The Los Angeles Times is committed to more than just reporting the news. We believe in fostering a dialogue with our neighbors and building a greater sense of community in Los Angeles.
The Festival of Books, marking its 20th year, is where we celebrate our connections with one another over the ideas and opinions that make California unique. While Times stories engage and inform us on a daily basis, books give voice to more nuanced portraits, provide deeper context for current events and challenge the imagination. Authors inspire everything from home-cooked meals to weekly book clubs, from Oscar-winning films to social reform.
The Festival has grown to become an annual centerpiece of the Los Angeles cultural scene, a place for family and friends to gather on the beautiful USC campus. This year on April 18 and 19, you’ll have a chance to meet your favorite authors and Times writers, hear live music, enjoy works of art and photography, listen to poetry and taste culinary creations that reflect this city’s diversity.
Among the guests joining us are Candice Bergen, T.C. Boyle, Roy Choi, Brian Grazer, Joyce Carol Oates, Patton Oswalt, Dav Pilkey, Claudia Rankine, Tavis Smiley and Octavia Spencer. Bestselling New Yorker writer Malcolm Gladwell will also be on hand to help us inaugurate a series of special lectures that we’re calling the Los Angeles Times Ideas Exchange.
We hope you enjoy the Festival and come away with your own stories to share.