The Festival of Books is this weekend in Los Angeles. This is a great event every year. Bestselling writers, musicians, chefs, filmmakers and more will light up your imagination and spark new ideas. Attend indoor discussions ranging from enlightening to epic, with today’s most talked about authors as well as exclusive film screenings. Q&A’s to follow. There will be hundreds of booksellers, book-signing opportunities, panels discussions, readings and other events.
The recipient of the 2013 Robert Kirsch Award for lifetime achievement is Susan Straight, Professor of Creative Writing at UC Riverside, author of eight novels and two books for children, essayist, short story writer and reviewer.
The recipient of the 2013 Innovator’s Award, which spotlights cutting-edge business models, technology or applications of narrative art, is award-winning Young Adult writer and activist John Green.
The event is the largest public literary festival in the nation, and has been put on by The Los Angeles Times and other sponsors for 19 years. The Los Angeles Times is the largest metropolitan daily newspaper in the country, with a daily readership of 1.5 million and 2.6 million on Sunday, more than 22 million unique latimes.com visitors monthly and a combined print and online local weekly audience of 4 million. The Pulitzer Prize-winning Times has been covering Southern California for more than 132 years.
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