Business Wire, April 22, 2003

Feature/Lifestyle & Entertainment Editors

Los Angeles Times Festival of Books 2003


The eighth annual Los Angeles Times Festival of Books will feature seven stages offering a variety of entertainment, including children's television characters, storytelling by authors, actors and television personalities, poetry readings by some of the most popular poets in the country, cooking demonstrations, classical theater, and dance and musical performances.

More than 325 of the country's best-selling authors are scheduled to participate in this year's festival, which will be held from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. on Saturday, April 26, and 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Sunday, April 27.

Stage performances are free and do not require tickets. On-campus parking is $7.

The official Los Angeles Times Festival of Books event program, which was published in the April 20 edition of The Times, provides detailed speaker and event information on all festival activities. Event information is also available online at or by calling 1-800-LA TIMES, ext. 7BOOK.

The Festival of Books -- one of the nation's premier public literary festivals -- 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.

Barnes & Noble Stage (author discussion)

Saturday - Steve Hodel ("Black Dahlia Avenger"), Suzan Lori Parks ("Getting Mother's Body"), Jacquelyn Mitchard ("Twelve Times Blessed"), John Lithgow ("Micawber"), Nicholas Sparks ("The Guardian"), Jorge Ramos ("No Borders: A Journalist's Search for Home"), Steven Cojocaru ("Red Carpet Diaries: Confessions of a Glamour Boy"), and "Everyone Loves Raymond" television series co-stars Patricia Heaton ("Motherhood and Hollywood") with Doris Roberts ("Are You Hungry Dear").

Sunday - Jane Smiley ("Good Faith") in conversation with Michael Silverblatt, host of KCRW-FM's "Bookworm"; Robert Crais ("The Last Detective"), Po Bronson ("What Should I do with my Life"), Deepak Chopra ("Golf for Enlightenment: The Seven Lessons for the Game of Life"), James Patterson ("The Jester"), and Jonathan Kellerman ("A Cold Heart") in conversation with Faye Kellerman ("Stone Kiss"). Lou Reed will read from "The Raven: Special Edition."

Cooking Stage

Saturday - Television and radio show hosts and restaurateurs Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger ("Cooking with Too Hot Tamales," "Mexican Food for Dummies"); Dr. Howard Shapiro ("Dr. Shapiro's Picture Perfect Weight Loss Cookbook"); Joyce White, contributing editor, Heart & Soul magazine and author ("Brown Sugar," "Soul Food"); renowned French chef Jean Francois Meteigner ("Cuisine Naturelle: French Classics Redefined"); and chef and restaurateur Alice Tapp ("Tamales 101").

Sunday - BBC-TV/Style Network show host Nigella Lawson ("Nigella Bites," "How to be a Domestic Goddess") in conversation with Barbara Fairchild, editor-in-chief, Bon Appetit magazine; Food Network show host Tyler Florence ("Tyler Florence's Real Kitchen"); and chef and restaurateur Joachim Splichal ("Patina Cookbook").

Charles Bronson

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