Thursday, April 18, 2013

Coming Attraction: Los Angeles Times Festival of Books

It's that time of year again! The Los Angeles Times Festival of Books will be the main attraction for our family this weekend.

Taking over the USC campus April 20-21, the free festival promises lots of fun attractions for parents and kiddos alike.

As you might know from our previous outings, we love the Target Children's Stage, which features music and readings from family-friendly authors and performers.

On the kids' front, the festival will have performances from Lisa Loeb on Saturday and the Imagination Movers and Choo-Choo Soul with Genevieve on Sunday (plus many more)! Not only that, but Lucy Dahl (daughter of Roald) will be talking about her father's book Matilda.

For grown-ups, and moms in particular, there will be lots of moms on hand to talk books—especially memoirs. Molly Ringwald (novel When It Happens to You) will be on hand, as well as Julia Sweeney (If It's Not One Thing, It's Your Mother), Debbie Reynolds (Unsinkable: A Memoir), Carol Burnett (Carrie and Me), and on Sunday, Nia Vardalos will be talking about her book, Instant Mom. (Read my interview with Nia Vardalos here.)

It's also fun to just wander the campus among all the fun booths and spring blooms. The atmosphere is calm—it's really a refreshing break from the hectic week. (We also loved grabbing lunch at the on-campus location of Lemonade. So good!)

Los Angeles Times Festival of Books
April 20-21 (10 a.m.-6 p.m. on Saturday; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Sunday)
University of Southern California campus
Exposition Boulevard and S. Figueroa St.
Los Angeles, CA 90089
General Admission: Free
Parking: $10

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