The L.A. Times Festival of Books moves to USC
After 15 years celebrating books with the community of Los Angeles on the campus of UCLA, the Festival of Books will move to USC, the Los Angeles Times announced Wednesday. The weekend-long celebration will take place from April 30 to May 1 on the USC campus south of downtown. Our sibling blog L.A. Now explains:
"After 15 years on the Westside, we are very excited to move the Festival of Books to its beautiful new home and have the opportunity to work hand in hand with USC to ensure we grow bigger and better in the future," Times Publisher Eddy Hartenstein said in a statement. "Attendees and exhibitors can expect more to see, do and experience in addition to great access and a refreshing change of scenery."
USC President C.L. Max Nikias said he was delighted to provide the festival a new home.
"The festival is a great fit for our world-class faculty authors and writing programs, as well as for our literacy work in the community," Nikias said. "USC and the Los Angeles Times are two of the oldest institutions in Los Angeles, and it's fitting that we would be joining together for this event that is so important to the intellectual life of Southern California."
Last year, more than 140,000 attended the Festival of Books, the nation’s largest public literary festival, along with 400 authors, hundreds of booksellers, publishers, literary and cultural organizations.
Admission to the Festival of Books will still be free; the USC campus is accessible to more public transportation routes. There will, as last year, be a small fee for ticket processing for panels. More information about the 2011 Festival of Books will be posted here soon, and we'll try to answer any questions you might have below.
-- Carolyn Kellogg
Photo: The center of USC's campus, in 1999. Credit: Perry C. Riddle / Los Angeles Times