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Festival of Books: Walter Mosley, Maxine Hong Kingston and more author panels and book signings Sunday

May 1, 2011 |  9:00 am

Mallory Lewis and Lamb Chop R.L. Stine gave us goosebumps. Mallory Lewis chatted with Lamb Chop. And Patti Smith and Dave Eggers held court during a highly anticipated back-and-forth. Those were some of the dozens of author events and panels at the first day of the Festival of Books at USC on Saturday. (Check out the festival's Sunday schedule of events.)

Here are some highlights about Day 1 from the Twitter crowd:

"Still thinking about Patti Smith quoting Jiminy Cricket at the L.A. Times Festival of Books today." -- Dana Newman

"Had a great time speaking at #LATfob! My fav moment was when my speech notes blew away in the wind. Classic." -- actress Danica McKellar (Honest, Danica, we didn't notice.)

"If you bring it, I'll sign it!" author Jennifer Weiner tweets to @terankotbluvr. "That offer includes books, babies and body parts." (3:30 p.m. Sunday)

"I saw Dan Savage on SCampus, which makes up for seeing Andrew Breitbart." -- Peter Cruz

"Most significant takeaway from today's #latfob: Pulitzer winning food critic Jonathan Gold's pet snake has died." -- Melissa Wall

"The Smurfs line? People standing in line to take pictures with Smurf characters. In 2011. -- Anika

"Come to @latimesfob if only for the cool swag. Where else can you pick up a spicy seafood ramen bowl AND a Qur'an for FREE? -- b_pad

Join the conversation on Sunday for these events and others:

11 a.m.: Father Gregory Boyle in conversation with L.A. Times columnist Steve Lopez
1 p.m.: Author Walter Mosley in conversation with Erin Aubry Kaplan
3 p.m.: Author Maxine Hong Kingston in conversation with Patt Morrison

-- Mary Forgione

Photo: Mallory Lewis and Lamb Chop. Credit: Mary Forgione