The Los Angeles Times Festival of Books began in 1996 with a simple goal: to bring together the people who create books with the people who love to read them. The festival was an immediate success and has become the largest and most prestigious book festival in the country, attracting more than 130,000 book lovers each year.Gina McIntryre worked at the Hollywood Reporter for seven years before joining the Los Angeles Times. She has an extensive background in film and TV journalism. McIntyre currently works as an entertainment editor of the Calendar section.Clive Barker began his creative career writing in Liverpool, directing and acting for the stage. Since then, he has gone on to pen such best sellers as The Books of Blood, The Great and Secret Show and the acclaimed fantasy series Abarat. As a screenwriter, director and film producer, Barker has worked on the Hellraiser and Candyman films.