The best of the 2022 Book Festival photo studio

Craig Johnson, author of Walt Longmire’s mystery novels (Jay L. Clendenin/Los Angeles Times)

The 27th Los Angeles Times Festival of Books returns in person to the University of Southern California, April 23-24, featuring more than 550 authors, poets, artists, chefs, journalists, celebrities and musicians. Here are some of the attendees who stopped by the Los Angeles Times photo studio to be entertained, cuddled and photographed by Jay L. Clendenin.

Jessica McKay and Kelly Rowland

Jessica McKay and Kelly Rowland, authors of “Always With You, Always With Me” (Jay L. Clendenin/Los Angeles Times)

Billy Porter

Billy Porter, author of “Unprotected: A Memoir” (Jay L. Clendenin/Los Angeles Times)

Victoria Chang

Victoria Chang, author of “Trees Witness Everything” (Jay L. Clendenin/Los Angeles Times)

Coke Allison Hedge

Allison Hedge Coke, author “Look at that Blue” (Jay L. Clendenin/Los Angeles Times)

Stuart K Robinson

Stuart K Robinson, author of “It All Starts With Me” (Jay L. Clendenin/Los Angeles Times)

Josh Peck

Actor, comedian and podcast star Josh Peck (Jay L. Clendenin/Los Angeles Times)

Joe Ide

Joe Ide, author of “IQ” (Jay L. Clendenin/Los Angeles Times)

Vera Ahiya.

Vera Ahiyya, author of ‘You Have a Voice,’ in the LA Times Festival of Books photo studio at USC. (Jay L. Clendenin/Los Angeles Times)

Gwenda Bond

Gwenda Bond, author of “Not Your Average Hot Guy and the Date from Hell”. (Jay L. Clendenin/Los Angeles Times)

Tahereh Mafi and Ransom Riggs

Tahereh Mafi and Ransom Riggs, author of the YA series ‘Shatter Me’ and creator of ‘Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children’, respectively, in the LA Times Festival of Books photo studio. (Jay L. Clendenin/Los Angeles Times)

Carl Bernstein

Carl Bernstein (Jay L. Clendenin/Los Angeles Times)

AuthorJoy Williams

Author Joy Williams, nominated for the LA Times Book Prizes in fiction for her book “Harrow”. (Jay L. Clendenin/Los Angeles Times)

Jim Ruland

Jim Ruland, author of “Corporate Rock Sucks” (Jay L. Clendenin/Los Angeles Times)

Poet Ra Malika Imhotep

Poet Ra Malika Imhotep (Jay L. Clendenin/Los Angeles Times)

Older Daniel Jose

Daniel Jose Older, author of fantasy and young adult fiction (Jay L. Clendenin/Los Angeles Times)

Silvia Moreno Garcia

Silvia Moreno-Garcia, author of “Velvet Was the Night” (Jay L. Clendenin/Los Angeles Times)

Danny Trejo, actor and author of

Danny Trejo, actor and author of “Trejo: My Life of Crime, Redemption, and Hollywood” (Jay L. Clendenin/Los Angeles Times)

Iman Perry

Imani Perry, author of “Looking for Lorraine: The Radiant and Radical Life of Lorraine Hansberry” (Jay L. Clendenin/Los Angeles Times)

Screenwriter Melissa Chadburn

Melissa Chadburn, author of the novel “A Tiny Upward Shove” (Jay L. Clendenin/Los Angeles Times)

This story originally appeared in the Los Angeles Times.

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