The line-up of authors has been announced for the second annual San Diego Union-Tribune Festival of Books, scheduled for Aug. 25 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Liberty Station in Point Loma.
Included will be 30 panels on a variety of topics — contemporary fiction, crime and mysteries, military history, science-fiction, romance, “fake news,” memoirs, the process of writing — as well as a children’s reading stage, “Author Alley,” and exhibitor booths.
The festival, which is sponsored by the Union-Tribune in partnership with KPBS, drew an estimated 10,000 people last year. Among the featured speakers this time:
• Brit Bennett, whose debut novel, “The Mothers,” was a New York Times bestseller. She’ll be in conversation with authors T. Greenwood (“Rust & Stardust”) and Michelle Gable (“The Summer I Met Jack”).
• T. Jefferson Parker, the critically-acclaimed Fallbrook crime novelist whose new book, “Swift Vengeance,” is set largely in San Diego County. He will be on a panel with Matt Coyle (“Blood Truth”) and Jack Carr (“The Terminal List”).
• Children’s book authors Kadir Nelson (“We Are the Ship,” “If You Plant a Seed”) and Janell Cannon (“Stellaluna,” marking its 25th anniversary this year).
• Jean Guerrero (“Crux”) and Kimball Taylor (“The Coyote’s Bicycle”), in conversation about border stories.
• Lynn Vincent and Sarah Vladic, discussing their book “Indianapolis: The True Story of the Worst Sea Disaster in U.S. Naval History,” currently No. 5 on the New York Times’ non-fiction best seller list.
For children, there will be a reading stage and a separate pavilion filled with activities.
And there will be a panel called “Fake News, Real Problem,” featuring Lora Cicalo and Matthew Hall of the Union-Tribune and Brooke Binkowski, formerly with Snopes, the fact-checking website.
The “Fake News” panel is free, but the others are ticketed at $3 each, with some of the proceeds going to the San Diego Council on Literacy. Tickets and more information are available at sdfestivalofbooks.com.