Los Angeles Times Festival of Books at USC this weekend

April 18, 2017

Seventh year on the USC campus expected to draw more than 150,000 attendees

Contact: For USC, Eddie North-Hager at (213) 740-9335 or edwardnh@usc.edu. For Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, Vanessa Curwen at (213) 237-5024 or Vanessa.Curwen@latimes.com.

WHAT: The 22nd annual Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, the largest literary and cultural festival in the country. Visit http://events.latimes.com/festivalofbooks and http://festivalofbooks.usc.edu for more information.

WHEN: Saturday, April 22, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Sunday, April 23, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Numerous appearances, hundreds of panels and 10 outdoor stages, including a USC Stage featuring:

On Saturday

10 a.m. – Festival Kickoff with the USC Trojan Marching Band
11:40 a.m. – Music: Definiens
12:50 p.m. – Music: Bellorage
2 p.m. – Music: Korduroy
3:10 p.m. – Music: Thumpasaurus
4:20 p.m. – Music: The Nova Darlings
5:30 p.m. – Music: SoCal VoCals

On Sunday

10:15 a.m. – Music: USC Trojan Marching Band
11:40 a.m. – Music: J.VEN
12:50 p.m. – Music: Trio Ellas
2 p.m. – Music: Anna Dellaria
3:10 p.m. – Music: Third Bird
4:20 p.m. – Music: Exploding Flowers

For more, visit http://festivalofbooks.usc.edu/usc-events-programs/usc-stage/

USC, home of the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, is planning a number of activities that draw from its strengths in academics, literature, performing arts, health and civic engagement.

USC panels in Wallis Annenberg Hall
include “Walls and Lines in the Sand: The Shifting Landscape of Immigration;” “ What Are We So Afraid Of? The Role of Fear in Our Lives;” “Truth Matters: Media in the Age of Fake News and Alternative Facts;” “Hapa: Mixed-Race Identity and Representation;” Is This Goodbye, NEA? Addressing Our Fears—and Hopes—for the Arts and
;” and “Living Long or Living Well: Can We Do Both?

Highlights from the USC Communities Tent include a magic show, mariachis and readings by USC Athletic director and football legend Lynn Swann, ABC7 News personality Alysha Del Valle, and Chief of Staff for the Mayor of L.A., Ana Guerrero.

Highlights from the Keck Medicine of USC Health Pavilion include free health screenings for blood pressure, glucose, vision, skin cancer, sleep apnea and oral health; Interactive health activities by the Mrs. T.H. Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy; Vision screenings by the USC Roski Eye Institute; Health screenings by USC School of Pharmacy; Dental screenings by the USC Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry.

WHO: Thought leaders, personalities and experts scheduled to appear include:
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Margaret Atwood, Andrew Aydin, T.C. Boyle, Michael Connelly, Bryan Cranston, Ayesha Curry, Roxane Gay, Dave Grohl, Virginia Grohl, Hannah Hart, Chris Hayes, Tippi Hedren, Marlon James, Clinton Kelly, Rep. John Lewis, M.G. Lord, Cheech Marin, Danica McKellar, Carol Muske-Dukes, Viet Thanh Nguyen, Joyce Carol Oates, Kelly Oxford, Chuck Palahniuk, Nate Powell, Mary Roach, Luis J. Rodríguez, George Saunders, John Scalzi, Scott Simon, Angie Thomas, Stephen Tobolowsky and Ngugi Wa Thiong’o.

A complete list can be found on the L.A. Times website here: http://events.latimes.com/festivalofbooks/authors-performers/

WHERE: USC University Park Campus, just south of the 10 (Santa Monica) Freeway and west of the 110 (Harbor) Freeway. The USC campus is accessible via the new L.A. Metro Expo line at the Expo Park/USC Station.

PARKING: $10 per day in various USC-area parking lots. In addition, there are several public transit options available. More details, including a parking map, can be found here:

OTHER: The 22nd Annual Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, the largest the largest literary and cultural festival in America, will be held at the University of Southern California April 22-23. Now a centerpiece of L.A.’s vibrant and diverse intellectual landscape, the free weekend of activities will include more than 500 authors, celebrities, musicians, artists and chefs with more than 150,000 attendees, and lead conversations on subjects ranging from the untold history of Los Angeles to the evolution of our food to how communities can help solve global problems.

Also of note this year:

Performances, demonstrations and Q&As on 10 outdoor stages including Acura Cooking Stage, Hoy Stage, L.A. Sound Stage, L.A. Times Central, L.A. Times Main Stage, Poetry Stage, Reading by 9 Children’s Stage, Travel & Wellness Stage, USC Stage and YA Stage.

  • Over 100 ticketed Conversations on topics ranging from presidents Trump and Obama, to home renovation to the romance novel.
  • Center Theatre Group performance of songs from the musical “Into the Woods.”
  • Musical performances, food trucks and more.

Seating for all Conversations is limited and requires tickets. For more information, http://events.latimes.com/festivalofbooks/the-festival/info/

The Los Angeles Times Festival of Books is presented in association with USC and the Southern California Acura Dealers.

Programming updates will be available at the Festival websiteFacebook page and @latimesfob Twitter feed.