Welcome to the next week of the 25th Los Angeles Times Festival of Textbooks, Stories & Tips!

This week’s lineup features conversations with novelist Marlon James, journalist Maria Hinojosa, creator Kevin Kwan and actress Natalie Portman.

All events are free. Thanks to the ongoing pandemic, this year’s celebration of the composed word is virtual. For 25 days, writers, poets, artists, storytellers and bookstore exhibitors will be featured in 25 panels and readings — all viewable from the consolation of your household.

Here’s what’s happening this week and how to tune in:

The lineup

Monday, Oct. 26, at 6 p.m.: Marlon James, winner of the inaugural 2019 L.A. Times Ray Bradbury Prize for Science Fiction and a finalist for the 2019 Countrywide Book Award, will be a part of UCLA Afrofuturism professor Tananarive Owing in a discussion about his science fiction novel “Black Leopard Purple Wolf.”

Tuesday, Oct. 27, at 6 p.m.: Authors André Aciman, Gayle Forman, Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen chat about producing fiction for audio, and with listeners in head. Audible editor Katie O’Connor will moderate the discussion.

Wednesday, Oct. 28, at 6 p.m.: “Crazy Prosperous Asians” writer Kevin Kwan returned this 12 months with a new novel, “Sex and Vainness.” He joins Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan, co-authors of “The Royal We,” in a discussion moderated by novelist and essayist Jade Chang.

Thursday, Oct. 29, at 5 p.m.: USC professors Juan De Lara, Manuel Pastor and affiliate professor Sarah Gualtieri will discover race and immigration in Southern California now and in the course of historical past. The panel will be moderated by professor William Deverell. Matters involve racial demographics and the economic climate, and the state’s impact on politics nationally. This is the 1st 50 percent of a two-component panel on Los Angeles.

Thursday, Oct. 29, at 6 p.m.: What and who really should be remembered and memorialized across general public areas, and what really should these kinds of commemorations look like? Associates of the Civic Memory Doing the job Team of Los Angeles, a assorted gathering of artists, architects, historians and many others, will explore the suggestions and obligations about civic memory (and civic amnesia). The discussion functions USC professor Christopher Hawthorne, affiliate professor Taj Frazier and architects Frederick Fisher and Gail Kennard, with professor William Deverell moderating. This is the 2nd 50 {462f6552b0f4ea65b6298fc393df649b8e85fbb197b4c3174346026351fdf694} of the two-portion panel on L.A.

Friday, Oct. 30, at 5 p.m.: Maria Hinojosa, Emmy Award-profitable journalist, NPR’s “Latino USA” anchor and author of “Once I Was You,” joins award-winning novelist Laila Lalami, writer of “Conditional Citizens,” to examine immigration and what it implies to be an American. Occasions Column A person editor Steve Padilla is the moderator.

Sunday, Nov. 1, at 11 a.m.: Pulitzer Prize-successful novelist Viet Thanh Nguyen and his 6-yr-old son, Ellison Nguyen, will talk about their picture e-book, “Chicken of the Sea.” Caldecott-winning illustrator Thi Bui and her 13-calendar year-aged son, Hien Bui-Stafford, also will join Sumun L. Pendakur, from the USC Race and Equity Middle, for a looking through and discuss.

Sunday, Nov. 1, at 12:30 p.m.: YA fantasy authors Marie Lu and Tehlor Kay Mejia, together with debut YA novelist Jordan Ifueko, will delve into mystical world-creating and the creation of solid female protagonists with moderator Sharon Levin. Loyalty and loved ones, warriors conquering evil in a broken entire world, and sacrifices produced for independence are all on the agenda.

Sunday, Nov. 1, at 2:30 p.m.: Instances Film Critic Justin Chang will be in conversation with Academy Award-successful actress, director, producer and debut children’s author Natalie Portman. Her photograph reserve, “Natalie Portman’s Fables,” is a retelling of three common tales.

How to view

Sign-up forward of time for every party at latimes.com/festivalofbooks. You will obtain an email reminder 48 hours in advance with a connection to watch the event.

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In situation you missed previous week’s gatherings, festival reserve talks are accessible for viewing on YouTube. Pulitzer Prize-profitable playwright and novelist Ayad Akhtar joined author and faith scholar Reza Aslan to talk about Akhtar’s hottest novel, “Homeland Elegies.” Former California Gov. Jerry Brown and former Occasions editor-at-large and creator Jim Newton talked politics with Times columnist Gustavo Arellano. Other friends bundled creator and journalist Roberto Lovato and criminal offense-fiction writers Rachel Howzell Corridor, Attica Locke and Ivy Pochoda.