The Los Angeles' Times annual Festival of Books is coming to U.C.L.A. next weekend. Though not a genre-specific event, there will be panels on the subjects of comics, graphic novels, manga, and science-fction, including guests such as Mike Mignola (creator of Hellboy) and Ray Bradbury (author of Farenheit 451).
Besides the panels, the Festival is loaded with booths and stages operated by publishers and book stores hawking their wares, often by presenting authors for personal appearances, including book signings. This is your opportunity - in a single day, mind you - to get to all those great little independent book stores you've always wanted to visit: Dark Delicacies, Small World, Kinokuniya, etc.
Festival hours are 10am to 6pm on Saturday, 10am to 5pm on Sunday.
Admission is free, although you will have to pay to park (and parking is a bitch, so arrive early or take the bus).
Outdoor stage events and autograph signings at booths are first-come-first served. Most panels require a ticket to guarantee your seat; popular events fill up fast, so it's best to get your tickets in advance if possible. Tickets are available at select Ticketmaster, Ritmo Lation, and Macy's stores. 15% of tickets are held for distribution at the festival ticket location near the Poetry stage.
Get more information at the offical website.