The nation’s largest literary event is back with an in-person event scheduled for this spring, April 23 and 24, on the lovely campus of the University of Southern California. Join us for one-on-one conversations, exciting panels, readings by your favorite authors, musical performances, and so much more!
HOW TO ATTEND
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.
How much is admission?
General admission to the festival grounds at USC is free. Conversation tickets are free, but a service fee will be charged. Certain additional Special Presentations with in the festival weekend may require a paid ticket.
Are limited-capacity eventsticketed?
Yes. Tickets for these events will be available in advance through an online ticketing service.
Do you have a lost and found service?
All items found during and after the festival are turned in to 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.
LOCATION, PARKING, DIRECTIONS
Where is the Festival?
The Festival of Books takes place on the University of Southern California campus, in the University Park neighborhood, downtown L.A.
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 do I get to the Festival?
Full directions, including driving directions, available metro lines, parking details and a campus parking map can be found here.
A: The Los Angeles Times Festival of Books began 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 in its physical form to include live bands, poetry readings, chef demos, films creenings and artists creating their work on-site.
Q: How can I attend a festival event?
A: Most events are free to attend. All indoor programming conversation tickets will be free but anominal service fee will be charged.
You must have a ticket to attendan indoor event. However, a limited number of tickets are available onsite at our ticketing booth.
Saturday tickets are available at 10AM on Saturday and Sunday tickets are available on Sunday at 10AM. More information on tickets can be found here.
• Tickets are non-refundable.
Q: When can I reserve tickets for the 2022 event at USC?
A: GA indoor panel reservations available now here. All outdoor stages and activities are free!
Q: Is there a waitlist or stand by line for indoor events?
A: Stand by lines are formed a teach Festival indoor venue and if seats are still available at the start of an indoor program, people from the stand by line will be allowed in without a ticket.
Q: Do I need a ticket to attend an outdoor stage event?
A: No. Outdoor programming on stages does not require a ticket.
Q: Can I ask questions of the authors during the events?
A: Traditionally, microphones are set up in the venue aisleways so that attendees may line up and ask questions of the participants. We will work closely with L.A. County officials and USC to ensure we are following allapplicable health and safety protocols in regards to audience questions at the spring event.
Q: How do I buy the authors’ books, and will the authors sign their books?
A: We strongly encourage you to purchase at least one book from the Festival exhibitors at the signing are as before getting in the signing lines in order to support the independent book stores that make up such a large and important part of the Festival and our communities. Purchasing books at the Festival is away you directly impact the success of these stores and the Festival.
· You can purchase copies of the author’s books from book sellers set up near each signing area. · You may 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 books/items to be signed by each author at a time before having to go back and rejoin the line for additional signed book/item requests.
Q: How can authors participate in a panel or other program this year?
A: Check back for information on applying for the 2023 event.
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Since 1996, The Los Angeles Times Festival of Books has gathered writers, poets, artists, filmmakers, musicians and emerging storytellers. Now in its 27th year, it is the largest event of its kind in the United States.