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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.

John Freeman is the American editor of Granta magazine. A former president of the National Book Critics Circle, his criticism has appeared in publications around the world. Freeman's book The Tyranny of Email: The Four-Thousand-Year Journey to Your Inbox is due out in October.

David Benioff adapted his first novel, The 25th Hour, into the feature film directed by Spike Lee. With many other screenplays to his credit, he is also the writer of the forthcoming films Brothers and X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Benioff's latest novel is City of Thieves.

Achy Obejas is the author of the award-winning novel Days of Awe and the newly released Ruins. She is editor of the crime-fiction anthology Havana Noir and the Sor Juana Writer in Residence at DePaul University. Born in Havana, she continues to spend extended time there.

Susan Straight's book A Million Nightingales was nominated for a Los Angeles Times 2007 Book Prize in Fiction. Her short story in the anthology Los Angeles Noir was the winner of a 2008 Edgar Award. Highwire Moon was a National Book Award finalist. Download and start listening now!

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About the Author
Author David BenioffDavid Benioff was born and raised in New York City. He adapted his first novel, The 25th Hour, into the feature film directed by Spike Lee. With many other screenplays to his credit, he is also the writer of the films, "Brothers" and "X-Men Origins: Wolverine". Stories from his critically acclaimed collection When the Nines Roll Over appeared in Best New American Voices and The Best Nonrequired American Reading. His latest novel is City of Thieves. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and daughter where he is a co-creator and writer for the HBO hit series "Game of Thrones."