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LOS ANGELES, April 22, 2003 --The eighth annual Los Angeles Times Festival of Books will feature seven stages offering a variety of entertainment, including children's television characters, storytelling by authors, actors and television personalities, poetry readings by some of the most popular poets in the country, cooking demonstrations, classical theater, and dance and musical performances.
Stage performances are free and do not require tickets. On-campus parking is $7.
The official Los Angeles Times Festival of Books event program, which was published in the April 20 edition of The Times, provides detailed speaker and event information on all festival activities. Event information is also available online at www.latimes.com/festivalofbooks or by calling 1-800-LA TIMES, ext. 7BOOK.
The Festival of Books one of the nation's premier public literary festivals was created in 1996 by The Times to promote literacy, celebrate the written word and bring together those who create books with the people who love to read them. It is presented in association with UCLA.
Barnes & Noble Stage (author discussion)
Saturday Steve Hodel ("Black Dahlia Avenger"), Suzan Lori Parks ("Getting Mother's Body"), Jacquelyn Mitchard ("Twelve Times Blessed"), John Lithgow ("Micawber"), Nicholas Sparks ("The Guardian"), Jorge Ramos ("No Borders: A Journalist's Search for Home"), Steven Cojocaru ("Red Carpet Diaries: Confessions of a Glamour Boy"), and "Everyone Loves Raymond" television series co-stars Patricia Heaton ("Motherhood and Hollywood") with Doris Roberts ("Are You Hungry Dear").
Sunday Jane Smiley ("Good Faith") in conversation with Michael Silverblatt, host of KCRW-FM's "Bookworm"; Robert Crais ("The Last Detective"), Po Bronson ("What Should I do with my Life"), Deepak Chopra ("Golf for Enlightenment: The Seven Lessons for the Game of Life"), James Patterson ("The Jester"), and Jonathan Kellerman ("A Cold Heart") in conversation with Faye Kellerman ("Stone Kiss"). Lou Reed will read from "The Raven: Special Edition."
Saturday Television and radio show hosts and restaurateurs Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger ("Cooking with Too Hot Tamales," "Mexican Food for Dummies"); Dr. Howard Shapiro ("Dr Shapiro's Picture Perfect Weight Loss Cookbook"); Joyce White, contributing editor, Heart & Soul magazine and author ("Brown Sugar," "Soul Food"); renowned French chef Jean Francois Meteigner ("Cuisine Naturelle: French Classics Redefined"); and chef and restaurateur Alice Tapp ("Tamales 101").
Sunday BBC-TV/Style Network show host Nigella Lawson ("Nigella Bites," "How to be a Domestic Goddess") in conversation with Barbara Fairchild, editor-in-chief, Bon Appetit magazine; Food Network show host Tyler Florence ("Tyler Florence's Real Kitchen"); and chef and restaurateur Joachim Splichal ("Patina Cookbook").
An Iron Chef-style grilling competition, "Ready, Set, Grill," will pit Rick Browne, host of the television series, "Barbecue America," and author ("Grilling America"), against Norman Kolpas, cookbook author ("The Quick Grill Artist"). Gayle Anderson of KTLA's Morning News will emcee the cook-off.
ETC. Stage (variety)
Saturday Best-selling authors Dave Barry, Amy Tan and Scott Turow will be joined by Matt Groening, creator of the "Simpsons" television cartoon series, and Roger McGuinn, former member and founder of The Byrds, for a special concert appearance as The Rock Bottom Remainders. The rock band will perform on Saturday from 4-6 p.m. on the ETC. Stage.
Billed as the "literary world's answer to the Rolling Stones," the Rock Bottom Remainders also features the musical talents of other top writers including Mitch Albom, Kathi Goldmark, Greg Iles, Stephen King and Ridley Pearson.
The concert is the last stop on the group's first West Coast tour.
Kitty Felde will host a special live broadcast of KPCC-FM's "Book Club of the Air for Young Adults" featuring M.T. Anderson's book, "Feed." The Laguna Playhouse will perform "By the Great Horn Spoon."
Entertainment includes offbeat poetry readings by LitRave, high-energy music by the ensemble, Umbalaya, and a percussion performance by Obliteration.
Sunday Marcos Villatoro will host a live broadcast of KPFK-FM's "Shelflife," in conversation with Cristina Garcia, author ("Monkey Hunting") and editor of "Cubanismo!: An Anthology of Contemporary Cuban Literature." PEN Center USA will present a series of readings by "PEN in the Classroom" students and "Emerging Voices" fellows.
Children's/Family Entertainment, Cooking Demonstrations, Poetry Readings Set For Eighth Annual Los Angeles Times Festival of Books
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