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Los Angeles Times Festival of Books

USC University Park Campus
April 20–21

Monday, April 15, 2013


For the third consecutive year, USC will host the annual Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, the largest public literary festival in the country. More than 150,000 Southern Californians are expected to attend.

“USC was founded in 1880, and the Los Angeles Times was founded the following year, so we have really grown up together in the heart of Los Angeles,” said USC President C. L. Max Nikias. “This festival has become such a beloved annual event in our city, and its success reflects the power of our continued collaboration.”

The festival will host signings and discussions with authors and luminaries such as Sandra Tsing Loh, California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom and Olympic ice-skating champion and chef Brian Boitano.

Panels will feature USC faculty, including Dana Gioia, USC Judge Widney Professor of Poetry and Public Culture and former head of the National Endowment for the Arts; University Professor Kevin Starr, a leading California historian; and Guggenheim Fellow and playwright Brighde Mullins, director of the Master of Professional Writing program at the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences.

For more details about the festival programming, public transportation and parking, visit To join in the conversation, use the hashtag #bookfest.

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