eponymous about a free-spirited widow who risks everything to open a bookshop in a conservative 1950s English town, spurring a surprising cultural awakening while making some polite but ruthless enemies.

A film by Isabel Coixet

11:40am

Carol Moldaw, Reading from "Beauty Refracted"
Speakers
avatar for Carol Moldaw

Carol Moldaw

Moldaw is an award-winning American poet and the author, most recently of "Beauty Refracted"(Four Way | Books), as well as five other books of poetry and one novel. Her poems have appeared in many journals, | including Agni, Denver Quarterly, Field, The New Republic, The New... Read More →


Sunday April 22, 2018 11:40am - 12:00pm
Poetry Stage, Signing Area 2

11:40am

Kinetic Winds: Chamber Musical Performance
Speakers
avatar for Kinetic Winds

Kinetic Winds

The Kinetic Winds was established in August 2017 and is comprised of USC students. Under the tutelage of | Judith Farmer, the ensemble features members from throughout the United States, and one member from | Portugal. The Kinetic Winds has performed a wide range of compositi... Read More →


Sunday April 22, 2018 11:40am - 12:10pm
USC Stage

11:45am

Netflix's "We Speak Dance": Show Creator Vandana Hart Shares Dance Styles from Around the World
Hart will talk briefly about the cultural significance of dance, teach the audience dance moves from around the world, and host a short screening from one episode of her Netflix show, "We Speak Dance."

Moderators
avatar for Vandana Hart

Vandana Hart

Hart is the creator host of “We Speak Dance,” on Netflix worldwide, a documentary series using dance as an | international language. While she was working for the UN and a judge on Kenya's "So you Think You Can | Dance" she found dance was the most powerful way to transfo... Read More →

Sunday April 22, 2018 11:45am - 12:30pm
Newstory Stage

12:00pm

Susan Terris, Reading from "Take Two"
Speakers
avatar for Susan Terris

Susan Terris

Terris' recent books: "Take Two: Film Studies"; "Memos" (both from Omnidawn); and "Ghost of Yesterday" | (Marsh Hawk Press). She's published 6 books of poetry, 16 chapbooks, 3 artist's books, and one play. Journals | include The Southern Review, Georgia Review, and Ploughshare... Read More →


Sunday April 22, 2018 12:00pm - 12:20pm
Poetry Stage, Signing Area 2

12:00pm

Roda Ahmed, Author of "Mae Among the Stars"
Speakers
avatar for Roda Ahmed

Roda Ahmed

Ahmed is a Norwegian author and columnist born in Hargeisa, Somalia. Roda is the bestselling author of "Forberedelsen (The Preparations)." "Mae Among the Stars" is her first children's book. She can speak five languages: Somali, Arabic, Norwegian, English, and French. Roda lives... Read More →


Sunday April 22, 2018 12:00pm - 12:25pm
Reading by 9 Children's Stage, Signing Area 7

12:00pm

Badass Women Changing Culture, Conversation 2052
Moderators
avatar for Lorraine Ali

Lorraine Ali

Ali is television critic of the Los Angeles Times. Previously, she was a senior writer for the Calendar section where she covered culture at large, entertainment and American Muslim issues. Ali is an award-winning journalist and Los Angeles native who has written in publications... Read More →

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avatar for Carina Chocano

Carina Chocano

Chocano is an essayist and critic. A contributing writer to The New York Times Magazine, her work has | appeared in The New Yorker, Elle, Vogue, Rolling Stone, and many others. She was a critic for Salon, | Entertainment Weekly, and the Los Angeles Times. Her book "You Play t... Read More →
avatar for Michelle Dean

Michelle Dean

Dean is a journalist, critic, and the recipient of the National Book Critics Circle's 2016 Nona Balakian Citation | for Excellence in Reviewing. A contributing editor at the New Republic, she has written for the New Yorker, | Nation, New York Times Magazine, Slate, New York M... Read More →
avatar for Joy Press

Joy Press

Press is a writer and editor is currently a TV correspondent for Vanity Fair. Previously she served as the books and culture editor of the L.A. Times, deputy TV editor at the L.A. Times, culture editor at Salon and literary editor and book and TV critic at the Village Voice. Her... Read More →


Sunday April 22, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Salvatori Computer Science Center 101, Signing Area 4

12:00pm

The Evolution of Mexican Food in Los Angeles, Conversation 2142
Moderators
avatar for Sarah Portnoy

Sarah Portnoy

Portnoy teaches courses on Los Angeles' Latino food culture and food justice at the University of Southern | California. Dr. Portnoy has contributed to the LA Times, LA Weekly, KCET and numerous academic publications. | She has been interviewed on KCRW's Press Play with Madeli... Read More →

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avatar for Wes Avila

Wes Avila

Avila first started Guerrilla Tacos in 2012 setting out to do something good. He had gone to culinary schools in California and France, had cooked alongside some of the most recognized chefs in the world--Walter Manzke, Gary Menes, Alain Ducasse--and was ready to start his own th... Read More →
avatar for Bill Esparza

Bill Esparza

Esparza is a James Beard award winner for his coverage of the L.A. taco scene in Los Angeles Magazine. He previously curated the annual LA Weekly Tacolandia festival; writes about Mexican food for his blog StreetGourmetLA and Los Angeles Magazine, appears regularly on CNN, KCRW's... Read More →


Sunday April 22, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Wallis Annenberg Hall, presented by USC, Signing Area 10

12:00pm

Fiction:The Ties That Bond, Conversation 2092
Moderators
avatar for Agatha French

Agatha French

A former staff writer in books at the Los Angeles Times, French has worked as an editor for a number of | literary journals and magazines, including the Los Angeles Review of Books. She holds an MFA in creative | writing from Bennington College. Born and raised in California... Read More →

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avatar for Zinzi Clemmons

Zinzi Clemmons

Clemmons' writing has appeared in Zoetrope: All-Story, Transition, The Paris Review Daily, and elsewhere. Shereceived fellowships and support from The MacDowell Colony, Bread Loaf, the Fine Arts Work Center inProvincetown, and the Kimbilio Center for African American Fiction. Cle... Read More →
avatar for Rachel Khong

Rachel Khong

Khong studied at Yale and the University of Florida. Her fiction and non-fiction has appeared in American Short Fiction, The Believer, Pitchfork and Village Voice. In 2013, she was named one of Refinery29's 30 under 30. Her debut novel "Goodbye, Vitamin" is a finalist for the 201... Read More →
avatar for Mira T. Lee

Mira T. Lee

Lee's novel, "Everything Here is Beautiful," was named a Top 10 Debut title for 2018 by the American | Booksellers Association, and a Top Winter/2018 Pick by more than 30 news outlets, including The Wall Street | Journal, Huffington Post, O Magazine, Poets & Writers, Chicago... Read More →
avatar for Kayla Rae Whitaker

Kayla Rae Whitaker

Whitaker's work has appeared in The Los Angeles Times, Buzzfeed, Literary Hub, Lenny Letter, and others. Her | novel "The Animators" was named one of the best debut novels of 2017 by | Entertainment Weekly and one of the best books of 2017 by NPR, Kirkus Reviews, and BookPage... Read More →


Sunday April 22, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Seeley G. Mudd 123, Signing Area 4

12:00pm

Innovation Crush Podcast: ESPN’s Marcellus Wiley in conversation with Chris Denson, Conversation 2082
In the age of transition, fluidity is key, and storytelling is paramount to success.  Anyone can become anything at anytime and on any medium they choose. None has done this better than NFL All-Pro turned multi-hyphenate entrepreneur, Marcellus Wiley turned author of the upcoming book Never Shut Up: The Life, Opinions, and Unexpected Adventures of an NFL Outlier.  Led by Chris Denson, host of Innovation Crush and author of Crushing the Box: 10 Essential Rules for Breaking Essential Rules, this conversation explores the sports-infused design thinking that goes into truly winning at whatever endeavors creators take on.

Moderators
avatar for Chris Denson

Chris Denson

Chris Denson is the author of 2018’s Crushing the Box: 10 Essential Rules for Breaking Essential Rules, and Host of the Innovation Crush podcast, with over 700,000 listeners worldwide. Innovation Crush smashes convention to bits by profiling some of the world’s most daring pr... Read More →

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avatar for Marcellus Wiley

Marcellus Wiley

Former NFL All-Pro, business entrepreneur, multi-media brand ambassador, author, and philanthropist… From Compton, California to Columbia University and beyond, Marcellus Wiley is the defining measurement of what it is to be an agent of transition.Wiley is an ESPN Host of the t... Read More →


Sunday April 22, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Annenberg Auditorium, presented by Newstory, Signing Area 3

12:00pm

SeriesFest Presents: Books to TV, Conversation 2152
For decades, books have been important minefields for visual storytelling. From Ready Player One to Outlander to Pretty Little Liars, we’ve watched novels be re-told through film, miniseries and television. But what goes into adapting best sellers into critically acclaimed TV shows? And how are some companies successfully reversing this process by beginning with a script, transitioning into a book, and then remaking it into a visual medium? Join SeriesFest as they talk to some of the leading producers and writers behind today’s adaptations from book to TV and TV to book.The panel will identify the similarities in which books have brought about inspiration for both the big and small screen. Our expert panelists, including producers, screenwriters, and novelists, will also discuss co-developing a project across multiple platforms and the various ways to find success in building a story.

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avatar for Dan Farah

Dan Farah

Farah, under his Farah Films banner, is a prolific producer of commercial entertainment.  Among his credits, he has developed and produced a number of book adaptations, most recently, the blockbuster "Ready Player One," directed by Steven Spielberg, based on the New York Times... Read More →
avatar for Toni Graphia

Toni Graphia

Graphia has written over 80 episodes of quality drama, in addition to 17 network and cable pilots, and garnered overall deals with both Paramount and Twentieth Century Fox Television. Her writing/producing credits include “Battlestar Galactica,” which Time Magazine named as t... Read More →
avatar for Randi Kleiner

Randi Kleiner

Kleiner is the Founder and CEO of SeriesFest, an award-winning episodic content and television festival held annually in Denver, Colorado. She also owns Trifecta Studios, an event production agency that works with major brands, including Marc Jacobs, Macallan, WWD, Sephora, Godiv... Read More →
avatar for Sara Shepard

Sara Shepard

Shepard is the author of over thirty novels, including the #1 New York Times bestselling "Pretty Little Liars" | series, which was also a show on Freeform. Her new novel, "The Elizas" is out now
avatar for Kaily Smith Westbrook

Kaily Smith Westbrook

Smith Westbrook is an actress, writer, producer, director and co-founder of SeriesFest, a non-profit, award winning television festival held annually in Denver, CO. Originally from Denver, she is a graduate of the University of Southern California's BFA acting program. After grad... Read More →
avatar for Matt Wise

Matt Wise

Wise oversees all creative book development and publishing operations for Adaptive Studios. Since joining the company in August 2016, he has published 14 titles with both award-winning and emerging authors. In his tenure at Adaptive, Wise has personally acquired 12 projects slate... Read More →


12:00pm

Young Leaders Rising: The Movement to End the Weaponizing of America, presented by bigSTORY, Conversation 2132
Mike Bonifer of bigSTORY hosts a presentation about the student movement to change the national narrative around gun violence and the politics of gun ownership in the U.S.

The session will offer a compelling look at the parallels--and the differences--between the student activism of today and other activist movements in U.S. history, through the lens of storytelling. The techniques used by activist leaders, as individual storytellers, and by groups, as collaborative storytellers, will be explained and demonstrated, in an emotionally charged, issue-focused hour.

If you are interested in how stories help us make sense of a chaotic, ever-changing world, how authentic stories can trump propaganda, and how student storytellers are driving a movement for landmark societal change, this is a Newstory session you do not want to miss.

Moderators
avatar for Mike Bonifer

Mike Bonifer

Bonifer is the founder and chief storyteller for bigSTORY, a global network of storytelling specialists who help companies and communities apply its trademarked storytelling process to develop and deliver strategic communication strategies. He got his start as a storyteller at th... Read More →

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avatar for Students from March for Our Lives

Students from March for Our Lives

Student speakers from the March 24 protest marches in L.A. and Washington D.C. will speak and perform with eloquent voices on the weaponizing of America.
avatar for Students from MUSE High School

Students from MUSE High School

Students from MUSE, an alternative school in Calabasas founded by director James Cameron and his wife, Suzi Amis, premiere a short film about their school's March 14 Walkout to protest gun violence.
avatar for Students from Rock Your World

Students from Rock Your World

L.A.-area students who belong to Rock Your World, the Creative Visions Foundation's global network of 684,000 students [its motto, chosen by the students: 'Step Aside, We Got This']  offer their generation's disparate perspectives on the issue.


Sunday April 22, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Norris Theater, presented by Newstory, Signing Area 5

12:00pm

Immigrants: We Get the Job Done, Conversation 2012
Moderators
avatar for Frances Dinkelspiel

Frances Dinkelspiel

Dinkelspiel is an award-winning journalist who spent over 20 years in the newspaper business. Her first | title, "Towers of Gold: How One Jewish Immigrant Named Isaias Hellman Created California," captures the | life of her great-great grandfather Isaias Hellman. Her latest b... Read More →

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avatar for Alberto Ledesma

Alberto Ledesma

Ledesma was brought undocumented to Oakland, California, at eight years old. He graduated U.C. Berkeley three times over and has held faculty positions at Cal State University, Monterey Bay, and U.C. Berkeley. He is a past winner of U.C. Irvine's Chicano/Latino Literary Prize. Hi... Read More →
avatar for Lauren Markham

Lauren Markham

Markham is a writer based in Berkeley, California, focusing on issues related to youth, migration, and the | environment. Her work has appeared in outlets including VICE, Orion, NewYorker.com, The Guardian, | Guernica, and VQR, where she is a contributing editor. For over a d... Read More →
avatar for Sasha Polakow-Suransky

Sasha Polakow-Suransky

Polakow-Suransky is an editor at The New York Times op-ed page. He was a senior editor at Foreign Affairs from 2007 to 2011 and holds a doctorate in modern history from Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes Scholar from 2003 to 2006. His writing has appeared in The American Pr... Read More →


Sunday April 22, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Hancock Foundation, Signing Area 1

12:00pm

Dennis Lehane in Conversation with Karen Grigsby Bates, Conversation 2032
Moderators
avatar for Karen Grigsby Bates

Karen Grigsby Bates

Bates is the Los Angeles-based correspondent for NPR News. Bates contributed commentaries to "All Things Considered" for about 10 years before she joined NPR in 2002 as the first correspondent and alternate host for "The Tavis Smiley Show." In addition to general reporting and su... Read More →

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avatar for Dennis Lehane

Dennis Lehane

Lehane is the author of thirteen novels, including the international bestsellers "Live by Night," "World Gone | By," "Moonlight Mile," Gone, Baby, Gone," "Mystic River," "Shutter Island," "The Given Day," and "Since We | Fell." Lehane was a staff writer on the acclaimed HBO s... Read More →


Sunday April 22, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Town & Gown, Signing Area 1

12:10pm

Whitney Cummings, Author of "I'm Fine...And Other Lies" in Conversation with Amy Kaufman
Moderators
avatar for Amy Kaufman

Amy Kaufman

Kaufman is a staff writer at the LA Times, where she has covered film, celebrity, and pop culture since 2009. | She reports from industry events like the Academy Awards, the Sundance Film Festival and the Grammys. In | addition to profiling hundreds of stars—Lady Gaga, Juli... Read More →

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avatar for Whitney Cummings

Whitney Cummings

Cummings is a Los Angeles–based comedian, actor, writer, producer, and director. Best known for creating and starring in the NBC series Whitney, Whitney is also co-creator and co-writer of the Emmy-nominated CBS comedy series 2 Broke Girls. She has appeared in multiple televisi... Read More →


Sunday April 22, 2018 12:10pm - 12:50pm
Los Angeles Times Main Stage, Signing Area 8

12:10pm

The Weed Beat: Covering Cannabis from L.A. to D.C.
Moderators
avatar for Adam Tschorn

Adam Tschorn

Tschorn is a staff writer at the Los Angeles Times, where his fashion and popular culture coverage focusing | on men’s style and the grooming arts can be found online daily and in the Image section on Sunday. He holds | a BA in philosophy and an MA in journalism, which has p... Read More →

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avatar for Robin Abcarian

Robin Abcarian

Abcarian is a Los Angeles Times columnist and blogger. She writes a weekly column for the print edition about California culture and politics and posts frequently on her blog about national news. A UC Berkeley graduate with a journalism degree from Boston University, she covered... Read More →
avatar for Evan Halper

Evan Halper

Halper is the Sacramento Bureau Chief of the Los Angeles Times. He has been covering the Capitol since 2002, | writing about the state’s political dysfunction and seemingly endless fiscal crisis through the | administrations of three governors. He has also worked in the pape... Read More →
avatar for Sarah Parvini

Sarah Parvini

Parvini is a reporter on the Los Angeles Times’ Metro desk covering breaking news and stories throughout the | state (but sometimes, you’ll catch her somewhere like Iowa reporting on infectious diseases). She speaks | fluent Persian and conversational Spanish and Italian... Read More →


Sunday April 22, 2018 12:10pm - 12:50pm
L.A. Times Central

12:30pm

Brendan Wenzel, Author of "Hello Hello"
Speakers
avatar for Brendan Wenzel

Brendan Wenzel

Wenzel is an author and illustrator based in upstate New York. His debut picture book, "They All Saw a Cat," | was a New York Times bestseller and the recipient of a 2017 Caldecott Honor. An ardent conservationist, he is | a proud collaborator with many organizations working t... Read More →


Sunday April 22, 2018 12:30pm - 12:55pm
Reading by 9 Children's Stage, Signing Area 7

12:30pm

Imani Tolliver, Reading from "Runaway" and Steffi Drewes, Reading from "Tell Me Every Anchor Every Arrow"
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avatar for Steffi Drewes

Steffi Drewes

Drewes is the author of the poetry collection "Tell Me Every Anchor Every Arrow" and | several chapbooks, most recently "New Animal.” She has been awarded writing and art | residencies at Vermont Studio Center, The Wassaic Project in New York, and The Desert House in Califo... Read More →
avatar for Imani Tolliver

Imani Tolliver

Tolliver is a Cave Canem Fellow and served as Poet Laureate for the Watts Towers Arts Center. Tolliver is a | recipient of the Avest Award for Literary Arts, the Howard University John J. Wright Literary Award, and the | Lannan Literary Fellowship at the Folger Shakespeare Li... Read More →


Sunday April 22, 2018 12:30pm - 1:00pm
Poetry Stage, Signing Area 2

12:30pm

Photography & Narrative, Conversation 2112
Moderators
avatar for David L. Ulin

David L. Ulin

Ulin is the author, most recently, of "Sidewalking: Coming to Terms with Los Angeles," a finalist for the | PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay, and the novel "Ear to the Ground," co-written with | Paul Kolsby. A 2015 Guggenheim Fellow, he is the former b... Read More →

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avatar for Geoff Dyer

Geoff Dyer

Dyer is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and a member of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences. | He is the author of many books including, most recently, "The Street Photography of Garry Winogrand." His | books have won numerous prizes and have been translated i... Read More →
avatar for Lynell George

Lynell George

George is a journalist and essayist. "After/Image: Los Angeles Outside the Frame" is her first book of essays | and photography. As staff writer for the Los Angeles Times and L.A. Weekly, she focused on social issues, | human behavior, and identity politics, as well as visual... Read More →
avatar for Karen Tei Yamashita

Karen Tei Yamashita

Yamashita is author of "Letters to Memory," "Through the Arc of the Rain Forest," "Brazil-Maru," "Tropic of | Orange," "Circle K Cycles," "I Hotel," and "Anime Wong." "I Hotel" was selected as finalist for the National | Book Award and awarded the California Book Award, the A... Read More →


Sunday April 22, 2018 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Seeley G. Mudd 124, Signing Area 4

12:30pm

Patton Oswalt in Conversation with Carolyn Kellogg, Conversation 2062
Moderators
avatar for Carolyn Kellogg

Carolyn Kellogg

Kellogg was named book editor of the Los Angeles Times in 2016. She joined the Times in 2010 as a staff writer in books with an emphasis on digital projects and her work was recognized with the paper's editorial award. For six years, she served on the board of directors of the Na... Read More →

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avatar for Patton Oswalt

Patton Oswalt

Oswalt is the author of the bestsellers "Silver Screen Fiend" and "Zombie Spaceship Wasteland." Most recently, he has written the afterword to his wife Michelle McNamara’s posthumously published “I'll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman's Obsessive Search for the Golden State Kill... Read More →


Sunday April 22, 2018 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Bovard Auditorium, Signing Area 3

12:30pm

Jussie Smollett, Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Jazz Smollett-Warwell, Jake Smollett, Authors of "The Family Table"
Speakers
avatar for Jake Smollett

Jake Smollett

Smollett is a chef and TV personality who has produced and hosted several cooking shows, landing him a | deal with Food Network. Smollett has appeared on the “Rachael Ray Show,” “Home and Family” and guest judging on | shows like “Chopped Junior.” He is the co-auth... Read More →
avatar for Jussie Smollett

Jussie Smollett

Smollett is an award-winning actor, singer/songwriter, director, and activist. He has appeared in “Alien: | Covenant,” as Langston Hughes in “Marshall” and most notably broke new ground as Jamal Lyon on the | juggernaut television hit “Empire.” He is the co-author... Read More →
avatar for Jurnee Smollett-Bell

Jurnee Smollett-Bell

Smollett-Bell is an award-winning artist and activist who has most recently starred on WGN's “Underground.” | Her previous credits include “Friday Night Lights” and “True Blood.” She is the co-author of "The Family Table: | Recipes and Moments from a Nomadic Life... Read More →
avatar for Jazz Smollett-Warwell

Jazz Smollett-Warwell

Smollett-Warwell has spent the past decade as a writer/producer on various award and talk shows. She is | also a food and lifestyle personality, who can be seen sharing recipes and tips on “What's Up Moms” and | KCBS. She is the co-author of "The Family Table: Recipes and... Read More →


Sunday April 22, 2018 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Pacific Sales Cooking Stage, Signing Area 6

12:30pm

Fiction: The Family Thread, Conversation 2022
Moderators
avatar for Barbara DeMarco-Barrett

Barbara DeMarco-Barrett

DeMarco-Barrett is host of "Writers on Writing" on KUCI-FM, 88.9. Her first book, "Pen on Fire" (Harcourt), was | a Los Angeles Times bestseller. She teaches online at Gotham Writers Workshop and has contributed to | "Orange County Noir" (Akashic) and "USA Noir" (Akashic). Sh... Read More →

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avatar for Lisa See

Lisa See

See is the New York Times bestselling author of "The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane," "Snow Flower and the | Secret Fan," "Peony in Love," "Shanghai Girls," "China Dolls," and "Dreams of Joy," which debuted at #1. See | was honored as National Woman of the Year by the Organizat... Read More →
avatar for Margaret Wilkerson Sexton

Margaret Wilkerson Sexton

Sexton studied creative writing at Dartmouth College and law at UC Berkeley. She was a recipient of the | Lombard Fellowship and spent a year in the Dominican Republic working for a civil rights organization and | writing. Her debut novel, "A Kind of Freedom," was long-listed... Read More →
avatar for Luis Alberto Urrea

Luis Alberto Urrea

A finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for his landmark work of nonfiction "The Devil's Highway," Urrea is also the | bestselling author of the novels "The Hummingbird's Daughter," "Into the Beautiful North," and "Queen of | America," as well as the story collection "The Water Mus... Read More →


Sunday April 22, 2018 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Hoffman Hall, Signing Area 1

12:30pm

Graphic Novels: Working Twice As Hard, Conversation 2042
Moderators
avatar for Tracy Brown

Tracy Brown

Brown is a Web producer working in entertainment for the Los Angeles Times. She helps provide digital | content for the Arts and Entertainment sections and has also written for the Travel, Books and Image | sections. A Long Beach native, she graduated from UCLA.

Speakers
avatar for MariNaomi

MariNaomi

MariNaomi is the award-winning author and illustrator of "Kiss & Tell: A Romantic Resume," "Ages 0 to 22," | "Dragon's Breath and Other True Stories," "Turning Japanese," "I Thought YOU Hated ME," and the "Life on | Earth" trilogy. She is the founder of the Cartoonists of Col... Read More →
avatar for Pamela Ribon

Pamela Ribon

Ribon writes in film (“Moana,” “Bears”), comics (“SLAM!,” “Rick & Morty”), TV (“Samantha Who?”) and fiction (“Why Girls | Are Weird”). Her comedic memoir "Notes to Boys: and Other Things I Shouldn't Share in Public" was praised by | NPR as "brain-break... Read More →
avatar for Tillie Walden

Tillie Walden

Walden is a two-time Ignatz Award-winning cartoonist from Austin, Texas. Born in 1996, she is a recent | graduate from the Center for Cartoon Studies, a comics school in Vermont. Her comics include "The End of | Summer" and "I Love This Part," an Eisner Award nominee. Her mos... Read More →


Sunday April 22, 2018 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Andrus Gerontology Center, Signing Area 4

12:30pm

Young Adult Fiction: Forging Your Own Path
Moderators
avatar for Amy Spalding

Amy Spalding

Spalding grew up in St. Louis, and now lives in Los Angeles. She has a B.A. in Advertising & Marketing from | Webster University, and an M.A. in Media Studies from The New School. Amy studied improv at the Upright | Citizens Brigade. By day, she manages digital media for an i... Read More →

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avatar for Gloria Chao

Gloria Chao

Chao is an MIT graduate turned dentist turned writer. She currently lives in Chicago with her ever-supportive | husband for whom she became a nine-hole golfer (sometimes seven). She is always up for Dance Dance | Revolution, cooperative board games, or spontaneous dance parti... Read More →
avatar for Mary H.K. Choi

Mary H.K. Choi

Choi is the author of the Young Adult novel, "Emergency Contact." She also has a podcast called, "Hey, Cool Job!"
avatar for Zan Romanoff

Zan Romanoff

Romanoff is the author of "Grace and the Fever" and "A Song to Take the World Apart." Her essays and | journalism have appeared in print and online for Buzzfeed, Eater, GQ, The LA Times, LitHub and The New | Republic, among other outlets. She lives and writes in LA.


Sunday April 22, 2018 12:30pm - 1:30pm
YA Stage, presented by HS Insider, Signing Area 9

12:30pm

Young Adult Fiction: Secrets & Self Discovery, Conversation 2122
Moderators
avatar for Claudette S. McLinn

Claudette S. McLinn

McLinn is the executive director of the Center for the Study of Multicultural Children's Literature (CSMCL). | She is the recipient of numerous awards and honors including the Dorothy McKenzie Award for Distinguished | Contribution to the Field of Children's Literature sponso... Read More →

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avatar for Robin Benway

Robin Benway

Benway is the acclaimed author of "Emmy & Oliver," the "Also Known As" series, "Audrey, Wait!," and "The Extraordinary Secrets of April, May & June." Benway's books have been published in sixteen languages, won international awards, and been bestsellers in several countries. Her... Read More →
avatar for Brandy Colbert

Brandy Colbert

Colbert's debut novel, "Pointe," won the 2014 Cybils Award for YA Fiction and was named a Best Book of 2014 | by Publishers Weekly, BuzzFeed, Book Riot, and more. She is also the author of "Little & Lion," winner of the | 2018 Stonewall Book Award for YA Fiction. Her next nov... Read More →
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Abdi Nazemian

Nazemian is an alumnus of the Sundance Writers Lab, a mentor at the Outfest Screenwriters Lab, and has | taught screenwriting at UCLA Extension. He holds a BA from Columbia University, and an MBA from UCLA | Anderson School of Management. He lives in Los Angeles with his two... Read More →


Sunday April 22, 2018 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Taper Hall 101, Signing Area 5

12:30pm

The Rise of Extremism, Conversation 2072
Moderators
avatar for Matt Pearce

Matt Pearce

Pearce is a national reporter for the Los Angeles Times and frequently writes about violence, disasters, | social movements and civil liberties. A University of Missouri graduate, he has covered news in the Midwest | for a number of publications and previously wrote about tec... Read More →

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avatar for Khaled Beydoun

Khaled Beydoun

Beydoun is a leading scholar on Islamophobia, national security and anti-terrorism law, and civil liberties. He serves as an Associate Professor of Law at the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law, and is Senior Affiliated Faculty at the University of California-Berkeley Isla... Read More →
avatar for Michael Kimmel

Michael Kimmel

Kimmel is one of the world’s leading experts on men and masculinities. He is the SUNY Distinguished | Professor of Sociology and Gender Studies at Stony Brook University. Among his many books are "Manhood in | America," "Angry White Men," "The Politics of Manhood," "The Gen... Read More →
avatar for Asne Seierstad

Asne Seierstad

Seierstad is an award-winning Norwegian journalist and writer known for her work as a war correspondent. | She is the author of "One of Us: The Story of a Massacre in Norway--and Its Aftermath," "The Bookseller of | Kabul," "One Hundred and One Days: A Baghdad Journal," "Ange... Read More →


Sunday April 22, 2018 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Ronald Tutor Campus Center, Signing Area 3

12:50pm

Singer/Songwriter Mason Summit: Musical Performance
Speakers
avatar for Mason Summit

Mason Summit

Summit is a 21-year-old singer-songwriter from Santa Monica, CA. Mason has independently released four | self-produced albums: Absentee (2012), Loud Music & Soft Drinks (2014), Gunpowder Tracks (2016), and | Summer Cold, which was released in January to acclaim from Aupium, T... Read More →


Sunday April 22, 2018 12:50pm - 1:20pm
USC Stage

1:00pm

1:00pm

Juana Martinez-Neal, Author of "Alma and How She Got Her Name"
Speakers
avatar for Juana Martinez-Neal

Juana Martinez-Neal

Martinez-Neal is the daughter and granddaughter of painters. She started her story in Lima, Peru, and then | moved to the United States. "Alma and How She Got Her Name" is her debut picture book. Juana Martinez- | Neal is still writing the story of her life, with the help of h... Read More →


Sunday April 22, 2018 1:00pm - 1:25pm
Reading by 9 Children's Stage, Signing Area 7

1:00pm

Trailer Trash Revue Variety Show, hosted by Dawn Brodey and Kevin Yee, with Special Guest Jon Cryer
The Trailer Trash Talent Revue is a live variety comedy show best described as Jimmy Fallon meets Hee-Haw! Audience members can become part of the show by having their names drawn from ‘The Bucket of Destiny’ when they have a chance to win a fabulous (and mysterious) prize by competing in either a physical challenge or trivia contest.
In 1986 Jon Cryer won over America as Molly Ringwald's loyal and lovable best friend, Duckie, in the cult classic Pretty in Pink, in a role that set the tone for his three-decade-long career in Hollywood. He went on to establish himself as one of the most talented comedic actors in the business, ultimately culminating in his current turn as Alan Harper on the massively popular sitcom Two and a Half Men.

Moderators
avatar for Dawn Brodey

Dawn Brodey

The Trailer Trash Talent Revue is a live variety show that was born in a small theater in a real trailer park in | Van Nuys. Hosted by bonafide trailer trash, and stand-up comedian, Dawn Brodey, the show brings together | music, comedy, games and a highly interactive, fun-lov... Read More →
avatar for Kevin Yee

Kevin Yee

Comedian Yee and his original comedy songs have been heard on the hit podcast 2 DOPE QUEENS (WNYC) and | THE GONG SHOW (ABC)! He recently filmed his first hour comedy special and was featured on the Moth | MainStage. Yee has performed at festivals across the U.S. including SF... Read More →

Sunday April 22, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Newstory Stage

1:20pm

Sebastian Matthews, Reading from "Beginner's Guide to a Head-On Collision"
Speakers
avatar for Sebastian Matthews

Sebastian Matthews

Matthews is the author of a memoir, "In My Father’s Footsteps," and two books of poetry, "We Generous" and | "Miracle Day." A new hybrid collection of poetry and prose, "Beginner’s Guide to a Head-on Collision," | recently came out with Red Hen Press. Matthews is currently... Read More →


Sunday April 22, 2018 1:20pm - 1:40pm
Poetry Stage, Signing Area 2

1:20pm

Maria Shriver, Author of "I've Been Thinking" in Conversation with Robin Abcarian
Speakers
avatar for Robin Abcarian

Robin Abcarian

Abcarian is a Los Angeles Times columnist and blogger. She writes a weekly column for the print edition about California culture and politics and posts frequently on her blog about national news. A UC Berkeley graduate with a journalism degree from Boston University, she covered... Read More →
avatar for Maria Shriver

Maria Shriver

Shriver is the mother of four, a Peabody Award-winning and Emmy Award-winning journalist and producer, the | author of six New York Times bestselling books and a bestselling coloring book, an NBC News Special | Anchor, and founder of The Women's Alzheimer's Movement. Her most... Read More →


Sunday April 22, 2018 1:20pm - 2:00pm
Los Angeles Times Main Stage, Signing Area 8

1:20pm

California and the Midterms: The Race to Power in Washington Runs Through the Golden State
Moderators
avatar for Christina Bellantoni

Christina Bellantoni

Bellantoni has been assistant managing editor, politics for the Los Angeles Times since August 2015. She came to theTimes after 12 years covering politics in Washington, most recently as editor-in-chief at Roll Call. Before that, she served as political editor at PBS NewsHour for... Read More →

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avatar for Christine Mai-Duc

Christine Mai-Duc

Mai-Duc is a reporter and political junkie, and her homepage is set to Rough & Tumble. Christine graduated | from UC Berkeley, where she was editor of the Berkeley Political Review. She has interned in and around the | California state capitol, including a stint in Governor S... Read More →
avatar for Seema Mehta

Seema Mehta

Mehta is a political writer for the Los Angeles Times currently assigned to the 2018 governor's race and U.S. | Senate contest in California. She previously covered the 2016, 2012 and 2008 presidential campaigns, as well | as multiple previous statewide and local races. A gra... Read More →
avatar for John Myers

John Myers

Myers joined the Los Angeles Times as Sacramento bureau chief in 2015 after more than two decades in radio | and television news, much of that as an award-winning reporter covering statehouse policy and politics. | During a decade of work for San Francisco's NPR affiliate, his... Read More →
avatar for Sarah D. Wire

Sarah D. Wire

Wire came to the Los Angeles Times in 2015 to write about California’s 55-member congressional delegation | after covering politics in Washington for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. She has been a statehouse reporter | for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette and Associated Press bu... Read More →
avatar for Allison Wisk

Allison Wisk

Wisk, an experienced political editor with an eye for accountability journalism and innovation, joined the Los Angeles Times as California politics editor in 2016. Wisk has held a variety of leadership roles at the Dallas Morning News, where she worked for more than 10 years. As... Read More →


Sunday April 22, 2018 1:20pm - 2:00pm
L.A. Times Central

1:30pm

Greg Pizzoli, Author of "This Story Is For You "
Speakers
avatar for Greg Pizzoli

Greg Pizzoli

Pizzoli is an author, illustrator, and screen printer. He is the author of "Good Night Owl," a Theodor Seuss | Geisel Honor book, "Templeton Gets His Wish," "Number One Sam," and "The Watermelon Seed," which | received the Theodor Seuss Geisel Award. His most recent book is... Read More →


Sunday April 22, 2018 1:30pm - 1:55pm
Reading by 9 Children's Stage, Signing Area 7

1:30pm

Examining Race and Gender in Education and Tech, Conversation 2143
Moderators
avatar for Sumun Pendakur

Sumun Pendakur

Pendakur is the Chief Learning Officer and Director of the USC Equity Institutes at the USC Race andEquity Center, dedicated to advancing racial justice in higher education and other sectors. She is aconsultant, speaker, and facilitator, helping organizations build capacity for c... Read More →

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avatar for Sharoni Denise Little

Sharoni Denise Little

Little is an expert in management and leadership communication, organizational effectiveness, institutionaldiversity, and educational outcomes. She has received an award from the USC Fund for InnovativeUndergraduate Teaching, two Golden Apple awards, and USC’s Remarkable Woman... Read More →
avatar for Tara McPherson

Tara McPherson

McPherson is Professor in USC's School of Cinematic Arts and Director of the Harman Academy for Polymathic | Studies. She is author of "Reconstructing Dixie," co-editor of "Hop on Pop: The Politics and Pleasures of | Popular Culture," and "Transmedia Frictions," and editor of... Read More →
avatar for Safiya Noble

Safiya Noble

In the Fall of 2017, Noble joined the faculty of the University of Southern California (USC) Annenberg | School of Communication. She is a partner in Stratelligence, a firm that specializes in research | on information and data science challenges, and is a co-founder of the I... Read More →


Sunday April 22, 2018 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Wallis Annenberg Hall, presented by USC, Signing Area 10

1:30pm

Laurie Halse Anderson & Emily Carroll in Conversation with Sharon Levin, Conversation 2093
Moderators
avatar for Sharon Levin

Sharon Levin

Levin has been reviewing children's literature for 20 years. She founded and runs the Bay Area Children's | Literature List. Her biggest passion is getting books into the hands of children and teens.

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avatar for Laurie Halse Anderson

Laurie Halse Anderson

Anderson is the New York Times-bestselling author who writes for all ages. Known for tackling tough subjects with humor and sensitivity, her work has sold nearly five million copies. Her most recent release is "Speak: The Graphic Novel," an illustrated edition of her 1999 Nationa... Read More →
avatar for Emily Carroll

Emily Carroll

Carroll, an Eisner Award winning illustrator and author of "Through the Woods," is also the creator of many | popular Web comics. Her latest project is the illustrated graphic novel of Laurie Halse Anderson’s bestselling “Speak.” She lives in Vancouver, British Columbia.


Sunday April 22, 2018 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Seeley G. Mudd 123, Signing Area 4

1:30pm

Creative Activism: Filmmakers that Ignite Action and Social Awareness, Presented by Creative Visions, Conversation 2153
This panel will explore what it means to create media that triggers insight, empathy, and social action. Hear from distinguished filmmakers on how stories can create real change in our increasingly connected world. Covering topics ranging from storytelling to funding and distribution, leave feeling inspired, energized, and with concrete skills to create engaging media with maximum impact.

Speakers
avatar for Isabella Alexander

Isabella Alexander

Dr. Alexander is a writer, filmmaker, and Professor of Anthropology at Emory University. A leading human rights expert, she's motivated by her belief that stories can humanize complex issues, incite community action, and create positive social change. Her new documentary, "The Bu... Read More →
avatar for Kathy Eldon

Kathy Eldon

Eldon has worked as a journalist, author and film and televisions producer in England, Africa and the United States.  She is the Founder of Creative Visions, a global organization that supports "creative activists" who use arts and media for social impact.  CV was inspired by the life of Kathy's son, Dan Eldon - artist, adventurer and activist, who was killed in 1993 while on assignment for Reuters in Somalia. Kathy is also the Founder of Creative Visions Productions, which produces impact media including award-winning documentaries, series and feature films.  She is the author of 17 books, including popular cookbooks, guided journals, eating and travel guides, and her memoir, "In the Heart of Life."  Eldon, a sought-after public speaker, has been featured in many books and on countless television and radio programs, including several appearances on Oprah.  For more information, please visit... Read More →
avatar for Megha Kadakia

Megha Kadakia

Kadakia brings a unique blend of business experience and artistic vision to the world of independent filmmaking and social impact entertainment, as Head of Production for Creative Visions. Her films include: “Miss India America,” currently on Netflix, “Raspberry Magic,” d... Read More →
avatar for Florencia Krochik

Florencia Krochik

Krochik, originally from Argentina and a USC’s School of Cinematic Arts graduate, is an award winning director who’s past work has been supported by the Sundance Institute, Women in Film, NALIP and the Creative Visions Foundation. Her latest endeavor, “Pathways,” is a fea... Read More →
avatar for Emily Rose Laochua

Emily Rose Laochua

Laochua is the writer and creator of The Convergence, a graphic novel and motion book app that speaks of human energy and Earth's living soul. She also wrote the screenplay adaptation of the graphic novel which made semi-finals in the 2017 ScreenCraft Science Fiction Screenplay c... Read More →


1:30pm

How to Make a Space Opera: Death of Cassini (A Work in Progress), Conversation 2133
Composers Shane Myrbeck and Emily Shisko offer a window into the early stages of writing and producing an opera about the final days of the 20-year Cassini-Huygens Mission to Saturn.

The story of the spacecraft Cassini is full of passion, perilous journeys, daredevil maneuvers, otherworldly beauty, and dramatic endings. From its ambitious life connecting us to the heavens, to its glorious, poetic death in Saturn’s atmosphere, Cassini is a powerful metaphor for how connected we are when we appreciate the unknown vastness of our solar system and universe beyond. This is a story worthy of dramatic telling, and The Death of Cassini is an opera-in-progress working to tell it dramatically.

The work is electroacoustic, meaning that it will involve traditional operatic singers and acoustic musicians accompanied by immersive electronic music. Myrbeck and Shisko will perform segments of the in-progress piece and talk about their approach to shaping a NASA mission into an operatic narrative. They will also discuss how they use acoustic space and 3D audio technologies in their works.

Moderators
avatar for Shane Myrbeck

Shane Myrbeck

Myrbeck and Shisko are composers and sound artists working in immersive audio, new acoustic music and | multimedia installation. Their work has been performed and exhibited internationally, with past residencies | including NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, the Exploratorium a... Read More →
avatar for Emily Shisko

Emily Shisko

Shisko and Myrbeck are composers and sound artists working in immersive audio, new acoustic music and | multimedia installation. Their work has been performed and exhibited internationally, with past residencies | including NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, the Exploratorium a... Read More →

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Sunday April 22, 2018 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Norris Theater, presented by Newstory, Signing Area 5

1:30pm

The Writers Panel Podcast: Ben Blacker in Conversation with Special Guest Writers, Conversation 2083
The Writers Panel is an informal chat about writing and the business of writing. The podcast is consistently a top TV/Film podcast on iTunes with over 60,000 downloads per week. Past panels have included such folks as Norman Lear, Vince Gilligan, Damon Lindelof, Marta Kauffman, Chris Carter, and 500 others!

Moderators
avatar for Ben Blacker

Ben Blacker

Blacker, with his writing partner Ben Acker, is the co-creator of “The Thrilling Adventure Hour,” the lauded stage show and podcast. Their television credits include “Supernatural” and “Puss in Boots.” In comics, they've written for Marvel, Boom!, and others. “Star... Read More →

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avatar for Sam Bain

Sam Bain

Bain co-created and co-wrote nine series of the BAFTA-winning Channel 4 sitcom “Peep Show,” four series of the RTS Award-winning comedy-drama “Fresh Meat,” both for Channel 4, and co-wrote Four Lions, which premiered at Sundance and won a BAFTA. He also co-created “Baby... Read More →
avatar for Aline Brosh McKenna

Aline Brosh McKenna

McKenna is an award-winning filmmaker and one of the highest-grossing female screenwriters of all time. She is best known for the film adaptation of the popular novel, "The Devil Wears Prada," which garnered Writers Guild, BAFTA and Scripter award nominations. In 2014, McKenna ad... Read More →
avatar for Tanya Saracho

Tanya Saracho

Saracho is a playwright and television writer who serves as creator, showrunner, and executive producer of “Vida” on Starz, premiering May 6, 2018. Her television credits include “How to Get Away with Murder,” HBO's “Looking” and “Girls,” and “Devious Maids... Read More →


Sunday April 22, 2018 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Annenberg Auditorium, presented by Newstory, Signing Area 3

1:30pm

History: Telling Hidden Stories, Conversation 2013
Moderators
avatar for Bill Boyarsky

Bill Boyarsky

Boyarsky, author of "Inventing L.A.: The Chandlers and Their Times," is a political correspondent for Truthdig, | blogs for LA Observed and is a columnist for the Jewish Journal. His other books include "Los Angeles: City of | Dreams" and "Big Daddy: Jesse Unruh and the Art o... Read More →

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avatar for Yunte Huang

Yunte Huang

Huang is a Guggenheim Fellow and a professor of English at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He is | the author of "Transpacific Imaginations" and "Charlie Chan," which won the 2011 Edgar Award and was a | finalist for the 2010 National Book Critics Circle Award in... Read More →
avatar for Steven J. Ross

Steven J. Ross

Ross is author of “Hitler in Los Angeles: How Jews Foiled Nazi Plots Against Hollywood and America,” a finalist for the 2018 Pulitzer Prize in History. He is a Professor of History at the University of Southern California and director of the Casden Institute for the Study of... Read More →
avatar for Deanne Stillman

Deanne Stillman

Stillman is the author of "Blood Brothers," which received a starred review in Kirkus and was listed on | several "best of 2017" lists, including two at The Millions. She also wrote "Desert Reckoning" (Spur Award), | "Mustang" (an LA Times "best book of year"), and "Twentynin... Read More →


Sunday April 22, 2018 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Hancock Foundation, Signing Area 1

1:30pm

How Tech is Programming Our Future, Conversation 2053
Moderators
avatar for Tracey Lien

Tracey Lien

Lien is a business reporter for the Los Angeles Times working in the San Francisco Bay Area. She covers Silicon Valley and the technology industry, with a focus on how they affect regular ol’ people. A Sydney native, she moved to the U.S. because the servings are bigger. She en... Read More →

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avatar for Byron Reese

Byron Reese

Reese is the CEO and publisher of the technology research company Gigaom, and the founder of several high- | tech companies. The websites he has launched, which cover the intersection of technology, business, | science, and history, have together received over a billion visito... Read More →
avatar for Jennifer E. Rothman

Jennifer E. Rothman

Rothman is a Professor of Law at Loyola Law School, Los Angeles. She is also an affiliated fellow at Yale's | Information Society Project. She is nationally recognized for her scholarship on intellectual property law. Her | website, www.rightofpublicityroadmap.com, is the go... Read More →
avatar for Robert Scheer

Robert Scheer

Scheer is a veteran political journalist. He conducted the famous Playboy interview with Jimmy Carter and | went on to interview Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton, and other prominent political figures. He has been a national | correspondent at the Los Angeles Times... Read More →


Sunday April 22, 2018 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Salvatori Computer Science Center 101, Signing Area 4

1:40pm

Allison Joseph, Reading from "Confessions of a Barefaced Woman"
Speakers
avatar for Allison Joseph

Allison Joseph

Joseph lives in Carbondale, Illinois, where she directs the MFA Program in Creative Writing at Southern | Illinois University. She serves as poetry editor of Crab Orchard Review. Some of her books and chapbooks include | "What Keeps Us Here," "Soul Train," and "In Every Seam... Read More →


Sunday April 22, 2018 1:40pm - 2:00pm
Poetry Stage, Signing Area 2

2:00pm

Victoria Chang, Reading from "Barbie Chang"
Speakers
avatar for Victoria Chang

Victoria Chang

Chang's fourth book of poems, "Barbie Chang," was published by Copper Canyon Press in 2017. "The Boss" | (McSweeney's) won the PEN Center USA Literary Award and a California Book Award. Other books are "Salvinia | Molesta" and "Circle." She was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship... Read More →


Sunday April 22, 2018 2:00pm - 2:20pm
Poetry Stage, Signing Area 2

2:00pm

David Shannon, Author of "Bizzy Mizz Lizzie"
Speakers
avatar for David Shannon

David Shannon

Shannon is the internationally acclaimed creator of more than thirty picture books, including "No, David!," a | Caldecott Honor Book and his second New York Times Best Illustrated Book of the Year, and three more David | picture books. Shannon's bestsellers include "A Bad Case... Read More →


Sunday April 22, 2018 2:00pm - 2:25pm
Reading by 9 Children's Stage, Signing Area 7

2:00pm

The Blue Agave: Latin Musical Performance
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avatar for The Blue Agave

The Blue Agave

A unique concept by renowned guitarist and USC Popular Music instructor Andy Abad, The Blue Agave delivers | sexy atmospheric originals and classic latin boleros. Their sound blends rock, surf, spaghetti western and | flamenco and makes it feel perfectly natural. Featuring La... Read More →


Sunday April 22, 2018 2:00pm - 2:30pm
USC Stage

2:00pm

The Newspaper & the City: Patt Morrison & Chris Erskine in Conversation with Steve Padilla, Conversation 2113
Moderators
avatar for Steve Padilla

Steve Padilla

Padilla is an assistant national editor for The Times and works with correspondents based around the | country. In his 25 years with the paper, he has edited a wide variety of subjects, including higher education, | politics, California state news and religion.

Speakers
avatar for Chris Erskine

Chris Erskine

Erskine is the author of three books, including the just-released "Daditude," a collection of his popular | columns on fatherhood. He has been a columnist and editor at the Los Angeles Times since 1990.
avatar for Patt Morrison

Patt Morrison

Morrison has a share of two Pulitzer Prizes as a longtime Los Angeles Times writer and columnist. As a public | television and radio broadcaster, she has won six Emmys and a dozen Golden Mike awards. Her first book, | Rio LA, about the Los Angeles River, was a best-seller. The... Read More →


Sunday April 22, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Seeley G. Mudd 124, Signing Area 4

2:00pm

Valerie Bertinelli, Author of "Valerie's Home Cooking"
Speakers
avatar for Valerie Bertinelli

Valerie Bertinelli

Bertinelli is a beloved actress and TV personality, two-time Golden Globe winner, spokesperson, and bestselling author. She was the star of "One Day at a Time" and "Hot in Cleveland," and now hosts "Valerie’s Home Cooking" and co-hosts "Kids Baking Championship" on Food Network... Read More →


Sunday April 22, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Pacific Sales Cooking Stage, Signing Area 6

2:00pm

Fiction: Epics Old & New, Conversation 2023
Moderators
avatar for Chris Daley

Chris Daley

Daley is the Director of Writing Workshops Los Angeles and she teaches academic writing at the California | Institute of Technology. Her writing has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, The Collagist, FORTH Magazine, | Angels Flight Literary West, DUM DUM Zine, Cease, Cows, Fro... Read More →

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avatar for Janet Fitch

Janet Fitch

Fitch is the author of "The Revolution of Marina M.," an epic novel set during the Russian Revolution. Earlier | novels "White Oleander," an Oprah's Book Club selection, and "Paint It Black" have been widely translated | and were made into feature films. Fitch's stories and e... Read More →
avatar for Laila Lalami

Laila Lalami

Lalami is the author of the novels "Hope and Other Dangerous Pursuits," which was a finalist for the Oregon | Book Award; "Secret Son," which was on the Orange Prize longlist; and "The Moor's Account," which won the | American Book Award, the Arab American Book Award, and the... Read More →
avatar for A.G. Lombardo

A.G. Lombardo

Lombardo is a native Angeleno who teaches at a Los Angeles public high school. "Graffiti Palace" is his debut | novel.
avatar for Madeline Miller

Madeline Miller

Miller was born in Boston and attended Brown University where she earned her BA and MA in Classics. She | lives in Narbeth, PA with her husband and two children. "The Song of Achilles" was awarded the Orange Prize | for Fiction and has been translated into twenty-five languag... Read More →


Sunday April 22, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Hoffman Hall, Signing Area 1

2:00pm

Tayari Jones in Conversation with Rebecca Carroll, Conversation 2123
Moderators
avatar for Rebecca Carroll

Rebecca Carroll

Carroll is Editor of Special Projects at WNYC. She is a critic-at-large for the Los Angeles Times, and a former | Opinion writer for The Guardian. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, New York magazine, Harper's | Bazaar and Esquire, among others. She is the author of... Read More →

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avatar for Tayari Jones

Tayari Jones

Jones is the author of the novels "Leaving Atlanta," "The Untelling," "Silver Sparrow," and most recently "An American | Marriage" a bestseller and an Oprah Book Club selection. Her writing has appeared in Tin House, The Believer, The New | York Times, and Callaloo. A member... Read More →


Sunday April 22, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Taper Hall 101, Signing Area 5

2:00pm

Standing out from the Masses: Young Adult Fiction
Moderators
avatar for Kayla Cagan

Kayla Cagan

Cagan's debut novel "Piper Perish," was described as "soulful reading for any artistic teen with a dream," by | Booklist. She has published plays for children and teens in anthologies from Applause Books and Smith and | Kraus, and has written in the award-winning comic books... Read More →

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avatar for Arvin Ahmadi

Arvin Ahmadi

Ahmadi grew up outside Washington, DC. He graduated from Columbia University and has worked in the tech industry. When he's not reading or writing books, he can be found watching late-night talk show interviews and editing Wikipedia pages. "Down and Across" is his first novel.
avatar for Cecil Castellucci

Cecil Castellucci

Castellucci has written many books and graphic novels for young adults including "Rose Sees Red," "First Day | on Earth," and "The Plain Janes." She lives in Los Angeles. Her most recent novel is "Don't Cosplay with My | Heart." Follow Cecil on Twitter @misscecil.
avatar for Rachel Cohn

Rachel Cohn

Cohn is the NYT bestselling author of numerous novels for young adults including the "Gingerbread" series | and "Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist" (with David Levithan). She lives in Los Angeles. Her newest book, co-written with David Levithan, is "Sam | & Ilsa's Last Hurrah... Read More →
avatar for David Levithan

David Levithan

Levithan is the New York Times best-selling author of many novels, including "Every Day," "Will Grayson, Will | Grayson" (with John Green) and "Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist" (with Rachel Cohn). "Two Boys Kissing" | won a Lambda Literary Award. "Sam and Isla's Last Hur... Read More →


Sunday April 22, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
YA Stage, presented by HS Insider, Signing Area 9

2:00pm

Activism Now!, Conversation 2073
Moderators
avatar for Celeste Fremon

Celeste Fremon

Fremon is the creator and editor of the independent, nonprofit news site WitnessLA, specializing in criminal | justice journalism in the public interest. She is also an award winning freelance journalist, and the author | of “G-Dog and the Homeboys” and the upcoming “Do... Read More →

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avatar for Patrisse Khan-Cullors

Patrisse Khan-Cullors

Khan-Cullors is an artist, organizer and freedom fighter living and working in Los Angeles. As founder of Dignity andPower Now and co-founder of #BlackLivesMatter, she has worked tirelessly promoting law enforcementaccountability across the nation. She is a Fulbright Scholarship... Read More →
avatar for Paola Mendoza

Paola Mendoza

Mendoza was the Artistic Director for the Women’s March on Washington, the largest one-day mass | mobilization in the history of the world. She is a critically acclaimed film director and author. Her award- | winning movies have premiered at the most prestigious film festiva... Read More →
avatar for Yascha Mounk

Yascha Mounk

Mounk is a Lecturer on Government at Harvard University, a columnist at Slate, and the host of The Good Fight | podcast. His latest book is "The People versus Democracy: Why Our Freedom Is in Danger and How to Save It."
avatar for Manuel Pastor

Manuel Pastor

Pastor is a Professor of Sociology at the University of Southern California where he directs the Program for | Environmental and Regional Equity and the Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration. The inaugural | holder of USC's Turpanjian Chair in Civil Society and Social... Read More →


Sunday April 22, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Ronald Tutor Campus Center, Signing Area 3

2:00pm

Crime Fiction: The Dark Side, Conversation 2043
Moderators
avatar for Antoine Wilson

Antoine Wilson

Wilson wrote the novels "Panorama City" and "The Interloper." His work has appeared in The Paris Review, | StoryQuarterly, and Best New American Voices, among other publications, and he is a contributing editor of A | Public Space. His first book of photographs, "Slow Paparaz... Read More →

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avatar for Janelle Brown

Janelle Brown

Brown is the New York Times bestselling author of the novels "Watch Me Disappear," "All We Ever Wanted | Was Everything," and "This Is Where We Live." Her journalism and essays have appeared in The New York | Times, Vogue, Elle, Wired, Self, RealSimple, Lenny, The Los Angeles... Read More →
avatar for Liska Jacobs

Liska Jacobs

Jacobs holds an MFA from the University of California, Riverside. Her essays and short fiction have appeared | in The Rumpus, the Los Angeles Review of Books, Literary Hub, The Millions, and the Chicago Review of | Books, among other publications. "Catalina" is her first nove... Read More →
avatar for T. Jefferson Parker

T. Jefferson Parker

Parker is the author of 23 novels and numerous short stories. His first book, "Laguna Heat" was made into an | HBO movie starring Harry Hamlin and Jason Robards. His novels "Silent Joe" and "California Girl" won | Edgar Awards for best mystery, and "Silent Joe" won the L.A. T... Read More →


Sunday April 22, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Andrus Gerontology Center, Signing Area 4

2:00pm

What's Next for TV? “Up North” Pilot Screening, Presented by SeriesFest, Conversation 2163
SeriesFest is an award-winning festival which showcases the best independent episodic storytelling from around the world. Join festival founders, Randi Kleiner and Kaily Smith Westbrook, for an exclusive screening of a SeriesFest award-winning pilot. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with the creators who are paving the way in the independent television landscape.

About “Up North”: In the New York prison system, it’s just as hard getting out as it is going in. An innocent teenager, an elder convict, and a vicious street hustler fight their way out of the corrupt prison system and dangerous city streets.

Moderators
avatar for Randi Kleiner

Randi Kleiner

Kleiner is the Founder and CEO of SeriesFest, an award-winning episodic content and television festival held annually in Denver, Colorado. She also owns Trifecta Studios, an event production agency that works with major brands, including Marc Jacobs, Macallan, WWD, Sephora, Godiv... Read More →
avatar for Kaily Smith Westbrook

Kaily Smith Westbrook

Smith Westbrook is an actress, writer, producer, director and co-founder of SeriesFest, a non-profit, award winning television festival held annually in Denver, CO. Originally from Denver, she is a graduate of the University of Southern California's BFA acting program. After grad... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Emil Pinnock

Emil Pinnock

Pinnock is an American film director, producer, writer, and actor from Harlem, New York, whom has been active in the film industry over 20 years. Having acted since a youth his on screen credits started with a recurring role on the PBS national program Reading Rainbow and extende... Read More →
avatar for Damaine Radcliff

Damaine Radcliff

Radcliff, is the co-founder of Unleashing Giants. Raised in NYC, he has always been a veritable renaissance man. After high school, he started stand-up comedy and appeared on "Showtime At the Apollo" before landing a production job working For Damon Dash and Jay-Z at the Historic... Read More →
avatar for Ian Robertson

Ian Robertson

Robertson is a multimedia writer, producer and director from Pasadena, CA. After graduating from Harvard University, Ian specialized in the production of alternative media projects, including KILM/Battlecam.com, the world's first interactive television station, and Hologram USA... Read More →


2:20pm

Dorothy Barresi, Reading from "What We Did While We Made More Guns"
Speakers
avatar for Dorothy Barresi

Dorothy Barresi

Barresi is the author of five books of poetry, including "What We Did While We Made More Guns" (2018), "American Fanatics," "Rouge Pulp," and "The Post-Rapture Diner," winner of an American Book Award. She is the recipient of a Fellowship from the NEA, and her poems and essays ha... Read More →


Sunday April 22, 2018 2:20pm - 2:40pm
Poetry Stage, Signing Area 2

2:30pm

Victoria Ying, Author of "Meow!"
Speakers
avatar for Victoria Ying

Victoria Ying

Ying is an illustrator with a background in animation art. She lives in Los Angeles with her cat, Boots, and | dog, Buster. Her newest book is "Meow."


Sunday April 22, 2018 2:30pm - 2:55pm
Reading by 9 Children's Stage, Signing Area 7

2:30pm

Mike Epps, Author of "Unsuccessful Thug" in Conversation with Jeffrey Fleishman
Speakers
avatar for Mike Epps

Mike Epps

Epps is an award-winning stand-up comic/actor/producer/writer. He has won two NAACP Image Awards and | his film and TV credits include “Sparkle,” “Nina,” “The Hangover,” “Girls Trip,” “Meet the Blacks,” “Next Friday,” “All About | the Benjamins,” a... Read More →
avatar for Jeffrey Fleishman

Jeffrey Fleishman

Fleishman is a senior writer on film, art and culture for the LA Times. A 2002 Nieman fellow at Harvard University, he was a Pulitzer Prize finalist in feature writing. A longtime foreign correspondent, he served as bureau chief for The Times in Cairo and Berlin, and was previous... Read More →


Sunday April 22, 2018 2:30pm - 3:10pm
Los Angeles Times Main Stage, Signing Area 8

2:30pm

Hazardous Material: Reporting from Disaster Zones
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avatar for Thomas Curwen

Thomas Curwen

Curwen is a staff writer for the Times, where he has worked as editor of the Outdoors section, deputy editor | of the Book Review and a features editor. He and a team of Times reporters won a Pulitzer for their work | covering the 2015 terrorist attack in San Bernardino. In 2... Read More →

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avatar for Sonali Kohli

Sonali Kohli

Kohli is an education and breaking news reporter for the Los Angeles Times. She focuses on how diversity | and inequality affect the young people of Los Angeles, and has anchored coverage of the most recent | California fire sieges. She's an avid Sparks fan and stress-baker.
avatar for Ron Lin

Ron Lin

Lin II is a metro reporter for the Los Angeles Times, specializing in covering statewide earthquake safety | issues and Northern California. He won the California Newspaper Publishers Assn.’s Freedom of Information | Award and the University of Florida’s Joseph L. Brechne... Read More →
avatar for Laura J. Nelson

Laura J. Nelson

Nelson is a staff writer for the Los Angeles Times covering Southern California transportation issues and | natural disasters across the Golden State. She shared in the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for coverage of the San | Bernardino terror attack. Laura grew up in Kansas City and gr... Read More →
avatar for Ruben Vives

Ruben Vives

Vives is a Los Angeles Times reporter, whose coverage, involved more than two dozen other reporters and | editors, led to criminal charges against eight current and former officials and the return of millions of dollars | in illegal taxes to Bell, CA residents and other legisl... Read More →
avatar for Marcus Yam

Marcus Yam

Yam is a Los Angeles Times staff photographer living in the beautiful City of Angels. In 2017, Yam was | named Picture of The Year International’s Newspaper Photographer Of The Year. In 2015, he was part of | the breaking news team that covered tragic San Bernardino, Calif... Read More →


Sunday April 22, 2018 2:30pm - 3:10pm
L.A. Times Central

2:30pm

Dave Eggers in Conversation with Joel Arquillos, Conversation 2063
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Joel Arquillos

Arquillos is the Executive Director of 826LA, a non-profit writing organization that serves youth ages 6-18 with their creative and expository writing skills, and supports teachers by helping them get their students excited about writing. 826LA is also the home of the Time Travel... Read More →

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avatar for Dave Eggers

Dave Eggers

Eggers has written seven books, including “A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius,” “What is the What,” and "Zeitoun," the 2009 L.A. Times Book Prizes winner in Current Interest. That same year, Eggers was the inaugural winner of the L.A. Times Innovator’s Award. He... Read More →


Sunday April 22, 2018 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Bovard Auditorium, Signing Area 3

2:30pm

Poetry Slam presented by Anansi Writers Workshop
Storytellers from Anansi Writers Workshop will host a poetry slam as part of Newstory. The Anansi Writer's Workshop was founded in 1990, and its tradition of a community workshop began in the late 1960's at the Watts Writers' Workshop.

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avatar for AKOLDPIECE

AKOLDPIECE

AKoldPiece is a father, educator, writer, poet, spoken-word artist, host, author of “The Weather Report,” and a graduate of UCLA with a B.A. in History. As a poet, he has been featured at Black Broncos Rock for Cal Poly Pomona, The Black History Celebration at L.A. Southwest... Read More →
avatar for Shonda Buchanan

Shonda Buchanan

Award-winning author and educator Buchanan is the former Interim Chair/Assistant Professor of the Department of English & Foreign Languages at Hampton University. The fall 2017 Writer-in-Residence at William & Mary College, Shonda’s family memoir, "Black Indian," | will be rel... Read More →
avatar for Peggy Dobreer

Peggy Dobreer

Dobreer is the 2017 winner of the Downey Symphony Orchestra, Poetry Matters Prize. Her poems have appeared in numerous journals with one Pushcart nomination, and she is author of "In the Lake of Your Bones," and "Drop and Dazzle," both on Moon Tide Press, 2012 and 2018. A former... Read More →
avatar for V. Kali

V. Kali

Kali is a Coordinator and Host of the World Stage Anansi Writers Workshop she's attended since 1992, was featured in the Center Theater Group [2015-16] production, Through The Looking Glass at the Kirk Douglas Theater; released her poetry volume, "Hymn" [2016], and created and pr... Read More →
avatar for Ymasumac Maranon

Ymasumac Maranon

Marañón shares ancestry from the Quechua people of Bolivia and the early pilgrims of New England. She has worked in public education using her passion for language, culture and learning both as a teacher and an administrator at the county office of education coordinating the in... Read More →
avatar for D Hideo Maruyama

D Hideo Maruyama

Maruyama obtained his MFA in Creative Writing from Long Beach State. He edited an Asian Pacific American Arts journal called dIS*orient Journalzine during the 1990s to early 2000s. He is a member of The Company of Angels Theater's playwriting group. He has most recently been aske... Read More →
avatar for Romus Simpson

Romus Simpson

Romus Simpson is a wonderful poet, cultural critic, and folklorist whose poems, articles and performances lend brave ballast to LA's cultural conversation. Those who have been fortunate enough to attend Romus Simpson’s poetry readings over the years have come to understand why... Read More →
avatar for Hiram Sims

Hiram Sims

Sims is a poet, and a Professor of Creative Writing, teaching at the Los Angeles Film School. He is also the founder of the Community Literature Initiative, a publishing program for Los Angeles writers who want to publish books here at USC. He has published three collections of p... Read More →


Sunday April 22, 2018 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Newstory Stage

2:40pm

Allison Benis White, Reading from "Please Bury Me in This"
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avatar for Allison Benis White

Allison Benis White

White is the author of three collections of poetry: "Please Bury Me in This," winner of the 2018 Rilke Prize, | "Small Porcelain Head," selected by Claudia Rankine for the Four Way Books Levis Prize, and "Self-Portrait | with Crayon," winner of the Cleveland State University... Read More →


Sunday April 22, 2018 2:40pm - 3:00pm
Poetry Stage, Signing Area 2

3:00pm

Diana Arterian, Reading from "Playing Monster::Seiche"
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avatar for Diana Arterian

Diana Arterian

Arterian is the author of "Playing Monster :: Seiche" (1913 Press), the chapbooks "With Lightness & Darkness and Other Brief Pieces" (Essay Press) and "Death Centos" (Ugly Duckling Presse), and coeditor of "Among Margins: Critical & Lyrical Writing on Aesthetics" (Ricochet). Her... Read More →


Sunday April 22, 2018 3:00pm - 3:20pm
Poetry Stage, Signing Area 2

3:00pm

Malcolm Mitchell, Author of "The Magician's Hat"
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avatar for Malcolm Mitchell

Malcolm Mitchell

Mitchell is a football player drafted by the New England Patriots in May of 2016. He was named 2016 Georgia | Writer’s Association Children’s Author of the Year and was the 2017 Super Bowl Champion and American's | Promise Alliance Hero Award Winner. His debut book is "Th... Read More →


Sunday April 22, 2018 3:00pm - 3:25pm
Reading by 9 Children's Stage, Signing Area 7

3:00pm

The Entertainment Industry: Behind the Scenes, Conversation 2094
Moderators
avatar for M.G. Lord

M.G. Lord

Lord is an author, critic and cartoonist. Her most recent book is "The Accidental Feminist: How Elizabeth Taylor Raised Our Consciousness and We Were Too Distracted by Her Beauty to Notice." She also wrote "Forever Barbie: The Unauthorized Biography of a Real Doll" as well as "As... Read More →

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avatar for Ben Fritz

Ben Fritz

Fritz is a reporter for the Wall Street Journal, covering the entertainment industry. He has also covered | Hollywood for the Los Angeles Times and Variety, and is coauthor of the best-selling "All the President's | Spin." His most recent work is "The Big Picture: The Fight f... Read More →
avatar for Amy Kaufman

Amy Kaufman

Kaufman is a staff writer at the LA Times, where she has covered film, celebrity, and pop culture since 2009. | She reports from industry events like the Academy Awards, the Sundance Film Festival and the Grammys. In | addition to profiling hundreds of stars—Lady Gaga, Juli... Read More →
avatar for Gerrick Kennedy

Gerrick Kennedy

Kennedy is a music writer for the Los Angeles Times covering pop, R&B/soul and hip-hop. An Ohio native, he | came to The Times as an intern in 2009. On the pop music team, he’s found his favorite stories while smoking | cigars with Nas, being trapped on a Kid Rock-themed mus... Read More →
avatar for Kenneth Turan

Kenneth Turan

Turan is film critic for the Los Angeles Times and National Public Radio’s Morning Edition as well as the | director of the Los Angeles Times Book Prizes. He has been a staff writer for the Washington Post as well as | the Times’ book review editor. A graduate of Swarthmo... Read More →


Sunday April 22, 2018 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Seeley G. Mudd 123, Signing Area 4

3:00pm

Urbanism: How We Make Cities, Conversation 2054
Moderators
avatar for Christopher Hawthorne

Christopher Hawthorne

Hawthorne was the architecture critic for the Los Angeles Times from 2004 to March 2018. Before coming to The Times, he was architecture critic for Slate and a frequent contributor to the New York Times. He is the author, with Alanna Stang, of “The Green House: New Directions i... Read More →

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avatar for Chris Myers Asch

Chris Myers Asch

Asch, a native of Washington, D.C., is the Editor of Washington History and teaches history at Colby College while running the Capital Area New Mainers Project. He co-founded the Sunflower County Freedom Project and the U.S. Public Service Academy initiative. He is the author of... Read More →
avatar for Geoff Manaugh

Geoff Manaugh

Manaugh a Los Angeles-based freelance writer covering cities and technology for The Atlantic, The New York | Times Magazine, and many other publications. His most recent book is called "A Burglar's Guide to the City."
avatar for Alissa Walker

Alissa Walker

Walker connects people with where they live through writing, speaking, and walking. As urbanism editor at | Curbed, she covers pioneering transit, clever civic design, and game-changing policy affecting our cities. | Alissa has been named a USC Annenberg/Getty Arts Journalism... Read More →


Sunday April 22, 2018 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Salvatori Computer Science Center 101, Signing Area 4

3:00pm

The Politics of L.A. Spaces: From Architectural Icons to Homelessness and Gentrification, Conversation 2144
Moderators
avatar for David L. Ulin

David L. Ulin

Ulin is the author, most recently, of "Sidewalking: Coming to Terms with Los Angeles," a finalist for the | PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay, and the novel "Ear to the Ground," co-written with | Paul Kolsby. A 2015 Guggenheim Fellow, he is the former b... Read More →

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avatar for Ken Breisch

Ken Breisch

Breisch is an Associate Professor in the School of Architecture at the University of Southern California, and | the author of books on American libraries (Library of Congress, 2017), the "Los Angeles Public Library" (Getty | Research Institute, 2016) and the libraries of Henr... Read More →
avatar for Sesshu Foster

Sesshu Foster

Foster has taught in East L.A. for 30 years. Winner of two American Book Awards, his most recent books are | the chapbook, "Praying Mantis" (Business Bear Press, 2017) and the hybrid "City of the Future" (Kaya Press, | 2018).
avatar for R. Scott Mitchell

R. Scott Mitchell

Mitchell is owner/principal of Gigante AG, a Los Angeles design-build and fabrication consulting firm. His | work has appeared in Art News, ArtForum, Paper Magazine and the 826National publication Essentially Odd. | Since 2007 he has been teaching digital fabrication and desi... Read More →


Sunday April 22, 2018 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Wallis Annenberg Hall, presented by USC, Signing Area 10

3:00pm

Getting Real: Young Adult Fiction and Social Justice, Conversation 2034
Moderators
avatar for Brandy Colbert

Brandy Colbert

Colbert's debut novel, "Pointe," won the 2014 Cybils Award for YA Fiction and was named a Best Book of 2014 | by Publishers Weekly, BuzzFeed, Book Riot, and more. She is also the author of "Little & Lion," winner of the | 2018 Stonewall Book Award for YA Fiction. Her next nov... Read More →

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avatar for John Jennings

John Jennings

Jennings co-edited the Eisner-nominated anthology "The Blacker the Ink." He is a professor of media and | cultural studies at the University of California, Riverside, and the Nasir Jones Hip Hop Fellowship at Harvard's | Hutchins Center for African & African-American Research... Read More →
avatar for Randy Ribay

Randy Ribay

Ribay was born in the Philippines and raised in Michigan and Colorado. After a decade on the East Coast, he | now lives and teaches in the San Francisco Bay Area with his wife and two dog-children. His most recent book is "After | the Shot Drops."
avatar for Nic Stone

Nic Stone

Stone was born and raised in a suburb of Atlanta, GA. After graduating from Spelman College, she worked in | teen mentoring and lived in Israel for a few years before returning to the US to write full-time. Growing up | with a range of cultures, religions, and backgrounds, St... Read More →


Sunday April 22, 2018 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Town & Gown, Signing Area 1

3:00pm

Story Smash: The Storytelling Gameshow! Live at LA Times Newstory! (Parental guidance suggested), Conversation 2084
Warning: this comic occasionally contains strong language or adult subject matter, which may be unsuitable for children.
You’ve heard of American Idol and Dancing With The Stars? Now there’s Story Smash: The Storytelling Gameshow! Contestants spin the Wheel of Stories and tell a true 1, 2, or 3 minute story on the topic they land on. Join host Christine Blackburn and 3 expert judges, along with 5 comedians for an afternoon of worthy stories and a lot of laughs! Say it with me- SPIN THAT WHEEL! (Produced by Story Worthy Media and Jon Cohen).
Judges: Peter Mehlman, Kelly Carlin, and Matt Oswalt
Contestants: Paul Shirley, Christopher Rivas, Melanie Maras, and Margot Leitman
Producers: Christine Blackburn, Jon Cohen




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avatar for Christine Blackburn

Christine Blackburn

You've heard of American Idol and Dancing With The Stars? Now there's Story Smash The Storytelling | Gameshow! Contestants spin the Wheel of Stories and tell a true 1, 2 or 3 minute story on the topic they land | on. Join host Christine Blackburn, 3 expert judges, and 5 comed... Read More →
avatar for Jon Cohen

Jon Cohen

Cohen is the Director of Talent at the wonderful podcast company Wondery. In addition to his work at Wondery, he is the producer of Story Smash and writer/creator of “Howard’s Hot Roommate“ and “Howard Gets An Interview.” You can check out both at www.meethoward.com.

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avatar for Christina Anthony

Christina Anthony

Anthony was chosen by TBS & Refinery29 as a 2017 Finalist in the RIOT Comedy Writers Lab. She is a writer/performer/improviser best known as an alum of the Second City Chicago where she co-wrote three original sketch revues. She has appeared on Comedy Central as a series regular... Read More →
avatar for Kelly Carlin

Kelly Carlin

Carlin is a thinker, writer, talker and doodler. She¹s funny, serious, silly and deep. Sometimes she wishes she were Carol Burnett, other days it¹s Patti Smith, but mostly it¹s Oprah Winfrey. It¹s complicated. Her fascinations range from discovering how to live a true and dee... Read More →
avatar for Margot Leitman

Margot Leitman

Leitman is a storyteller, comedian, writer and teacher. She is the best-selling author of "Long Story Short- the Only Storytelling Guide You'll Ever Need" from Sasquatch Books/Random House and the comedic memoir "Gawky...Tales of an Extra Long Awkward Phase" from Seal Press/ Pers... Read More →
avatar for Melanie Maras

Melanie Maras

Maras is a two time Moth StorySLAM winner and the storytelling champion of IO West's Funny Women Festival 2015. She is the host of Shoot 'Em Up, a storytelling show produced by Moth producer Gary Buchler. Melanie's digital series, International Mutt, is currently being developed... Read More →
avatar for Peter Mehlman

Peter Mehlman

Mehlman is a comedy writer and author who is best known for writing and producing on Seinfeld for nine years. Episodes he wrote or co-wrote on include the “Yada Yada Yadda” episode, “The Smelly Car,” “The Hamptons” and many more. Mehlman also created the series “It... Read More →
avatar for Matt Oswalt

Matt Oswalt

Oswalt is a staff writer on Mystery Science 3000 and writes jokes for awards shows. You can follow him on Twitter at @MattOswaltVA and if you like sunsets and hockey feel free to swipe right on Tinder.
avatar for Christopher Rivas

Christopher Rivas

Rivas is a writer, storyteller, activist, and actor. You've seen him on Grey's Anatomy, Shameless, 2 Broke Girls and many other television shows. Find him at christopherrviasstorytelling.com
avatar for Paul Shirley

Paul Shirley

Shirley is a former Iowa State University and professional basketball player who has played for the Chicago Bulls, the Phoenix Suns, and the Atlanta Hawks. He is also a published author. His first book was “Can I Keep My Jersey?” and his latest book, “Stories I Tell on Date... Read More →


Sunday April 22, 2018 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Annenberg Auditorium, presented by Newstory, Signing Area 3

3:00pm

Reza Aslan in Conversation with Jonathan Kirsch, Conversation 2014
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avatar for Jonathan Kirsch

Jonathan Kirsch

Kirsch, longtime book reviewer and author of 13 books, is the book editor of the Jewish Journal. He is also an | attorney specializing in publishing and a member of the faculty for NYU's Summer Publishing Institute.

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avatar for Reza Aslan

Reza Aslan

Aslan is a religions scholar and writer whose books include New York Times bestseller "Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth," international bestseller "No god but God: The Origins, Evolution, and Future of Islam," and most recently "God: A Human History." He was an exe... Read More →


Sunday April 22, 2018 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Hancock Foundation, Signing Area 1

3:00pm

Hip-Hop as Storytelling: The Four Elements, presented by the Universal Hip Hop Museum, Conversation 2134
A conversation with West Coast hip hop pioneers, representing each of the four elements of hip hop: MCing, DJing, graffiti and breakdancing. Moderated by Marq “DJ Cli-N-Tel” Hawkins, this panel will introduce the fifth element: Knowledge. Founded by hip hop pioneers, and chartered by the New York State Department of Education Board of Regents, the Universal of Hip Hop Museum aims to preserve, showcase and celebrate the culture’s past, present and future.

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Speakers
avatar for Hector

Hector "Hex" Rios

Rios is one of the earliest known and well-respected hip-hop graffiti pioneers of the west coast. His contributions to the international scene have influenced thousands of artists in all disciplines, ranging from graffiti arts, museum exhibits, animators, and more. Hex, the inven... Read More →
avatar for James

James "J-Ro" Robinson

Robinson, better known by his stage name J-Ro, is an American rapper from Los Angeles, California. Robinson is the CFO of Antics International Distribution Inc. He is best known for being a member of Tha Alkaholiks, with whom he has released five albums. J-Ro released his debut solo album... Read More →
avatar for Mone

Mone "Medusa" Smith

Smith is the undisputed Queen of West Coast underground hip-hop. She has shared the stage with artists including Stevie Wonder, KRS-ONE, George Clinton, Public Enemy, Erykah Badu, Roy Ayers, Common, Meshell Ndegeocello, and MC Lyte. She was the winner of a 2014 Female Hip-Hop Hon... Read More →
avatar for Chris

Chris "The Glove" Taylor

Taylor began his career as a Los Angeles area DJ at the world-renowned Club Radio (RADIOTRON), and appeared in the movies; “Breakin’,” and “Breakin’ 2: Electric Boogaloo” as himself, alongside Ice-T. Glove produced the hit singles "Reckless" featuring Ice-T, "Phone Ta... Read More →
avatar for OG TicTac

OG TicTac

Gilbert “Original TicTac” Albrego began his dance career back in 1972. He was mentored by locking legends Fred Allen "Rerun" Berry, Greg Campbellock Jr., and Slim Robot. In 1974, he started to create his art form of Ticing. Originally a street performer, he became a professio... Read More →
avatar for Ms. Toi

Ms. Toi

Ms.Toi was born in Cook County Hospital in Chicago (south side), Illinois, and raised in Inglewood California —“two of the coldest places in America.” She says "It's good to be known for what I love; I've had this passion for music all my life." Ms. Toi has released six alb... Read More →
avatar for Alonzo

Alonzo "Grandmaster Lonzo" Williams

Williams, “the undisputed godfather of west coast hip-hop,” speaks to youth and young adults to educate and inspire. In his speaking engagements, he explores the psychological effects of hip-hop, as well as the legal and financial ramifications of music, as he shares the stor... Read More →


Sunday April 22, 2018 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Norris Theater, presented by Newstory, Signing Area 5

3:10pm

Tiah Giná: R&B Musical Performance
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Sunday April 22, 2018 3:10pm - 3:40pm
USC Stage

3:20pm

Gail Wronsky, Reading from "Imperfect Pastorals"
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avatar for Gail Wronsky

Gail Wronsky

Wronsky is the author, coauthor, or translator of 13 books of poetry and prose, including most recently the | book "Imperfect Pastorals." She has published widely in journals and anthologies including "Poetry," "Boston | Review," "Volt," "Poems Against War," "Wide Awake," and... Read More →


Sunday April 22, 2018 3:20pm - 3:40pm
Poetry Stage, Signing Area 2

3:30pm

James Burks, author of "When Pigs Fly"
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avatar for James Burks

James Burks

Burks has written and illustrated a number of children's books, including the Bird and Squirrel graphic novel | series and "Gabby and Gator," which was selected as a Read Across America title in 2012. Before beginning | his career in books, he worked in the world of animation... Read More →


Sunday April 22, 2018 3:30pm - 3:55pm
Reading by 9 Children's Stage, Signing Area 7

3:30pm

Arts+Culture: Past, Present, Future, Curated by Marty Preciado, EIC of NYLON en Español, Conversation 2044
How does archival literature, revisit, reframe and reshape the conversation about space, identity and participation of Latinx creative communities in the tracing of culture in Los Angeles?

Arts+Culture past, present, future will focus in the traditional forms of archival procedures extending to social media hence broadening audiences and access to information and knowledge.

Moderators
avatar for Marty Preciado

Marty Preciado

Marty Preciado is a researcher, writer, editor. Research and writing focuses on transcultural exchange of politics and gender, with an emphasis on music, arts and culture. Preciado established an arts&culture advocacy and marketing firm; assisting, supporting and consulting organ... Read More →

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avatar for Samanta Helou Hernandez

Samanta Helou Hernandez

Samanta Helou Herandez is a multimedia journalist and visual storyteller. Her work revolves around Latinx culture and how it informs identity, history, and social issues. She has been published in publications such as LA Weekly, Remezcla, and KCET, among others. In 2017, she star... Read More →
avatar for Jorge N. Leal

Jorge N. Leal

Leal is an urban and cultural historian whose research focuses on the historical experiences of transnational Latina/o urban communities in Southern California in the last third of the twentieth-century. In particular, Leal explores the ways in which Youth Culture participants cr... Read More →
avatar for Alejandra Olmedo

Alejandra Olmedo

A Certain Girl zine began with Alejandra Olmedo, her magazines, her bedroom, and a camera. Since then it has grown to a digital platform, mixing in the tradition DIY with modern technology. Alejandra grew up with a steady diet of Mexican Novelas, old B-horror movies and vinyl rec... Read More →
avatar for Guadalupe Rosales

Guadalupe Rosales

Artist and curator Guadalupe Rosales archives and preserves artifacts and memorabilia focusing in SoCal 1990s rave culture and party crew scene. @Map_Pointz is a digital archive ranging from photographs to archival records revisiting the identity expression, formation and disrupt... Read More →


Sunday April 22, 2018 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Andrus Gerontology Center, Signing Area 4

3:30pm

Wes Avila, Author of "Guerrilla Tacos: Recipes from the Streets of L.A." presented by Pacific Sales
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avatar for Wes Avila

Wes Avila

Avila first started Guerrilla Tacos in 2012 setting out to do something good. He had gone to culinary schools in California and France, had cooked alongside some of the most recognized chefs in the world--Walter Manzke, Gary Menes, Alain Ducasse--and was ready to start his own th... Read More →


Sunday April 22, 2018 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Pacific Sales Cooking Stage, Signing Area 6

3:30pm

Young Adult Fiction: Culture & Belonging
Moderators
avatar for Mallika Seshadri

Mallika Seshadri

Seshadri's articles have been published in the Essential Education section of the Los Angeles Times and the LA Times High School Insider, where she is a Student Advisory Board member. She spent last summer at the School of the New York Times. Recently, she won 1st place in editor... Read More →
avatar for Elissa Sussman

Elissa Sussman

Sussman is a writer, a reader and a pumpkin pie eater. She received her BA from Sarah Lawrence College and in a previous life managed animators and organized spreadsheets at some of the best animation studios in the world, including Nickelodeon, Disney, Dreamworks and Sony Imagew... Read More →

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avatar for Melissa de la Cruz

Melissa de la Cruz

De la Cruz is the #1 New York Times, USA Today, Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times and Publishers Weekly | internationally bestselling author of many critically acclaimed novels. Her "Blue Bloods" series has sold | over three million copies, and the "Witches of East End" s... Read More →
avatar for Veera Hiranandani

Veera Hiranandani

Hiranandani earned her MFA in creative writing at Sarah Lawrence College. She is the author of "The Whole | Story of Half a Girl," which was named a Sydney Taylor Notable Book and a South Asian Book Award Finalist. A | former book editor, she now teaches creative writing at Sa... Read More →
avatar for Emily X.R. Pan

Emily X.R. Pan

Pan is the author of the New York Times bestseller "The Astonishing Color After," named by the Wall Street Journal as one of thetop twelve books of the season. She received her MFA in fiction from NYU, where she was a GoldwaterFellow. She is a co-creator of "Foreshadow: A Serial... Read More →


Sunday April 22, 2018 3:30pm - 4:30pm
YA Stage, presented by HS Insider, Signing Area 9

3:30pm

Crime Fiction: City of Angels, Conversation 2124
Moderators
avatar for Paula L. Woods

Paula L. Woods

Woods is an author, editor and book critic. Her Charlotte Justice mysteries featured African-American LAPD | homicide detective Charlotte Justice. She is the editor of several anthologies, including "Spooks, Spies and | Private Eyes," a groundbreaking collection of African-Am... Read More →

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avatar for Ryan Gattis

Ryan Gattis

Gattis is the author of "Safe," "Kung Fu High School," and "All Involved: A Novel of the 1992 L.A. Riots," which | won the American Library Association's Alex Award and the Lire Award for Noir of the Year in France. He lives | and writes in Los Angeles, where he is a member o... Read More →
avatar for Joe Ide

Joe Ide

Ide is of Japanese American descent. Growing up in South Central Los Angeles, Joe's favorite books were the | "Conan Doyle Sherlock Holmes" stories. Joe went on to earn a graduate degree and had several careers | before writing his debut novel, "IQ," inspired by his early exp... Read More →
avatar for Melissa Scrivner Love

Melissa Scrivner Love

Love earned a master's degree in English literature from New York University. She has lived in Los Angeles for | over a decade. During that time, she has written for several television shows, among them “Life,” “CSI: Miami,” | “Person of Interest,” and “Rosewood... Read More →


Sunday April 22, 2018 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Taper Hall 101, Signing Area 5

3:40pm

Michael Waters, Reading from "The Dean of Discipline"
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avatar for Michael Waters

Michael Waters

Waters is 2017 Guggenheim Fellow. His books include "The Dean of Discipline," "Celestial Joyride," "Gospel | Night," "Darling Vulgarity," and "Parthenopi: New and Selected Poems." His poems appear in Poetry, Paris | Review, Yale Review, Kenyon Review, The Progressive, and Rol... Read More →


Sunday April 22, 2018 3:40pm - 4:00pm
Poetry Stage, Signing Area 2

3:40pm

Leslie Odom, Jr., Author of "Failing Up: How to Take Risks, Aim Higher, and Never Stop Learning" in Conversation with Mary McNamara
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avatar for Leslie Odom, Jr.

Leslie Odom, Jr.

Odom Jr. burst on the scene in 2015, originating the role of Aaron Burr in the Broadway musical phenomenon | “Hamilton.” Since then, he has performed for sold-out audiences, sung for the Obamas at the White House, | and won a Tony Award for Best Leading Actor in a Musical... Read More →
avatar for Mary McNamara

Mary McNamara

McNamara was named assistant managing editor for arts and entertainment at the Times in 2016. She was previously the | television critic and senior culture editor. A Pulitzer Prize winner in 2015 and finalist for criticism in 2013 and | 2014, she has won various awards for cr... Read More →


Sunday April 22, 2018 3:40pm - 4:20pm
Los Angeles Times Main Stage, Signing Area 8

3:40pm

Los Angeles: The Sports Capital of the World
Moderators
avatar for Angel Rodriguez

Angel Rodriguez

Rodriguez is the sports editor of the Los Angeles Times. He joined The Times in 2015 after spending a year as | a deputy editor for mobile innovation at the Washington Post. Prior to joining the Post, he spent two years as | sports editor of the Cincinnati Enquirer. He has al... Read More →

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Sam Farmer

Farmer, a three-time finalist for California Sportswriter of the Year, is in his 20th season covering the NFL. Because he works for the Los Angeles Times in a city that only recently got an NFL team, he's had unique assignments such as traveling with an officiating crew, spending... Read More →
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Dylan Hernandez

Hernandez is a sports columnist with the Los Angeles Times. Before that, he was the Dodgers beat writer. | Hernandez grew up in South Pasadena and graduated from UCLA in 2002, after which he worked at the San | Jose Mercury News for five years.
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Bill Plaschke

Plaschke has been an L.A. Times columnist since 1996. He has been named national sports columnist of the year six times by the Associated Press, and twice by the Society of Professional Journalists and National Headliner Awards. He is the author of five books, including a collect... Read More →
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Lindsey Thiry

Thiry has been a sideline reporter for Fox Sports 1 and Fox Sports West and has written for Scout.com, where | she became an authority on USC football and college recruiting. She has been a contributor to the Los Angeles Times | for two years. She joined the staff in 2016 as... Read More →
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David Wharton

Wharton is a feature sportswriter for the Los Angeles Times. His work has won the Associated Press Sports Editors award for enterprise reporting and has been selected for the prestigious “Best American Sports Writing.” He has written for magazines such as Surfer and Men’s F... Read More →


Sunday April 22, 2018 3:40pm - 4:20pm
L.A. Times Central

4:00pm

Nan Cohen, Reading from "Unfinished City"
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Nan Cohen

Cohen is the author of two poetry collections, "Rope Bridge" (2005) and "Unfinished City" (2017). The recipient | of a Wallace Stegner Fellowship, a Rona Jaffe Writer's Award, and a Literature Fellowship from the National | Endowment for the Arts, she is also the longtime poe... Read More →


Sunday April 22, 2018 4:00pm - 4:20pm
Poetry Stage, Signing Area 2

4:00pm

4:00pm

"Cover to Cover": Musicians, Comedians and Authors Perform the Works that Inspired Them
From the creators of "Thrilling Adventure Hour," Cover to Cover showcases musicians, comedians, and authors as they perform and discuss the works that inspired them. Hosted by actor and improvisor Tawny Newsome (Bajillion Dollar Propertie$), artists will reveal the works that provide the DNA of their own music, comedy, and prose. Singers perform backed by Jordan Katz & the Elements of Style.

Speakers
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Ben Blacker

Blacker, with his writing partner Ben Acker, is the co-creator of “The Thrilling Adventure Hour,” the lauded stage show and podcast. Their television credits include “Supernatural” and “Puss in Boots.” In comics, they've written for Marvel, Boom!, and others. “Star... Read More →
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Inara George

George is a singer-songwriter who is one-half of the indie-pop duo The Bird and the Bee, the group known for | albums like “Please Clap Your Hands.” She is also a member of the music group The Living Sisters.
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Jordan Katz

Katz is a Los Angeles-based trumpet player, banjo player, and composer. He has toured with Brother Ali and | De La Soul, founded the LACon residency, played both trumpet and banjo with the indie-folk band Common | Rotation, and has performed and/or recorded with such luminous... Read More →
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Yassir Lester

Lester is a stand-up comedian, writer, and actor. He has written for “Girls” on HBO, “The Carmichael Show” | on NBC, “Black Dynamite” and “Mr. Pickles” on Adult Swim and currently appears on “Making History” on FOX.
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Madeline Miller

Miller was born in Boston and attended Brown University where she earned her BA and MA in Classics. She | lives in Narbeth, PA with her husband and two children. "The Song of Achilles" was awarded the Orange Prize | for Fiction and has been translated into twenty-five languag... Read More →
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Tawny Newsome

Newsome is a sketch and improv comedian from the Second City Mainstage in Chicago. She has acted in Chicago Shakespeare Theater, and “The Upstairs Concierge,” at the Goodman Theatre, along with the Seeso Original series Bajillion Dollar Propertie$, and as Nina in “The Comed... Read More →


Sunday April 22, 2018 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Newstory Stage

4:00pm

Google News Initiative & Mission-Driven Creativity, Conversation 2164
The newly launched Google News Initiative is committed to elevating and strengthening quality journalism, evolving business models to drive sustainable growth, empowering news organizations through technological innovation and bringing training to 500,000 journalists in 2018.
We'll discuss mission-driven creativity, new forms of storytelling and how the GNI Training Center was designed to provide targeted training on the latest digital tools to help equip today's journalists for the future of journalism.

Moderators
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Jason Nichols

Executive Creative Director, enso
Nichols is a Creative Director at enso Collaborative, playing a key role in overseeing integrated brand platforms. His clients include Google Policy, Google SMB Marketing, Google Fiber, Google Brand and Reputation, #freeandopen, Google.org, Omidyar Network, Ashoka, Humanity Unite... Read More →

Speakers
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Nicholas Whitaker

Training and Development Manager, Google News Initiative
Whitaker is the Training and Development Manager at the Google News Lab - a global team dedicated to working with journalists to provide training, collaborate on industry challenges, and support innovation in the newsroom. The News Lab forms part of the Google News Initiative, an... Read More →


4:00pm

Sports and Social Media featuring Former USC and UCLA Football Stars, Conversation 2155
Social media is bringing athletes and fans closer together. Learn how emerging media platforms like TaleGate are providing new opportunities for fans to get closer than ever to their favorite active and former athletes.

Moderators
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Khaled Holmes

Holmes is a former Captain of the USC Football Team and recently retired from the NFL after a four-year career. | He graduated from USC with a double major in Classics and Communication and a masters in Social and | Digital Media from the Annenberg School of Communication. He... Read More →

Speakers

4:20pm

Edoardo Ponti, Reading from "Letters From a Young Father"
Speakers
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Edoardo Ponti

Ponti is a film director who divides his time between California and Italy. He has made a name for himself in | the industry with numerous award-winning shorts and feature films, as well as plays and an opera. "Letters from a Young Father" is his first book of poetry.


Sunday April 22, 2018 4:20pm - 4:40pm
Poetry Stage, Signing Area 2

4:30pm

ALAJE: Afro-Latin Jazz Musical Performance
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ALAJE

ALAJE, directed by Aaron Serfaty, is one of several ensembles housed within the USC Thornton School of Music, providing jazz studies students the opportunity to arrange and perform a range of musical selections, from standards to original compositions, making ALAJE a launching po... Read More →


Sunday April 22, 2018 4:30pm - 5:00pm
USC Stage

4:40pm

826LA Manual Arts High School Students, Reading from Through the Same Halls: Journeys of Elders Born and Raised in South Central and Beyond
"Through the Same Halls" is written by the students of Manual Arts Senior High School with a foreword by Donald Bakeer and photography by Star Montana and Las Fotos Project. Students will be reading excerpts from their interviews and essays. 

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826LA

826LA is a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting students ages 6 to 18 with their writing skills, and to helping teachers inspire their students to write. Through its centers in Echo Park and Mar Vista and a school-based site at Manual Arts Senior High School, 826LA serv... Read More →


Sunday April 22, 2018 4:40pm - 5:00pm
Poetry Stage, Signing Area 2