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FESTIVAL OF BOOKS

Author & Participant Bios

April 18, 1999

Banbury graduated from Yale and has since been a B-movie casting assistant, writer and star of an AT&T commercial. She lives in Los Angeles and is the author of "Like a Hole in the Head."

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JULIA BARRETT

Merry Olde England / Saturday, 11:30 a.m.

Barrett is the pseudonym for Julia Braun Kessler. She was an associate adjunct professor of Humanities at UCLA and was features editor at Seventeen Magazine. She has written several acclaimed works in the style of Jane Austen, including "The London Telegraph."

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JOAN BAUER

Young Adult Writers / Saturday, noon

Bauer is an award-winning author of books for young adults. Her books include "Backwater," "Thwonk," "Squashed," "Sticks" and, most recently, "Rules of the Road," which was nominated for a Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Young Adult Fiction for 1998.

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RICK BAYLESS

Cooking Stage / Sunday, 3 p.m.

Bayless has written a number of cookbooks, including "Rick Bayless's Mexican Kitchen: Capturing the Vibrant Flavors of World-Class Cuisine," and has contributed to "Authentic Mexican: Regional Cooking from the Heart of Mexico." His most recent is "Salsas That Cook: Using Classic Salsas to Enliven our Favorite Dishes."

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CARI BEAUCHAMP

History and Hollywood / Saturday, 2:30 p.m.

Beauchamp was press secretary for former California Gov. Edmund G. Brown Jr. Her latest book is "Without Lying Down: Frances Marion and the Powerful Women of Early Hollywood."

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AIMEE BENDER

The Short Story's Future / Sunday, noon

Risky Fiction / Sunday, 2 p.m.

Bender's writing has appeared in numerous publications, including GQ and Story. "The Girl in the Flammable Skirt" is her first collection of short stories.

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GUY BENNETT

Poetry Corner / Sunday, 10 a.m.

Bennett edits Seeing Eye Books and teaches at UCLA and the Otis School of Design. His poetry and translations have appeared in magazines and anthologies internationally. Bennett's first book of poetry, "Last Words," is his most recent work.

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JOE BENSON

etc. Stage / Saturday, 1 p.m.

etc. Stage / Sunday, 1 p.m.

Benson, morning personality on KCBS-FM (93.1), is a radio veteran with more than 30 years experience--18 years with top-rated Los Angeles rock stations. Benson hosts the syndicated Off the Record program that airs weekly on 110 stations nationwide and is the author of "Uncle Joe's Record Guides: The History Books of Rock & Roll." He is an announcer at the Californa Speedway and a driver in NHRA drag racing, NASCAR stock car and SCCA road racing competitions.

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A. SCOTT BERG

Bio: Arts & Letters / Saturday, 10:30 a.m.

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

Lindbergh: A Life / Sunday, 10:30 a.m.

Berg won the 1999 Pulitzer Prize for Biography for "Lindbergh," which was nominated for a Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Biography for 1998. He also received the 1978 National Book Award for his biography, "Max Perkins: Editor of Genius." He is also a recipient of a Guggenheim fellowship and the author of "Goldwyn."

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HOWARD BINGHAM

Writing With Pictures / Sunday, 3 p.m.

Bingham was named International Photographer of the Year for 1997 by the American Society of Photographers and the Photographic Managers Distributors Assn. His photography has appeared in Time, Newsweek and People, among others. His latest work, "Muhammed Ali: A Thirty Year Journey," is a chronicle of his friendship with Ali.

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PETER BISKIND

History and Hollywood / Saturday, 2:30 p.m.

Biskind is the author of "Easy Riders, Raging Bulls: How the Sex-Drugs-and-Rock 'n' Roll Generation Saved Hollywood." He is the former executive editor of Premiere and former editor in chief of American Film.

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SANDRA BLAKESLEE

Science Writing / Saturday, 4 p.m.

Blakeslee is an award-winning science writer. She has written and co-written books on a wide range of topics, including "The Good Marriage: How & Why Love Lasts" and the more recent "Phantoms in the Brain: Probing the Mysteries of Humankind," which was nominated for a Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Science and Technology for 1998.

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FRANCESCA LIA BLOCK

etc. Stage / Saturday, 2 p.m.

Block describes her fiction as "contemporary fairy tales with an edge." "Dangerous Angeles" was a Los Angeles Times bestseller. Other books include "Girl Goddess #9: Nine Stories," "Baby Be-Bop" and, most recently, "I Was a Teenage Fairy."

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CAROLE BLOOM

Cooking Stage / Saturday, 3 p.m.

Bloom wrote the candy section of "The Joy of Cooking" and is the author of such cookbooks as "Sugar & Spice: Sensational Desserts With Vivid Flavors," "Truffles, Candies, & Confections: Elegant Candymaking in the Home" and, most recently, of "All About Chocolate."

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CHRIS BOHJALIAN

Art of Fiction I / Saturday, 10 a.m.

Oprah Changed My Life / Saturday, 3 p.m.

Bohjalian is the author of "Water Witches" and "Midwives," which was named an Oprah Book of the Month. His most recent novel is "The Law of Similars."

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WILLIAM BOLLINGER

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

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