Los Angeles Times Festival of Books this weekend at USC

April 17, 2013

Third 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, contact Jessica Erskine at 310-854-8129 or jerskine@rogersandcowan.com.

WHAT: The 18th annual Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, the largest and most prestigious public literary event in the country. The free-to-the-public weekend of activities has become an L.A. institution, evolving to encompass more than 400 award-winning and celebrity authors and chefs, local musicians, political experts and entertainers engaging in stimulating debates, the exploration of entrepreneurial ideas and revelry under the California sun. 

WHEN: Saturday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. April 20 and Sunday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. April 21.

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.

PARKING: $10 per day in various USC-area parking lots. In addition, there are several public transit options available, including the free Bullseye Bus that will run continuously between Union Station and USC. More details, including a parking map, can be found here: http://festivalofbooks2013.usc.edu/directions-2/

WHO: Appearances by more than 400 authors including Paul Anka, Margaret Atwood, Brian Boitano, Carol Burnett, Cassandra Clare, Susan Feniger, “Iron Chef” Alex Guarnaschelli, beloved children’s author Daniel Handler (Lemony Snicket), Jon Klassen, Ludo Lefebvre, Demetri Martin, Heather McDonald, Danica McKellar, Aida Mollenkamp, Debbie Reynolds, Molly Ringwald, John Scalzi, Tom Sizemore and Nia Vardalos, among others.

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 Hoffman Hall include Gender, Sex and the Politics of Pop Culture; Living and Writing Los Angeles; Poetry and Place in the 21st Century; and Does Race Matter? Publishing as a Writer of Color.

Highlights from the USC Civic Engagement booth include Mark Hamill reading Dr. Seuss, neighborhood author Jervey Tervalon, cartoonist Lalo Alcaraz, Slake magazine founder Laurie Ochoa and craft workshops. The Civic Engagement booth will also be a drop-off point for new and gently used children’s books to benefit the USC Family of Schools program.

Highlights from the USC Health and Wellness Pavilion include the Mobile Dental Clinic , which offers free screenings all day, and the Fit Families program, which teaches parent and children about exercise and nutrition, as well as free glucose levels, blood pressure checks, proper hand washing techniques and BMI screening.

The USC Stage schedule includes:

On Saturday
10 a.m. – Festival Kickoff with the Trojan Marching Band and a joint welcome from USC President C. L. Max Nikias, Los Angeles Times Publisher and CEO Eddy Hartenstein,.
11:40 a.m. – Foshay High School Jazz Ensemble
12:50 a.m. – Music: Trio Ellas
2 p.m. – Spoken word: Javon Johnson
3:10 p.m. – Music: Aaron Childs
4:20 p.m. – Music: 1923
5:30 p.m. – Music: Exploding Flowers

On Sunday
10 a.m. – Music: The Trojan Marching Band
11:40 a.m. – Theater: Dear ONE
12:50 p.m. – Music: Raquel Rodriguez
2 p.m. – Music: Caitlin Notey and Aman Alem
3:10 p.m. – Music: USC Sirens
4:20 p.m. – Music: ALAJE
For more visit, http://festivalofbooks2013.usc.edu/usc-stage/

Additional festival highlights include the debut of the Pop & Hiss Stage with local musicians; English, Spanish and bilingual programming on the Hoy LA Stage; screenings at USC’s School of Cinematic Arts, including a special showing of “Tyler Perry Presents Peeples;” dozens of the city’s most popular food trucks surrounding the Cooking Stage; and world-renowned children's and young adult authors and exciting new musical acts on the Target Children’s Stage.

Seating for all Conversations is limited and require tickets.  Special advance Festival Pass packages are available now.

Programming updates will be available at the Festival website, Facebook page and @latimesfob Twitter feed.  To join in the conversation use the #bookfest hashtag.

Click to see the LA Times Festival of Books at USC video.

The Los Angeles Times Festival of Books is presented in association with USC, presenting sponsor Target, and major sponsors Chevrolet, the Natural History Museum and Warner Bros.