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22nd Annual LA Times Festival of Books

It is almost time for the return of the LA Times Festival of Books, the nation’s largest literary festival, April 22-23rd at the University of Southern California. The event will feature more than 500 authors, celebrities, musicians, artists and chefs. On Friday, April 21, the 37th annual Book Prizes will honor reading and educational activist Ruebén Martinez with the Innovator’s Award, novelist Thomas McGuane with the Robert Kirsch Award for lifetime achievement, and 11 outstanding literary works published during the last year.

Authors and celebrities scheduled to appear at the festival include:
Kareem Abdul- Jabbar, Margaret Atwood, Andrew Aydin, T.C. Boyle, Michael Connelly, Bryan Cranston, Ayesha Curry, Roxane Gay, Dave Grohl, Virginia Grohl, Hannah Hart, Chris Hayes, Tippi Hedren, Marlon James, Clinton Kelly, Rep. John Lewis, Cheech Marin, Danica McKellar, Viet Thanh Nguyen, Joyce Carol Oates, Kelly Oxford, Chuck Palahniuk, Nate Powell, Mary Roach, Luis J. Rodríguez, George Saunders, John Scalzi, Scott Simon, Nancy Silverton, Angie Thomas, Stephen Tobolowsky and Ngugi Wa Thiong’o with more to be announced in the coming weeks.

Additional festival highlights:
• 10 outdoor stages: Acura Cooking Stage, Hoy Stage, L.A. Sound Stage, L.A. Times Central, L.A. Times Main Stage, Poetry Stage, Reading by 9 Children’s Stage, Travel & Wellness Stage, USC Stage and YA Stage
• Street-art-style mural installations curated by Branded Arts; finished murals will be donated to the Dr. Maya Angelou Community High School
• Center Theatre Group performance of songs from the musical “Into the Woods”
• Hundreds of exhibitors with books and merchandise for sale, giveaways and activities
• Musical performances, food trucks and more

At the Book Prizes, the L.A. Times will present the Innovator’s Award to Ruebén Martinez for his work that honors the contribution of Latino writers and expands the community of readers throughout Southern California.

The festival is free, open to the public and centrally located in the Downtown Arts and Education Corridor adjacent to Exposition Park. Beginning at 10 a.m. today the public can purchase Festival Passes (which provide advance reservations for up to 20 conversations) as well as tickets to the Book Prizes. Schedule, location, ticket and transportation information can be found on the festival website.

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