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Author & Participant Bios

April 18, 1999

STEVE ABEE

L.A.: Poetry and PlaceSunday, 10 a.m.

Poetry CornerSunday, 4:30 p.m.

Abee is a writer and actor who has performed for audiences at such venues as "Lollapalooza," City Lights Bookstore and on National Public Radio. His new book, "King Planet," is a collection of short stories and poems.

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JOAN ABELOVE

Young Adult Writers / Saturday, noon

Abelove's first novel for young adults, "Go and Come Back," is based on her fieldwork in the Amazonian jungle and has been nominated for a Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Young Adult Fiction for 1998. She has a doctorate in cultural anthropology and is working on her doctorate in clinical psychology.

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RODOLFO ACUNA

Latino Diaspora / Sunday, 3:30 p.m.

Acun~a has a doctorate in Latin American studies. He was the founding chair of the Department of Chicano Studies at Cal State Northridge. His most recent work is "Occupied America: A History of Chicanos."

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AKINWUMI ADESOKAN

Freedom to Write / Saturday, 3:30 p.m.

Adesokan worked as a journalist in Nigeria. He was imprisoned for two months from 1997-98 for interviews he conducted with political exiles and for articles he wrote demanding the release of political prisoners. He was released in 1998 through the intercession of PEN and other groups in the U.S. and Nigeria. His novel "Roots in the Sky" won the Assn. of Nigerian Authors prize for fiction. He is working on a new novel, "The Sea of Forgetting."

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MARJORIE AGOSIN

South American Postcards / Saturday, noon

Agosin's most recent memoir is "Always From Somewhere Else: A Memoir of My Chilean Jewish Father." She is a poet and author of "A Cross and a Star: Memoirs of a Jewish Girl in Chile," the story of her mother's life.

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RABIH ALAMEDDINE

What Is Gay Literature? / Saturday, 4 p.m.

Alameddine is a painter who has had gallery shows in cities throughout the United States, Europe and the Middle East. "KoolAids: The Art of War" is his first novel.

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SANDRA ALCOSSER

Poetry Corner / Saturday, 11 a.m.

Alcosser's latest book of poems, "Except By Nature," was chosen for the National Poetry Series, among other awards. She is a professor in the masters of fine arts program at San Diego State University.

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WILL ALEXANDER

Poetry Corner / Saturday, 10 a.m.

Alexander is the author of "The Stratosphere Canticles," "Above the Human Nerve Domain" and "Asia and Haiti," which was a PEN finalist for poetry in 1996.

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STEVE ALLEN

Writing Funny / Saturday, 10 a.m.

Not only did Allen create and host "The Tonight Show," he is also the author of more than 50 books. He is an actor, musician, songwriter and a member of the TV Academy's Hall of Fame. Allen's most recent books are "Dumbth," "101 Ways to Reason Better" and "Murder in Hawaii."

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SUZY AMIS

Barnes & Noble Stage / Saturday, 1 p.m.

After making her film debut as the object of Kevin Costner and Sam Robards' attentions in "Fandango," Amis won a Theatre World Award for her off-Broadway debut in "Fresh Horses." Since then, she has played in films ranging from "Plain Clothes" to "Where the Heart Is," "The Ballad of Little Jo" and "Titanic."

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JOYCE APPLEBY

Why History Matters / Sunday, 1:30 p.m.

Appleby, a professor of history at UCLA and past president of the American Historians Assn., has edited, translated or written at least 14 works, including her forthcoming "Thomas Jefferson: Political Writings."

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SERGIO ARAGONES

etc. Stage / Sunday, 1:30 p.m.

Aragones is an artist and writer best known for his contributions to MAD Magazine. He is internationally known for his work on "Groo, The Wanderer," as well as numerous other projects.

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TIM AREM

Times Storytelling Stage / Saturday, 3:30 p.m.

A former reading teacher, Arem is the founder of T-Bone Productions which conducts programs for children and teachers on reading, safety and fitness. He also leads workshops on storytelling, improvisation and mime techniques.

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MIMI AVINS

Gay Talese's America / Sunday, 2 p.m.

Avins, a native of New York and a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University, was the L.A. Times fashion writer from 1995 through 1998. While in that position, she won a Penney-Missouri Lifestyle Award and two Atrium Awards for excellence in coverage of fashion and design. She lives in Santa Monica and is a feature writer for The Times.

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KAGE BAKER

The Second Novel / Sunday, 1:30 p.m.

Baker writes historical science fiction. Her first novel, "In the Garden of Iden," features a cyborg and a young girl in 16th century Spain. Her most recent novel, "Sky Coyote," is a sequel and takes place in California in 1699.

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JOHN BALZAR

To the End of the World / Saturday, 1:30 p.m.

Guterson Solo Event / Sunday, noon

Balzar is a roving national correspondent for The Times. He has reported from all 50 states, from Africa and the Mideast. He is the author of "The Lure of the Quest: Yukon to Alaska by Dog," a story about sled dog racing in Alaskan outback, which will be published later this year by Henry Holt.

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JEN BANBURY

L.A. Neighborhoods / Saturday, 1:30 p.m.

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