L.A. Times 25th Anniversary Festival of Books Virtual Celebration!


The Los Angeles Times, in partnership with USC, celebrated 25 years of the Festival of Books, Stories & Ideas with 26 individual virtual events. Due to the coronavirus, The Times reimagined the festival as a communitywide virtual gathering.

Beginning on Sunday, October 18, continuing over the course of four weeks, and concluding on November 17, The Times celebrated storytelling with author panels, readings, and other events. In case you missed this free celebration of books, you can view the full playlist on our L.A. Times YouTube channel (scroll down this page for videos) or links are listed in the panel descriptions for each event! Follow the festival on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram (#bookfest).

For interviews, news and updates from the Festival, click here.

The Times will continue to monitor public health and safety protocols, but at this time, plans to hold next year’s Festival of Books on the USC campus, April 17-18, 2021.

2020 schedule & videos

To see the full playlist of all 2020 virtual Festival of Books events, click on the playlist button in the top right corner of the video player above.