LA Times Festival of Books: Lost Stories of the West


Lost Stories of the West

Sunday, April 23  |  12:00pm – 1:00pm
LA Times Festival of Books
University of Southern California
University Park Campus
Los Angeles, CA 90089
Hancock Foundation, Signing Area 1

VOW editor Gabriel Thompson will be at the 2017 LA Times Festival of Books discussing Chasing the Harvest: Migrant Workers in California Agriculture (out May 16, 2017). Read on to learn more about the other panelists.


Miriam Pawel
Pawel is a journalist and independent scholar and the author of two books about Cesar Chavez and the farmworker movement. Her most recent book, The Crusades of Cesar Chavez: A Biography, won the Robert F. Kennedy Book Prize, the California Book Award Gold Medal, and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award.


Tim Z. Hernandez
Hernandez, an award-winning poet, novelist, and performer, was born and raised in California’s San Joaquin Valley. His books and research have been featured in the Los Angeles Times, the New York Times, CNN, Public Radio International, and National Public Radio. He divides his time between Fresno and El Paso, where he teaches in the MFA Program in Creative Writing at the University of Texas at El Paso.

Christine Pelisek
Pelisek is an award winning crime reporter who’s been covering the scene, most recently for PEOPLE Magazine, for over 17 years. The Grim Sleeper is her first book.

Kimball Taylor
Taylor is the author of three books, the most recent of which is The Coyote’s Bicycle: The Untold Story of 7000 Bicycles and the Rise of a Borderland Empire. He is a long-time contributor to Surfer magazine. His work has also appeared in Vice media, ESPN the magazine, and the Los Angeles Times.

Gabriel Thompson
Thompson, editor of Chasing the Harvest, is an independent journalist who has written for the New York Times, Harper’s, New York, Slate, Mother Jones, Virginia Quarterly Review, and the Nation. His articles about labor and immigration have won a number of prizes, including the Studs Terkel Media Award and the Sidney Award. His previous books are America’s Social Arsonist: Fred Ross and Grassroots Organizing in the Twentieth Century.

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