Health & Safety

Stay up to date on our event health and safety protocols.

The Los Angeles Times and USC will monitor COVID-19 protocols and city/county/state guidelines as planning continues.


At this time, The Los Angeles Times requires face masks to be worn at all times for indoor events. If you or anyone within your group has or is experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, we ask you to please stay home to ensure the health and safety of our audience and staff. By voluntarily attending this event, you acknowledge the following:

    1. Attending the event includes possible exposure to and illness from infectious diseases including but not limited to COVID-19. While particular rules and personal discipline may reduce this risk, the risk of illness does exist;
    2. You knowingly and freely assume all such risks related to illness and infectious diseases, such as COVID-19, and release Los Angeles Times and its affiliate partners of liability; and
    3. You hereby knowingly assume the risk of injury, harm and loss associated with the Activity, including any injury, harm and loss caused by the negligence, fault or conduct of any kind on the part of the Released Parties.


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.


The Festival will provide a hotline number in advance of the event that attendees can use to report harassing, hostile or disruptive behavior that they may be experiencing while at 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


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.