How to Survive the LA Times Festival of Books

Covering the Festival of Books last year was such a treat, and I’m excited to be back at it again! The free Bookfest bonanza returns to USC’s Campus on April 9th & 10th. Here are a few ways to have an unconditionally good time on our campus!

Create a plan of attack!

It’s a thrill to wander into the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, but you can maximize your experience by utilizing the LA Times Scheduler. From live music performances to cooking demonstrations, you don’t want to miss out on your favorite authors and personalities due to scheduling conflicts!


Secure your spot.

After you’ve made your plan, start marking your territory! Several meet & greets require the purchase of a copy of the author’s book beforehand. In some cases, you can leave the toy spaceship and fan memorabilia behind – some authors will only sign books. Know that free tickets are not required for stages, but are for indoor conversations. Then, get a good seat!

Bring a bag. A really big, really strong bag.

I know that you know that you’ll be taking home glorious books – some signed, some discounted, some free – along with pens, stickers, notepads, bells and whistles from sponsors! You never know what you could pick up:


Beat the heat!

Sponsors such as McDonald’s will be on hand to provide a taste of some of their favorite, cool treats (Try saying “No” to a Mango Pineapple McCafé sample after wandering through the children’s section) Take advantage of sweet treats and bring bottled water, sunscreen and visors for the whole family!

Take a break.

Meeting your favorite authors and scouting out literary treasures can be exhausting; Pencil in some time to listen to music at the USC Stage!


Disfruta con tus vecinos.

Recuerda que hay otro elemento de Festival de Libro en que se celebran literatura y música Latinoamericano y Chicano – Aquí hay más información

Follow the action!

I will be Snapchatting the Festival from April 8th – 10th; hang tight for that announcement! Until then, follow @latimesfob on Twitter for live chats and announcements 🙂


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