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L.A. Times Festival of Books at USC

The Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, one of Southern California’s most cherished and engaging weekend celebrations, kicks off its 16th storied year in a new home on USC’s University Park campus April 30 and May 1, 2011.

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Harris Hall - Wong Cenference Center

Saturday April 30 & Sunday May 1

Attending the Festival

Public Transportation

Get to the Festival of Books using public transportation!USC is easy to reach by L.A. Metro bus and rail. Target also will operate a free Bullseye Bus shuttle running between Union Station, Los Angeles Convention Center and USC, and USC’s Intercampus Shuttle will provide service between the University Park campus, Union Station and the Health Sciences campus on both festival days.

Driving Directions and Parking

Get directions to the University Park campus via Google Maps. If you’re using another mapping program, enter the address for the campus center: 3351 Trousdale Pkwy, Los Angeles, CA 90089.

On-campus parking will be available for $10 per day.

Where to Eat

USC will offer a variety of on-campus dining options at the festival, ranging from sit-down restaurants and cafés to fast food and boxed lunches, and spanning a world of cuisines.

Moreton Fig restaurant

More Information

Visit the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books website for the updated program schedule, author list, volunteer opportunities and more.

USC Events and Programs

USC Stages

As a major festival sponsor and host, USC will present live entertainment on two stages: An outdoor venue in Hahn Plaza, at the center of campus, will offer arts and entertainment-oriented programming; and an indoor venue in Harris Hall 101 (Gin Wong Auditorium).

USC Bookends

Coinciding with the festival, a number of USC schools and departments will host panel discussions, musical performances and exhibitions featuring their faculty and programs, held at locations across campus.

USC Booths

Many USC programs will sponsor booths at the festival, offering activities ranging from book-signings to hands-on learning activities for kids.

Trojan Authors at the Festival

In addition to those appearing on the USC stages and at the USC booths, some 35 Trojan authors have been invited to participate in the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books.

Book Donations

The USC Office of Government and Civic Engagement is sponsoring a book drive, co-hosted with Target, in behalf of the USC Family of Schools and Target’s partner schools. Learn more.

Read up on USC Authors

Planning ahead for your summer reading? Consider the more than 10,000 books penned by Trojan authors.

Festival of Books Merchandise

Shop for festival-themed tees, totes, water bottles and more at the USC Bookstore.

Festival of Books updates

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