The two-day Los Angeles Times Festival of Books concludes Sunday at USC with former broadcast journalist and California first lady Maria Shriver among the authors set to appear.
Shriver will discuss her latest book, “I’ve Been Thinking … Reflections, Prayers, and Meditations for a Meaningful Life,” at 1:20 p.m. with Times columnist Robin Abcarian.
The book includes inspiring quotes, prayers, and reflections designed to get readers thinking, feeling and laughing.
Other authors scheduled to appear include actresses Valerie Bertinelli and Jenna Fischer and comedian Patton Oswalt.
Bertinelli is the author of “Valerie’s Home Cooking,” which features more than 100 recipes. Fischer wrote, “The Actor’s Life,” a handbook for struggling actors.
Oswalt wrote the afterword to his wife Michelle McNamara’s posthumously published “I’ll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman’s Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer.”
The festival has nine outdoor stages and activity areas, including those devoted to cooking, poetry and children.
A new element of this year’s festival is “Newstory,” a series of multimedia programs highlighting creative forms of storytelling.
The festival also includes dozens of expert panels on subjects ranging from politics to pop culture, musical performances, art installations and Spanish-language programming. There will be more than 200 exhibitors with books and merchandise for sale.
The festival will run from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission is free, although tickets are required for portions of the festival. More information is available on the festival’s website, events.latimes.com/festivalofbooks.
People taking Metro to the festival will receive a 10 percent discount on official festival merchandise. Rides on Metro trains and buses will be free Sunday in connection with Earth Day.