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What to do at the LA Times book festival this weekend




US rock singer and author Patti Smith at a literature festival in Cologne, Western Germany. She'll be in conversation with Dave Eggers this weekend at the Los Angeles Times festival, discussing Patti Smith's book, Just Kids.
US rock singer and author Patti Smith at a literature festival in Cologne, Western Germany. She'll be in conversation with Dave Eggers this weekend at the Los Angeles Times festival, discussing Patti Smith's book, Just Kids.
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Book lovers, vendors, and authors will gather at USC this weekend for the LA Times Festival of Books. From Dave Eggers and Patti Smith, to Jonathan Lethem, to panels on maps and the Bell scandal, David Kipen shares his crib notes. He's our regular book critic and the proprietor of Libros Schmibros, a bookstore/lending library in Boyle Heights. We also hear about a Spanish-language book fair this weekend, LéaLA.

Madeleine is hosting a panel at 12:30PM on Saturday, at the Norris Center called Close Portraits. David moderates a panel at 11:00AM, Saturday, at the Davidson Conference Center. It's titled The Experimental Epic.