Save the Date “Los Angeles Times Festival of Books” University of Southern California April 9-10

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Now considered the largest book festival in the country, the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books celebrates its 21-year anniversary. The guest speakers at the Bovard Auditorium include Carrie Brownstein, member of the punk band Sleater-Kinney, and writer, creator and co-star, of the award-winning television show “Portlandia, and Arianna Huffington, president and editor-in-chief of the world-renowned Huffington Post. Both will be discussing their latest books. For 2 days the USC campus will transform into a literary paradise with writers, critics, reviewers, and such sharing stages to propel the national discourse of arts and letters, while audiences listen, meet, and get books signed by some of their favorite authors. The all-ages event is great for the whole family and includes food trucks, musical performances, and book prizes to honor authors such as Sam Quinones, Sam Aldin, and many others. To commerroate the anniversary, there will also be a poster exhibition celebrating the 21 years in the making.

Don’t forget to come visit the Cartwheel Art booth which will include a book signing by Rodrigo Ribera d’Ebre, Urban Politics: The Political Culture of Sur 13 Gangs, and Steve Grody, Graffiti LA: Street Styles and Art. The booth will also be promoting the highly anticipated documentary film, Dark Progressivism, written and directed by the author, Rodrigo Ribera d’Ebre, which explores the history and trajectory of Los Angeles gangs, graffiti, murals, and tattoo art, while commenting on the social conditions that produced such art forms that have directly influenced contemporary art. Facebook invite from Cartwheel Art Magazine here. 

Also, join us on Sunday April 17th for World Art Day in The Downtown Los Angeles Arts District at The Container Yard, where you will have the opportunity to experience the first Los Angeles pre-screening of Dark Progressivism. There will also be Q & A with writer/director of the film Rodrigo Ribera d’Ebre. Murals by some of the Dark Progressivism artists such as Big Sleeps and Defer along with others such as Skill (also in the film) from the UTI Crew, will be viewed on a walking tour with Cartwheel Art Tours Cindy Schwarzstein and Steve Grody (also in the film as a historian and photographer), following the film and Q & A. Additional  artist murals that will be seen during the tour are: How & Nosm, Dabs & Myla, Tristan Eaton and Kim West, Shepard Fairey, in addition to the work of local graffiti crews UTI Crew and LOD Crew. Plus there will be a tour and beer tasting with Angel City Brewery as the final stop on the tour. More details can be found here on the event listing from Cartwheel Art Tours.

Los Angeles Times Festival of Books
University of Southern California
University Park Campus
Los Angeles, CA 90089
Saturday April 9th 2016 (10:00 am – 6 pm)
Sunday April 10th 2016 (10:00 am – 5 pm)


Rodrigo Ribera d’Ebre and Steve Grody will be signing books in the Cartwheel Art booth

LA Times



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