Los Angeles Times Festival of Books Highlights
Posted April 20, 2012 at 1:04 am in Supplement
The Whole Spectrum
Saturday, 12 p.m.,Â Hoffman Hall
Panelists largely drawn from USCâs faculty will consider the role of queer culture, art and activism in the City of Angels. Moderated by English and gender studies professor Chris Freeman, the panelists plan to cover the years from 1950 to the present, a groundbreaking period for the LGBTQ community, by any measure.
Go the F**k to Sleep (Panel 1112)
Saturday, 12 p.m.,Â Taper Hall 101
Ever dealt with a child who remained wide-awake even after being read his or her favorite bedtime story or sung an allegedly sleep-inducing lullaby? Ricardo Cortes and Adam Mansbach can relate. The pair will discuss the sometimes painful nighttime ritual as described in their book, Go The F**k To Sleep. The New York Times hailed the best-seller âa new bible for weary parents,â but beware: This lighthearted take on parenting might not be suitable for young children.
âTop Chefâ Invades Cooking Stage
Saturday, 12:30 p.m.,Â Cooking Stage
Hungry to learn more about Gail Simmons, one of the most recognizable faces of Bravoâs Top Chef franchise? The judge of the Emmy Award-winning cooking competition will whip up a delicious dish and share details about her childhood from her memoir Talking with My Mouth Full. Featuring the best and worst dishes sheâs ever tasted and old photos of a young Simmonsâ early days in the kitchen, the culinarianâs memoir should be a treat for any cooking fan.
Are You There âSC? Itâs Me, Judy
Judy Blume in Conversation with Mary McNamara (Panel 1093)
Saturday, 2:30 p.m.,Â Bovard Auditorium
Celebrating the 40th anniversary of her beloved childrenâs novel Tales of A Fourth Grade Nothing, Judy Blume will discuss her career, which has yielded numerous titles with cumulative sales totaling more than 80 million. Perfect for both elementary school students as well as adults reminiscing over their childhoods, Blumeâs sit-down with Los Angeles Times television columnist Mary McNamara will involve discussion of Blumeâs best-known and best-loved works, including Double Fudge and Are You There God? Itâs Me, Margaret.
E Cannabis Unum (Panel 1115)
Saturday, 4:30 p.m.,Â Taper Hall 101
The Los Angeles Timesâ own Dean Kuipers moderates a discussion of the shifting narrative that has shaped the representations of and discourses about marijuana in America. Considering its history of criminalization, itâs no great surprise that much of the writing emerging about pot frames its use as an outlaw act, but that flat representation is complicated by its medicinal applications, its Hollywood heyday (Pineapple Express, Harold and Kumar Go To White Castle) and the fresh wave of activist support that it seems to receive from every generation.
Betty White Interviewed by Karen Grigsby Bates
Sunday, 1:20 p.m.,Â Los Angeles Times Stage
Besides her love for acting and television, Betty Whiteâs other passion is animals. The Golden Girls and Hot in Cleveland actress will speak Sunday about her love for all kinds of animals including her Golden Retriever, Pontiac. Whiteâs greatest devotion just might be the creatures at the Los Angeles Zoo since, after advocating for many of the zooâs exhibits, Los Angeles has named White âAmbassador to the Animals.â Her appearance is a must-see for pet lovers.
Michael Ian Black
Sunday, 2:30 p.m.,Â Los Angeles Times Stage
Comedian, actor, husband and father Michael Ian Black has had quite the career and family life. In his debut memoir Youâre Not Doing it Right: Tales of Marriage, Sex, Death, and Other Humiliations, Black shares life stories, including his childhood with a lesbian feminist mother and how he eventually married his wife despite breaking up with her first. The Ed actor and I Love TheâŠ series contributor is likely to say things on Sunday that you are too afraid to admit â sounds like heâs doing something right.
From Laker NationÂ to Childrenâs AuthorÂ
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Raymond Obstfeld, What Color is My World?
Sunday, 4:15 p.m.,Â Target Childrenâs Stage
Fans of the Los Angeles Lakers know Kareem Abdul-Jabbar as the NBAâs all-time leading scorer. Soon, parents will know the basketball great as a childrenâs author. Sharing his first kidâs book What Color Is My World? with Festival of Books visitors Sunday at the Target Childrenâs Stage, the NBA all-star hopes to educate children about black inventorsâ greatest contributions to science.