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Ninth Annual Los Angeles Times Festival of Books Serves up Literary Smorgasbord April 24-25 at UCLA

24th Annual Los Angeles Times Book Prize Awards Ceremony to Highlight Festival

LOS ANGELES, April 14, 2004 – Tens of thousands of book lovers of all ages will find a smorgasbord of appealing choices when they gather for the ninth annual Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, Saturday, April 24, and Sunday, April 25, on the UCLA campus.

Some of the nearly 400 authors who will participate in this year’s Festival are Mitch Albom, Julie Andrews, Clive Barker, Michael Benson, T. C. Boyle, Ray Bradbury, Susie Bright, Stephen J. Cannell, Iris Chang, Sandra Cisneros, Mary Higgins Clark, Carol Higgins Clark, Susie Coelho, Rocco DiSpirito, Carol Muske-Dukes, James Ellroy, Carrie Fisher, Dana Gioia, Arianna Huffington, Chalmers Johnson, Larry King, Dean Koontz, Elmore Leonard, Anchee Min, Nuala O’Faolain, Anna Quindlen, Laura Schlessinger, David Shannon, Jane Smiley, Tavis Smiley, Kevin Starr, Anthony Swofford, Nicholas von Hoffman and Alice Walker. In addition, “Tonight Show” host and best-selling author Jay Leno will make his Festival of Books debut on the Target Stage.

Festival hours are 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Sunday.

Admission is free to the public. However, tickets will be required to attend indoor author panel discussions and lectures. Beginning April 18 at 12 noon, tickets will be available free of charge at all participating Southern California Ticketmaster locations. A limited number of tickets also will be available on-site. On-campus parking is $7.

General event information is available online at www.latimes.com/festivalofbooks or by calling 1-800-LA TIMES ext. 7BOOK. Detailed information on all festival activities will be published in the April 18 edition of the Los Angeles Times.

The Los Angeles Times Festival of Books – one of the nation's premier public literary festivals and the largest of its kind on the West Coast – was created in 1996 by The Times to promote literacy, celebrate the written word, and bring together those who create books with the people who love to read them. It is presented in association with UCLA.

Festival Highlights

A complete list of panels with their date, time and location is available online at the Festival of books Web site and will be published in the special Festival of Books section in the Sunday, April 18th edition of the Los Angeles Times.

Author Sessions

Authors featured in solo sessions include Mitch Albom, A. Scott Berg, T.C. Boyle, Sandra Cisneros, Arianna Huffington, Karen Hughes, Chang-rae Lee, Larry King, Dean Koontz, George Pelecanos, R.L. Stine, John Rechy, Alice Walker and Timothy Zahn.

Among the authors who will be featured in “In Conversation with …” sessions are Clive Barker, Ray Bradbury and Ray Harryhausen, Susie Bright, Mary Higgins Clark and Carol Higgins Clark, Carrie Fisher, Carl Hiaasen, Elmore Leonard, Anna Quindlen, Dr. Laura Schlessinger, Jane Smiley and Gay Talese.

Panel Sessions

Seven Stages: Discussions, Readings, Family Entertainment

The Barnes & Noble Stage will feature Mitch Albom, Eric Jerome Dickey, William Gibson, Arianna Huffington, Karen Hughes, Dean Koontz, Chang-rae Lee, Brett Lott, George Pelecanos, Nicholas Sparks & Micah Sparks, Neal Stephenson, Alice Walker and Tobias Wolff.

The Cooking Stage will dish up a varied selection that includes Katherine Alford, Leslie Brenner, Rocco DiSpirito, Suzanne Dunaway, Gale Gand, Tanya Holland, Jacqui Malouf, David Rosengarten, Juliette Rossant, Joachim Splichal and Carla Williams.

The ETC. Stage will feature a variety of speakers and performers including Susie Coelho, Kitty Felde, Andy Griffiths, Rayma Harishankar, R.L. Stine, Timothy Zahn, The Chameleons, Japanese Music and Dance with Kishin Daiko, the Korean Classical Music and Dance Company, Write Girl and Will and Company, who will perform “Robin Hood.”

Among the authors gracing the Poetry Stage will be Sandra Cisneros, Henri Cole, Dana Gioia, Anthony Hecht, Tung-Hui Hu, Barbara Hurd, Susan McCabe, Harryette Mullen, Carol Muske-Dukes, David St. John and Mark Turpin.

The Reading by 9 Storytelling Stage activities will include performances by the Parachute Express, Jay Jay the Jet Plane, Beethoven’s Wig, the Children’s Museum of Los Angeles, Adventures in Poetry and Jim Gamble’s Puppetry, as well as readings and storytelling by KTLA’s Michaela Pereira, Leila Feinstein, Sam Rubin and Eric Spillman; Margaret Chodos-Irvine & Betsy Rosenthal, Lois Ehlert, Betsy Lewin, J.P. Nightingale, Jose Luis Orozco, Marilyn Singer, Jim Weiss and Jane West.

Featured on the Starbucks Stage will be performances by Ben Arthur, Josh Kelley, Jennifer Marks, Abalaye African Dance Ensemble, Danza Azteca Xochipilli, the Melvin Eddy Blues Band, the Susie Hansen’s Latin Band, Barney Saltzberg, and the Zydeco Party Band.

The Target Stage, designed for the entire family, will feature Julie Andrews, Angelina Ballerina, Barney, Mike Berenstain, Georgia Byng, Dean Koontz, Jay Leno, Glenn Murray, Laura Numeroff, Todd Parr, Seussentennial, R. L. Stine, Rosemary Wells, and Schoolhouse Rock.

Los Angeles Times Book Prize Awards Ceremony

Michael York, author and internationally renowned star of stage, screen and television, will emcee the 24th annual Los Angeles Times Book Prize awards ceremony, which will be held at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 24, at UCLA’s Royce Hall. York is a past participant in the Festival of Books and is the author of “Dispatches from Armageddon: Making the Movie Megiddo: a Devilish Diary” and his 1991 autobiography “Accidentally on Purpose,” and co-author with actor/director Adrian Brine of “A Shakespearean Actor Prepares.”

The Los Angeles Times Book Prizes, established in 1980, recognize outstanding literary achievements in biography, current interest, history, poetry, science and technology, fiction, first fiction, mystery/thriller, and young adult fiction.

In addition, the Robert Kirsch Award annually recognizes the body of work of an author who resides in and/or whose work focuses on the Western United States. It is named after Robert Kirsch, who served as The Times' book critic for more than 25 years prior to his death in 1980.

Presenting the nine category awards will be Dean Baquet, K.C. Cole, Dana Gioia, Vivian Gornick, Carolyn See, April Smith, Kevin Starr, R.L. Stine and Bruce Wagner. The Kirsch award will be presented by author Jonathan Kirsch, son of the late book critic.

Tickets are $14 per person for a reserved seat. In addition, there will be a first-ever “Interlude Dinner” at 5:30 p.m. in UCLA’s Faculty Center for people who want to attend both the Festival and the Book Prizes event. The cost of the Interlude Dinner, including a prime reserved seat at the Book Prizes awards ceremony, is $48, and for $65, guests get premium all-day parking at Royce Hall as well.

Tickets may be purchased through the UCLA Central Ticket Office at 310-825-2101 or online at www.tickets.ucla.edu. Additional charges apply for online ticket orders.

Information about the Book Prize awards ceremony and awards program is available at www.latimes.com/bookprizes or by calling 1-800-LA TIMES, ext. 72366.

Since 1980, the Book Prizes have honored numerous internationally distinguished literary figures including Ray Bradbury, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Allen Ginsberg, Christopher Isherwood, Milan Kundera, Ursula Le Guin, Frank McCourt, David McCullough, Larry McMurtry, Tillie Olsen, Carl Sagan and W.G. Sebald.

Festival of Books Sponsors

Presenting sponsors of the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books are Barnes & Noble, Starbucks and Target. Major sponsors are Ticketmaster and Borders. Contributing sponsors are Los Angeles Opera and Los Angeles Philharmonic.

Media sponsors are KTLA 5, ESPN Radio AM (710), KABC-AM (790), KCRW-FM (89.9), KFWB-AM (980), KIIS-FM (102.7), KKJZ-FM (88.1), KPCC-FM (89.3), Radio Disney AM (1110) and Distinction Magazine.

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