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Los Angeles Times’ 23rd Annual Festival of Books

The Los Angeles Times’ Festival of Books is the nation’s largest literary and cultural festival. Held the weekend of Saturday, April 21st and Sunday, April 22nd at the University of Southern California, the festival not only celebrates books and literature, but will this year also shine a light on alternative forms of creative storytelling including podcasts, virtual reality, music, film, and television. An estimated 150,000 attendees will have the opportunity to hear from more than 500 writers, musicians, artists, and chefs, check out one-of-a-kind art installations and multimedia experiences, and be a part of discussions on everything from politics to pop culture, all in celebration of a love for stories.

The event also includes demonstrations, panels, and conversations from esteemed authors/performers such as and the Black Eyed Peas, Ed Asner, Dave Eggers, Jenna Fischer, Vivica A. Fox, Janet Mock, Juan Felipe Herrera, Junot Diaz, Mike Epps, Reza Alan, Laurie Halse Anderson, Patton Oswalt, Diana Gabaldon, Moby, Gabrielle Union, Maria Shriver, and Joyce Carol Oates, as well as chef and cookbook authors including Wes Avila (Guerilla Tacos), Valerie Bertinelli, Natalie Morales, Laila Ali and Jet Tila.

Saturday, April 21st (10AM – 6PM) & Sunday, April 22nd (10AM – 5PM)

Note: for a full schedule of events and appearances please visit:

10:00 a.m. – Juan Felipe Herrara, the United States Poet Laureate, reading from Jabberwalking (Poetry Stage)
10:30 a.m. – Joyce Carol Oates, author of Beautiful Days, in conversation with Michael Silverblatt, host of KCRW podcast, Bookworm (Bovard Auditorium)
11:00 a.m. – Authors of The Grouchy Historian Ed Asner and Ed Weinberger in conversation with journalist and author Pat Morrison (Los Angeles Times Main Stage)
12:00 p.m. – Spotify’s Secret Genius Showcase with music producer Larrance Dopson (Justin Timberlake, Sam Smith) (Norris Theatre)
12:00 p.m. – The Bob Lefsetz Podcast with musician and animal rights activist Moby (Annenerb Auditorium, presented by Newstory)
12:10 p.m. – Vivica A. Fox, author of Every Day I’m Hustling in conversation (Los Angeles Times Main Stage)
12:30 p.m. – Outlander on Page and Screen in conversation with Diana Gabaldon, author of the Outlander series (Bovard Auditorium)
1:15 p.m. – Emmy Winning Donick Cary (The Simpsons, Parks & Recreation) Shares His Story and Talks MUSACK (Newstory Stage)
1:20 p.m. – Gabrielle Union, actress and author of We’re Going to Need More Wine in conversation with Tre’vell Anderson (Los Angeles Times Main Stage)
2:00 p.m. – The Power of Music of Medicine: Celebrating the True Power of Music to Heal, Connect, and Restore with musician Beatie Wolfe and founder of HealthTunes Walter Werzowa (Newstory Stage)
2:30 p.m. – Janet Mock, author of Surpassing Certainty, in conversation with Tre’vell Anderson (Los Angeles Times Main Stage)
3:30 p.m. – Social Media as Literary Discovery, curated by Editor in Chief of NYLON Marty Preciado (Andrus Gerontology Center)
4:00 p.m. – Junot Diaz, author of Islandborn, doing reading and signing of the novel (Reading by 9 Children’s Stage, Signing Area 7)
4:30 p.m. – Empowered Women & Enlightened Men with L.A. Sparks’ Christine Simmons in conversation with NFL player Martellus Bennett
4:30 p.m. – Black Eyed Peas, Taboo, and discuss their graphic novel Masters of the Sun, Social Justice, Music, & AR/VR

Note: for a full schedule of events and appearances please visit:

10:00 a.m. – USC Trojan Marching Band (USC Stage)
10:30 a.m. – Junot Diaz, author of Islandborn, in conversation with Carolina Miranda (Bovard Auditorium)
11:00 a.m. – Jenna Fischer, actress and author of The Actor’s Life in conversation with LA Times television reporter Yvonne Villarreal (Los Angeles Times Main Stage)
11:00 a.m. – Alexander Chee, author of The Queen of the Night in conversation with Viet Thanh Nguyen, Pulitzer Prize winning author of The Refugees (Taper Hall 101)
12:00 p.m. – Conversation on The Evolution of Mexican Food in Los Angeles, with Wes Avila (Guerilla Tacos) and Bill Esparza, author of L.A. Mexicano, moderated by USC professor of food culture and activism Sarah Portnoy (Wallis Annenberg Hall)
12:30 p.m. – Actor Patton Oswalt in conversation with LA Times Book Editor Carolyn Kellogg (Bovard Auditorium)
1:20 p.m. – Maria Shriver, author of I’ve Been Thinking in conversation (Los Angeles Times Main Stage)
1:30 p.m. – Laurie Halse Anderson, author of Speak and Chains, and Emily Carroll, author of His Face All Red, in conversation with Sharon Levin (Seeley G. Mudd 123)
2:00 p.m. – Cookbook author and chef Valerie Bertinelli preforms cooking demonstration (Cooking Stage)
2:30 p.m. – Mike Epps, author of Unsuccessful Thug, in conversation (Los Angeles Times Main Stage)
2:30 p.m. – Author and publisher Dave Eggers in conversation with founder of non-profit 826LA Joel Arquillos (Bovard Auditorium)
3:00 p.m. – Reza Aslan, author of Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth, in conversation with Jonathan Kirsch (Hancock Foundation)
3:40 p.m. – Leslie Odom Jr., author of Falling Up: How to Take Risks, Aim Higher, and Never Stop Learning in conversation (Los Angeles Times Main Stage)

University of Southern California (USC)
The USC campus is located approximately 2 miles southwest from Downtown L.A. and 1 mile from the intersection of the Santa Monica Freeway (I-10) and the Harbor Freeway (I-110). Numerous paid parking lots ($12-$25) on and around the USC campus will be available for FOB attendees and can be viewed on this map. Limited street parking is also available.

Admission to the festival is free. Pre-sale passes (which provide advanced reservations for up to 20 indoor conversations) and all-access passes (access to all indoor conversations, plus valet parking) are available for purchase now. Individual conversation tickets will be available Sunday, April 15. For more information, visit:

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