It’s not officially spring until the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books kicks off in April…even if the calendar says it’s been spring for a month. This year’s Festival is filled with amazing writers, performers, and, as usual, a bunch of your favorite UCR people, including our faculty, our students, our alums, scads of our guest faculty, and, more importantly, a booth stocked with water, food, and shade. Here’s where you can find our people:
Our booth — #134 — is located along the main fairway on Trousdale, just north of Tommy Trojan. We’ll be there all day, both days. If you’re interested in applying to the program, program administrators, professors, students, and alums will be there to provide salient information. If you’re a student or alum, we’ll have electrical outlets to charge your phones, water and candy to charge your bodies, and plenty of room to dump your purchases.
Our friends at the Pen & Paper Writing Workshops, run by alum Charles Thompson, will be in booth #065. He’ll be joined by fellow alums/big time famous writers Senta Scarborough, Sara Marchant, Lia Langworthy holding several contests with the winners receiving free classes. They’ll have information and pricing for their classes, along with copious swag.
On Saturday night, our friends at Shades & Shadows, run by alum Xach Fromson, are holding an amazing evening off-site event at the Last Bookstore, with special guests Cory Doctorow, Gretchen McNeil, Jennifer Brody, Christina Cigala, Bobby Goldstein, CB Lee, Michael Paul Gonzalez, Kate Maruyama, and Samuel Satin. It begins at 7.
Yennie Cheung & Kathryn McGee will be signing their book DTLA 37 in booth 184 (Small Publishers, Artists & Writers Network) on Saturday, time TBA. Kathryn will also be signing on Sunday at 10:00 in booth #828, the Horror Writers Association.
Elizabeth Crane will be on the Art of the Short Story panel on Saturday at 3pm, with Scott O’Connor, Daniel Olivas, Susan Straight, and Matthew Specktor. She also be signing at the Counterpoint Press booth, #159, at 10:30am on Saturday.
Natashia Deon will be on the Women In Charge panel on Saturday at 4:30, with Amy Alkon, Melissa Carbone, and Krista Suh. She’ll also be signing in booth 159 (Counterpoint Press) at 1:30 on Saturday.
Gina Frangello will be on the Meaning of the Family panel with Nina Revoyr, Anne Raeff, Kirstin Chen, and Mark Sarvas on Saturday at 4:30.
Tod Goldberg will be appearing on Saturday at 1:30pm on the panel Crime Under The Sun, with Attica Locke and Ivy Pochoda. He’ll also be signing books on Sunday at the Counterpoint Press booth #159 at 11am.
Liska Jacobs will be on the Dark Side panel on Sunday at 2pm with T. Jefferson Parker, Antoine Wilson, and Janelle Brown.
Rob Roberge will be on the Past Is Never the Past panel on Saturday at 2pm, with Alexandra Marzano-Lesnevich, Paisley Rekdal, Daniel Hernandez, and Benjamin Taylor.
Mark Haskell Smith will be moderating the panel Coming of Age with Jonathan Evison, Jenny Zhang, and Chelsea Johnson at 11am on Saturday.
Deanne Stillman will be on the Telling Hidden Stories panel on Sunday at 1:30, with Howard Blum, Yunte Huang, Steven J. Ross, and Bill Boyarsky.
David L. Ulin will be on the Photography and Narrative panel on Sunday at 12:30 with Geoff Dyer, Lynell George, and Karen Tei Yamashita and The Politics of LA panel on Sunday at 3pm, with Ken Breisch, Sesshu Foster, and R. Scott Mitchell.
Lon Varnadore will be signing his books in booth 912 (Black Chateau) from 3-5pm on Saturday.