Kinokuniya to Feature Authors at L.A. Times Festival of Books

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Lora Nakamura ("Bonsai Babes"), Cynthia Kadohata ("The Thing About Luck") and Ruth Ozeki ("A Tale for the Time Being") at last year's L.A. Times Festival of Books. Kadohata will be back this year with her new book, "Half a World Away." (Kinokuniya USA)

Lora Nakamura (“Bonsai Babes”), Cynthia Kadohata (“The Thing About Luck”) and Ruth Ozeki (“A Tale for the Time Being”) at last year’s L.A. Times Festival of Books. Kadohata will be back this year with her new book, “Half a World Away.” (Kinokuniya USA)

The annual Los Angeles Times Festival of Books will be held Saturday, April 18, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, April 19, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the University of Southern California’s University Park Campus.

As always, the Kinokuniya Bookstore booth will feature several authors. The schedule is as follows:

Saturday, April 18

Sunny Seki

Sunny Seki

10:30-11:50 a.m.: Sunny Seki, author of “Tale of the Lucky Cat” and “Yuko-chan and the Daruma Doll”; Yumi Sakugawa, author of graphic novels “Your Illustrated Guide to Becoming One with the Universe” and “I Think I Am in Friend Love with You”

12 p.m.: Abby Denson, author of “Cool Japan Guide: Fun in the Land of Manga, Lucky Cats and Ramen”; MariNaomi, author of graphic novel “Dragon’s Breath”

Yumi Sakugawa

Yumi Sakugawa

1 p.m.: Gil Garcetti, author of “Japan: A Reverence for Beauty”; Mark Edward Harris, author of “The Way of the Japanese Bath”; Naomi Hirahara, author of “Grave on Grand Avenue: An Ellie Rush Mystery” and the Mas Arai series

2 p.m.: Cynthia Kadohata, author of “Half a World Away” and “The Thing About Luck”; Lisa See, author of “China Dolls” and “Snow Flower and the Secret Fan”

3 p.m.: Roger Dahl, author of “Comic Japan: Best of Zero Gravity Cartoons from the Japan Times”; Vivienne Kruger, author of cookbook “Balinese Food”

Sunday, April 19

Marinaomi

Marinaomi

10 a.m.: Louis Eguaras, author of “101 Things I Learned in Culinary School”

11 a.m.: Taj Frazier, author of “The East Is Black: Cold War China in the Black Radical Imagination”; Takiko Morimoto, author of “The Haiku Master”

12 p.m.: Barbara Thomason, author of “One Hundred Not-So-Famous Views of L.A.”’ Richard Reeves, author of “Infamy: The Shocking Story of the Japanese American Internment in World War II”

Marie Mutsuki Mockett

Marie Mutsuki Mockett

1 p.m.: Marie Mutsuki Mockett, author of “Where the Dead Pause and the Japanese Say Goodbye”; Naomi Hirahara, author of “Grave on Grand Avenue: An Ellie Rush Mystery” and the Mas Arai series

2 p.m.: Margaret Dilloway, author of “Sisters of Heart and Snow” and “How to Be an American Housewife”; Vera Lam, author of “The Lonely American”

3 p.m.: Allison Branscombe, author of “All About China: Stories, Songs, Crafts and Games for Kids”; Genie Nakano, author of tanka poetry collections “Storyteller” and “Enter the Stream”

Asian American Authors

The festival will also feature the following Asian American authors and artists:

Naomi HIrahara

Naomi HIrahara

Aarti Sequeira (“Aarti Paarti: An American Kitchen with an Indian Soul”), Saturday, 2 p.m., Cooking Stage

Victoria Chang reading from “The Boss,” Saturday, 3 p.m., Poetry Stage

Cynthia Kadohata (“Half a World Away”) as part of a panel, “Middle Grade Fiction: Novel Landscapes,” Saturday, 12 p.m., Hoffman Hall

Salina Yoon (“Stormy Night”) as part of a panel, “The Art of Children’s Books,” Saturday, 2 p.m., Andrus Gerontology Center

Steph Cha (“Follow Her Home”) and Naomi Hirahara (“Grave on Grand Avenue”) as part of a panel, “Crime Fiction: Right Place, Wrong Time,” Saturday, 10:30 a.m., Salvatori Computer Science Center

Jillian Tamaki

Jillian Tamaki

Viet Thanh Nguyen (“The Sympathizer”) as part of a panel, “Fiction: Shifting Cultures,” Saturday, 4:30 p.m., Salvatori Computer Science Center

Jillian Tamaki (“Super Mutant Magic Academy”) and Mariko Tamaki (“This One Summer”) as part of a panel, “Young Adult Graphic Novels: World in a Frame,” Saturday, 10:30 a.m., Seely G. Mudd

Jenny Han (“P.S. I Still Love You”) as part of a panel, “Young Adult Fiction: The Girls Are All Right,” Saturday, 1:30 p.m., Seeley G. Mudd

Bich Minh Nguyen (“Stealing Buddha’s Dinner”) as part of a panel, “Fiction: Live Through This,” Saturday, 11 a.m., Seeley G. Mudd

Mariko Tamaki

Mariko Tamaki

Ken Liu (“The Grace of Kings”) as part of a panel, “Fiction: Bringing the Impossible to Life,” Saturday, 4:30 p.m., Annenberg Auditorium

Sandra Tsing Loh (“The Madwoman in the Volvo: My Year of Raging Hormones”) as part of a panel, “Whose Life Is It Anyway? Approaches to Writing Memoir,” Saturday, 1:30 p.m., Wallis Annenberg Hall

Jung Im Lee Korean Dance Academy, presented in conjunction with USC Pacific Asia Museum, Sunday, 4:20 p.m., USC Stage

Amy Uyematsu

Amy Uyematsu

Warren Chang, vice president and general manager of Travelzoo, as part of a panel, “More for Your Money: Finding Hotel and Airfare Bargains,” Sunday, 2:15 p.m., Travel Smart Stage

Amy Uyematsu reading from “The Yellow Door,” Sunday, 11 a.m., Poetry Stage

Marilyn Chin reading from “Hard Love Province: Poems,” Sunday, 3 p.m., Poetry Stage

Lan Cao (“The Lotus and the Storm”) as part of a panel, “Fiction: The Past in Our Present,” Sunday, 3:30 p.m., Hoffman Hall

Karl Taro Greenfeld

Karl Taro Greenfeld

Karl Taro Greenfeld (“The Subprimes”) as part of a panel, “Fiction: The Stories We Tell Ourselves,” Sunday, 12:30 p.m., Andrus Gerontology Center

Naomi Hirahara (“Grave on Grand Avenue”) as part of a panel, “Crime Fiction: The Hands that Pull the Strings,” Sunday, 10:30 a.m., Salvatori Computer Science Center

Aisha Saeed (“Written in the Stars”) as part of a panel, “Young Adult Fiction: Through a Different Lens,” Sunday, 10:30 a.m., Seeley G. Mudd

Marie Lu (“The Young Elites”) as part of a panel, “Young Adult Fiction: Beyond This Realm,” Sunday, 1:30 p.m., Seeley G. Mudd

Simon Majumdar (“Eat My Globe”) as part of a panel, “Food and Identity: The Culture of Eating in America,” Sunday, 3:30 p.m., Seeley G. Mudd

Erika Hayasaki

Erika Hayasaki

Amy Uyematsu (“The Yellow Door”) as part of a panel, “The Santa Anas in My Sails: Self and Culture in California Poetry,” Sunday, 2 p.m., Annenberg Auditorium

Vikram Chandra (“Geek Sublime”) as part of a panel, “Creativity in the Digital Age,” Sunday, 12:30 p.m., Taper Hall 101

Erika Hayasaki (“The Death Class: A True Story About Life”) and Marie Mutsuki Mockett (“Where the Dead Pause and the Japanese Say Goodbye”) as part of a panel, “Mortality: Death and Conversations About Life,” Sunday, 3 p.m., Norris Theater

Genie Nakano

Genie Nakano

Roy Choi (“L.A. Son”), interviewed by Josh Kun, in “To Live and Dine in L.A.: Food Pasts, Food Futures,” Sunday, 12 p.m., Wallis Annenberg Hall

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. The festival was an immediate success and has evolved to include live bands, poetry readings, chef demos, cultural entertainment and artists creating their work on-site. There’s also a photography exhibit, film screenings followed by Q&A’s and discussion panels on some of today’s hottest topics.

For more information, visit http://events.latimes.com/festivalofbooks/.

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