Los Angeles Times Festival of Books Goes to the Movies

Los Angeles Times Festival of Books Goes to the Movies

Spring is here and that means the annual Los Angeles Times Festival of Books. Every year, amidst the plethora of young adult panels, poetry readings, fiction talks, signings and children’s events, a few movie-related book panels sneak in. And this year I get to hang out with my fellow authors in the Green Room, ahead of my 3:30 pm Sunday panel on Hollywood Past and Present, followed by a signing for my book “The $11 Billion Year: From Sundance to the Oscars, an Inside Look at the Changing Hollywood System.” (The full schedule is here.)

Joining me on the panel moderated by Richard Raynor are Steven J. Ross (“Hollywood Left and Right: How Movie Stars Shaped American Politics”) and Mark Harris, who once edited me at Entertainment Weekly and wrote Pictures at a Revolution, the most-excellent book about the five Oscar Best-Picture contenders of 1968, as well as the new book about Hollywood directors covering World War II, “Five Came Back.” 

Also on the LA Times Fest of Books docket are conversations with “Divergent” writer Veronica Roth and “The Fault Lies in Our Stars” writer John Green–both movies star Shailene Woodley. More events listed below. 

Saturday screenings at the School for Cinematic Arts: Broccoli Theater:

11:30 a.m.

Tim Burton’s Oscar-nominated animated “Frankenweenie” (Screening 1151)

2:00 p.m.

Rian Johnson’s “Looper” (Screening 1152)

Ronald Tutor Campus Center

11:00 a.m.

Reza Aslan & Lawrence Wright in Conversation with Davan Maharaj (Conversation 1061)

1 p.m.

B.J. Novak, Author of ONE MORE THING, in Conversation with Kenneth Turan (Conversation 1062)

Hancock Foundation

11:00 a.m. Biography: The Artist’s Life (Conversation 1011)

Robert Hilburn

Deborah Solomon

Sam Wasson

Moderator: Tom Nolan

Bovard Auditorum

12:30 p.m.

John Green, Author of THE FAULT IN OUR STARS, in Conversation with David L. Ulin (Conversation 1052)


Children’s Stage presented by Natural History Museum of Los Angeles

11:55 a.m.

“Cesar Chavez” Director Diego Luna, Reading CÉSAR CHÁVEZ Y LA MÁQUINA DEL TIEMPO by Juan Carlos Quezadas

Screenings at the School for Cinematic Arts: Broccoli Theater

11:30 a.m.

“Labor Day” (Paramount Pictures) (Screening 2151)

Q & A to follow with author Joyce Maynard, interviewed by John Horn 

2:30 p.m.

Oscar-winning documentary “Twenty Feet From Stardom” (Screening 2152)

Andrus Gerontology Center

11:00 a.m.

Nonfiction: The Artist As Influencer (Conversation 2031)

Beverly Walker

William Todd Schultz

Ben Tarnoff

Moderator: Scott Timberg

Bovard Auditorium

11:00 a.m.

Veronica Roth, Author of THE DIVERGENT TRILOGY, in Conversation with Leigh Bardugo (Conversation 2051)

1:00 p.m.

Daniel Handler, Author of Lemony Snicket’s FILE UNDER: 13 SUSPICIOUS INCIDENTS, in Conversation with Ransom Riggs (Conversation 2052)

Hancock Foundation

11:00 a.m.

A. Scott Berg, Biographer of Katharine Hepburn and Samuel Goldwyn and WILSON, in Conversation 

with Richard Reeves (Conversation 2011)

12:30 p.m.

Biography: Hollywood Legends (Conversation 2012)

Scott Eyman

Karina Longworth

Richard Schickel

Moderator: Elizabeth Taylor

3:30 p.m.

Hollywood: Past & Present (Conversation 2014)

Mark Harris

Steven J. Ross

Anne Thompson

Moderator: Richard Rayner

Hoffman Hall, Presented by USC

3:00 p.m.

Sitcoms, Dramas and Blockbusters: Creating for the Screen (Conversation 2024)

Gene Del Vecchio

Pamela Douglas

David Isaacs

Michael E. Napoliello

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