2022 In Person


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!


1. 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.

2. 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 within the festival weekend may require a paid ticket.

3. Are limited-capacity events ticketed?

Yes. Tickets for these events will be available in advance through an online ticketing service.

4. How can I contact the Festival?

Please read through our contact page here to find the appropriate contact for your question.

5. 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 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. here

How can I get a Festival map?

A link to the Festival map will be posted on the website in early 2022, and will be in the printed program guide in the April 16the edition of the LA Times and available onsite at the festival.

How much is parking?

There will be a $14.00 parking charge at USC.


Q : What is the Festival of Books?
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, film screenings 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 a nominal service fee will be charged. You must have a ticket to attend an indoor event. However, a limited number of tickets are available onsite at our ticketing booth. Saturday tickets are available at 10 AM on Saturday and Sunday tickets are available on Sunday at 10 AM.
• Tickets are non-refundable.

Q: When can I reserve tickets for the 2022 event at USC? 
A:  Advance tickets will be available along with other benefits on March 14, 2022, with the purchase of one of our Friend of the Festival passes. Tickets for indoor events will be widely available the week before the festival, on Saturday, April 16, 2022.

Q: Is there a waitlist or standby line for indoor events? 
A: Standby lines are formed at each Festival indoor venue and if seats are still available at the start of an indoor program, people from the standby 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 all applicable 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 areas before getting in the signing lines in order to support the independent bookstores that make up such a large and important part of the Festival and our communities. Purchasing books at the Festival is a way you directly impact the success of these stores and the Festival.

  • You can purchase copies of the author’s books from booksellers 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: Writers who wish to be considered for the Festival of Books can apply here.

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, 2022.

Q : Do you need volunteers for the 2022 Festival?
A : Thank you for asking, YES! The festival would not be possible without the support and dedication of our incredible volunteer force. Please submit an application to volunteer here.

Q : How do I contact you?
A : General information eventinfo@caltimes.com • Media CommsDept@latimes.com • Book Prizes ann.binney@latimes.com • Author & Performers festivalprog@caltimes.com


The Los Angeles Times Festival of Books is the largest book festival in the northern hemisphere. Every year, our partners support our effort to bring the best in storytelling & ideas to our community. If you are interested in a partnership, please email myra.marayag@latimes.com.


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.

How can I exhibit?

If you are interested in exhibiting at the 2022 Festival of Books to be held on Saturday and Sunday, April 23 and 24, 2022, 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 2022 Festival of Books, please apply to volunteer here. If you have volunteered in the past, please note your prior assignment and indicate if you would like to work in that area again.


Authors / Artists / Performers
The Festival Author Committee invites selected authors to participate in readings and panel discussions. Performers for throughout the festival are encouraged to apply. If you wish to be considered,  please complete this application form.

Due to the volume of applications received, we are unable to respond to every applicant. Should a spot for you within the 2022 Festival of Books be available, you will be contacted by a member of the Los Angeles Times programming committee.


We will announce the 2021 L.A. Times Book Prize finalists in late February of 2022.

Who is Eligible?

Eligibility for the prizes requires a book to have its first United States publication between January 1 and December 31 of the prize year. This American publication must be in English; however, English does not have to be the original language of the work. Authors may be of any nationality. They should be alive at the time of their book’s qualifying U.S. publication although eligibility is also extended to significant new translations of the work of deceased writers.
Books by current employees of the Los Angeles Times, by current employees of Tribune Company or any of its other affiliates, by currently serving judges of the Los Angeles Times Book Prizes, or by immediate family members of these groups are not eligible.

Can I Submit My Book to the Judges?

NO. There is no external nominating process for the Book Prizes. Authors, publishers, agents or publicists cannot propose or submit titles for consideration. Responsibility for nominating books for consideration and for naming both the finalists and the ultimate winners rests solely with the judging panels.
Please do not send books directly to the judges. Unsolicited books will not be reviewed.

Who Are the Judges?

The Book Prize judges are writers, academics, journalists, librarians, who generally work in the fields in which they judge or they have a deep connection to that field. Not all of the judges are, in any given year, from Los Angeles, or even from California. Most, but not all, are published writers. None is ever a current Times employee. Judges are appointed, typically, for two-year terms which are usually staggered. Responsibility for nominating books for consideration and for naming both the finalists and the ultimate winners rests solely with the judging panels. The best way to get your book noticed by the judges is to send it out widely for review.

Timing/Other Details

Five finalists in each single-title category are announced in late February of the year following the actual Prize year (i.e. the 2021 finalists are announced in February of 2022). At that time, the winners of the Robert Kirsch  Innovator’s Awards, as well as the Christopher Isherwood Prize are revealed. From each group of category finalists, a winner is announced when the Book Prizes are presented in a public ceremony in the Friday night, April 22, 2022, kick off to Festival of Books weekend.

Specific prize details

The Book Prizes cover twelve subject categories: biography, current interest, autobiographical prose (the Christopher Isherwood Prize added 2016), fiction, first fiction (the Art Seidenbaum Award added 1991), graphic novel (added 2009), history, mystery/thriller (added in 2000), poetry, science fiction/fantasy (added 2019), science and technology (added in 1989), and young adult literature (added in 1998).

The Robert Kirsch Award -- Recognizes the body of work of a living author who resides in and/or whose work focuses on the West and whose contributions to American letters deserve special recognition.

The Innovator’s Award (added 2009) -- Recognizes the people and institutions that are doing cutting edge work to bring books, publishing and storytelling into the future, whether in terms of new business models, new technologies or new applications of narrative art.

The Christopher Isherwood Prize for Autobiographical Prose (added 2016)  spans fiction, travel writing, memoir and diary, all genres in which Isherwood worked. During his lifetime, he authored novels, autobiography, travel books, and over a million words of diaries. Katherine Bucknell, executive director of The Christopher Isherwood Foundation, says, “ we are absolutely delighted to be giving this prize with the Los Angeles Times. Los Angeles was Christopher Isherwood’s adoptive home, and in 1984 he was awarded the Robert Kirsch Award for his own writing.” A five-judge panel will select the 2021 winner to be announced in February 2022.

The Ray Bradbury Prize for Science Fiction, Fantasy & Speculative Fiction (added 2019) -- Sponsored by Ray Bradbury Foundation, this award honors and extends Bradbury’s literary legacy by celebrating and elevating the writers working in his field today. “We are thrilled to present this prize in partnership with the LA Times,” the family of Ray Bradbury said in a statement. “Ray was a proud Angeleno who used words to both predict and prevent the future — this prize recognizes authors with a similar passion for storytelling and the far-reaching effects their words have in this world.” A 3-judge panel will choose the 5 finalists for the 2021 prize to be announced in February 2022.

The Kirsch and Innovator's Award winners are selected by an anonymous internal Los Angeles Times committee and will be announced with the winner of the Isherwood Prize and all the category finalists in February 2022.

The Los Angeles Times presents the Book Prizes and the Festival of Books as part of its many community programs promoting literacy and education to benefit people across Southern California. For more information about the Book Prizes’ contact Ann Binney, 800-LA TIMES, ext. 75775

L.A. Times • Festival of Books • University of Southern California

A new year, back at USC!
April 23-24, 2022

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