The San Diego Union-Tribune will host its third annual Festival of Books Saturday, featuring panel discussions and conversations with roughly 100 authors, journalists, educators and more.
The Union-Tribune expects more than 20,000 attendees at the free event. The festival is modeled after the Los Angeles Times’ Festival of Books, the largest book festival in the United States, which began in 1996. This year’s festival includes UC San Diego as its new presenting sponsor.
“We have been in partnership discussions with the Union-Tribune for a while now,” UCSD Extension Dean Mary Walshok said. “We participated in the book festival last year and when we saw the great response and attendance, we knew we had to be part of it in a much bigger way this year.”
The festival is scheduled to start at 10 a.m. with an introduction by Union-Tribune Publisher and Editor-in-Chief Jeff Light. The introduction will also include KPBS’ announcement of the selections for its One Book, One San Diego program, which is in its 13th year.
Panels at this year’s festival include discussions on writing about war, women writers, media bias, libraries, children’s books, graphic novels and libraries. The full schedule of panels can be found at sandiegouniontribune.com/festival-of-books. Although entrance to the festival is free, each panel costs $3 to attend.
The third annual Festival of Books is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. at Liberty Station, located at 2620 Truxtun Road.
–City News Service
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