Newstory

Newstory is for creative storytelling beyond the book. This includes virtual reality, podcasts, television, film, live music, and much more! We have three stages of great programming and a Newstory Playground of activations and exhibits.

NEWSTORY Programming: Visit the Event Schedule for all the Newstory happenings during Festival of Books.

Newstory Playground

Annapurna Interactive

Games created by Mountains, Buried Signal, thatgamecompany, Simogo & Published by Annapurna Interactive
VIDEO GAMES
Annapurna Interactive is a division within Annapurna Pictures entirely dedicated to producing and publishing video games who focus on developing personal, emotional, and original games. Experience three different interactive stories and games published by Annapurna Interactive: Florence, Gorogoa and Donut County.
annapurnainteractive.com

An excerpt from "The Nest"

Created by Scout Expedition Co.
IMMERSIVE THEATER
Equipped with a flashlight, explore a dark storage unit belonging to a mysterious woman, listening to audio cassettes and piecing together her life story.
scoutexpedition.com

Gas Gallery: Common Survival

Curated by the Institute of Queer Ecology
MOBILE EXHIBIT
Located in a truck gallery parked around Los Angeles and online, Gas is a mobile, autonomous, experimental and networked platform for contemporary art. Common Survival is a multi-platform publication curated by the Institute of Queer Ecology featuring the work of 40 artists and collectives.
gas.gallery

Immersive Tactile Audio Sound Journey

Created by Darin McFadyen of Human Exploratorium
INTERACTIVE AUDIO
Utilizing both the heard and the felt frequencies of sound, UK electronic music pioneer Darin McFadyen, aka DJ FreQ Nasty, performs live haptic DJ sets that generate a musical narrative. Don-on a SUBPAC tactile audio sound unit and get swept away on a transforming audio journey.
humanexploratorium.com

KINGS

Created by Two Bit Circus
MULTIPERSON GAME
Two Bit presents KINGS: our own high-tech and high-energy combination of Tag and Capture The Flag! Knock out your opponents and protect your King!

twobitcircus.com

Reach VR

Directed by Nonny de la Peña & Produced by Emblematic
VIRTUAL REALITY
REACH makes the immersive power of volumetric VR available to anyone. A simple drag-and-drop interface lets users place real people into high-res 3D environments, and then share the results via a simple web link.
emblematicgroup.com

SPHERES: Songs of Spacetime

Written and Directed by Eliza McNitt
VIRTUAL REALITY
SPHERES: Songs of Spacetime is a celestial experience that transports you inside a black hole collision to embark on a musical journey that visualizes gravitational waves and provokes contemplation of the human connection to the cosmos.
elizamcnitt.com/spheres/

What's Your Story?

Created by StoryFile
ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE
StoryFile is a web and mobile application that allows individuals to preserve, share, and consume cherished stories, accumulated knowledge, and personal experiences. StoryFile’s advanced, voice-activated technology allows users to connect through an intimate, interactive conversation, offering an unprecedented social experience.
storyfile.com

Festival of Books

Saturday, April 13, 2019 | 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sunday, April 14, 2019 | 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Book Prize Ceremony

Friday, April 12, 2019 | 7 p.m.
Bovard Auditorium, USC Campus

USC Campus

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

300+ BOOKSELLERS, PUBLISHERS & EXHIBITORS

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

150K ATTENDEES

In 2018 over 150,000 locals and visitors came to the festival.

90+ CONVERSATIONS

Unique conversations throughout the festival.

NEW IN 2018 – NEWSTORY

Emerging storytelling thru VR, podcasts, performance, and more

FESTIVAL AFTER DARK

Performances and events from some friends of the Festival.

39 YEARS OF BOOK PRIZES

Honoring literary achievement since 1980