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23rd Annual L.A. Times Festival of Books at USC

April 21, 2018 - April 22, 2018

Free – $100
L.A. Times Festival of Books

Image courtesy of the L.A. Times

The 23rd annual Los Angeles Times Festival of Books returns to the University of Southern California April 21-22 for another weekend celebrating books!

The largest book festival in the world, the L.A. Times Festival of Books will feature over 500 authors, celebrities, chefs, musicians, and artists. Among the literary stars and celebrities scheduled to appear: Junot Diaz, Walter Mosley, Viet Thanh Nguyen, Joyce Carol Oates, Dave Eggers, Patton Oswalt, Jorge Ramos, John Scalzi, Tayari Jones, Lawrence Wright, Ngugi Wa Thiong’o, Dennis Lehane, Janet Mock, Kate DiCamillo, Reza Aslan, and Diana Gabaldon.

The fest begins at 10 a.m. each day, and features live author readings, demonstrations and intimate conversations. Even better, you can filter through the schedule based on genre (such as cooking, fiction, poetry and more).

This year’s highlights include:

  • Nine outdoor stages and activity areas: L.A. Times Central Stage, L.A. Times en Español Mommy & Me Time / Mama y Yo Pavilion, L.A. Times Main Stage, Newstory Stage, Pacific Sales Cooking Stage, Poetry Stage, Reading by 9 Children’s Stage, USC Stage and YA Stage presented by HS Insider;
  • Newstory zone: virtual reality and 360 experiences, variety shows, live improvisation, TV and film screenings, conversations and other creative forms of expression;
  • Dozens of expert panels on a variety of subjects ranging from politics to pop culture;
    Spanish-language programming and English to Spanish translation services available in select festival venues;
  • Art installations: a series of original murals curated by Branded Arts and the community Crenshaw District Hieroglyph Project from artist Lauren Halsey;
  • More than 200 exhibitors with books and merchandise for sale, activities, and giveaways

There will also be live music and a food truck garden, as well as a children’s area. The festival ends at 6 p.m. on Saturday and 5 p.m. on Sunday. For more information or tips on getting to the event, visit here.

This entire event is free and open to the public. However, if you’d like to reserve early tickets to limited-seating conversations, exclusive festival passes are also offered for $35 each, or an all-access pass for $100.



April 21, 2018
April 22, 2018
Free – $100
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University of Southern California
University Park Campus
Los Angeles, 90089
(213) 740-2311