Festival of Books tallies 140,000 attendees
"We are thrilled to see our vision for moving the festival to our new home downtown come together in a more robust way than we even imagined when we first started discussing the idea with USC,” said Times Publisher Eddy Hartenstein in a statement. “We were honored to welcome new and old friends and are very pleased that everyone had a great Festival of Books experience.”
Other facts and figures about the 16th annual Festival of Books: The festival app was downloaded by almost 10% of those who attended. Four thousand books were donated at the donation station set up by Target, a festival sponsor, to benefit classrooms and libraries. And shuttles brought nearly 1,000 people per hour to USC's campus, for a total of close to 17,000.
The event hosted a record number of exhibitors, sponsors and authors. And then there was the ice cream -- more than 30,000 free samples of Ben & Jerry's ice cream were handed out to attendees.
-- Carolyn Kellogg
Photo: Saturday crowds at the 16th annual Festival of Books. Credit: Anne Cusack /Los Angeles Times