Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Coming Attraction: Los Angeles Times Festival of Books

The Los Angeles Times Festival of Books will be making its annual debut this weekend and, in the process, turning a new page (sorry, couldn't resist) as it sets up new digs at the University of Southern California.

Kicking off Saturday, April 30, the free, reader-friendly festival will host a plethora of author panels and feature CC's favorite attraction -- the Target Children's Stage. After all, that's where she met The Fresh Beat Band and the voice of Dora the Explorer last year!

While the two-day festival certainly celebrates the written word, it also invites visitors to enjoy live music, cooking demonstrations and dance. That's, of course, in addition to the author readings, book signings and Q&As.

And there's a lot on offer. At the Target Children's Stage alone, families will get a chance to hear Jamie Lee Curtis, R.L. Stine, Disney Junior's Choo Choo Soul and local author Dallas Clayton, among others.

Parents also can check out panels featuring Patti Smith, Rainn Wilson, Jada Pinkett Smith, Laurie David and writer/USC English professor T.C. Boyle.

So, need help navigating all of the festival offerings? Luckily, there's an app for that!

The L.A. Times just launched a free mobile, interactive guide to help visitors explore the festival. iPhone/iPod Touch and Android users can customize their festival schedule, access a map of the activities and connect to their own Facebook and Twitter accounts.

I'm downloading mine now.

And keep in mind that while festival attendance is free, visitors need tickets to attend indoor panels and speaker sessions. Ticket fees are nominal, at $1. Also, parking is $10.

Los Angeles Times Festival of Books
April 30 (10 a.m.-6 p.m.) - May 1 (10 a.m.-5 p.m.)
University of Southern California campus
Exposition Boulevard and S. Figueroa St.
Los Angeles, CA 90089
General Admission: Free
Parking: $10

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