See you in 2013!
We hope you enjoyed this year’s Los Angeles Times Festival of Books at USC—we look forward to seeing you next year on April 20 and 21, 2013.
News and Updates
- Festival Mobile App for iPhone and AndroidFriday, April 13, 2012
- Spot the TramFriday, April 6, 2012
- Complimentary Book Prize Tickets for TrojansFriday, April 6, 2012
- Trojans Featured in “I Read” CampaignThursday, April 5, 2012
- Full Schedule and Author Appearances Published TodayThursday, March 22, 2012
- The 2012 Los Angeles Times Book Prizes ceremony honors the best books of 2011Wednesday, March 14, 2012
- More news and updates
Attending the Festival
Getting HereGet 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.
The USC University Park Campus is located within minutes of Downtown Los Angeles, south of the I-10 (Santa Monica) Freeway and west of the 110 (Harbor) Freeway.
Dining OptionsThis year's festival features a full food court on Cromwell Field (including L.A.'s famous food trucks) in addition to a variety of on-campus dining options at the festival.
Where To EatThis year's festival features a full food court on Cromwell Field (including L.A.'s famous food trucks) in addition to a variety of on-campus dining options at the festival.
Explore the NeighborhoodThe University Park neighborhood is home to number of fun and educational destinations, including the California African American Museum, the Natural History Museum, and the California Science Center. Extend the festival experience (or weekend) with a visit to our neighboring cultural institutions.
The West Coast's largest hands-on science center is located in Exposition Park and offers free admission to permanent exhibits, including the Endeavor space shuttle.
USC Events and Programs
USC ProgrammingAs a major festival sponsor and host, USC presents live entertainment and author events in two venues: The USC Stage in Hahn Plaza, at the center of campus, offers arts and entertainment; and an indoor venue in Hoffman Hall 101 (Edison Auditorium) features panels and conversations.
- Performances on the USC stage (center of campus, next to Tommy Trojan)
- Panel Discussions in Hoffman Hall
- USC Health Pavilion
- USC Booths
- Printable schedule of USC events (PDF download)
The USC Trojan Marching Band kicks off the weekend with music and fanfare for every age.
The outdoor stage presents live music, spoken word, and entertainment through both days of the Festival.
The Trojan Men a capella group bring their unique vocal harmonies to the outdoor stage.
Festival of Books PhotosIf your USC department will be taking photos on Festival weekend, share them on the Festival of Books 2012 Flickr group. Contact us on Flickr or send a message to USC Photography.
USC Book DriveThis year, in conjunction with the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, the University of Southern California is collecting new and gently used books to be distributed to local schoolchildren through the USC Family of Schools program. Last year's record-breaking donations brought in close to 4,000 books to children in neighboring schools. Learn more and donate today.
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is a singular delight, crammed with mad fantasy, childhood justice and revenge, and as much candy as you can eat.
The story of a little girl named Fern who loved a little pig named Wilbur—and of Wilbur's dear friend Charlotte A. Cavatica, a beautiful large grey spider who lived with Wilbur in the barn.
It's a shaggy dog story told in haiku. When a homeless dog shows up at the back door, a family takes him in, feeds and bathes him, and names him Mooch.
The Giving Tree
"Once there was a tree . . . and she loved a little boy." So begins a story of unforgettable perception, beautifully written and illustrated by the gifted and versatile Shel Silverstein.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
A spectacular finish to the phenomenal Harry Potter series.
The Very Hungry Caterpillar
The classic caterpillar crawls along branches, munches through food, and emerges vibrantly as a three-dimensional beautiful butterfly.
The Wizard of Oz
The adventures of young Dorothy Gale and her dog, Toto, as their Kansas house is swept away by a cyclone and they find themselves in a strange land called Oz.
The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe
In the never-ending war between good and evil, The Chronicles of Narnia set the stage for battles of epic proportions.
If you read this very popular book just before bed, and the light is still on in the hallway, you can make the rainbow scales glitter on the page, and realize why the Rainbow Fish was so proud of his beautiful decoration.
Skippyjon Jones is no ordinary kitten. This delightful picture book introduces youngsters to the fun of numbers, with beautifully drawn illustrations.
The Grapes Of Wrath
When The Grapes of Wrath was published in 1939, America, still recovering from the Great Depression, came face to face with itself in a startling, lyrical way.
Where the Wild Things Are
In the forty years since Max first cried "Let the wild rumpus start," Maurice Sendak's classic picture book has become one of the most highly acclaimed and best-loved children's books of all time.
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Ugly Truth
In the fifth in the mega-best-selling Wimpy Kid series, Greg Heffley proves indisputably that “when it comes right down to it, middle-schoolers are just a bunch of wild animals.”