For the first time in three years, the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books will step outside the virtual limits imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic. The nation’s largest literary and cultural festival returns to USC’s University Park campus April 23-24. The event marks his 27th year and 12th at USC.
More than 550 attendees will be on hand with books and merchandise for sale, as well as food trucks, LA-area vendors selling sustainable and homemade goods, musical performances and more.
Among the more than 250 events are many of USC’s activities in academics, literature, performing arts, health, and civic engagement.
USC Book Festival lineup:
Ideas in Action: USC panel dialogues will include “Parenting Today: Navigating Stress, Health, and Social Upheaval”, “Rise, Resist, and Imagine: Collective and Creative Visions for Change”, “Facing Climate Change: Solutions for a World sustainable”, “Infrastructures of the future: technologies to make life public”, etc.
The Keck Medicine of USC Health Pavilion will offer health screenings for skin cancer, blood pressure, glucose, BMI, sleep apnea and dental health.
USC Stage highlights include a festival kickoff with the Trojan Marching Band, plus musical performances from Greta Pasqua, Jordyn Simone, Sophia Rae, SoCal VoCals, and more.
USC faculty, staff and alumni will make appearances on various LA Times programs such as ‘Feminism and the Personal Essay’, ‘LeBron James & LA’s Superstar Tradition’, ‘George Sanchez, Reading from ‘Boyle Heights ‘” and “Understanding LA’s Homelessness Crisis.”
The USC Friends and Neighbors Stage will celebrate community, local talent, art and music with family-friendly activities throughout the weekend, including author readings, book giveaways, educational activities and price.
Admission to the festival is free, although the indoor conversation panels require tickets which can be got online; a limited number of tickets will be available at the festival.
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