LA Times Festival of Books Stories & Ideas 2020

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Sunday, November 1, 2020 - 11:00am to 3:15pm
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L.A. Times 25th Festival of Books is Going Virtual!

Once Upon A Time is an exhibitor for three events

Chicken of the Sea by Viet Thanh Nguyen and Ellison Nguyen A Reading and Conversation with the Authors and Illustrators, Presented by USC

Sunday, November 1st from 11:00 am - 11:45 am

LA Times Festival of Books Chicken of the Sea by Viet Thanh Nguyen and Ellison Nguyen A Reading and Conversation with the Authors and Illustrators, Presented by USC with the authors Viet Thanh Nguyen and Ellison Tai Duong Nguyen and illustrators Thi Bui and Hien Bui-Stafford on Sunday, November 1st from 11:00 am - 11:45 am

Order signed book plates for Chicken of the Sea, Sympathizer, and Committed

Register for the Festival of Books

Young Adult Fantasy: Twists and Turns in Worlds Real and Unreal

Sunday, November 1st from 12:30 pm - 1:00 pm

LA Times Festival of Books Young Adult Fantasy: Twists and Turns in Worlds Real and Unreal with Raybearer by Jordan Ifueko, Skyhunter by Marie Lu, and We Unleash the Merciless Storm by Tehlor Kay Mejia on Sunday, November 1st from 12:30 pm - 1:00 pm

Order signed copies Raybearer

Order signed book plates for Skyhunter, signed copies for Kingdom of Back and Legend

Order signed book plates for We Unleash the Merciless Storm, We Set the Dark on Fire, and Miss Meteor

Register for the Festival of Books

Natalie Portman, Author of Natalie Portman’s Fables, a Reading and Conversation with L.A. Times Film Critic Justin Chang

Sunday, November 1st from 2:30 pm - 3:15 pm

LA Times Festival of Books Natalie Portman, Author of Natalie Portman’s Fables, a Reading and Conversation with L.A. Times Film Critic Justin Chang on Sunday, November 1st from 2:30pm - 3:15pm

Order Natalie Portman's Fables

Register for the Festival of Books

Chicken of the Sea Cover Image
By Viet Thanh Nguyen, Thi Bui (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781944211738
Availability: Available to Order from Our Warehouse
Published: McSweeney's - November 26th, 2019

Signed book plates for Chicken of the Sea available!


The Sympathizer: A Novel (Pulitzer Prize for Fiction) Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780802124944
Availability: Available to Order from Our Warehouse
Published: Grove Press - April 12th, 2016

Signed book plates for Sympathizer available!


The Committed Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780802157065
Availability: Recently On Our Shelves
Published: Grove Press - March 2nd, 2021

Signed book plates for Committed available!


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Raybearer Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781419739828
Availability: Recently On Our Shelves
Published: Amulet Books - August 18th, 2020

Signed copies of Raybearer available!


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Skyhunter (Skyhunter Duology #1) Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781250221681
Availability: Recently On Our Shelves
Published: Roaring Brook Press - September 29th, 2020

Signed book plates for Skyhunter available!


The Kingdom of Back Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781524739010
Availability: Available to Order from Our Warehouse
Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers - March 3rd, 2020

Signed copies of Kingdom of Back available!


Legend Cover Image
$11.99
ISBN: 9780142422076
Availability: Available to Order from Our Warehouse
Published: Speak - April 16th, 2013

Signed copies of Legend available!


We Unleash the Merciless Storm Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062691347
Availability: Available to Order from Our Warehouse
Published: Katherine Tegen Books - February 25th, 2020

Signed book plates for We Unleash the Merciless Storm available!


We Set the Dark on Fire Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9780062691323
Availability: Available to Order from Our Warehouse
Published: Katherine Tegen Books - January 14th, 2020

Signed book plates for We Set the Dark on Fire available!


Miss Meteor Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062869913
Availability: Available to Order from Our Warehouse
Published: HarperTeen - September 22nd, 2020

Signed book plates for Miss Meteor available!


Natalie Portman's Fables Cover Image
By Natalie Portman, Janna Mattia (Illustrator)
$19.99
ISBN: 9781250246868
Availability: Available to Order from Our Warehouse
Published: Feiwel & Friends - October 20th, 2020

Ms. Portman will surprise 25 lucky book purchasers, chosen at random, with a signed bookplate


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Staff Picks

Greg van Eekhout’s Weird Kid is the kind of book you could put in the hands of almost any young reader and soon you’d hear the soft chuckles of delight in seeing a fully-formed kid (12-year old Jake) with a bit of a shape-shifting problem trying to navigate middle school while not growing extra thumbs or feathers in front of his unsuspecting classmates. Unexplained sinkholes, butt jokes, blob-shifting goo and maybe-nefarious government agents ratchet up the action & humor. One of the many strengths of this book is the strong, non-romantic, bond between the comic-book loving duo of protagonist Jake and his friend, Agnes, who both relate to crime solving/investigative superheroes Night Kite and Star Hammer. There is so much to love packed in this book – family, music, guitars, comics, & of course, van Eekhout’s signature canine companion. 

Reviewed by Maureen