Festival of Books

Saturday, April 21, 2018 | 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sunday, April 22, 2018 | 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.


Book Prizes Ceremony

Friday, April 20, 2018 | 7 p.m.
Bovard Auditorium


USC Campus

University of Southern California
University Park Campus
Los Angeles, CA 90089


The USC campus is located about 2 miles southwest from Downtown and 1 mile from the intersection of the Santa Monica Freeway (I-10) and the Harbor Freeway (I-110). The most convenient freeway exit is from I-110 onto Exposition Boulevard. At the end of the exit you will see the campus on the right-hand side one block down the street. Another convenient access is to exit from Santa Monica Freeway (I-10) on Vermont south to Jefferson Boulevard.


Public parking will be available for $12 in the following USC Parking Structures: Downey Way Parking Structure (formerly PSA), Royal Street Parking Structure (formerly PSD), Flower Street Parking Structure (formerly PS1), Figueroa Street Parking Structure (formerly PS2) and the Grand Avenue USC Parking Center at 35th Street and Grand Avenue (shuttle to campus from Grand Avenue Parking Structure provided)


2018 parking map ›


The USC Campus offers a full slate of brick and mortar eateries, with list found here. In addition, food trucks will be located throughout the Festival in the following locations:

Festival South Entrance (Trousdale and Exposition)

Brew Wings
Gourmet Genie
Wise BBQ
Ho Lee Chow

Festival North Entrance (Trousdale and Jefferson)

Hang 10 Tacos
Belly Bomz
India Jones

Children’s Zone
Greasy Weiner
Fries n More

Hero Complex (Childs Way and Pardee Way)

Green Truck

Festival Southwest Entrance (Watt Way between Childs Way and Downey Way)

Cousins Maine Lobster
Harold and Belles



Metro Discount

Go Metro and save 10% on your total purchase of official 2018 Festival of Books merchandise, including mugs, t-shirts, and more. The Expo Line drops riders directly at the south end of the Festival of Books.

Free Metro Rides on Earth Day, Apr. 22
In Celebration of Earth Day, the Metro rail and bus system will be offering free rides on day two of the Festival of Books - April 22nd from 12:01 a.m. to 11:59 p.m.

Train Fares:

Roundtrip fare is $3.50 in stored value + $1 reusable TAP card, per person. Be sure to tap your own card before each boarding, including at transfer stations. For exact routing, fare information, bike lockers/racks throughout the system and tips on purchasing your TAP fare card in advance, check or call 323-GO METRO (323-466-3876).

From Santa Monica, West L.A., Culver City, Downtown L.A.:

Take the Metro Expo Line to Expo Park/USC Station.

From Los Feliz, Hollywood, Universal City/Studio City, North Hollywood:

Take the Metro Red Line to 7th Street/Metro Center Station, then transfer upstairs to the Metro Expo Line and exit Expo Park/USC Station.

From Koreatown:

Take the Metro Purple Line to 7th Street/Metro Center Station, then transfer upstairs to the Metro Expo Line and exit Expo Park/USC Station.

From Pasadena, Azusa, Monrovia, Arcadia, South Pasadena, Highland Park, Boyle Heights, East L.A.:

Take the Metro Gold Line to Union Station, then hop on the Red or Purple Line to 7th Street/Metro Center Station. Then transfer upstairs to the Expo Line and exit at Expo Park/USC Station.


Due to Regional Connector Transit Project construction, Little Tokyo/Arts District Station will be closed on April 21. A free Metro bus shuttle will be available between Pico/Aliso Station and Union Station on the Gold Line on April 21, 2018. More info at

From Long Beach:

Take the Metro Blue Line to Pico Station, then transfer across the platform to the Metro Expo Line heading towards Santa Monica and exit Expo Park/USC Station.

From Redondo Beach, El Segundo, South L.A., Lakewood:

Take the Metro Green Line to Harbor Fwy Station, then transfer downstairs to the Silver Line and exit 37th St/USC Station, then walk two blocks west along Exposition Blvd to USC. (Green Line to Silver Line fare is $1.75 one-way + $0.75 transfer on TAP card only. Silver Line to Green Line is $2.50 one way + free transfer on TAP card only.)

From San Pedro, Harbor Gateway, El Monte:

Take the Metro Silver Line 910 to 37th St/USC Station, then walk two blocks west along Exposition Blvd to USC. (Silver Line fare is $2.50 each way with cash or TAP card)

From Norwalk, Cerritos, La Mirada, Buena Park:

Take the Metro Express 460 to 37th St/USC Station, then walk two blocks west along Exposition Blvd to USC. (Express fare is $2.50 each way with cash or TAP card)

Festival Shuttle Bus

The Festival shuttle bus from Union Station will no longer be provided. Check for how to connect from Union Station to the Metro Expo Line which drops directly at the Festival's south entrance.



Conversation Tickets

Indoor Conversations require free tickets.
Real-time interpretation services in Spanish will be provided at Bovard Auditorium and Ronald Tutor Campus Center.  See schedule for the conversations providing these services.

Advance Conversation tickets

Available starting April 15, 9 a.m. at this webpage
A $2.00 service fee will apply to each ticket.

Get tickets here >

On-site Conversation tickets

Available the day of the Conversation
A limited amount of tickets for each Conversation, while supplies last, are also distributed at the festival ticketing booth — free of service charges. The booth will open at 9 a.m. on each day of the festival.

Guests with Conversation tickets must arrive 10 minutes before the scheduled Conversation start time to ensure seating.

Pre-sale Pass - $35 - SOLD OUT

The Festival of Books Pre-Sale pass is a great way to ensure you don’t miss your favorite Conversations. Each Pre-Sale Pass Includes:

1. Opportunity to reserve up to twenty Festival of Books Conversation tickets, free of any service charges, before they are made available to the general public.
2. One official Festival of Books 2018 poster, mailed to your home.
3. Two free tickets to the 2018 Los Angeles Times Book Prizes ceremony on April 20 at USC's Bovard Auditorium (while supplies last).
4. First access to purchase discounted valet parking for the event (while supplies last).

All-Access Pass - $100

The Festival of Books All-Access Pass is the most flexible and convenient way to enjoy the Festival
Each All-Access Pass Includes:

1. Unlimited access for one person for all Festival indoor Conversations with no ticket or advance reservation required
2. Valet parking for both days of the event
3. One official Festival of Books 2018 poster, mailed to your home.
4. Two free tickets to the 2018 Los Angeles Times Book Prizes ceremony on April 20 at USC's Bovard Auditorium (while supplies last).
5. One free Festival of Books 2018 mug



The Los Angeles Times Festival of Books is committed to providing a welcoming, harassment-free event experience for all participants, including attendees, speakers, performers, exhibitors, volunteers and staff. We reserve the right to expel and, if warranted, seek legal recourse against anyone who violates this standard of behavior. If you are experiencing harassing, hostile or disruptive behavior during the Festival you can call or text 323-491-4853 to report this behavior or to speak to a trained Counselor Advocate from Peace Over Violence who can offer support and provide options. Please note that this line will only be monitored during the Festival.  If you are in danger or have been the victim of a crime while attending the festival, contact the USC Department of Public Safety at 213-740-4321.  

Our complete anti-harassment policy can be downloaded here.


Where do signings take place?

  • There are 10 official signing areas located near the Conversation venues and stages.
  • The signing areas are indicated on the festival map posted around the festival and available at festival information booths.
  • Most authors will sign for about one hour.
  • For information on authors signing from exhibitor booths, please visit this website soon.

How will I know I’m at the right place?

  • A sign showing the author’s name will be placed outside of each signing booth.

What will the authors sign?

  • You can purchase copies of the author’s books from booksellers set up near each signing area.
  • You can bring your own books from home.
  • Tip: While you are waiting, write the name of the person you’d like the book inscribed to on piece of paper, for correct spelling.
  • Actual items the authors agree to sign will be at their discretion.
  • Each guest may have no more than three items signed by each author.
  • There is no charge for autographs.


Do you have a lost and found service?

All items found during and after the festival are turned into USC’s Department of Public Safety. Items are kept for a total of 90 days. If you have lost an item, call DPS at (213) 740-9759.

What is the Festival of Books?

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 evolved to include live bands, poetry readings, chef demos, cultural entertainment and artists creating their work on-site. There’s also a photography exhibit, film screenings followed by Q&A’s and discussion panels on some of today’s hottest topics.

Where is it?

On the USC campus.

Who attends the festival?

The festival attracts approximately 150,000 people each year of all ages from Southern California and even other parts of the country.

Who exhibits?

Booksellers, publishers, museums, theaters as well as literacy and cultural organizations. They sell and promote books, distribute related information and/or sell merchandise such as clothing and handmade accessories. Many independent booksellers participating in the festival represent diverse ethnic and cultural communities of Los Angeles, offering books in different languages and genres.

How can I exhibit?

If you are interested in exhibiting at the 2018 Festival of Books to be held on Saturday and Sunday, April 21 and 22, 2018, please contact C Street at

How do authors participate?

The Festival Author Committee invites selected authors to participate in readings and panel discussions. Writers who wish to be considered for the Festival of Books are asked to email with:

  • Name
  • Title of most recently published book
  • Brief synopsis of book
  • Publication date
  • Publisher
  • Contact information

Due to the large number of submissions received, the Author Committee is unable to reply to each email. Should you be selected to be a part of the festival program, you will hear back no later than March 1, 2018.

How can I volunteer for this year’s festival?

The success of the festival is largely due to the contributions of its volunteers. If you are interested in volunteering for the 2018 festival, please call (213) 237-6503 and leave your name and address, or apply online at If you have volunteered in the past, please note your prior assignment and indicate if you would like to work in that area again.

Is the Festival of Books general admission free?


Are Conversations free?

Like years past, Conversation tickets will be free but a service fee will be charged.

Certain additional Special Presentations within the festival weekend may require a paid ticket.

Are limited-capacity events ticketed?

Yes. Ticketing for these events will be similar to past year's Festival of Books, with tickets available in advance through an online ticketing service.

How much is parking?

There will be a $12.00 parking charge at USC.

Is the campus A.D.A. compliant?


What is the USC neighborhood like?

The USC university park campus is located near the historic Exposition Park area, home to attractions such as the California Science Center (home of the Endeavour), the Natural History Museum, the Exposition Rose Garden, and the California African American Museum.

How can I get a festival map?

A link to the 2018 festival map will be available here soon, or find it in the printed program guide in the April 16 LA Times and also available at the festival.