This weekend over 150,000 people will get together on the USC campus to celebrate books.
150,000. For books.
That’s a lot of readers.
The 17th annual Los Angeles Times Festival of Books will be held at the USC campus Saturday and Sunday. It is huge. There are over 200 panels and performances across two days. There are hundreds of authors and exhibitors in attendance.
It is one of, if not THE largest festivals celebrating the written word in the nation.
You should be there. I will.
I’ll be signing copies of CITY OF THE LOST at The Mysterious Galaxy booth in Founder’s Park (booth #372) on Sunday at 2:00pm. They’ll be hosting a bunch of authors over the weekend. Guys like Chuck Wendig, John Scalzi, Richard Kadrey, Lisa Brackmann, Joseph Wambaugh, and lots of others.
Up until last year the festival had been held at UCLA, but money and politics got in the way and they moved it to USC. I had reservations about it going there. The Westside is full of yoga moms with disposable cash and people won’t cross La Brea from either direction. Seriously, you’d think it was the Styx for fuck sake.
I was concerned. Not that I’m a fan of yoga moms, but I am a fan of their cash. I like to see it going to booksellers and publishers.
USC is a much more pedestrian friendly campus than UCLA. It’s flat and spread out, not stuck on a bunch of hills. There’s actual room between the booths. People with strollers aren’t slamming them into your ankles as they try to get by. Parking still blows monkey chunks, but there are a lot more public transportation options (free shuttle bus from Union Station if you’re so inclined).
The Festival attracts a lot of people who are there because they love reading. You should be one of them.
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