Saturday, April 17

Guy Raz and Mindy Thomas, "Wow in the World," with Zooey Deschanel

Hosted by Yvonne Villareal
10:30a
Podcast hosts Raz and Thomas take readers on a fact-filled journey through the human body with Award-Winning Actress Zooey Deschanel. Featuring hilarious illustrations, jokes, photos, quizzes, and experiments to better understand your own body!
Sunday, April 18

Meena Harris, "Ambitious Girl"

10:00a
Conversation with Mary McNamara
Anyone who's ever been underestimated or overshadowed will find inspiration in this empowering new picture book from bestselling author Meena Harris. This is a timely and inspiring must-read for every little girl!
Sunday, April 18

Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Co-author of "Food Between Friends: A Cookbook"

2:oop
Conversation with Matt Brennan
Best friends Jesse Tyler Ferguson, star of Modern Family, and recipe developer Julie Tanous pay homage to their hometowns as they whip up modern California food with Southern and Southwestern spins in their debut cookbook.
Monday, April 19

Richard Thompson, "Beeswing: Losing My Way and Finding My Voice 1967-1975"

5:00p
Conversation with RJ Smith
Richard has graciously agreed to play two songs!
In his memoir, Richard recreates the spirit of the 1960s, where he found, and then lost, and then found his way again. This legendary British folk musician takes us back to the late 1960s, a period of great change and creativity.
Tuesday, April 20

Don Lemon, "This is the Fire: What I Say to My Friends About Racism"

Noon
Conversation with Greg Braxton
The host of CNN Tonight with Don Lemon  -- America’s only Black prime-time anchor -- brings an urgent, deeply personal, riveting plea, he shows us all how deep our problems lie, and what we can do to begin to fix them. In conversation with L.A. Times staff writer Greg Braxton.

Saturday, April 17

Festival of Books Kickoff

10:00a
Presented with USC
Join us for the kick off the 26th Annual Virtual Festival of Books featuring the President of USC, Dr. Carol L. Folt along with surprise appearances by favorite L.A. Times writers, as well as a performance by the USC Trojan Marching Band. Please join in this prelude to  the week-long celebration of books with stimulating conversations, panels, children’s and poetry readings and more!
Saturday, April 17

Selfies for Social Change: Claiming Space in Social Media

2:00p
Presented by USC
Creators and influencers who use digital outlets to claim space and empower communities discuss how social media can be used for social good.
Sunday, April 18

Music, Money, and Mindfulness

4:00p
Presented by USC
Authors and experts explore the art and impact of music from multiple angles, including the relationship between music and mindfulness and how to succeed in the industry.
Tuesday, April 20

Making History: Media, Stories, History, and Memory

6:00p
Presented by USC
A lively panel of celebrated USC authors discuss their work and the fascinating connections between stories, media, history, and memory.
Thrusday, April 22

Eastside Punks, Screening and Conversation

7:00p
Presented by USC
Celebrate the release of Eastside Punks, a series of documentary shorts produced by Razorcake magazine about first-generation East L.A. punk bands. Excerpts of the films will be screened followed by a conversation with the director and subjects.

2020 HIGHLIGHTS

Fiction: All You Need is Love with “Crazy Rich Asians” author Kevin Kwan and co-authors of “The Royal We,” Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan
Explore immigration with Maria Hinojosa, Author of “Once I Was You” and Laila Lalami, Author of “Conditional Citizens
A reading and conversation with co-authors of “Chicken of the Sea," Viet Thanh Nguyen and Ellison Nguyen, presented by USC
A reading and conversation with Natalie Portman, author of “Natalie Portman's Fables."
Ilyasah Shabazz & Abby West discuss The Autobiography of Malcolm X, presented by Audible
Marilynne Robinson, Author of “Jack,” in Conversation with Héctor Tobar
Ayad Akhtar, Author of “Homeland Elegies,” in Conversation with Reza Aslan
Jerry Brown and Jim Newton, Author of Man of Tomorrow in Conversation with Gustavo Arellano

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