At least 130,000 patrons are expected to check out the diverse fare, which will include discussions on subjects ranging from terrorism to true-crime novels; cheekily titled panels such as, "Food Fight: When Did Eating Get Controversial?"; and a ceremony honoring this year's Times Book Prizes nominees (finalists include Yehoshua for his "A Woman in Jerusalem," and Daniel Mendelsohn for "The Lost: A Search for Six of Six Million"). Here's a sampling of other events that may be of interest to people of the book:
Author: Peter Orner, book prize finalist
Panel: "Fiction: Jumping Off the Page"
Time: Noon, April 28
Orner -- who won the Goldberg Prize for Jewish Fiction for his "Esther Stories" (2001) -- will discuss his new novel, "The Second Coming of Mavala Shikongo," which draws on his own experience in Namibia in the early 1990s. The fictional story revolves around a Jewish teacher who falls in love with a beautiful, enigmatic veteran of the country's war with South Africa, set against the backdrop of a barren, semi-desert landscape.
Author: Jeffrey Goldberg, book prize finalist
Panel: "Current Interest: Profiles in Terror"
Time: 2 p.m., April 28
In his memoir, "Prisoners: A Muslim and a Jew Across the Middle East Divide," Goldberg -- a veteran of The New Yorker and The New York Times Magazine -- chronicles his unusual relationship with a devout Muslim during his service as a military policeman in the Israeli Army in 1990.
Author: Lucinda Franks
Panel: "Memoir: Hidden Truths"
Time: 2:30 p.m., April 28
Franks, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, explores her father's secret past in "My Father's Secret War"; which she began researching when she discovered a Nazi cap in a sealed box he had hidden.
Author: Neal Gabler, book prize finalist
Panel: "Biography: 20th Century Lives"
Time: 3:30 p.m., April 28
Gabler, who tackled Jewish movie moguls in "An Empire of Their Own: How the Jews invented Hollywood," dissects another pop culture auteur in "Walt Disney: The Triumph of the American Imagination." The biography posits that Disney was as childlike, indefatigable and "pathologically optimistic" as Mickey Mouse, The Observer (England) noted.
Organization: Jewish Community Library of Los Angeles
Booth: No. 535, near Haines Hall
Time: 11 a.m.-3 p.m., April 29
Six featured authors will include Jewish origami expert Joel David Stern, Susan Goldman Rubin on a Jewish financier of the American Revolution ("Haym Solomon, American Patriot") and Rabbi Aaron Parry ("Idiot's Guide to Talmud/Holy Scripture").
Author: Nancy Silverton
Event: Cooking stage
Time: 2 p.m., April 29
Silverton -- one of Los Angeles' premiere chefs (and proprietor of the popular new restaurant Pizzeria Mozza) -- will demonstrate layman-friendly recipes from her new book, "A Twist of the Wrist: Quick Flavorful Meals With Ingredients from Jars, Cans, Bags, and Boxes."
For more festival information, visit www.latimes.com/festival of books.
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