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Author & Participation Bios

April 19, 1998

DAWNEA ADAMS

Spirtuality in the '90s: Sunday, 2 p.m.

Adams has been a professional parapsychologist, healer and metaphysical counselor for more than 20 years. She is the author of "Soul Surfing."

CRISTINA ACEVES

Times Storytelling Area: Saturday, 5:30 p.m.

Aceves hosts "Los Angeles al Dia" on KMEX-TV, Channel 34, and has interviewed Hispanic figures including Emmanuel, Gypsy Kings and Edward James Olmos, as well as political leaders such as former President Bush, Gov. Pete Wilson and County Supervisor Gloria Molina.

MARJORIE AGOSIN

Latin American Women: Saturday, 10 a.m.

A critically acclaimed poet and author of short prose, Agosin is also an award-winning human rights activist. Her books include "A Cross and A Star: Memoirs of a Jewish Girl in Chile" and "A Necklace of Words: Short Fiction by Mexican Women," which she edited with Nancy Abraham Hall.

CLARIBEL ALEGRIA

Latin American Women: Saturday, 10 a.m.

Poetry Matters: Sunday, 12:30

Famed Central American poet celebrating her 50th year of writing, Alegria is the author of "Ashes of Izalco" and "Luisa In Realityland." Among her recent books is "Death of Somoza."

LUIS ALFARO

Gay and Lesbian Literature: Saturday, 4 p.m.

Alfaro is a poet and performance artist whose work has appeared in several anthologies including "Blood Whispers: L.A. Writers On AIDS" and "Men On Men #4: Best New Gay Fiction." A recipient of various grants, including a MacArthur Award, Alfaro has given peformances at the Mark Taper Forum and Highways Performance Space.

ISABEL ALLENDE

Solo Event: Saturday, 10:30 a.m.

Allende is the author of "Aphrodite," a book of recipes, stories and other aphrodisiacs. The winner of international awards, she has written numerous books, including "Paula," "The Infinite Plan" and "Of Love and Shadows" and "The House of Spirits."

JANE APPLEGATE

Small Business: Saturday, 2:30 p.m.

A former investigative reporter for The Times, Applegate appears frequently as a small business expert on CNBC, CNN and PBS and writes on international women's issues.

MARTHA BAER

Erotica vs. Pornography: Saturday, 10 a.m.

Baer is the author of "As Francesca," which first appeared as a six-month serial in Hot Wired, Wired's online magazine. She is currently executive editor of Hot Wired.

FRANK BALDWIN

Barnes & Noble Stage: Saturday, 3 p.m.

Frank Baldwin is the author of "Balling the Jack," a new classic coming-of-age story, which will soon be made into a motion picture.

HELEN BALL

Book Collecting: Sunday, 2:30 p.m.

A culinary enthusiast, Ball has been collecting books on gastronomy, food essays and cookbooks related to international foods and culture for 30 years.

CLIVE BARKER

Solo Event: Sunday, 10:30 a.m.

Barker, a writer and director of dark fantasy and fiction, is the author of, most recently, "Galilee." His international bestsellers include "The Books of Blood," "The Damnation Game" and "Everville."

MARY BRIGID BARRETT

How To Write For Children: Saturday, 10 a.m.

Getting Kids to Read: Saturday, 4:30 p.m.

Barrett is president and chairwoman of the National Children's Book and Literary Alliance. She is the author of "Sing to the Stars," "Mud Baby" and "Beach Baby." She is the author and illustrator of "The Man of the House at Huffington Row," to be published this fall by Harcourt Brace.

RON BASS

Page to Screen: Saturday, 10:30 a.m.

This lawyer-novelist has been a leading screenwriter since the late 1980s. His credits include "Sleeping With the Enemy," "The Joy Luck Club" and "My Best Friend's Wedding." He received an Oscar for his 1988 screenplay for "Rain Man."

KAREN GRIGSBY BATES

Diverse Detectives: Saturday, 10:30 a.m.

Bates is a regular contributor to The Times Opinion Page and a former contributing editor to Buzz magazine. She is the author, with Karen E. Hudson, of "Basic Black: Home Training for Modern Times."

CARI BEAUCHAMP

Old Hollywood: Sunday, 11:30 a.m.

Beauchamp, who has written about film for Book Review, was press secretary for former California Gov. Jerry Brown. Her latest book is "Without Lying Down: Frances Marion and the Powerful Women of Early Hollywood."

CAL BEDIENT

Poetry Corner: Saturday, 5 p.m.

A professor of English at UCLA, Bedient is the author of several books of literary criticism including "He Do the Police in Different Voices" and also "Candy Necklace," a book of poetry.

LARRY BEINHART

Page to Screen: Saturday, 10:30 a.m.

Political Satire: Sunday, 3:30

Edgar-award-winning novelist, Beinhart is the author of four novels, "No One Rides For Free," "You Get What You Pay For," "Foreign Exchange," and "American Hero," on which the film "Wag the Dog" was based.

GREGORY BENFORD

The Shape of Our Future: Sunday, 3 p.m.

A professor of physics at UC Irvine, Benford has served as an advisor to the Department of Energy and NASA. He is the author of numerous science fiction novels, including "Great Sky River" and "Sailing Bright Eternity." "COSM" is his latest work.

SANDRA BENITEZ

Writing As a Second Career : Saturday, 3 p.m.

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