The L.A. Times Festival of Books (events.latimes.com/festivalofbooks) April 21 and 22 is a utopia for book lovers. More than 150,000 folks annually flock to the free festival on the USC campus to listen to writers, meet authors and explore rows and rows of books.
The Children’s Stage this year features authors Roda Ahmed (“Mae Among the Stars”), Danica McKellar (“Ten Magic Butterflies”), Junot Diaz (“Islandborn”) and Malcolm Mitchell (“The Magician’s Hat”). Spanish-language bookstore La Libraria and the musical Nick and Jen Show will be on hand, and the Story Pirates will share their new book “Stuck in the Stone Age.” L.A. Parent will also be there with free face painting.
Middle-grade author Kate DiCamillo (“Because of Winn-Dixie,” “The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane” and “The Tale of Despereaux”) will attend, and panels will include acclaimed YA writers Nic Stone (“Dear Martin”) and Robin Benway (“Far From A Tree”). “Percy Jackson” mastermind Rick Riordan will introduce Roshani Chokshi, whose book is the debut offering on Riordan’s new imprint for middle-grade authors writing about underrepresented cultures.