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Friday, April 21, 2017

"L.A. Times Festival of Books" Guide, April 22 & 23 at USC, Los Angeles - 2017

Here's the most comprehensive Guide we've ever published for this event. Geared for the interests of our readers, it's a lot easier to find what interests you than it is to use the event's official site and bring-up a separate page for each letter of the alphabet to see what's appealing.

This year's "L.A. TIMES FESTIVAL OF BOOKS" happens Saturday & Sunday, April 22 & 23, 2017, and includes plenty of live music. It moved a few years back from UCLA to the USC University Park campus in Los Angeles, CA;

✔ TIX: Free admission. But tix are needed for specific key events; a $35 festival pass allows you to reserve up to twenty "Festival of Books Conversation" tix for presentations by authors, etc.


✔ NOTE 1: Parking at USC is nightmarish. But you can ride the Expo Line light rail or take the free USC "main campus" or "University Park campus" shuttle bus from Union Station (not MTA, but a white USC bus).

✔ NOTE 2: The 37th annual "Book Prizes" are Friday night in USC's Bovard Auditorium. Get those tix at: ; everything else happens Sat & Sun.

✔ THE SCENE: This is so much more than books. There are 211 sessions with speakers, mostly authors, and a dozen featured music performances. The number of exhibitors in booths, many with programs and public presentations, is far more than we wanted to count. Because no one thinks "arts and music festival" when you tell them, "It's a book fair," we see the need to change that opinion. So it's getting, by far, the longest description of any festival in our comprehensive 2017 Festival Guide. Uniquely among all our featured write-ups, that monumental list of our recommended picks follows just after the music performance lineup.

✔ 2017 LINEUP:
Anna Dellaria (accomplished singer-somgwriter)
Cutty Flam
Definiens (classic strings)
Exploding Flowers
J. Ven
La Chamba Cumbia Chicha (Peruvian Chicha)
Pair of Arrows
Sin Color (trad Latin)
SoCal Vocals (four-time winners, Int'l Championship of Collegiate A Cappella)
The Nova Darlings
Third Bird (jazz)
Trio Ellas (Latin Grammy®–noms with fresh take on trad mariachi blends)
Trojan Marching Band (One of America's most innovative collegiate marching bands)


HERE ARE THE GUIDE'S PICKS OF EXHIBITOR BOOTHS at the "L.A. Times Book Fair" 2017. The online master directory is one big alphabetical listing of everything. We've categorized the key things you'll want to see. So take us with you, or drown in the festival's own giant A-to-Z scroll that's fifty times longer. (Notes on individual booths are supplied by the exhibitors.)
Brace yourself. Here we go:


✔ EARTH DAY HAPPENINGS for adults and kids at the "L.A. Times Book Fair" 2017:
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GY Creative Publishing
Booth: 588
A boutique publishing house from Santa Monica which specializes in musical children’s books about sustainability and climate change.
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Albin Gielicz
Booth: TBD
April 22, 10:00 a.m. The Super Sustainables: Facing the Drought, GY Creative Publishing
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National Wildlife Federation
Booth: 860
Non-profit organization working to protect Los Angeles area mountain lions through its #SaveLACougars program. Booth featuring celebrity cougar P-22 cutout selfie stand, author of book “When Mountain Lions Are Neighbors,” and a Virtual Reality film on the mountain lions.
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Nature Tale Books, Inc.
Booth: 573
Nature Tale Books publishes gift-quality picture books for early learners. Our stories promote environmental awareness and introduce children to the biology and geology found in American parks. It is our hope that after hearing our stories, children will want to visit our featured parks and create their own memorable adventures.
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Patt Morrison
Booth: 119
April 22, 3:00 p.m. Rio L.A.: Tales from the Los Angeles River, Angel City Press.
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Poetic Earth Handmade Journals
Booth: 151
Poetic Earth offers the Largest selection of quality handcrafted Leather bound journals, sketchbooks, vintage leather book bags that can be found in 1 place in the entire USA.Our items feature nature friendly handmade, handmade linen cotton paper of archival QUALITY that will never rot or fade. MADE IN USA.
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Red Barn Collections
Booth: 948
Red Barn rescues discarded books and gives them new life as journals and handbags. These literary treasures also also transformed into bows, bracelets, pounds of collage paper from vintage illustrations. Every part of the book is transformed to recreate the nostalgic love of books, writing, reading and creativity.
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Booth: 959
April 22, 10:00 a.m. – April 23, 10:00 a.m. coral/sea anemone show & tell, KCETLink Media Group
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The Daily Zoo (Chris Ayers)
Booth: 725
Come check out the whimsical animal art of Chris Ayers, author & illustrator of the Daily Zoo books. Leukemia survivor Chris has been keeping the doctor at bay with a drawing a day for over eleven years now. We also have prints, shirts, and more.
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The Last Places on Earth
Booth: 143
Gary Mancuso is a USC graduate, holding an MA in International Relations. He is an author, lecturer, adventure travel specialist, and sustainable development advocate. Gary circled the globe into many of the world’s remaining intact cultures and great wilderness, in singular pursuit of what he describes as “Our Disappearing World”.
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The Mighty Adventures
Booth: 610
D.S. Venetta: Organic Gardening chapter books for kids. Michael Molinski: Miskito, a historical novel of adventure, greed and romance on the Mosquito Coast of Nicaragua during the 1800s. The Mighty Adventures Series: Rebecca Guerrero writes tales for children evoking imagination and fun-filled adventures.
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The Original Farmers Market
Booth: 2062
Established in 1934, The Original Farmers Market started when a dozen farmers parked their trucks in an open field to sell produce to locals. Now, more than 100 merchants call the Market home and remains to be one of the most beloved destinations in L.A.


✔ WRITER'S ORGANIZATIONS / RESOURCES... ("L.A. Times Book Fair" 2017)
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Book Publicists of So California
Booth: 933
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Greater Los Angeles Writers Society (GLAWS)
Booth: 944
GLAWS is a non-profit that provides a forum for writers of all disciplines to meet and improve their knowledge and skills in the craft and business of writing. GLAWS accomplishes this through Special Speaker Events, genre-specific critique groups, workshops, conferences, bookfairs, and other events that educate and mentor writers.
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Independent Writers of Southern California (IWOSC)
Booth: 131
Helping Writers Succeed since 1982! Panels, seminars, satellites, networking. We provide professional development and networking opportunities that allow our members to be on the cutting edge of an ever-evolving and expanding world of publishing. (310) 773-8075
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Morrie Markoff’s Memoirs / Beverly Palm Books
Booth: 35
Morrie Markoff is a 103-year-old first time published author of “Keep Breathing.” Beverly Palm Books serves as a consultant and assistant for writers who wish to get their books off the ground and self-published.
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Mystery Writers of America SoCal chapter
Booth: 377
Mystery Writers of America is the premier organization for mystery writers, professionals allied to the crime writing field, aspiring crime writers, and those who are devoted to the genre. MWA is dedicated to promoting respect for crime writing and recognition for those who write within the genre.
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New Playwrights Foundation
Booth: 174
New Playwrights Foundation is a nonprofit, charitable, 501(c)3 corporation originally formed in 1969 to aid, nurture, and develop lesser-known local writers, to help them disseminate their works and establish their careers. The writers workshop meets alternate Thursday nights in the Santa Monica area. Visitors are welcome to attend.
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NewBookBay LLC
Booth: 824
New book bay is the world’s first creative writing incubator for discovering, publishing and awarding the new brilliant, unpublished literary material and nurturing the fresh upcoming writers.
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Northeast Los Angeles Writers
Booth: 835
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Romance Writers of America
Booth: 937
Los Angeles Romance Authors LARA is an affiliate of Romance Writers of America® (RWA) is a nonprofit trade association whose mission is to advance the professional and common business interests of career-focused romance writers through networking and advocacy and by increasing public awareness of the romance genre.
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Small Publishers, Artists & Writers Network (SPAWN)
Booth: 184
National nonprofit literary organization that provide information, resources and opportunities for anyone involved in publishing books or freelance work, whether they are an author, freelance writer, artist or indie publishing company. SPAWN’s website offers links to research sources, publishers, printers, the media, and other sources of importance to writers.
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SoCal Connected Correspondents
Booth: 959
April 23, 12:30 p.m. SoCal Connected, KCETLink Media Group
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Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) Los Angeles Region
Booth: 518
The SCBWI-Los Angeles chapter is proud to represent the birth place of SCBWI. Many generous, talented and visionary individuals in the field of children’s literature, education and entertainment, have resided within its boundaries over the years, and many more such individuals are still to come.
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Stories to Tell
Booth: 166
Stories To Tell is a publishing company for independent and self-publishing authors. We produce professional print and eBooks, including illustrated books. We provide editing, design, publishing, and marketing services, and personally guide authors through each step. Authors keep all their rights and all their book’s profits.
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The Great Adventures of Rocky Raccoon
Booth: 541
The Great Adventures of Rocky Raccoon is an action adventure chapter book series written by a Kid 4 Kids. I am a self published 13 year old author with four books.
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The Tracking Board
Booth: 192
With a focus on identifying writers with cinematic vision and cross over potential to play in film, television and publishing worlds, the 2017 Launch Pad Manuscript Competition aims to discover new writers, new projects and new ideas, and introduce them to the entertainment industry.
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Tiki Machine, LLC
Booth: 831
Tiki Machine started in 2010 with the intent to self-publishing art books, kid’s books, graphic novels and ancient tiki manuscripts. It’s since evolved to include developing various properties for mobile gaming, interactive apps, animated series and online webcomics. Swing by to meet some of creators/artists and check out our products.
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ValStar Publishing
Booth: 844
One of a kind publishing house created specifically for inspired authors.All of our authors & book titles are published & marketed as a tool for raising awareness & funds for charities & not for profit organizations.We are here to make it happen,make it matter. We also sponsor the National Writer’s Union.
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Vox Box Arts Collective
Booth: 903
VOX BOX is a multi-cultural interdisciplinary arts group dedicated to presenting live performance, film, and visual arts to children and adults of diverse incomes, cultures, and abilities.
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Wordsmith Writing Coaches
Booth: 200
Wordsmith Writing Coaches help undergrad and grad students excel in academic writing and dissertations. We also help new authors along the road to publication and provide full-service editing for self-published authors. Let us help you write better, right now.
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Booth: 735
We provide the inspiration, YOU provide the imagination! Our colorfully iLLUSTRATED, WORDLESS BOOKS have lines on the pages for your story. Write and publish a children’s book! Our AUTHOR’S KiTS, STORY PUZZLES, STORY MATS & STORY CARDS are fun and engaging, disguised learning products! Hear about our K-12 educational programs!
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Writers Mastermind Alliance
Booth: 167
We are a diverse group of writers with different genres.


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KCETLink Media Group
Booth: 959
KCETLink Media Group is a national independent nonprofit media network that provides high-quality culturally diverse programming designed to engage the public in innovative, entertaining and transformative ways. KCET is a service of KCETLink. KCET plays a vital role in the cultural and educational enrichment in the community it serves.
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Booth: 110
KCRW creates & curates music discovery, NPR news, cultural exploration and informed public affairs. From Los Angeles to around the world,
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Booth: 901
✔ [GUIDE NOTE: KLCS is the Friday-night home of most of the acoustic roots music performance TV that's available weekly in L.A. Support them! At least go by and THANK THEM, so they'll continue to bring you "Sun Studio Sessions," "Bluegrass Underground," "Austin City Limits," "Front and Center," and more!]
KLCS is a multimedia public television station serving the greater Los Angeles area. We provide a wide range of outstanding public television programs, as well as this website and outreach services, which educate, inform, enlighten and entertain adults and children.
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Booth: 964
KTLA, channel 5, is a CW-affiliated television station located in Los Angeles, California, United States. The station is owned by the Tribune Broadcasting subsidiary of Tribune Media.
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Larry Mantle
Booth: 119
April 22, 10:00 a.m. This is AirTalk: 20 Years of Conversation on 89.3 KPCC, Angel City Press
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Luis Fuerte
Booth: 959
April 22, 1:00 p.m. “Louie, Take a Look at This!: My Time With Huell Howser”, KCETLink Media Group
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PBS Kids
Booth: 533
Today, PBS SoCal is the top-rated and most-watched public television station in the Greater Los Angeles area, and the third most-watched PBS station in the nation. We now serve the region from our offices in Century City, Costa Mesa, and downtown Los Angeles.
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Sandi Latimer & John Kady
Booth: 210
April 22, 2:30 p.m. Newsroom Buddies: A Working Friendship at United Press International, Author Solutions.
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Soul Custody Press
Booth: 202
Soul Custody Press publishes “memoirs with a message” in the form of daily readers with 366 pages. The first title is “The Resting Place, A Graveside Diary,” by Pamela Little, for sale on Amazon. Add your daily reader to the growing list.
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Val Zavala
Booth: 959
April 23, 10:00 a.m. SoCal Connected, KCETLink Media Group


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Booth: 139
LA 2024 is the U.S. bid for the 2024 Olympic & Paralympic Games. By harnessing LA’s ideal climate, unparalleled culture of creativity and innovation, and state-of-the-art sporting infrastructure, LA 2024 will deliver a sustainable, fiscally responsible Games to benefit our city, our nation and the global Olympic Movement.
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LA84 Foundation
Booth: 139
As a legacy of the 1984 Olympic Games, the LA84 Foundation is a nationally recognized leader in support of youth sport programs and in elevating the importance of the role sports play in positive youth development. LA84 has invested $230 million in Southern California communities, supporting more than 3 million youth. Connect on social media +
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Little Free Library
Booth: TBD
Little Free Library is a nonprofit organization that inspires a love of reading, builds community, and sparks creativity by fostering neighborhood book exchanges around the world. Millions of books are shared each year through more than 50,000 registered Little Free Libraries in all 50 states and 70 countries.
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Los Angeles County Office of Education
Booth: 608
“Los Angeles County Office of Education Head Start-State Preschool programs provide the first rung on a ladder out of poverty for thousands of our most vulnerable children and families. We offer high-quality early education programs with health, nutritional, social, and other services. Visit for more information and program locations.”
✔ [GUIDE NOTE: there are opportunities for musicians to perform in the schools. Always ask first about the paying gigs, or you'll discover you have volunteered.]
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Los Angeles County Registrar Recorder County Clerk
Booth: 164
Voter Registration informational table. We will offer printed material, digital application review and status updates. We offer the service to register people for all upcoming elections.
✔ [GUIDE NOTE: Register to vote. If you are not registered, you cannot vote. If you're disillusioned, welcome to the club; so register "no party preference" or Green Party. But register. And thank the Registrar's Office for doing a tough and thankless job as guardians of the gate.]
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Los Angeles Public Library
Booth: 382
The Los Angeles Public Library serves the largest and most diverse urban population of any library in the nation. Its Central Library, 72 branch libraries, more than 6 million books, state-of-the-art technology and many public programs, provide everyone free and easy access to information and the opportunity for life-long learning.
✔ [GUIDE NOTE: there are opportunities for musicians to perform in programs or cultural series in public libraries in MANY cities and counties. Always ask first about the paying gigs, or you'll discover you have volunteered.]
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Los Angeles Review of Books
Booth: 43
The Los Angeles Review of Books is a nonprofit literary and cultural arts organization that combines the great tradition of the book review with the evolving technologies of the web.
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Los Angeles World Airports/LA International Airport
Booth: 162
Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) is the City of Los Angeles department that owns and operates Los Angeles International (LAX) and Van Nuys (VNY) general aviation airports. Both play an integral role in helping to meet the Southern California regional demand for passenger, cargo and general aviation service.
✔ [GUIDE NOTE: LAX and many other airports feature changing arts exhibitions. It's an opportunity that very few artists know about. Those who do often get plugged-in to something lucrative that brings opportunities in more airports after the first one. Stop by and get acquainted with someone you can contact.]
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Reading to Kids
Booth: 133
Reading to Kids is a grassroots organization dedicated to inspiring underserved children with a love of reading, thereby enriching their lives and opportunities for success in the future. We gather on average 858 children and 372 volunteers at reading clubs on the second Saturday of every month.
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Star Education
Booth: 554
STAR Education offers a wide breadth of services to communities, schools and families before, during and after school hours. Working with superintendents, principals, teachers, and parents, STAR provides exceptional enrichment opportunities in math, literacy, arts, sciences and technology. STAR also offers award winning summer camps, Professional Development and GATE programs.
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The Help Group
Booth: 587
Founded in 1975, The Help Group is the largest, most innovative and comprehensive nonprofit of its kind in the United States serving children, adolescents and young adults with special needs related to autism spectrum disorder, learning disabilities, ADHD, developmental delays, abuse and emotional challenges. 6 campuses and 10 schools.
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The Imagination Machine
Booth: 530
The Imagination Machine is a Southern California based theatre company performing assemblies in approximately 400 elementary schools throughout the state. Programs offered are: “Who What Where” and “Write Away”, which teach the fundamentals of writing, and “The Writing Show”, where our professional actors perform stories written by your own students!
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The Jester & Pharley Phund
Booth: 572
The nonprofit Jester & Pharley Phund boosts literacy with read-a-thons in elementary schools that bring David Saltzman’s award-winning “Jester Has Lost His Jingle” book and Jester & Pharley doll to ill children. Phund programs encourage reading, compassion and kindness among students while providing laughter and joy to hospitalized children.
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The Literacy Guild
Booth: 538
The Literacy Guild is a literacy development center that provides high quality K-12 instructional services in small group learning environments. The curriculum and instruction is built upon the core theory that human learning is complex and dynamic. Students engage in authentic literacy and publish their compositions.
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The Los Angeles Review
Booth: 934
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Workshop 2.0
Booth: 609
WORKSHOP 2.0 offers a micro-enterprising model for special-needs employment. We empower transitional adult artists on the Autism Spectrum by giving them professional mentors and a space to share their extensive knowledge and create products to sell via the internet, using sites such as Amazon, YouTube, blogs, Etsy, and ebay.


✔ PEACE AND WAR... ("L.A. Times Book Fair" 2017)
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Addicted to War
Booth: 930
We produce Anti-War books & DVD’s that are available to people interested in understanding the true nature of U.S. foreign policy and wars against the Third World.
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Maria M. Bowe
Booth: 223
April 22, 3:30 p.m. WARFARE: THE THINGS THEY NEVER TELL YOU ABOUT, PART 1, Author Solutions
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Nicole Waybright Author
Booth: 924
In Long Way Out, author Nicole Waybright tells her true story of coming of age while deployed as a young officer on a U.S. Navy destroyer, during the Navy’s greatest cruelty at sea scandal. An unlikely ending finds the author with a radicalized self-understanding, seeking a culture of peace. April 22, 10 am– April 23, 10 am. Long Way Out, Nicole Waybright Author.
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Robert Maddock
Booth: 212
April 22, 1:30 p.m. – April 23, 10:00 a.m. The 1,300 Years’ War: Volumes 1 & 2, Author Solutions
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Robert W. Bradshaw
Booth: 210
April 22, 11:30 a.m. Forty-Five Letters from a World War II Sailor: How to Fulfill Your American Dreams, Author Solutions.
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Soulful Journey: Against All Odds by Sotheary Ortego
Booth: 919
Soulful Journey: Against All Odds by Sotheary Ortego, chronicles a young woman’s extraordinary tale of courage and survival in a series of unfortunate events. Plus other authors: Post War Children by Michael Harris. The Immigrant Princess by Variny Yim. From Internment to Fulfillment by Neary Heng. Khmer Girl by Peu.
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Steven A. Cohen Military Family Clinic at USC
Booth: 574
The Steven A. Cohen Military Family Clinic at USC provides high-quality, confidential and personalized mental health care to veterans and military families at no cost. Services are available to any person who has served in the U.S. Armed Forces, including National Guard and Reserves, regardless of their role/discharge.


✔ TRAVEL... ("L.A. Times Book Fair" 2017)
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Aer Lingus
Booth: 762
Airline serves Ireland and Europe.
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Pat Hunter
Booth: 189
April 22, 1:00 p.m. – April 23, 12:00 p.m. Remembering the California Missions, An Artist and a Writer Travel Highway 1 South, Linden Publishing.
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Taiwan Tourism Bureau
Booth: 364
Taiwan – the ultimate hidden gem in Asia. You can savor the widest variety of street eats, immerse in nature’s abundance, bike through cities to the countryside, and admire the fascinating city skyline – all with one ride on the MRT Rail. Visit the fascinating island of Taiwan today.


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Alice Lunsford
Booth: TBD
April 22, 10:00 a.m. Secrets of the Bayou, New Playwrights Foundation.
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Angel City Press
Booth: 119
Angel City Press celebrates 25 years creating books that showcase the history and culture of Southern California. Its award-winning work has established Angel City Press as the crown jewel of Los Angeles publishing.
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Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center
Booth: 340
Beyond Baroque is one of the United States’ leading Literary Arts Centers dedicated to expanding the public’s knowledge of poetry, literature and art through publishing, cultural events and community interaction. Founded in 1968, Beyond Baroque is based out of the original City Hall Building in Venice,California.
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Black Lives Matter
Booth: 930
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Book Soup/A.C. Vroman, INC
Booth: 88
Book Soup, “Bookseller to the Great and Infamous”, is a general independent bookstore located on the Sunset Strip in West Hollywood. Since 1975 the store has specialized in art, music, film, photography, fashion, and literary fiction, and is known for its celebrity clientele, robust author event series, and international newsstand.
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Booth: 841Television for serious readers. Every weekend C-SPAN2 features Book TV – a 48-hour block of book programming. Book TV brings you a rich variety of nonfiction topics: history, biography, politics, current events, the media, and more. Watch author interviews, readings, panels, and the nation’s largest book fairs.
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California Book Fairs
Booth: 536
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Cancer Control Society
Booth: TBDCancer Book House offers books, DVDs, Cancer Control Journals and Information Packets on Alternative Therapies and Nutritional Approaches to the prevention and control of cancer and other diseases.
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Center Theatre Group
Booth: 940
Center Theatre Group is one of the nation’s most influential nonprofit theatre companies. At the Ahmanson Theatre and Mark Taper Forum in Downtown L.A. and the Kirk Douglas Theatre in Downtown Culver City, we present the highest quality and broadest range of theatre: groundbreaking new works, explosive productions of the classics, and hit Broadway plays and musicals. As we celebrate our 50TH Anniversary in 2017, we are proud to continue contributing to the culture of our city and to the enrichment of the national theatre community, and we are grateful to our subscribers, donors, and board whose generous support makes our work possible.
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City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs
Booth: 743
Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA) advances the social and economic impact of the arts and ensures access to diverse and enriching cultural activities through: grantmaking, community arts programming, arts education, public art, and partnerships with artists and arts/cultural organizations throughout the City of Los Angeles.
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David’s Doodles
Booth: 834
Self published art books, instructional and collection, art apparel, and art prints,
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Dr. Richard Erhlich
Booth: TBD
April 23, 10:00 p.m. Faces of Music, The Help Group
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Drumsong Music Company
Booth: 24Drumsong Music Company features books written by Drummer,Educator Ndugu Chancler.These books range from drum set method,philosophy of success to books about Micheal Jackson. Ndugu Chancler is currently part of the Flora L.Thornton Faculty.
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Booth: 51
Affordable high quality book printing for the self publisher. Our 13th year exhibiting at the LA Times Festival of Books!
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Happy Science USA
Booth: 206
In 1986, Master Ryuho Okawa founded Happy Science, a spiritual movement dedicated to bringing greater happiness to humankind by overcoming barriers of race, religion, and culture and by working toward the ideal of a world united in peace and harmony.
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Haymarket Books
Booth: 158
Haymarket Books is a radical, independent publisher, who aims to connect activists, critical scholars, and politically conscious readers with the ideas they need to change the world.
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Jodi Bombardier Jewelry
Booth: 178
Men’s and women’s leather bracelets along with copper cuffs, bracelets, necklaces and earrings, all designed and handmade in Tucson, AZ. Jodi is a published author with 2 how-to-make wire jewelry books, has co-authored 2 jewelry books and has written how-to-make jewelry articles for Step By Step Wire Jewelry magazine.
April 22, 10:00 a.m. – April 23, 10:00 a.m. Artisan Filigree: Wire Wrapping Jewelry Techniques, Jodi Bombardier Jewelry
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Booth: 540
Kinderwise is a family-owned business based in California specializing in SOCIAL SKILLS books and shows for children. They’ll be showcasing their Emotional Intelligence program for children which teaches empathy, social skills, self-awareness, and self-regulation through the eyes of Kinderwise characters Sparkelina (doll), Sophie (pink elephant), Busybee (giant bee).
April 22, 10:00 a.m. – April 23, 10:00 a.m. How to Describe My Feelings, How to Make and Keep Friends, How to Mind My Manners, How to Calm Down, Kinderwise
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Latino Literacy Now
Booth: 468
Latino Literacy Now is a nonprofit organization. We operate Educational Programs and community Festivals for under serviced audiences around the USA. We also operate the largest Latino cultural Awards in the USA with the International Latino Book Awards. Finally, we promote Latino literature and the authors that create the literature.
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Life is Good
Booth: 546
Optimistic apparel brand who donates 10% of all net proceeds to children in need. To date, they’ve donated over $11 million and counting.
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Mauricio Abril Art
Booth: 513
Storytelling with a side of magic, wonder and imagination for kids and kids-at-heart!
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Once Upon A Time Bookstore
Booth: 732
The oldest children’s bookstore in the country (51 years in 2017), this neighborhood touchstone engages the reading community with the best selected titles, hand-picked greeting cards, exquisite gift items for all ages and a warm and knowledgeable staff. Author events, storytimes, book and writing clubs. Special summertime kids activities.
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Orange County High School of the Arts OShop
Booth: 958
Orange County High School of the Arts OShop: handmade totes/quilts. Novelty prints always mixed with music prints to honor my mom who played piano for groups ’til 101 yrs old. Arts’ themed Ts.
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{pages} a Bookstore
Booth: 708
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Pathfinder Books
Booth: 943
Books on the history of the working class movement. Speeches and writings by revolutionary working class leaders. Marx, Engels, Lenin, Trotsky, Cannon, Dobbs, Che Guevara, Fidel Castro, Malcolm X, Nelson Mandela, Thomas Sankara, Maurice Bishop, Jack Barnes, Mary Alice Waters. Books in English, Spanish, French, Farsi.
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PM Press
Booth: 152
Publisher of the finest print, audio and visual materials. To educate, enlighten, inspire, and entertain. Books, CDs, DVDs, and stylish apparel. From Angela Davis to Howard Zinn, and most of the other good stuff in-between.
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Booth: 71
Unique paper products and systems to prioritize Life with ease. R.I.P – Really Important PapersTM preparation kit to prompt conversations and communication to help prepare for Life’s unexpected events. Action FoldersTM are attention-grabbing document ticklers to prioritize personal and professional day-to-day tasks and keep Life on track.
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Richard Curtner Art
Booth: 149
Word Collage art created by combining hundreds of cut-outs of written text found in magazines. All the text in the art pertains to individual themes. The hundreds of cut-outs are glued together and varnished. Every minute detail is cut out with an x-acto knife.
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Self-Realization Fellowship
Booth: 155
Self-Realization Fellowship, founded in 1920 by Paramahansa Yogananda, is the publisher for the complete line of Yogananda’s books and recorded talks, included his classic Autobiography of a Yogi.
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Share International USA
Booth: 182
The books of Benjamin Creme on the emergence of the World Teacher for this age, Maitreya. 17 books on the emergence, teachings and priorities of Maitreya.
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Stephan Poulter, Ph.D
Booth: 199
April 22, 1:30 p.m. The Art of Successful Failure, Author Solutions
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Stephen Gee
Booth: 119
April 22, 12:00 p.m. Los Angeles Central Library: A History of its Art and Architecture, Iconic Vision: John Parkinson, Architect of Los Angeles, Angel City Press
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Stephen J. Bost
Booth: 210
April 22, 3:30 p.m. Mystical Union: And the Metaphysical Philosophy of Yoga, Author Solutions
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Success Center, Inc.
Booth: 213
We help you Come Alive and reach YOUR Highest Potential via Hypnosis Sessions, Books, and Recordings or with Business/Life Coaching.
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Booth: 74
April 22, 2:00 p.m. – April 23, 2:00 p.m. KEEP YOUR BREASTS! & SURVIVE CANCER!, Cancer Book House
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The Theosophy Company
Booth: 225
We publish the original teachings of Theosophy, as recorded in the writings of H.P. Blavatsky and William Q. Judge. Key ideas are Universal Brotherhood, Human Solidarity, Reincarnation, Karma, Spiritual Evolution. Our affiliated student group is the United Lodge of Theosophists.
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Theosophical University Press
Booth: 180
The publishing activity of The Theosophical Society (Pasadena), founded in 1875, our press catalog includes the primary source literature of the modern theosophical movement, as well as more recent titles — all in print and internet versions.
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Booth: 517
Through fun, educational, and creative books, dvd’s and other services, we help You and Your Children experience healthy, happy and enriched lives; enjoy a peaceful and prosperous family life together; and honor the commonalities and similarities of all people and all cultures.
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Vroman’s Bookstore/Children’s
Booth: 128
Vroman’s Bookstore is Southern California’s oldest and largest independent bookstore. Founded in 1894, Vroman’s is located in Pasadena and is home to 85,000 book titles, thousands of gift items, a beloved children’s department, an international newsstand, the Vroman’s Author Walk of Fame, and over 350 events a year.
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William Deverell
Booth: 119
April 23, 12:00 p.m. Woody Guthrie L.A. 1937 to 1941, Angel City Press.
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YaYa’s Creole Products
Booth: 2061
YaYa’s Creole Products is an array of Creole products including the beautiful YaYa’s Creole Cookbook filled with delicious recipes.YaYa also has Creole seasoning; Spicy Bourbon bbq Sauce; Chipotle Hot sauce; Creole hot sauce.
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Zoe Summer
Booth: 221
April 22, 10:30 a.m. You Are Enough: Thirty Mini Mantras for Self-Transformation Be Empowered, Enlightened, and Inspired, Author Solutions.
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(THE ABOVE is the "L.A. Times Festival of Books." It's the most extensive write-up in this entire Festival Guide. Notes on individual booths in the above are supplied by the exhibitors.)


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♪ The ACOUSTIC AMERICANA MUSIC GUIDE endeavors to bring you NEWS — and views of interest to artists everywhere — more specifically to musicians and the creative community and music makers and fans of acoustic and Folk-Americana music. That includes both traditional and innovative forms. From the deepest roots to today’s acoustic renaissance, that’s our beat. We provide a wealth of resources, including a HUGE catalog of acoustic-friendly venues (now undergoing a major update), and inside info on FESTIVALS and select performances in Southern California in venues from the monumentally large to the intimately small and cozy. We cover workshops, conferences, and other events for artists and folks in the music industry, and all kinds o’ things in the world of acoustic and Americana and accessible classical music. From washtub bass to musical spoons to oboe to viola to banjo to squeezebox, from Djangostyle to new-fangled-old-time string band music, from sweet Cajun fiddle to bluegrass and pre-bluegrass Appalachian mountain music to all the swamp water roots of the blues and the bright lights of where the music is headed now.
The Acoustic Americana Music Guide. Thanks for sittin' a spell. The porch'll be here anytime you come back from the road.


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