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.

Justine Bateman, author of “Fame: The Hijacking of Reality”

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Jessica McKay and Kelly Rowland

Jessica McKay and Kelly Rowland, authors of “Always With You, Always With Me”

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Annabelle Gurwitch

Annabelle Gurwitch, author of “When are you leaving? Downhill Mobility Adventures »

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Billy Porter

Billy Porter, author of “Unprotected: A Memoir”

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Kal Penn

Kal Penn, author of “You Can’t Be Serious”

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Lynne Thompson

Lynne Thompson, New Los Angeles Poet Laureate

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Grant Ginder

Grant Ginder, author of ‘People We Hate in Marriage’ and ‘Honestly We Meant’

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Victoria Chang

Victoria Chang, author of “Trees Testify to Everything”

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Jaime Hernandez and Gilbert Hernandez

Jaime Hernandez and Gilbert Hernandez, authors of the comic strip “Love and Rockets”

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Matthieu Aïkins

Matthieu Aikins, author of “The Naked Don’t Fear the Water: An Underground Journey With Afghan Refugees”

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Mark HaskellSmith

Mark Haskell Smith, author of “Rude Talk in Athens: Ancient Rivals, the Birth of Comedy, and a Writer’s Journey Through Greece”

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Elle Johnson

Elle Johnson, author of “The Officer’s Daughter”

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Coke Allison Hedge

Allison Hedge Coke, author of “Look at That Blue”

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Stuart K Robinson

Stuart K Robinson, author of “It All Starts With Me”

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Josh Peck

Actor, comedian and podcast star Josh Peck

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Joe Ide

Joe Ide, author of “IQ”

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Vera Ahiya.

Vera Ahiyya, author of ‘You Have a Voice,’ in the LA Times Festival of Books photo studio at USC.

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Gwenda Bond

Gwenda Bond, author of “Not Your Average Hot Guy and the Date from Hell”.

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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.

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Carl Bernstein

Carl Bernstein

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AuthorJoy Williams

Author Joy Williams, nominated for the LA Times Book Prizes in fiction for her book “Harrow”.

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Jim Ruland

Jim Ruland, author of “Corporate Rock Sucks”

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Poet Ra Malika Imhotep

Poet Ra Malika Imhotep

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Older Daniel Jose

Daniel Jose Older, author of fantasy and young adult fiction

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Silvia Moreno Garcia

Silvia Moreno-Garcia, author of “Velvet Was the Night”

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Danny Trejo, actor and author of "Trejo: My Life of Crime, Redemption, and Hollywood"

Danny Trejo, actor and author of “Trejo: My Life of Crime, Redemption, and Hollywood”

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Iman Perry

Imani Perry, author of “Looking for Lorraine: The Radiant and Radical Life of Lorraine Hansberry”

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Screenwriter Melissa Chadburn

Melissa Chadburn, author of the novel “A Tiny Upward Shove”

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