2011 L.A. Times Festival of Books Schedule Announced: Patti Smith, Jamie Lee Curtis, Rainn Wilson, Ted Danson, T.C. Boyle, Mary & Carol Higgins Clark, Jillian Michaels, Dave Eggers, Patton Oswalt, Rick Springfield, R.L. Stine & Many More

The 16th annual Los Angeles Times Festival of Books marks its first year in its new home at the University of Southern California the weekend of April 30th. The nation’s largest public literary festival’s change of scenery offers book enthusiasts, families and Angelenos of all ages the opportunity to discover new favorites and reconnect with cherished classics. The two-day schedule is packed with celebrity appearances, live music, cooking demonstrations, author readings, book signings and Q&As.  Attendees will find seven outdoor stages in the center of USC’s campus surrounded by hundreds of exhibitors and a variety of dining options. Dozens of indoor venues will host lively panel discussions on everything from the Middle East and the economy to the bright lights of Hollywood.

Program highlights include the Target Children’s Stage, featuring appearances by Mo Willems, Jamie Lee Curtis, Mallory Lewis and Lambchop, The Okee Dokee Brothers and R.L.Stine; the Cooking Stage showcasing Duff Goldman from “Ace of Cakes” and master chef Thomas Keller; the YA stage with such Young Adult luminaries as Gayle Forman, Judy M. Blundell and D.J. McHale; and The Times editorial staff will make appearances on the Los Angeles Times Stage and Pavilion.

General event information can be found at latimesfestivalofbooks.com or by calling 1-800-LA-TIMES, ext. 7BOOK.  Admission is free. Tickets are required to attend panel discussions and lectures due to limited seating. Writer’s workshop tickets and $30 panel passes will be available on Monday, April 11th at 9 a.m. Individual panel tickets will become available on Sunday, April 24th for a nominal fee. Frequent updates are also available on the Festival’s Facebook page and official Twitter stream @latimesfob. The Los Angeles Times Festival of Books is presented in association with USC, presenting sponsor Target, major sponsors Buick and GMC and official ticketing provider Eventbrite.

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