2023 Los Angeles Times Festival of Books at University of Southern California

USC will once again host one of the biggest literary festivals, this side of the Mississippi. Books, books and more books are the main focus.

Los Angeles Times Festival of Books Lineup (Courtesy Photo)


By Ricky Richardson | Contributing Writer

        (Los Angeles, CA) – USC will once again host one of the biggest literary festivals, this side of the Mississippi. Books, books and more books are the main focus.

        Yes, ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, spring is in the air. That can mean only one thing in Los Angeles: the annual Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, Saturday and Sunday, April 22 and 23, 2023, 10:00am-6pm, on the beautiful campus of University of Southern California, Los Angeles. On Wednesday, March 15th, organizers unveiled its lineup for the annual literary celebration.

        Each year Los Angeles Times Festival of Books is a dream comes true for books lovers, foodies and music aficionados. There’s something for everyone, family, friends, fellow co-workers and even the babysitter. This year’s festival will feature more than 500 writers, musicians, and artists spread across the USC 226-acre campus. An expected crowd of 150,000 will transform the campus into a vibrant cultural festival and destination in the heart of the Downtown Arts and Education campus.

        Festival of Books features author discussions, books signings, cooking demonstrations and discussions, poetry reading and lots of entertainment.  Some events require tickets.

        Booksellers, literary-related services and a smorgasbord of food trucks will greet the large, diverse crowd visiting the campus for the festival.

        On Saturday, April 22nd, Jemele Hill, Emmy Award-winning sports journalist and author of ‘Uphill: A Memoir,’ will sit down for a conversation with Erika D. Smith. Uphill is about Jemele’s life growing up in Detroit, and her rise from newspaper reporter to a cultural commentator.

        Leslie Odom Jr., and Nicolette Robinson will discuss their book ‘I Love You More than You’ll Ever Know’ in a conversation with LZ Granderson.

        Noted authors scheduled to appear at the Festival of Books will include Walter Mosley, Omar Epps, Stacey Abrams and Tamara Mowry Housley.

        The Los Angeles Times Festival of Books programming is designed to ensure that attendees have ample opportunities to be engaged and entertained which consist of 8 outdoor stages and activity areas: Los Angeles Times Main Stage, L.A. Times en Español, Cooking Stage, Poetry Stage, Children’s Stage, USC Friends & Neighbors Stage and YA Stage.

        The 28th Los Angeles Times Festival of Books is presented in association with USC. Admission to the festival is free. Friend of the Festival packages (advance ticket packages) which include reservation for indoor conversations, weekend parking and festival merchandise, among other exclusives are available for purchase now. Individual conversation tickets will be available April 16.

        Schedule, location, ticket and transportation information can be found on the festival website: https://events.latimes.com/festivalofbooks Feel free to take your time to browse the website, it features a lot of useful information to assist you as you plan your visit for one or both days.

        The latest updates and highlights are available on Festival of Books 2023 Facebook page, Twitter Instagram feeds.