LA Times Festival of Books Stories & Ideas 2020
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
Young Adult Fantasy: Twists and Turns in Worlds Real and Unreal
Sunday, November 1st from 12:30 pm - 1:00 pm
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
Signed book plates for Chicken of the Sea available!
Signed book plates for Sympathizer available!
Signed book plates for Committed available!
Signed copies of Raybearer available!
Signed book plates for Skyhunter available!
Signed copies of Kingdom of Back available!
Signed copies of Legend available!
Signed book plates for We Unleash the Merciless Storm available!
Signed book plates for We Set the Dark on Fire available!
Signed book plates for Miss Meteor available!
Ms. Portman will surprise 25 lucky book purchasers, chosen at random, with a signed bookplate
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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