Chapman University Will Present First Annual Big Orange Book Festival on Its Campus in Orange, September 21-22 – Free and Open to the Public

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Headliners Include Bestselling Authors Alice Sebold (“The Lovely Bones”) and Sapphire (“Push”), Actress Mary Badham (“To Kill a Mockingbird”) and “Daily Show” Co-Creator Lizz Winstead

“Chapman University is delighted to present this new book festival to Orange County, showcasing some of the best writing in the nation and the world."

Chapman University will present its inaugural Big Orange Book Festival on the Chapman campus in Orange, Calif. on Friday and Saturday, September 21 and 22, 2012. The large-scale event will feature free talks and panels by acclaimed authors and literary figures from Orange County, Southern California and around the world, as well as festival and vendor booths throughout the campus showcasing new and classic books and book-related merchandise.

Among the scores of writers appearing at the festival, the headliners will include bestselling authors Alice Sebold (“The Lovely Bones,” “The Almost Moon”) and Sapphire (“Push,” the novel that became the acclaimed film “Precious”), actress Mary Badham (who at age 10 starred alongside Gregory Peck in the classic movie “To Kill a Mockingbird”) and Lizz Winstead, co-creator and head writer of “The Daily Show” and author of the memoir “Lizz Free or Die.”

The festival and all of its events will be free and open to the public. Parking on the campus will be free during the festival. For more information and updates, go to, or check out the festival’s Facebook page:

Chapman University President James L. Doti, Ph.D., said, “Chapman University is delighted to present this new book festival to Orange County, showcasing some of the best writing in the nation and the world – including authors who are creating great works right here in Orange County. Storytelling is at the heart of almost everything that happens at a university. This is clearly the case in such fields as filmmaking, creative writing and journalism, but also in science, medicine, business and law, where communicating -- telling the story -- is imperative. We feel that this book festival is a natural fit for Chapman, and if this inaugural version is a success, we hope to continue it for many years to come.”

Sebold, Sapphire and Winstead will present one-hour talks with audience Q&As, followed by book-signings. Badham will appear at a free screening of “To Kill a Mockingbird” in Memorial Hall, to speak of her experiences filming the movie and to answer audience questions.

The festival will feature author talks and panels in six main focus areas: “California Voices” will spotlight authors from Southern California or who write about California; “Outside the Box” will focus on authors writing in the science fiction, steampunk and fantasy genres; “Based on the Book” highlights books turned into movies or TV series, as well as books about screenwriting, movies and TV; “Mystery, Mayhem and Romance” will feature authors in the mystery, action and romance genres; and “Chapter and Verses” focuses on poetry and creative nonfiction. “Ten at the Top,” the sixth focus area, will showcase selected Chapman students’ works, including fiction, poetry and screenplays, in ten-minute segments at the top of each hour.

A full schedule of Big Orange Book Festival events will be announced soon.

Consistently ranked among the top universities in the West, Chapman University provides a uniquely personalized and interdisciplinary educational experience to highly qualified students. Our programs encourage innovation, creativity and collaboration, and focus on developing global citizen-leaders who are distinctively prepared to improve their community and their world. For more information, visit

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