Festival of Books 2012

Hoffman Hall

Saturday, April 21

10:45 am – 11:30 am

The End of Illness: A Conversation with David Agus, facilitated by Michael Quick

David Agus is one of the world’s leading cancer doctors and author of the New York Times #1 bestseller, The End of Illness. A conversation facilitated by Michael Quick, USC executive vice provost and professor of biology, explores the fundamental questions of life and illness, challenging long-held wisdoms and dismantling misperceptions about what “health” means. Read more about the discussants.

12 noon – 1:00 pm

Queer L.A.: Culture, Art and Activism

Join us for a lively and revealing panel discussing the culture, art and activism of the queer community in Los Angeles with Joseph Hawkins, Director of ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives; author and activist Jeanne Córdova (When We Were Outlaws: a Memoir of Love & Revolution); USC professor Karen Tongson (Relocations: Queer Suburban Imaginaries); and moderator Chris Freeman, USC professor and Los Angeles historian. Read more about the panelists.

1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Fairy Tales

The wonder and whimsy of modern fairy tales has often influenced and intrigued writers of all ages and forms. Join us for a discussion on writing fairy tales for contemporary audiences with acclaimed authors Aimee Bender (The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake, The Girl in the Flammable Skirt), Sarah Shun-lien Bynum (Ms. Hempel Chronicles) and Trinie Dalton (Wide Eyed, Baby Geisha). The panel will be moderated by poet and USC Master of Professional Writing faculty Nan Cohen (Rope Bridge). Read more about the panelists.

3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Mystery and Magic in Mind and Matter

Discover the mystery and magic in personal and historical narratives with science writer K.C. Cole (Something Incredibly Wonderful Happens: Frank Oppenheimer and the World He Made Up), historian Deborah Harkness (The Jewel House: Elizabethan London and the Scientific Revolution) and journalist Tim Page (Parallel Play: Growing Up with Undiagnosed Aspberger’s). Read more about the panelists.

4:30 pm – 5:30 pm

Kick-Ass Women

Outspoken journalist Molly Ivins, screen siren Elizabeth Taylor and fashion icon Coco Chanel are just some of the kick-ass women who are profiled in literature. Explore their remarkable and complex lives through the women who are just as awesome for celebrating them. USC professor Dinah Lenney will moderate a panel with Allison Engel, playwright, Red Hot Patriot; Karen Karbo, author of the best-selling Kick Ass Women series; and MG Lord, USC professor and author of The Accidental Feminist: How Elizabeth Taylor Raised Our Consciousness and We Were Too Distracted by Her Beauty to Notice. Read more about the panelists.

Sunday, April 22

10:00 am – 10:55 am

New Paradigms for Leadership in a Global Economy

Join us for a discussion of new and emerging concepts for leadership in today’s global economy with distinguished panelists, including Dave Logan (Tribal Leadership), Kirk Snyder (The G Quotient: Why Gay Executives Are Excelling as Leaders and What Every Manager Needs to Know) and Jolanta Artiz and Robyn Walker (co-authors, Discourse Perspectives on Organizational Communication). Read more about the panelists.

11:25 am – 12:15 pm

Future Books, Media in the Digital Age

In today’s digital age, books continue to evolve from tangible to interactive to intuitive. This discussion will explore the future of books and its possible trajectories in digital media with panelists Steve Anderson (Technologies of History: Visual Media and the Eccentricity of the Past), Anne Balsamo (Designing Culture: The Technological Imagination at Work), Dean Catherine Quinlan of the USC Libraries and Holly Willis (New Digital Cinema: Reinventing the Moving Image). Read more about the panelists.

12:45 pm – 1:45 pm

The Politics of Popular Music

As American pop culture evolves, one of the best signifiers of change is popular music. Join us for a fascinating conversation about the politics of popular music with scholars of popular culture Inna Arzumanova, Alice Echols (Hot Stuff: Disco and the Remaking of American Culture), Josh Kun (Audiotopia: Music, Race and America), Shana Redmond (Anthem: Movement Cultures and the Sound of Solidarity in the African Diaspora, forthcoming) and Karen Tongson (editor-in-chief, Journal of Popular Music Studies). Read more about the panelists. Read more about the panelists.

2:15 pm – 3:15 pm

Writing the Sports Biography

An insightful discussion will explore the sports biography with authors who have been entrenched in sports as journalists and athletes. Panelists include Alan Abrahamson, who co-wrote autobiographies with Olympics greats Michael Phelps and Apolo Ohno; Madelyn Cain, author of the biography of jockey Laffit Pincay, Jr.; and Steven Travers, whose numerous books include accounts of such sports icons as Tom Seaver. Read more about the panelists.

3:45 pm – 4:45 pm

Writings from the Asian Diaspora

Explore the diversity of narratives from the Asian diaspora with Prince Gomolvilas, storyteller and playwright of the stage adaptation of Scott Heim’s Mysterious Skin; Velina Hasu Houston, whose plays have been presented across the United States and internationally; Catherine Liu, author of Oriental Girls Desire Romance; and Sunyoung Lee, editor-in-chief at Kaya Press, a publisher for cutting-edge Asian diasporic writers for more than 15 years. Read more about the panelists.