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.

Festival of Books

Saturday, April 18, 2020 | 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sunday, April 19, 2020 | 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Book Prize Ceremony

Friday, April 17, 2020 | 7 p.m.
Bovard Auditorium, USC Campus

USC Campus

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

FAQ — Attending The Festival

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 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.

Where is it?

On the University of Southern California campus.

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.

Is the campus A.D.A. compliant?


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 April 1 LA Times and also available at the festival.

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.

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.

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.

FAQ — Book Signings

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.

FAQ — Participating in The Festival

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 no later than March 1, 2020.

How can I exhibit?

If you are interested in exhibiting at the 2020 Festival of Books to be held on Saturday and Sunday, April 18 and 19, 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.


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.

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 religi ous 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 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.

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
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.

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



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.



Local, national and international storytellers gather and share their creations for all to enjoy.


In 2019 over 150,000 locals and visitors came to the festival.


Unique conversations throughout the festival.


Emerging storytelling thru VR, podcasts, performance, and more


Performances and events from some friends of the Festival.


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