Picks for the LA Times Festival of Books, April 20-21st, 2013

Heads up LA people, this weekend is the LA Times Festival of Books.  Here are three panels we’re recommending to readers.  Check out the full schedule and hope to hear from you all about what you are seeing and when.

57955_c828e23740a1dc72c5bab8233476fc40_d88a4da67536869813414efe4b841e96Fiction: The Social Novel with Rachel Kushner, Jonathan Lethem and Marisa Silver, moderated by David L. Ulin @ Seeley G. Mudd, Saturday April 20th, at 10am.

Rachel Kushner is a new literary rock-star, one we’re willing to groupie up for anyway.  She gave all sorts of great answers at her recent Skylight book reading and will likely romance her audiences this weekend at her panel with fellow literary rock-star Jonathan Lethem.  What might these three writers say about social disease and the modern novel?

The Fiction Panel: The Home Front with Karen Bender, Bruce Bauman, Christine Sneed, and Jonathan Evison, moderated by Elizabeth Taylor @ the Annenberg Auditorium, USC campus, Saturday, April 20, 3:30 pm.

Karen spoke to us about process and POV last month with the release of her second novel: Town Of Empty Rooms.  She is sweet and warm and knows a lot about how to get from a sprawling number of pages and a difficult narrator to a book that’s rounded and relatable.  We’re looking forward to hearing what she has to say about writing the family novel and the setting of home.

Fiction: Novel Narrators with Elizabeth Crane, Tara Ison, Antoine Wilson and Andrew Winer, moderated by Edan Lepucki @ Salvatori Computer Science Center, Sunday April 21st, at noon.

Edan Lepucki is the author of a novella and a forthcoming novel and is the Julia Fierro of the west coast.  Her writing workshops have spanned all sorts of new writers and her teachers make the literary publishing world seems as accessible as Disney Land.  We’re excited to see how she wrangles these four writers into revealing their narration tips and tricks.

See you there!


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