LA Times Book Festival is Happening NOW! Recommendations for Saturday


Since 1996 The LA Times Book Festival has presented readings by esteemed authors, informational panels, interviews and performances featuring every genre of literature imaginable. This year also features the return of Newstory, which highlights storytelling “beyond the book.” This event category includes virtual reality, podcasts, television, film, and live music on three stages and a Newstory Playground of activations and exhibits.

Every year over 150,000 people gather on the campus of USC for the free festival. Some indoor events require reservations with a small ticketing fee, but it’s not too late to grab some sunscreen and comfortable shoes and head on down.

Highlights for today include:

10:30 AM Community leader, Homeboy Industries founder, and Jesuit Priest Father Gregory Boyle discussing his bestselling book “Barking to the Choir: The Power of Radical Kinship”

11 AM Cooking demonstration by Margarita Manzke, author if what may be THE cookbook of the year, “Baking at Republique.”

12 NOON L.A. Times food columnist Lucas Kwan Peterson leads Ruth Reichl, Jonathan Kauffman, Matt Lee and Ted Lee in a conversation about their lives and careers in the culinary world, along with delicious servings of food history, restaurant culture and the ins and outs of food journalism.

12 NOON The Bob Baker Marionettes

12 NOON A reunion of “Feminisms in Motion” co-editors and writers will highlight ten years of intersectional feminist thought and action published in the Los Angeles–based magazine.

1:30 PM Sandra Cisneros, Author of “Puro Amor,” interviewed by Esmeralda Bermudez

2:30 PM Gigi Gorgeous, Author of “He Said, She Said: Lessons, Stories and Mistakes from My Transgender Journey,” interviewed by Jessica Roy

4 PM Drop the Beat: Writing About Music – Conversation 1015 with Hanif Abdurraqib, Will Ashon and Gerrick Kennedy- REQUIRES TICKET

4:20 PM Live performance I See Hawks in L.A.

5:30 PM One Night in Los Angeles: The Thousand Oaks Shooting and Wildfires with Jaclyn Cosgrove, Soumya Karlamangla and Brittny Mejia

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Born and raised in the great city of Los Angeles, this food, culture and music-loving punk rock angeleno wants to turn you on to all that is funky, delicious and weird in the city. While Elise holds down the fort, her adventurous alter ego Kiki Maraschino is known to roam the country in search of catfish.
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