Nikkei Authors at L.A. Times Festival of Books

Authors and artists taking part in the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, taking place this weekend on the USC campus, include the following:


April 13 at 2:30 p.m., “Crime Fiction: Hidden Truths,” Conversation 1104. With Steph Cha, Lou Berney, Jeffrey Fleishman, Tod Goldberg. Requires ticket.


She has taught at numerous institutions all over North America, including the NYU Experimental Theater Wing, Cal Arts, Columbia University, the Sundance Institute, New Actors Workshop, the Wooster Group Summer Institute in New York and the Stratford Festival. Internationally, she recently taught in Shanghai, China; Stromboli, Italy; Istanbul, Turkey; and Orkney, Scotland.

She also has an extensive workshop and private teaching practice in New York and Los Angeles. She is the recipient of the Playwright’s Arena Outstanding Contribution to Los Angeles Theatre Award.

April 13 at 10:30 a.m., “The Enduring Allure of Shakespeare,” Conversation 1131, with David Bridel, Emily Anderson, Rebecca Lemon, Andy Stott. Requires ticket.


Her second novel, “Southland,” was a Los Angeles Times bestseller and “Best Book of 2003,” a Book Sense 76 pick, an Edgar Award finalist, and the winner of the Ferro Grumley Award and the Lambda Literary Award. Her third book, “The Age of Dreaming,” was a finalist for the 2008 Los Angeles Times Book Prize.

Her fourth novel, “Wingshooters,” was published in 2011. It was a Booklist Editors Choice for 2011 and an O: Oprah Magazine’s “Book to Watch For,” and has won an Indie Booksellers Choice Award and the Midwest Booksellers Choice Award.

Until recently, Revoyr was executive vice president and chief operating officer of Children’s Institute Inc., a nonprofit that provides clinical, youth development, family support and early childhood services to children and families affected by violence and poverty in Central and South Los Angeles.\ She now works in philanthropy, as part of a comprehensive effort to improve economic mobility for low-income children and their families.

Revoyr has been an associate faculty member at Antioch University and a visiting professor at Cornell University, Occidental College, and Pitzer College. She lives in Los Angeles.

April 14 at 12:30 p.m., “Fiction: Versions of California,” Conversation 2082, with Antoine Wilson, Vanessa Hua, Lydia Kiesling, Susan Straight. Requires ticket.


April 13 at 1:30 p.m., “Writing The Epic American History,” Conversation 1003, with Elizabeth Taylor, Anna-Lisa Cox, James Donovan. Require ticket.

April 14 at 12 p.m., “Aren’t We American? Race, Class, Immigration, and Citizenship,” Conversation 2132, with Jody Agius Vallejo, Sam Erman, Juan De Lara, Elda María Román. Requires ticket.


Yoshino was one of the primary editors helping guide the paper’s investigation into corruption in the city of Bell, which won the Pulitzer Gold Medal for Public Service in 2011. Under her tenure as business editor, the section twice received top general excellence honors from the Society of Business Editors and Writers.

Before joining The Times in 2000, Yoshino worked as a reporter at The Stockton Record and The Fresno Bee. She grew up in Modesto and attended UC Davis.

April 14 at 2 p.m., in conversation with Jen Sincero, author of “You Are a Badass Every Day,” Conversation 2103. Requires ticket.

For more information, visit: https://events.latimes.com/festivalofbooks/