Wednesday, 17 April, 2013 10:15 PM
Are Just the Beginning at the 18th Annual Los Angeles Times Festival
of Books at USC
Schedule Melds Appearances By Hundreds of Authors, Stars, Chefs
and Musicians with Celebration of Ideas, Creativity and the Written
credit: Los Angeles Times / USC
Burnett, Susan Feniger, Debbie Reynolds and Tom Sizemore
make up some of this year's celebrity authors.
ANGELES – The Los Angeles Times today announced
the program schedule for the 18th annual Festival of Books, the
largest and most prestigious public literary event in North America.
The free-to-the-public weekend of activities has become an L.A.
institution, evolving to encompass more than 400 award-winning
and celebrity authors and chefs, local musicians, political experts
and entertainers engaging in stimulating debates, the exploration
of entrepreneurial ideas and revelry under the California sun.
held April 20-21, upwards of 150,000 attendees are expected to
explore the beautiful USC campus and enjoy appearances by Paul
Anka, Margaret Atwood, Brian Boitano, Carol Burnett, Cassandra
Clare, Susan Feniger, "Iron Chef" Alex Guarnaschelli,
beloved children's author Daniel Handler (Lemony Snicket), Jon
Klassen, Ludo Lefebvre, Demetri Martin, Heather McDonald, Danica
McKellar, Aida Mollenkamp, Debbie Reynolds, Molly Ringwald, John
Scalzi, Tom Sizemore and Nia Vardalos, among others.
debut of the Pop & Hiss Stage, emceed by DJ Darren Revell
and featuring performances from Jasper Dickson, Dustbowl Revival,
Max Lugavere and more.
ticketed Conversations on everything from marijuana legalization
to religion and sexuality, gun control and the politics of food,
as well as live Q&As with luminaries such as California
Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom.
Spanish and bilingual programming on the Hoy LA Stage.
at USC's School of Cinematic Arts, including a special showing
of "Tyler Perry Presents Peeples," written and directed
by Tina Gordon Chism, starring
Washington and Craig Robinson, and presented by Los Angeles
wide variety of dining options including dozens of the city's
most popular food trucks surrounding the Cooking Stage in Cromwell
children's and young adult authors and exciting new musical
acts on the Target Children's Stage.
famed "What Are You Reading?" graffiti wall will take
on an added digital dimension this year. Starting today fans can
upload photos of their favorite books via Twitter or Instagram
using the hashtag #WhatAreYouReading, which will be automatically
pulled into galleries on the Festival
website and Facebook
page and displayed on screens around the festival grounds.
of events for the 2013 Festival of Books.
Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) Expo
Line's new Jefferson/USC station (directly across from the event's
main entrance) will make transportation easier than ever, as will
the Festival's extensive parking and complimentary shuttles from
Union Station. This year marks the first time in Festival of Books
history that there has been a Metro Rail Line that directly serves
the event venue. Those planning to attend the festival are encouraged
to plan their trips on Metro using the Metro.net Trip Planner
tool. Metro Riders who present a valid TAP card at the festival
can save 10% of the total purchase of official 2013 Festival of
Books merchandise, including mugs, t-shirts, and more.
for all Conversations is limited and requires tickets.
advance Festival Pass packages are available Thursday, March
28th at 10 a.m. for $30 (Times members receive a 50% discount)
- Reservations for eight Conversations
- Two tickets to the Los Angeles Times Book Prizes ceremony
at Bovard Auditorium on Friday, April 19th
- Option to purchase valet parking
Conversation tickets will be available at 9 a.m. on Sunday,
April 14 for free with $1 online service charge
Angeles Times Festival of Books is presented in association with
USC, presenting sponsor Target, and major sponsors Chevrolet,
the Natural History Museum and Warner Bros.