Smokin’ Hot at the L.A. Times Festival of Books

2015 brings an exciting new opportunity for us at Prospect Park—at the L.A. Times Festival of Books this weekend, we’ll be joining our friends at Kaya Press, Writ Large Press, and the USC Creative Writing Department in sharing the Smokin’ Hot Indie Lit Lounge, which is (other than the fabled Green Room) the hippest place to be on campus. You’ll find it in the heart of Founders Park, near the Poetry Stage. Please come by to meet our authors and editors, get our books at bargain prices, meet Terra the tarantula, learn entertaining secrets from L.A.’s best caterers, and check out the many other happenings. Besides the Prospect Park events listed below, our pals at Kaya, Writ Large, and Tia Chucha Press will be keeping the lounge smokin’ with an incredible roster of events, from an appearance by star author Viet Thanh Nguyen to word games and haiku fortunes. Here’s the complete roster of events from all the booth’s partners. Be sure to stop by and say hello to the Prospect Park Books team.

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And did we mention that all our books will be discounted? And all the publishers in the Smokin’ Hot Lounge will have books in the fabulous $2 bargain section?

We’re also happy to announce Prospect Park Books’ own Christine Moore, Christopher Noxon, Hans Röckenwagner, and Naomi Hirahara will be appearing on several official festival panels and (in Hans’s case) on the main cooking stage. You’ll find details for those events below.

If you’ve never attended L.A.’s biggest literary happening, this is the year to come. It’s free, it’s at USC, you can take the Metro there, and you can enjoy talks by famous authors (including Malcolm Gladwell, Roz Chast, Patton Oswalt, Candace Bergen, A. Scott Berg, and, yes, Billy Idol), signings, cooking demonstrations, concerts, kids’ activities, great food trucks, and much, much more.

Los Angeles Times Festival of Books

The Smokin’ Hot Indie Lit Lounge, USC campus, booths 380-381
Saturday, April 18, 10 am-6 pm & Sunday, April 19, 10 am-5 pm
Parking information here — or take the Metro!


(Booths 380-381)


VVFrontCover_smallest11 am: Animals, Art & Poetry
Bring the kids and learn to love nature’s unloved critters that scuttle, slither, buzz, and even sting. Author and naturalist Diane Lang (Vulture Verses), her pet tarantula, and illustrator Lauren Gallegos will be leading fun activities geared toward understanding nature’s most misunderstood!

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2 pm: Secret Tips & Tricks From LA’s Best Caterers

Learn from the best on how to entertain and throw a killer (but low-stress) party from cookbook author (Who Wants Seconds?) and caterer extraordinaire Jennie Cook and restaurateur, cookbook author (The Auntie Em’s Cookbook), and caterer extraordinaire Terri Wahl.


BThomason_photo_small_by_Christopher_Ries12 pm: Kinokuniya Booth Signing (Booth # 084)
Barbara Thomason signs copies of 100 Not So Famous Views of L.A.

1 pm: Book Signing (Booth #380)
Barbara Thomason signs copies of 100 Not So Famous Views of L.A.

2 pm: What Women Have Wrought
Find out what Naomi Hirahara (Blood Hina, Strawberry Yellow, and the new Ellie Rush mysteries) and Michal Lemberger (After Abel and Other Stories) have to say about taking risks, the Bible, and women who show up in unexpected places.



They’ll all stop by the Smokin’ Hot Lounge to sign books, too


Naomi Hirahara headshot 2014_sm10:30 am: Naomi Hirahara
Mystery author (Blood Hina, Strawberry Yellow, and the new Ellie Rush mysteries) Naomi Hirahara will be on the Crime Fiction: Right Place, Wrong Time panel
Salvatori Computer Science Center (SAL 101), USC

11 am: Christine Moore
Chef, restaurateur, and Little Flower: Recipes from the Cafe cookbook author Christine Moore will be on the Eat This: The L.A. Food Movement panel with Jonathan Gold
Taper Hall 101, USC


10:30 am: Naomi Hirahara
Mystery author (Blood Hina, Strawberry Yellow, and the new Ellie Rush mysteries) Naomi Hirahara will be on the Crime Fiction: The Hands that Pull the Strings panel
Salvatori Computer Science Center (SAL 101), USC

HansRockenwagner11 am: Hans Röckenwagner
Learn how easy it is to make fresh spätzle from chef, restaurateur, and Das Cookbook author Hans Röckenwagner
Cooking Stage 

ChristopherNoxonSmall1:30 pm: Christopher Noxon
The Plus One author will be on the Fiction: Famous by Association panel
Salvatori Computer Science Center (SAL 101)

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