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FESTIVAL OF BOOKS

Author & Participant Bios

April 18, 1999

Bollinger teaches in the Latin American studies program at Cal State Los Angeles. He is the curriculum director of the Institute for Humanistic Education and Parenting.

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BLASE BONPANE

South American Postcards / Saturday, noon

Bonpane is the director and chief administrative officer of the Office of the Americas in Los Angeles. His books include "Central America: Democracy, Development and Change," "Voices of Survival in the Nuclear Age" and, most recently, "Guerrillas of Peace."

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RUTH LERCHER BORNSTEIN

Writing Children's Books / Saturday, 11:30 a.m.

The author of 20 books, Bornstein has taught "Creating a Picture Book" for the UCLA Extension program for nearly a decade. Her most recent book is "The Dancing Man."

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MARK BOWDEN

Barnes & Noble Stage / Sunday, 4 p.m.

An award-winning reporter for the Philadelphia Inquirer, Bowden is the author of the bestselling "Black Hawk Down: A Story of Modern War," an account of the 1993 battle in Mogadishu that led to the withdrawl of American troops in Somalia.

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T. CORAGHESSAN BOYLE

Solo Event / Saturday, 3 p.m.

Boyle is a professor of creative writing at USC. His novel "World's End" won the 1988 Pen / Faulkner Award for Best American Fiction. Boyle's latest book is "T.C. Boyle Stories."

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RAY BRADBURY

Solo Event / Sunday, 3 p.m.

Bradbury is the author of 27 books, including "The Illustrated Man," "Fahrenheit 451," "The Martian Chronicles" and "Something Wicked This Way Comes." "Driving Blind" is his latest collection of stories.

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BARBARA TAYLOR BRADFORD

Solo Event / Saturday, 1:30 p.m.

At 18, Bradford started her writing career on the Yorkshire Evening Post and, by 20, became fashion editor of the London magazine Woman's Own. Since then, she has written 14 novels. "Power of a Woman" is her most recent.

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SUSIE BRIGHT

Sex Today / Sunday, 2 p.m.

Bright is the author of the national bestseller "The Sexual State of the Union" and has been called the best known sex writer in America. She writes a regular column for the online magazine Salon and teaches at UC Santa Cruz. Her most recent work is "The Best American Erotica 1999."

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CARRIE BROWN

Barnes & Noble Stage / Sunday, noon

Brown was the winner of the 1998 Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Award for her debut novel, "Rose's Garden." She teaches at Sweet Briar College in Virginia. Her latest novel is called "Lamb in Love."

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FRANK BROWNING

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

Plants We Love / Sunday, 11 a.m.

A commentator for NPR, Browning is the author of "The Culture of Desire: Paradox and Perversity in Gay Lives Today," "Cracks in the Iron Closet: Travels in Gay & Lesbian Russia" and "Apples."

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EVE BUNTING

Writing Children's Books / Saturday, 11:30 a.m.

The author of more than 140 books, Bunting most recently wrote "I Have an Olive Tree." Her writing for preschoolers and young adults has earned her numerous honors.

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LeVAR BURTON

Times Storytelling Stage / Sunday, 2 p.m.

Actor and producer, Burton debuted as Kunta Kinte in the ABC miniseries, "Roots." He has most recently appeared on "Christy," "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine" and "Star Trek: Voyager." Since 1982, he has been host and producer of "Reading Rainbow," a children's education series airing on PBS. He is the author of "Aftermath," a novel set in the 21st century.

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OCTAVIA E. BUTLER

Feminist Science Fiction / Saturday, 2:30 p.m.

Butler is the author of many novels, including "Adulthood Rites" and "The Parable of the Talents." She is the winner of the Nebula Award and has twice won the Hugo Award. Her 1979 novel, "Kindred," has been reissued by Beacon Press.

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MICHAEL CADNUM

Young Adult Writers / Saturday, noon

Cadnum is the author and illustrator of many books for children and young adults. "In a Dark Wood" was recently named one of Smithsonian's Notable Books for Children and has been chosen by Capitol Choices for its list of recommended books for young people 14 and older. It has also been nominated for a Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Young Adult Fiction for 1998.

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TIM CAHILL

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

An editor at large for Outside magazine, Cahill is the author of numerous travel books, including "Pass the Butterworms," "Jaguars Ripped My Flesh" and "Pecked to Death by Ducks." He is the co-author of the IMAX film, "Everest."

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PAUL CALDERON

Poetry Corner / Saturday, 2:30 p.m.

Poet and performance artist, Calderon has read at UCLA, UC Davis, the Watts Towers, the House of Blues, the Whiskey and Luna Park. His most recent work is "Sui-psycho-social-side." He has been the opening act for Cypress Hill and, with pianist Billy Childs, has formed the funk- and jazz-influenced band, Prophecy.

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FERNANDO CANEDO

Teaching Kids to Read / Saturday, 4:30 p.m.

Canedo has been the principal of the George Washington Elementary School in Pomona for nine years. He was the dean of students at Garey High School in Ponoma and has served as the chairman for the Los Angeles Consortium for Reading Recovery.

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DAVID CARRASCO

Americanos / Saturday, 2:30 p.m.

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