Dear Reader,

Los Angeles Times - - FESTIVAL OF BOOKS - Austin Beut­ner Pub­lisher and Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Los An­ge­les Times

The Los An­ge­les Times is com­mit­ted to more than just re­port­ing the news. We be­lieve in fos­ter­ing a dia­logue with our neigh­bors and build­ing a greater sense of com­mu­nity in Los An­ge­les.

The Fes­ti­val of Books, mark­ing its 20th year, is where we cel­e­brate our con­nec­tions with one an­other over the ideas and opin­ions that make Cal­i­for­nia unique. While Times sto­ries en­gage and in­form us on a daily ba­sis, books give voice to more nu­anced por­traits, pro­vide deeper con­text for cur­rent events and chal­lenge the imag­i­na­tion. Au­thors in­spire ev­ery­thing from home-cooked meals to weekly book clubs, from Os­car-win­ning films to so­cial re­form.

The Fes­ti­val has grown to be­come an an­nual cen­ter­piece of the Los An­ge­les cul­tural scene, a place for fam­ily and friends to gather on the beau­ti­ful USC cam­pus. This year on April 18 and 19, you’ll have a chance to meet your fa­vorite au­thors and Times writ­ers, hear live mu­sic, en­joy works of art and photography, lis­ten to po­etry and taste culi­nary cre­ations that re­flect this city’s di­ver­sity.

Among the guests join­ing us are Candice Ber­gen, T.C. Boyle, Roy Choi, Brian Grazer, Joyce Carol Oates, Pat­ton Oswalt, Dav Pilkey, Clau­dia Rank­ine, Tavis Smi­ley and Oc­tavia Spencer. Best­selling New Yorker writer Mal­colm Glad­well will also be on hand to help us inaugurate a se­ries of spe­cial lec­tures that we’re call­ing the Los An­ge­les Times Ideas Ex­change.

We hope you en­joy the Fes­ti­val and come away with your own sto­ries to share.

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