The Los Angeles Times Festival of Books featuring various Department of History Faculty!

Sunday, April 23, 2017 at 10:00am to 4:00pm

McCarthy Quad
Between Doheny Library and Leavey Library, Los Angeles, CA 90089

Join us for the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books.  Our own Marjorie Becker, Bill Deverell, Steve Ross, Deb Harkness, Nayan Shah and Leo Braudy will be present at various events. 


Please see the schedules for Saturday and Sunday below:


USC Dornsife Faculty and Alumni Schedule



11 a.m.

Fiction: The Storytellers

Moderator: David Ulin, Rachel Kushner, Mona Simpson, Dana Spiotta
Location: Seeley G. Mudd 124

12 p.m.

Walls and Lines in the Sand: The Shifting Landscape of Immigration

Moderator: Varun Soni

Speakers: Manuel Pastor, Niels Frenzen, Emily Ryo
Location: Wallis Annenberg Hall

12:30 p.m.

Carol Muske-Dukes reads from Twin Cities and her forthcoming Blue Rose
Location: Poetry Stage

1:20 p.m.

Mark Irwin reads from A Passion According to Green
Location: Poetry Stage

1:30 p.m.

Nonfiction: Writing California and Beyond

Moderator: Tom Zoellner

Speakers: Geoff Dyer, David Kipen, Char Miller, Narda Zacchino
Location: Norris Theater

What Are We So Afraid Of? The Role of Fear in Our Lives

Moderator: Varun Soni

Speakers: Leo Braudy, Barry Glassner
Location: Wallis Annenberg Hall

2 p.m.

The Edge of Identity: Race and Gender in Contemporary Poetry

Moderator: Carol Muske-Dukes

Speakers: Rigoberto Gonzalez, Phillis Levin, Chris Santiago, Safiya Sinclair
Location: Andrus Gerontology Center

3 p.m.

Truth Matters: Media in the Age of Fake News and Alternative Facts

Moderator: Marty Kaplan

Speakers: Judy Muller, Steven J. Ross, Diane Winston
Location: Wallis Annenberg Hall

T.C. Boyle with an introduction from Alexander Nazaryan

Location: Town & Gown

4:30 p.m.

Hapa: Mixed-Race Identity and Representation

Moderator: Velina Hasu Houston

Speakers: Kip Fulbeck, Duncan Williams
Location: Wallis Annenberg Hall

5 p.m.

Safiya Sinclair reads from Cannibal
Location: Poetry Stage

5:20 p.m.

Marjorie Becker, Jeanette Clough and Mariano Zaro read from Angle of Reflection
Location: Poetry Stage



10:30 a.m.

California Dreams: A Tribute to Kevin Starr

Moderator: William Deverell

Speakers: Josh Kun, Tara McPherson, Nayan Shah
Location: Wallis Annenberg Hall

Nonfiction: Hooray for Classic Hollywood

Moderator: M.G. Lord

Speakers: Glenn Frankel, Jon Lewis, Karen Maness, Kenneth Turan
Location: Salvatori Computer Science Center 101

11 a.m.

Viet Thanh Nguyen and Laila Lalami in conversation

Location: Seeley G. Mudd 124

12 p.m.

David St. John reads from The Last Troubadour: New and Selected Poems
Location: Poetry Stage

12:30 p.m.

Fiction: Writing Short Stories

Moderator: Libby Flores

Speakers: Chanelle Benz, Dana Johnson, Rebecca Schiff, Deb Olin Unferth
Location: Seeley G. Mudd 124

1 p.m.

Deborah Harkness signs her books
Location: The Ripped Bodice Bookstore booth 905

Anna Journey reads from The Atheist Wore Goat Silk
Location: Poetry Stage

1:30 p.m.

Is This Goodbye, NEA? Addressing Our Fears — and Hopes — for the Arts and Humanities

Moderator: Sasha Anawalt

Speakers: Anita Dashiell-Sparks, Rachel Moore, Viet Thanh Nguyen
Location: Wallis Annenberg Hall

2 p.m.

Young Adult Fantasy: Wars in New Worlds

Moderator: Sarah Enni

Speakers: Victoria Aveyard, Marie Lu, Laini Taylor, Kiersten White
Location: Taper Hall 101

3 p.m.

Nonfiction: Tragedies of Our Past

Moderator: William Deverell

Speakers: Sharla M. Fett, Benjamin Madley, Christina Snyder
Location: Hancock Foundation

3:30 p.m.

Nonfiction: The Culture of Southern California

Moderator: Carolina Miranda

Speakers: Gustavo Arellano, Josh Kun, David L. Ulin
Location: Taper Hall 101

Event Type

Lecture / Talk / Workshop, Student Life


Students, Alumni, Faculty/Staff


University Park Campus


history, Dornsife, USC, LA Times, Festival of Books




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