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The Los Angeles Times Festival of Books began in 1996 with a simple goal: to bring together the people who create books with the people who love to read them. The festival was an immediate success and has become the largest and most prestigious book festival in the country, attracting more than 130,000 book lovers each year.

Thomas Curwen, a senior editor for the Los Angeles Times, was a 2008 Pulitzer Prize finalist for feature writing. He was the editor of the paper's Outdoors section, and in 2002 received a Rosalynn Carter Fellowship for mental-health journalism. He has a master's degree in creative writing from USC.

Will Chaffey's first title, Swimming with Crocodiles, is a true story of adventure and survival in the Australian wilderness. Chaffey is a graduate of Harvard University.

Cash Peters is a British author and TV and radio host who writes on travel. His latest title Naked in Dangerous Places: The Chronicles of a Hungry, Scared, Lost, Homesick, but Otherwise Perfectly Happy Traveler is newly published.

Evan Wright is the author of Generation Kill, which was the basis of the HBO miniseries. He received two National Magazine Awards, one for reporting in Rolling Stone on the war in Iraq and one for a profile in Vanity Fair. Wright's latest book is Hella Nation.

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