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Los Angeles Times Festival of Books Opens a New Chapter at USC April 30th & May 1st

Right now the LA Times is getting ready for their largest event of the year…. The Los Angeles Times Festival of Books! Back in 1995, they had a crazy idea to create a festival to “celebrate the written word”. They were overwhelmed when 75,000 people showed up to the first festival held on the UCLA campus.  Fifteen years later and the festival has moved campuses and is now drawing 150,000 people from all walks of Los Angeles. John Conroy of the LA Times says that it’s an incredible mix of Angelenos including families from the Valley to Eastside hipsters to the more mature crowd. Everybody gets together to enjoy authors, panels, demonstrations and exhibits.  One of the best exhibits sent over from sponsor, The Natural History Museum, is going to be a life size Tyrannosaurus rex!  Be sure to get your photo with that one!  Enjoy our Los Angeles community at this huge event!  This weekend!

Saturday April 30, 2011 from 10am – 6pm
Sunday, May 1, 2011 from 10am – 5pm at:
University of Southern California

Continuing SoCal’s novel love affair with the written word, the 16th annual Los Angeles Times Festival of Books marks its first year in its new home at the University of Southern California the weekend of April 30th.

The nation’s largest public literary festival’s change of scenery offers book enthusiasts, families and Angelenos of all ages the opportunity to discover new favorites and reconnect with cherished classics. The two-day schedule is packed with celebrity appearances, live music, cooking demonstrations, author readings, book signings and Q&As.  Attendees will find seven outdoor stages in the center of USC’s campus surrounded by hundreds of exhibitors and a variety of dining options. Dozens of indoor venues will host lively panel discussions on everything from the Middle East and the economy to the bright lights of Hollywood.

Program highlights include the Target Children’s Stage, featuring appearances by Mo Willems, Jamie Lee Curtis, Mallory Lewis and Lambchop, The Okee Dokee Brothers and R.L.Stine; the Cooking Stage showcasing Duff Goldman from “Ace of Cakes” and master chef Thomas Keller; the YA stage with such Young Adult luminaries as Gayle Forman, Judy M. Blundell and D.J. McHale; and The Times editorial staff will make appearances on the Los Angeles Times Stage and Pavilion.

General event information can be found at or by calling 1-800-LA-TIMES, ext. 7BOOK.  Admission is free. Tickets are required to attend panel discussions and lectures due to limited seating. Writer’s workshop tickets and $30 panel passes will be available on Monday, April 11th at 9 a.m. Individual panel tickets will become available on Sunday, April 24th for a nominal fee. Frequent updates are also available on the Festival’s Facebook page and official Twitter stream @latimesfob. The Los Angeles Times Festival of Books is presented in association with USC, presenting sponsor Target, major sponsors Buick and GMC and official ticketing provider Eventbrite.

About the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books

The Los Angeles Times Festival of Books was created in 1996 to promote literacy, celebrate the written word, and bring together those who create books with the people who love to read them. Between 130,000 and 140,000 people attend the event annually.

General event information is available online at or by calling 1-800-LA TIMES, ext. 7BOOK. Detailed speaker and event information is available in the official festival program online.

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