2019 Los Angeles Times Festival of Books – Day 1

Saturday Apr 13 2019  
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The Los Angeles Times Festival of Books began in 1996 with a simple goal: to bring together the people who create books with the people who love to read them. Since then, the festival has grown into a vibrant celebration of all of the arts, and of our dynamic, innovative and unique metropolis. Each year, over 150,000 people come to the University of Southern California campus to experience a gathering of writers, poets, artists, filmmakers, and musicians like no other. The Los Angeles Times Festival of Books is the largest festival of its kind in the United States and is The Times’ annual gift to LA. Panelists include Lynell George (LAtitudes), Bird Songs Don’t Lie author Gordon Lee Johnson (Cahuilla/Cupeño), and Roundhouse Director Terria Smith (Torres Martinez Cahuilla). Learn more about the festival here.

Find Heyday at Booth #113 on Trousdale Parkway, near the Main Stage. Charles Hood, author of A Californian’s Guide to the Mammals among Us, A Californian’s Guide to the Birds among Usand contributor to LAtitudes, will be at the booth from 11:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.

Charles Hood has studied birds and natural history from the Amazon to Tibet, and he has seen more than five thousand species of birds in the wild. A widely published poet, he has received numerous fellowships and writing awards, and his most recent artist-in-residence positions were with the National Science Foundation in Antarctica and with Playa Arts in Oregon. He has also been a visiting professor in England, Mexico, and Papua New Guinea. Hood is currently a research fellow with the Center for Art and Environment at the Nevada Museum of Art as well as a teacher of writing and photography at Antelope Valley College in the Mojave Desert.

Gordon Lee JohnsonGordon Johnson is a Cahuilla/Cupeño from the Pala Indian Reservation in San Diego County, California. A former columnist and feature writer for the Riverside Press-Enterprise, he is the author of a book of collected columns, Rez Dogs Eat Beans, which was translated and published in the Czech Republic. He is also a contributor to the anthology of Inland Empire writers published by Heyday Books, Inlandia. Johnson lives in Pala and is working on his master of fine arts degree at Antioch University, Los Angeles.