The Los Angeles Times presents the Festival of Books, the nation’s largest literary festival on April 13-14 at the University of Southern California. More than 500 writers, musicians, artists and chefs, hundreds of exhibitors and an expected 150,000 attendees will transform the 226-acre campus into a vibrant cultural festival in the heart of the Downtown Arts and Education Corridor.
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There will be nine outdoor stages and activity areas and over 200 exhibitors with books and merchandise for sale, activities and giveaways, including special themed areas, as well as awards give out on opening night to Terry Tempest Williams with the Robert Kirsch Award for lifetime achievement. Leigh Bardugo, Dave Barry, Justine Bateman, Eva Chen, Chelsea Clinton, Sloane Crosley, Sean Hayes, Terrance Hayes, Scott Icenogle, Tayari Jones, Erica Jong, Laila Lalami, Walter Mosley, Janet Napolitano, Amber Tamblyn, Jose Antonio Vargas and Don Winslow are scheduled to appear, along with many, many others. Additional events are ticketed such as the Ideas Exchange speaker series with former senior advisor to President Obama Valerie Jarrett in conversation with Times White House editor Jackie Calmes. A special presentation by the LA Opera Orchestra featuring a holographic performance by the late Maria Callas. Check the website for any additional fees and a full schedule.

The 24th annual Los Angeles Times Festival of Books is presented in association with USC, with the charity partner Access Books. The Times is challenging readers and festivalgoers to help Access Books raise $100,000 to fund the transformation of at least four school libraries in underserved communities in Los Angeles. The Times’ Reading by 9 fund will match all donations up to $100,000.

Admission to the festival is free. Friend of the Festival memberships (advance ticket packages), which include reservations for indoor conversations, weekend parking and festival merchandise, among other exclusives, are available for purchase now.

What: The LA Times Festival of Books
Where: USC Campus, 3551 Trousdale Parkway, LA, 90089
When: April 13-14, 2019; check website for full schedule
Website: https://events.latimes.com/festivalofbooks/