Alta Journal returns to the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books on Saturday, April 23, and Sunday, April 24—and this year, we’re celebrating our California Book Club with a lineup of 12 incredible Golden State authors. If you're planning to attend this two-day literary wonderland, we invite you to stop by Alta’s booth (#111) to meet some of the West’s most exciting writers, score deals on Alta memberships, pick up our new issue devoted to Joan Didion, and enter to win a full year of signed California Book Club picks. Please come and say hi!


los angeles times festival of books


Saturday, April 23

hector tobar
Dustin Snipes

Héctor Tobar

11–11:30 a.m.

Author of The Barbarian Nurseries and The Last Great Road Bum (California Book Club author, December 2021; watch his CBC interview)

maggie nelson, california book club
Dustin Snipes

Maggie Nelson

Noon–12:30 p.m.

Author of The Argonauts and On Freedom: Four Songs of Care and Constraint (California Book Club author, May 2022; register for her CBC interview)

myriam gurba, mean

Myriam Gurba

1–1:30 p.m.

Author of Mean and Painting Their Portraits in Winter: Stories (California Book Club author, April 2021; watch her CBC interview)

michael connelly, california book club
Dustin Snipes

Michael Connelly

2–3 p.m.

Author of The Dark Hours (California Book Club author, April 2022; register for his CBC interview)

susan straight, mecca
Felisha Carrasco

Susan Straight

3–3:30 p.m.

Author of Mecca

sarah bynum

Sarah Shun-lien Bynum

4–4:30 p.m.

Author of Likes and Madeleine Is Sleeping (California Book Club author, January 2022; watch her CBC interview)

Sunday, April 24

carol edgarian

Carol Edgarian

10:30–11 a.m.

Author of Vera

tod golderg, the low desert
Linda Woods

Tod Goldberg

11–11:30 a.m.

Author of The Low Desert: Gangster Stories

from our land to our land by luis j rodriguez, seven stories press

Luis J. Rodriguez

Noon–12:30 p.m.

Author of Always Running: La Vida Loca: Gang Days in L.A. and From Our Land to Our Land: Essays, Journeys & Imaginings from a Native Xicanx Writer

rayne grande, a ballad of love and glory
Imran Chaudhry

Reyna Grande

2–2:30 p.m.

Author of The Distance Between Us and A Ballad of Love and Glory (California Book Club author, November 2020; watch her CBC interview)

john freeman
Carolyn Cole/Los Angeles Times

John Freeman

3–3:30 p.m.

Author of The Park and How to Read a Novelist; editor of Freeman’s, the latest issue of which is about change. Freeman will be signing copies of Freeman's: California. (California Book Club host)


The Los Angeles Times Festival of Books includes more than 550 authors, poets, musicians, and chefs at indoor venues and outdoor stages. Most events are free. For complete festival information, visit: