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Sunday, April 19, 2009

Monday, April 20 LA Times Festival of Books Preview

David Ulin is editor of the Los Angeles Times "Book Review" and author of three books. Another City: Writing from Los Angeles was a groundbreaking anthology of contemporary LA writers. Writing Los Angeles: A Literary Anthology, surveyed the historical record of literary LA, Helen Hunt Jackson to Evelyn Waugh to Mike Davis. The Myth of Solid Ground: Earthquakes, Predictions and the Fault Line Between Reason and Faith was a personal exploration of the 1994 Northridge quake --- a kind of geo-spiritual primer on living in earthquake country. I chatted with David Ulin, author and editor at this time last year because, yes, it was springtime and therefore, books time. Next weekend it is again time for the LA Times Festival of Books (14th annual), held on the campus of UCLA. KPFK is a media sponsor, and many programmers will attend or lead panels, and many of the station's favorite guests are participating --- Gore Vidal, for instance. Today at noon I’ll check in with David Ulin again, on the LA Times Books Prize nominations and what he’s been reading, and ask for his take on the Festival, its many panels and workshops. You can get information on this amazing civic literary and cultural and political happening at And go to Ticketmaster to secure free advance tickets for many panels and talks. Tickets are also available on site. See you at the Santa Monica College/Santa Monica Review booth, where I hope to be meet listeners to this show, fellow bibliofiles and where I will be distributing free copies of the magazine. Thanks for listening.

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