LOS ANGELES, March 21, 2007 - The city renowned as the entertainment capital of the world will roll out the red carpet to celebrate the nation's largest public literary festival when the Los Angeles Times, in association with UCLA, holds the 12th Annual Festival of Books. The event will take place Saturday April 28 (10 a.m. - 6 p.m.) and Sunday April 29 (10 a.m. - 5 p.m.) on the beautiful University of California campus in West L.A.

"The Los Angeles Times is proud to host one of the most beloved and unique literary events in Southern California for the 12th straight year and we cherish the opportunity to promote literacy while bringing the world of books to life," said Publisher David D. Hiller.

Over 130,000 book lovers are expected to attend the festival, which will bring together a notably hip, eclectic and entertaining group of celebrities, from the lovable mentor of "Project Runway" Tim Gunn to "Gilligan's Island" fashion plate Tina "Ginger" Louise, from Dr. Phil to gothic illusionist, musician and "Mindfreak" host Criss Angel, and from basketball legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar to "Mary Poppins" herself, Julie Andrews Edwards.

The celebration will showcase many activities for fans of literary genres ranging from classics to comics and feature a literal who's who of writers, including "Conversations With" renowned authors such as Gore Vidal, Walter Mosley and Ray Bradbury. Book signings will meld with musical performances, groundbreaking poetry readings and cooking demonstrations from star chefs. Attendees will have the opportunity to meet the people who pen the best-sellers as well as their publishers, explore hundreds of unique exhibits, experience dozens of staged events and even enjoy visits from popular children's characters.

The Los Angeles Times Festival of Books was created in 1996 by The Times to promote literacy and to unite those who create books with the people who love to read them.

General event information, including a list of authors is available at http://www.latimes.com/events. Information is also available by calling 1-800-LA TIMES, ext. 7BOOK. Admission is free, but tickets are required to attend author/panel discussions and lectures. Because seating at those events is limited, free tickets will be available through select Ticketmaster locations in Southern California or for a $. 75 per ticket fee at Ticketmaster.com between 12 Noon, Sunday, April 22nd and 5:00 p.m., April 26th. A limited number of tickets will also be available on-site during the Festival.

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Biography & History
Biography: 20th Century Lives
Biography: Icons on the Page
Biography: Patriotism & Dissent
Biography: Remarkable Lives
History: The World Between Two Covers

Current Events
Always Running: The 2008 Election
Crossing the Border: Immigrant Lives
Current Interest: Profiles in Terror
Current Interest: State of the Union
Divided We Stand: Facing Tough Issues