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.

Anti-Harassment Policy

We expect all participants to maintain an atmosphere of respect and fairness throughout the festival venue. Anyone who violates this standard of behavior may, at the discretion of the organizers, be expelled from the festival.

The Los Angeles Times Festival of Books is committed to providing a welcoming, harassment-free event experience for everyone, regardless of identity or circumstance, and inclusive of all ages, ethnicities, genders, sexual orientations, political and religious beliefs, physical and mental abilities, and more. We do not tolerate harassment of festival participants including, but not limited to, 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.

Harassment includes, but is not limited to:

  • Comments or images that demean an individual or group and reinforce oppression or discrimination related to gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, age, religion, geographic origin or economic class.
  • Inappropriate or unwelcome physical contact
  • Unwelcome sexual attention, contact or content, including the display of images in public spaces
  • Intimidation, stalking or deliberate following
  • Unwelcome or intimidating photography or recording of any kind
  • Sustained disruption of talks or other events
  • Advocating for, or encouraging, any of the above behavior

REPORTING
If you wish to report harassing, hostile or disruptive behavior that you are experiencing while at the event, please call or text 310 529 0861. This line willed be monitored throughout the Festival by our partner Peace Over Violence, who will be directly connected with Festival organizers during the event. Those immediately in danger or that have been a victim of an actual crime during the event should instead call the USC Department of Public Safety at 213 740 4321. Those wishing to report an incident post event may do so at eventinfo@latimes.com.

EXCEPTION
Some event conversations will include discussion related to sex, discriminatory language, violence or other triggering topics or language, due to the topics of the participants books or topic of the conversation as a whole. These program elements are not considered harassment and festival organizers, moderators and interviewers will do due diligence to make sure these topics are addressed in a respectful manner

 

ENFORCEMENT
Anyone asked to stop any harassing behavior by festival organizers or security personnel is expected to comply immediately. If someone engages in harassing or disruptive behavior, festival organizers retain the right to take actions to restore a welcoming environment for all participants. This includes issuing a warning, expelling the offending party [with no refund] and, if warranted, pursuing legal action.