Welcome to the primary week of the 25th Los Angeles Occasions Pageant of Books, Tales & Concepts!
Due to the continuing pandemic, this 12 months’s free celebration of the written phrase goes digital. For 25 days, writers, poets, artists, storytellers and bookstore exhibitors will likely be featured in 25 panels and readings — all viewable from the consolation of your property. Right here’s what’s taking place this week and tips on how to tune in:
This week’s lineup
Monday, Oct. 19, at 6 p.m.: Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and novelist Ayad Akhtar will focus on his newest novel, “Homeland Elegies,” with acclaimed author and faith scholar Reza Aslan. Akhtar’s deeply private novel tells an epic story of longing and dispossession on the earth that 9/11 made. Half household drama, half social essay, at its coronary heart that is the story of a father, a son and the nation they name dwelling.
Tuesday, Oct. 20, at 5:30 p.m.: Bob Shrum, former political strategist and director of the USC Middle for the Political Future, will average a dialog on America’s political system and the function and illustration of its residents with panelists Paul Adler, Jane Junn and John Matsusaka.
Wednesday, Oct. 21, at 6 p.m.: Jerry Brown, the two-time former California governor, presidential candidate and mayor of Oakland, will be part of Jim Newton, a former Occasions editor-at-large and creator of “Man of Tomorrow: The Relentless Lifetime of Jerry Brown,” to debate his storied life in politics. Occasions California columnist Gustavo Arellano will information their dialog.
Thursday, Oct. 22, at four:30 p.m.: In his memoir “Unforgetting: A Memoir of Family, Migration, Gangs, and Revolution in the Americas,” Roberto Lovato gives an pressing, no-holds-barred story of intergenerational trauma and interconnected violence between the U.S. and El Salvador. He’ll focus on his life and work with Occasions employees author Esmeralda Bermudez, who was born in El Salvador and raised in Los Angeles.
Friday, Oct. 23, at 6 p.m.: Crime-fiction writers Rachel Howzell Corridor, Attica Locke and Ivy Pochoda focus on their newest releases and the real-world points that drive them: social pressures, injustice, racial rigidity and feminine empowerment, all towards the backdrop of riveting storytelling. James Queally, a Occasions crime and policing reporter and crime-fiction creator himself, moderates their dialog.
Learn how to watch
Register forward of time for every occasion together with your title and electronic mail tackle at latimes.com/festivalofbooks. You’ll be emailed a reminder 48 hours beforehand with a hyperlink to look at the occasion.
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