In related news, at least three other writers with Orange County ties — T. Jefferson Parker, Mary Castillo and Barbara DeMarco-Barrett — will appear during the two-day LAT Festival of Books.
Parker, a former reporter for the Daily Pilot in Newport Beach and Costa Mesa who has authored crime novels, including "Laguna Heat," will take part in a panel on crime fiction at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Seeley G. Mudd venue at USC (SGM 124).
Castillo — a women's fiction writer, Newport Beach resident, class of 1996 graduate at USC who formerly reported for the Coastline Pilot and its sister papers in Orange County — will sign copies of her book "Switchcraft," from 3 to 4 p.m. Saturday, at the USC Alumni Assn. Booth in Alumni Park.
On Sunday afternoon, DeMarco-Barrett will moderate a fiction panel at the festival, "Destinations and Detours." The 12:30 p.m. event at Taper Hall (THH 101) will feature writers Karl Taro Greenfield, Pam Houston and Tara Ison.
DeMarco-Barrett hosts the series of "Pen on Fire" writers salons at Scape Gallery in Corona del Mar. She also produces and hosts the "Writers on Writing" program on KUCI radio, which is broadcast out of UC Irvine.
Apart from their upcoming appearance at the Festival of Books, Parker, Castillo and DeMarco-Barrett are connected to one another through "Orange County Noir," a 2010 collection of short stories in the crime writing genre. Castillo and DeMarco-Barrett each penned stories for the book, and Parker wrote its foreword.
For more information about the festival, visit events.latimes.com/festivalofbooks.
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