Festival Guide

Since 1996, The Los Angeles Times Festival of Books has become a world renowned experience gathering writers, poets, artists, filmmakers, musicians and emerging storytellers like no other. Today over 150,000 people attend, making it the largest festival of its kind in the United States. Join us this year as we celebrate our literary culture and the Los Angeles Times’ passion for story.

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 conversations on some of today’s hottest topics.

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.

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 and Newstory is free.

Like years past, Conversation tickets 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 can I get a festival map?

A link to the 2020 festival map will be available here soon, or find it in the printed program guide in the LA Times and also available at the festival.

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.

Where are the first aid stations?

Locations to come.

Where is it, how do I get there?

The Festival is held on the University of Southern California campus.

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.

Is the campus A.D.A. compliant?


Can I take the public transportation there?

Yes. The  Metro and various bus stops are in the area.

How much is parking?

There will be a $12.00 parking charge at USC.

Where do book 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.

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.

Actual items the authors agree to sign will be at their discretion.

Is there an additional cost?

There is no charge for autographs.

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.

May I have my book dedicated to someone else?

Yes. Write the name of the person you’d like the book inscribed to on separate piece of paper, for correct spelling.

How many items may I have autographed?

Each guest may have no more than three items signed by each author.

How do authors participate?

The Festival Author Committee invites selected authors to participate in readings and conversations. Writers who wish to be considered for the Festival of Books are asked to email festivalprog@latimes.com 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 directly from the committee.

How can I exhibit?

If you are interested in exhibiting at the 2020 Festival of Books to be held on Saturday and Sunday, October 3 and 4, 2020, please contact C Street at Festival.Books@c-streetinc.com.

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 2020 festival, please apply online at www.troutco.com/fob. If you have volunteered in the past, please note your prior assignment and indicate if you would like to work in that area again.