The LA Times Festival of Books has a lot of fun activities, book readings and musical performances for kids. #losangeles #festivalofbooks

The 23rd Annual LA Times Festival of Books is coming back to the USC campus on April 21st and 22nd and the lineup looks amazing. If you’ve never been, it’s one of the largest book festivals in the country attracting major literary talent from all genres.

Author appearances include Joyce Carol Oates, Reza Azlan, Patton Oswald and Juan Felipe Herrara. It’s not just for grownups; the Festival of Books a great event for book lovers of all ages. There’s a “Kids Corner” with book signings, readings and musical performances.

Pulitzer Prize winner Junot Diaz will read from his children’s book, Islandborn, on Saturday and will sit in conservation with the LA Times writer Carolina Miranda on Sunday. Musical acts include the Baila Baila band and Andrew & Polly.

The LA Times Festival of Books has a lot of fun activities, book readings and musical performances for kids. #losangeles #festivalofbooks

Some of the author events require tickets so visit the Festival of Books website for more information. The schedule for the keynote events and appearances is below, but there are many more events than what is listed here. For a complete schedule, visit the website.


  • 10:00 a.m. – Juan Felipe Herrara, the United States Poet Laureate, reading fromJabberwalking (Poetry Stage)
  • 10:30 a.m. – Joyce Carol Oates, author of Beautiful Days, in conversation with Michael Silverblatt, host of KCRW podcast, Bookworm (Bovard Auditorium)
  • 11:00 a.m. – Authors of The Grouchy Historian Ed Asner and Ed Weinberger in conversation with journalist and author Pat Morrison (Los Angeles Times Main Stage)
  • 12:00 p.m. – Spotify’s Secret Genius Showcase with music producer Larrance Dopson (Justin Timberlake, Sam Smith) (Norris Theatre)
  • 12:00 p.m. – The Bob Lefsetz Podcast with musician and animal rights activistMoby (Annenerb Auditorium, presented by Newstory)
  • 12:10 p.m. – Vivica A. Fox, author of Every Day I’m Hustling in conversation (Los Angeles Times Main Stage)
  • 12:30 p.m. – Outlander on Page and Screen in conversation with Diana Gabaldon,author of the Outlander series (Bovard Auditorium)
  • 1:15 p.m. – Emmy Winning Donick Cary (The SimpsonsParks & Recreation) Shares His Story and Talks MUSACK (Newstory Stage)
  • 1:20 p.m. – Gabrielle Union, actress and author of We’re Going to Need More Wine in conversation with Tre’vell Anderson (Los Angeles Times Main Stage)
  • 2:00 p.m. – The Power of Music of Medicine: Celebrating the True Power of Music to Heal, Connect, and Restore with musician Beatie Wolfe and founder of HealthTunes Walter Werzowa (Newstory Stage)
  • 2:30 p.m. – Janet Mock, author of Surpassing Certainty, in conversation with Tre’vell Anderson (Los Angeles Times Main Stage)
  • 3:30 p.m. – Social Media as Literary Discovery, curated by Editor in Chief of NYLON Marty Preciado (Andrus Gerontology Center)
  • 4:00 p.m. – Junot Diaz, author of Islandborn, doing reading and signing of the novel (Reading by 9 Children’s Stage, Signing Area 7)
  • 4:30 p.m. – Empowered Women & Enlightened Men with L.A. Sparks’ Christine Simmons in conversation with NFL player Martellus Bennett
  • 4:30 p.m. – Black Eyed Peas, Taboo, and discuss their graphic novel Masters of the Sun, Social Justice, Music, & AR/VR


  • 10:00 a.m. – USC Trojan Marching Band (USC Stage)
  • 10:30 a.m. – Junot Diaz, author of Islandborn, in conversation with Carolina Miranda (Bovard Auditorium)
  • 11:00 a.m. – Jenna Fischer, actress and author of The Actor’s Life in conversation with LA Times television reporter Yvonne Villarreal (Los Angeles Times Main Stage)
  • 11:00 a.m. – Alexander Chee, author of The Queen of the Night in conversation with Viet Thanh Nguyen, Pulitzer Prize winning author of The Refugees (Taper Hall 101)
  • 12:00 p.m. – Conversation on The Evolution of Mexican Food in Los Angeles, with Wes Avila (Guerilla Tacos) and Bill Esparza, author of L.A. Mexicano, moderated by USC professor of food culture and activism Sarah Portnoy (Wallis Annenberg Hall)
  • 12:30 p.m. – Actor Patton Oswalt in conversation with LA Times Book Editor Carolyn Kellogg (Bovard Auditorium)
  • 1:20 p.m. – Maria Shriver, author of I’ve Been Thinking in conversation (Los Angeles Times Main Stage)
  • 1:30 p.m. – Laurie Halse Anderson, author of Speak and Chains, and Emily Carroll, author of His Face All Red, in conversation with Sharon Levin (Seeley G. Mudd 123)
  • 2:00 p.m. – Cookbook author and chef Valerie Bertinelli preforms cooking demonstration (Cooking Stage)  
  • 2:30 p.m. – Mike Epps, author of Unsuccessful Thug, in conversation (Los Angeles Times Main Stage)
  • 2:30 p.m. – Author and publisher Dave Eggers in conversation with founder of non-profit 826LA Joel Arquillos (Bovard Auditorium)
  • 3:00 p.m. – Reza Aslan, author of Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth,in conversation with Jonathan Kirsch (Hancock Foundation)
  • 3:40 p.m. – Leslie Odom Jr., author of Falling Up: How to Take Risks, Aim Higher, and Never Stop Learning in conversation (Los Angeles Times Main Stage)


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