Saturday, April 17
10:00AM USC Stage
Festival of Books Kickoff, Presented with USC :: Dr. Carol L. Folt, L.A. Times Writers, Trojan Marching Band
10:30AM Main Stage / Kids
Guy Raz and Mindy Thomas, co-authors of "Wow in the World: The How and the Why of the Human Body," in conversation with Award-Winning Actress, Zooey Deschanel :: Yvonne Villarreal (Mod)
11:00AM Politics / History
Immigrants and American Society, A Historical Look :: Marcelo Hernandez Castillo, Anthony Cody, Adam Goodman, Jia Lynn Yang, Danial Hernandez (Mod)
12:00PM Young Adult
Young Adult Fiction: The Black Experience :: Dean Atta, Morgan Parker, Dr. Yusef Salaam, Ibi Zoboi, Hannah Gómez (Mod)
2:00PM USC Stage
Selfies for Social Change: Claiming Space in Social Media :: Presented by USC :: Jackson Bird, Akilah Hughes, Allissa V. Richardson, Ph.D., Colin Maclay (Mod)
3:00PM Politics / History
Criminal Justice in America :: Brittany K. Barnett, Emily Bazelon, Christine Montross, M.D., Sandy Banks (Mod)
4:00PM Crime Fiction
James Patterson Discusses his New Audible Original Drama, The Coldest Case, Presented by Audible :: Donna Wares (Mod)
5:00PM Politics / History
California Dreamin': Walter Mosley, Ron Brownstein and David L. Ulin on Los Angeles in the 1960's and 1970's
6:00PM Arts / Culture
Behind the Scenes: A Conversation About Filmmaking :: Glenn Frankel, Mark Harris, Melissa Maerz, Elvis Mitchell (Mod)
Sunday, April 18
10:00AM Main Stage / Kids
Meena Harris, author of "Ambitious Girl" in conversation with Mary McNamara
11:00AM Politics / History
Patrick Radden Keefe, Author of "Empire of Pain," in Conversation with Matt Hamilton
12:00PM Kids
L.A. Times en Español Presents a Bilingual Children's Picture Book Panel :: Jacqueline Alcántara, Monica Brown, Juana Martinez-Neal, NoNieqa Ramos, Angel Rodriguez (Mod)
1:00PM Fiction
Andrew O'Hagan, Author of "Mayflies," and Douglas Stuart, Author of "Shuggie Bain," in Conversation with Anousha Sakoui
2:00PM Main Stage / Cooking
Jesse Tyler Ferguson, author of "Food Between Friends" in conversation with Times Columnist Matt Brennan
3:00PM Fiction / Poetry
The Black Experience Across Genres :: S. A. Cosby, Danielle Evans, Nikky Finney, Robert Jones, Jr., Marcus Anthony Hunter (Mod)
4:00PM USC Stage
Music, Money, and Mindfulness :: Presented by USC :: Jeff Brabec, Lynn Helding, Richard "Wolfie" Wolf, Varun Soni (Mod)
5:00PM Fiction
Fiction Makes the World Go Round :: Chang-rae Lee, Meng Jin, Imbolo Mbue, Sanjena Sathian, Boris Kachka (Mod)
6:00PM Young Adult
Young Adult Fantasy: Magic and Mystery :: Tracy Deonn, Namina Forna, Daniel José Older, Sharon Levin (Mod)
Monday, April 19
5:00PM Main Stage
Richard Thompson, Author of "Beeswing: Losing My Way and Finding My Voice 1967-1975," in conversation with RJ Smith
6:00PM Fiction
This Moment in Fiction :: Sarah Shun-lien Bynum, Patricia Lockwood, Lauren Oyler, Amy Kaufman (Mod)
7:00PM Thriller/Mystery
Crime Fiction: Secrets and Suspense :: Christopher Bollen, Tod Goldberg, Jennifer Hillier, Paula L. Woods (Mod)
Tuesday, April 20
12:00PM Main Stage
Don Lemon, "This is the Fire: What I Say to My Friends About Racism" in conversation with Greg Braxton
5:00PM Fiction
Native American Literature: A Panel Honoring the Legacy of Leslie Marmon Silko, 2020 Robert Kirsch Award Winner :: Danielle Geller, Brandon Hobson, David Heska Wanbli Weiden
6:00PM USC Stage
Making History: Media, Stories, History, and Memory :: Presented by USC :: William Deverell, Viet Thanh Nguyen, Howard Rodman, Priya Jaikumar (Mod)
7:00PM Science Fiction
Speculative Fiction: The Real and Unreal :: Presented by the Ray Bradbury Foundation :: Amal El-Mohtar, Megan Giddings, Max Gladstone, Stephen Graham Jones, Kelly Link (Mod)
Thrusday, April 22
5:00PM Bio / Memoir
Terry Crews and Rebecca King Crews, creators of the Audible Original Stronger Together, in Conversation with Michael Ordoña
6:00PM Bio / Memoir
Memoir: Rebuilding Life After Loss :: Emily Rapp Black, Suleika Jaouad, Sara Seager, Dinah Lenney (Mod)
7:00PM USC Stage
Eastside Punks, A Screening and Conversation :: Presented by USC :: Jimmy Alvarado, Teresa Covarrubias, Tracy Lee (Skull) Garcia, Jack Rivera, Dino Everett (Mod)
Friday, April 23
11:00AM Politics / History
History: Racism and Exclusion in the United States :: Alice Baumgartner, Walter Johnson, Martha S. Jones, Anna-Lisa Grace Cox (Mod)
1:00PM Newstory
Gustavo Arellano with MacArthur Fellows :: Kelly Lytle Hernandez, Natalia Molina
2:00PM Science / Health
Science and Nature: From the Page to Wilder Places :: Jonathan Meiburg, Lulu Miller, Jonathan C. Slaght, Mary Forgione (Mod)
4:00PM Fiction
Kristin Hannah, Author of "The Four Winds," and C Pam Zhang, Author of "How Much of These Hills Is Gold," in Conversation with Patt Morrison
5:00PM Fiction
Fiction: The Art of Short Story :: Carribean Fragoza, Ben Okri, Deesha Philyaw, Shruti Swamy, Dorany Pineda (Mod)
6:00 PM Grammy Award-winning Singer-songwriter Brandi Carlile, author of "Broken Horses: A Memoir" in conversation with Mikael Wood
7:00PM Romance
Fiction: Swept Away By Romance :: Amalie Howard, Eloisa James, Erica Ridley, Vanessa Riley, Elle Jackson (Mod)