A Design Buff’s Guide to the L.A. Times Festival of Books

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Love design and books? Here’s what you should check out this weekend at the L.A. Times Festival of Books.

The Annual Los Angeles Times Festival of Books hits L.A. this weekend, and thousands of visitors will get the chance to hear from some of their favorite authors. It turns out there will be a number of events that will cater to design enthusiasts as well. Hear Stephen Gee, author of Iconic Vision: John Parkinson Architect of Los Angeles participate in a discussion on the history of California; also KCRW’s own Hunter Drohojowska-Philp talks about designing book covers with graphic designer Chip Kidd, and you can learn about “living in style” from Rachel Zoe. Check out our selections, below. Check out the full schedule, here.


Rachel ZoeInterview with Rachel Zoe (left), author of Living In Style: Inspiration and Advice For Everyday Glamour, interviewed by Amanda De Cadenet 

When: 11AM
Where: Los Angeles Times Stage

Illustrating the Point: The Art of the Graphic Novel

Participants: Vanessa Davis, Ben Katchor, Anders Nilsen, Mimi Pond; Moderator: Deborah Vankin

When: 12 PM
Where: Seeley G. Mudd (SGM 123)

Chip Kidd, author of GO: A Kidd’s Guide to Graphic Design (cover image, bottom left), in conversation with Hunter Drohojowska-Philp 

When: 12:30 PM
Where: Davidson Continuing Education Center Saturday

Children’s Books: Drawing the Imagination

Participants: Joe Cepeda, Gianna Marino, Jon J. Muth, Salina Yoon; Moderator: Lee Wind

When: 1:30 PM
Where:  Salvatori Computer Science Center (SAL 101)

Seattle Freeway Park, by Lawrence Halprin (The original image is no longer available, please contact KCRW if you need access to the original image.)

Book-signing and talk by Alison B. Hirsch, author of City Choreographer: Lawrence Halprin in Urban Renewal America

When: 2:00 PM
Where: 3rd floor, USC Bookstore

History: The Golden State

Participants: Jared Farmer, Stephen Gee, Gregory Orfalea; Moderator: William Deverell

When: 2:00 PM
Where: Hancock Foundation

Publishing: Inside the Literary Magazine

Participants: Jon Christensen, Tom Lutz, Robert Scheer, Oscar Villalon; Moderator: Bruce Bauman

When: 2:00 PM
Where: Andrus Gerontology Center

Chip Kidd GoThe Future of Reading: New Technologies in Playing and Learning

Participants: Tracy Fullerton, Samantha Gorman, Henry Jenkins, Gisele Ragusa; Moderator: William G. Tierney

When: 3:00 PM
Where: Hoffman Hall


L.A. Lives: Making, Mapping and Imagining Southern California

Participants: Ken LaZebnik, George Sanchez, David Sloane; Moderator: Alison Trope

When: 1:30 PM
Where: Hoffman Hall


L.A. Times Photo Pop-up Gallery 

When: Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Where: LA Times Booth

Frankenweenie Screening 

When: Saturday April 12, 2014 at 11:30 AM
Where: Broccoli Theater

Artists’ Row

Six artists, five invited and one selected through the “Inspire Us” contest, will be creating a variety of pieces live on-site over the weekend sparked by the Festival’s “Inspire Your Fire” theme.

When: All day, both days