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Los Angeles — By Joannaline C. Young on April 22, 2010 at 12:43 am
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Festival of Books: Access to the Authors

Come face to face with the authors of your favorite books at the LA Times Festival of Books. In addition to visiting booths to purchase books, this is an opportunity to listen to authors speak and learn the craft of writing through their intimate seminars. Here are the main highlights of the festival:

Booths

There will be almost 300 booths of booksellers, publishers, literacy and cultural organizations spread among UCLA’s Dickson Plaza. Experts will be available for questions while selling and promoting their popular books.

Stages

In addition to booths, another main component of the festival will be various outdoor events held on stages. The Pavilion Stage will feature LA Times columnists, journalists, photographers, and authors who will give talks and presentations. Other stages include the Target Children’s Stage, LA Times Stage, Cooking Stage, Etc. Stage, and Poetry Stage which offer outdoor readings, storytelling, and presentations. There will also be a “YA Stage” of interactive talks and panels about subjects important to the teen and tween demographic.

Panels

Another way to listen to the authors of books is to attend a panel. For a small additional charge, there will be indoor author panel sessions. After speaking at these events, authors will be available for book signing. To attend, $1 panel passes can be purchased online.

Writing Seminars

For more personal interactions with authors. enroll in one of the Writing Seminars. They are held by best-selling authors, prestigious journalists, and industry experts. With the help of some of the most successful professionals in the business, writers can strengthen their craft. Seminars are $100 each with a 50 student limit. Admission can be purchased online.

The Festival of Books offers so many ways to interact with the professionals of the book industry, and is also a great way to celebrate the importance of books and the communities of Los Angeles.

Price: General Admission is Free

Date & Time: April 24-25, 2010; Saturday 10am-6pm, Sunday 10am-5pm

Location: UCLA, 405 Hilgard Avenue, Los Angeles

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