Chapman University faculty, alumni and an award-winning student author will be among the featured writers at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books on Saturday and Sunday, April 9 and 10.

Business major Elizabeth Wong ’19 won the “Discover Asia Correspondent Contest,” co-sponsored by Korean Airlines and the Los Angeles Times. Under the guidance of Tammy Lechner, Chapman adjunct professor of English and award-winning photojournalist, Wong entered her essay about being born in China under the one-child law, and adopted from an orphanage at 9 months old to an American family.

As the sole university winner of this contest, Wong will be honored in a presentation at 1 p.m. on Sunday at the festival’s Travel Smart Stage.

Also featured at the festival will be:

  • Jeff Garvin ’98, author of the new young adult novel Symptoms of Being Human, a portrait of a modern gender-fluid teenager, Sunday at 3 p.m. on a panel titled “Teenage Wasteland,” on the Young Adult Stage.
  • Ryan Gattis ’01, author of All Involved, a novel that unfolds over the six days of the 1992 Los Angeles riots, Sunday at 3 p.m. on a fiction panel titled “Perspective and Perception” in Seeley G. Mudd lecture hall. HBO recently acquired the TV rights to the 2015 novel.
  • Pico Iyer, Presidential Fellow, author of numerous books, essays and articles, Saturday at 10:30 a.m. on a panel titled “Writing the Universe Within,” in Taper Hall 101.
  • Tom Zoellner, author, journalist and associate professor in the Department of English, moderates a panel Sunday at 10 a.m. titled “Narrative Journalism: Bringing a Story to Life,” in the Andrus Gerontology Center. Zoellner’s most recent book Train was called “entirely terrific” by The Washington Post.

Hosted on the campus of the University of Southern California, The Los Angeles Times Festival of Books is the largest book festival in the United States. Most of its panels and programs are free, but reserved tickets are recommended for many. Ticket information and the full weekend schedule are available at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books website.