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Schedule your celebrity sightings at the 2012 Los Angeles Times Festival of Books

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Avid book lovers and worms, publishers and booksellers are, everywhere, readying for the 17th edition of the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books  April 21st to 22nd.

One of the largest annual literary gatherings on the U.S.’s west coast, the Festival will take place on campus at the University of Southern California (USC). It promises this year to be even grander than last, which greeted over a million attendees.

Established in 1996, the Festival’s goal has remained the same ever since: to “bring together the people who create books with the people who love to read them.” Over the years the program has expanded to a point where now over 300 exhibitor booths offer everything from storytelling and cooking demonstrations to poetry readings.

Events include book talks and author panel discussions, and there’s an enormous list of guest speakers appearing on the Festival’s center stage, including high profile entertainment and sports celebrities.

Some of those scheduled to appear include Broadway and motion picture actress Julie Andrews, Florence Henderson  star of TV’s “The Brady Bunch, ” and Henry Winkler “The Fonz,” from “Happy Days” who has since become a producer/director and children’s book author.  He’ll be promoting the seventeenth book in a series called “Hank Zipzer,” co-authored with Lin Oliver, titledA Brand-New Me!”

Former TV talk show hostess and actress, Ricki Lake will also be on-hand to discuss her latest book, “Never Say Never – Finding a Life That Fits.”  From the sports world former boxing champion Sugar Ray Leonard will discuss his book, “The Big Fight My Life In and Out of the Ring.” And famed basketball star Kareem Abdul-Jabbar presents his latest, “What Color is my World? The Lost History of African-American Inventors.”

Something, you might say, for everyone here.

Planning the trip:

Location of venue: University of Southern California, at the intersection of Exposition Blvd and S Figueroa St, Los Angeles

For accommodation in Los Angeles or near the USC campus visit Los Angeles Hotels

Getting to the LA Book Festival:

By Shuttle Bus: Target provides free shuttles that will run continuously. Known as the Bullseye Bus, it will run between Union Station, Los Angeles Convention Center and USC.

By Metro: The Red, Purple, Gold lines stop at Union Station. Take the free Bullseye Bus to USC.

The Blue Line heads to the Pico/Convention Center stop. Pick up the Bullseye Bus there.

By Dash: The DASH “F” line reaches the USC campus.

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