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Los Angeles Times Reveals Program for 18th Annual Festival of Books

Photo of Ryan Lattanzio By Ryan Lattanzio | TOH! March 25, 2013 at 6:27PM

The Los Angeles Times has published the program for its 18th Annual Festival of Books, which runs on the USC Campus the weekend of April 20-21. The lineup boasts over 400 notable literary personalities, celebrity chefs, political experts and other public figures who will entertain attendees with panels, discussions, debates and performances.
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Los Angeles Festival of Books

It must be spring. The LA Times has published its latest program, the 18th, for the Annual Festival of Books, which runs on the USC Campus the weekend of April 20-21. The lineup boasts over 400 notable literary personalities, celebrity chefs, political experts and other public figures who will entertain attendees with panels, discussions, debates and performances.

Literary personalities include Margaret Atwood, Daniel Handler (a.k.a. Lemony Snicket), Demetri Martin ("Point Your Face at This: Drawings"), Molly Ringwald ("When it Happens to You: A Novel in Stories") and Nia Vardalos ("Instant Mom"), among many more, who will offer readings and Q and A sessions. Some events to watch include a cooking demonstration by Alex Guarnaschelli of "Chopped" and "Iron Chef" on Saturday. At USC's School of Dramatic Arts, the Los Angeles Film Festival hosts a Sunday screening of "Tyler Perry Presents Peeples," written and directed by Tina Gordon Chism and starring Kerry Washington (view a trailer here).

Two cinema-centric events come to USC on Sunday. Philippe Petit, the tightrope-walking subject of the Oscar-winning documentary "Man on Wire" (2008), will speak on at the Annenberg Auditorium in a conversation aptly titled "Why Knot?" Refresh your memory of James Marsh's acclaimed documentary with a trailer below.

Later at the Norris Theater, entertainment journalist Margaret Wappler moderates a panel of authors including Matthew Specktor, author of the forthcoming novel "American Dream Machine" about two talent agents in Hollywood. 

View the complete schedule and list of performers, too tremendous to capture here, on the festival's website.


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.