The Soloist: Steve Lopez – KPFK Wed. 4/22

For our Festival of Books preview show, we’ll feature LATimes columnist STEVE LOPEZ – the film of his book “THE SOLOIST” opens Friday in LA, it’s the story of a homeless violin player on skid row and the newspaper columnist who becomes friends with him – starring Jamie Fox and Robert Downey Jr.  Steve will be speaking at the BookFest Sunday at 1:30 on a panel moderated by film critic Ella Taylor.  (originally broadcast 4/16/08)

Also: DAVID ULIN, book review editor of the LA Times, will talk about the troubles in the book business, and the troubles at the LA Times – he’ll be speaking at the BookFest Saturday at 130 on “Publishing 3.0”; Saturday at 330 with Columbine author Dave Cullen, and Sunday at 10:30 he’ll be moderating a fiction panel.

Plus: The Black Girl Next Door: that’s the title of a powerful new memoir by JENNIFER BAZILE, she was the first black female professor of history at Yale – and she’s been named one of “thirty leaders of the future” by Ebony magazine. She’ll be talking about growing up black and middle class in LA in the seventies at the BookFest Sunday at 1:30.  (originally broadcast 1/14/09)

. . . and I’ll be moderating a panel on “Climate in Crisis” Sunday at 11 in Haines Hall 39.