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Family Values: Big Stars and Best Sellers

Find your favorite authors at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books.


By Bethany Powers '11

Published Apr 1, 2009 9:00 AM

Not on Hollywood's A-List? No problem. You can get up close and personal with a veritable galaxy of TV and movie stars, as well as some of the most famous and popular authors in America, at the 14th Los Angeles Times Festival of Books on the UCLA campus, one of the most renowned book festivals in the country, and one of the biggest — up to 140,000 people are expected this year.


No matter what your interests are or what kinds of books you love to read, there is sure to be an author that you will enjoy. There will also be panels featuring some of the hundreds of authors expected to attend. Many will be available to sign copies of their books.

Mystery fan? Sit in on a panel featuring Mary Higgins Clark or David Baldacci. Love to read books by your favorite Hollywood stars? Tori Spelling, Marlee Matlin, Cloris Leachman and Michael J. Fox will all be featured on different panels.

If gritty, real-life novels are your thing, check out T.C. Boyle. Even food lovers won't be left out: Food Network chef Jeff Henderson and TLC's "Take Home Chef" Curtis Stone will leave you hungry for more.

Two stages are specifically geared toward kids, with storytelling events and costumed characters to make their favorite books come alive. Author/actors Brooke Shields, John Lithgow and Henry Winkler will all be reading aloud from children’s stories they wrote. And from the upcoming film adaptation of Where the Wild Things Are, Forest Whitaker, Catherine Keener and Mark Ruffalo will bring kids a roaring good time.

So join your fellow book-lovers in a fun-filled event that brings together people of all ages and interests with one shared goal: to cele-brate the magic of reading.

Los Angeles Times Festival of Books. Saturday, April 25, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday, April 26, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free. Various locations on the UCLA campus. For more information, visit