Los Angeles Times Festival of Books

Friday, November 13, 2020 at 12:00pm

This is a past event.
Virtual Event

Sunday, October 18, through Friday, November 13
Presented online

Admission is free. 

Join the Los Angeles Times, in partnership with USC, in celebrating 25 years of the Festival of Books, Stories & Ideas. Beginning on Sunday, October 18, and continuing over the course of four weeks, The Times will celebrate storytelling with panels, readings, and more. The lineup includes several sessions presented by USC that highlight the work of the USC community.

USC Programming (all times are PT): 

Festival of Books Kickoff 
Sunday, October 18, at 10 a.m. 
Featuring USC President Carol L. Folt and special guests 

People Have the Power? Electoral Politics and Democracy
Tuesday, October 20, at 5:30 p.m.
Featuring Bob Shrum (Moderator), Jane Junn, John G. Matsusaka, and Paul Adler

The Past, Present, and Future of Los Angeles - Part One
Roots to Routes: Race and Immigration in L.A. 
Thursday, October 29, at 5 p.m.
Featuring Juan De Lara, Manuel Pastor, Sarah Gualtieri, and William Francis Deverell (Moderator)

The Past, Present, and Future of Los Angeles - Part Two
Civic Memory and the Future of L.A.
Thursday, October 29, at 6 p.m.
Featuring Christopher Hawthorne, Frederick Fisher, Gail Kennard, Taj Frazier, and William Francis Deverell (Moderator)

Chicken of the Sea by Viet Thanh Nguyen and Ellison Nguyen
A Reading and Conversation with the Authors and Illustrators
Sunday, November 1, at 11 a.m. 
Featuring Ellison Nguyen, Hien Bui-Stafford, Sumun L. Pendakur, (Moderator), Thi Bui, and Viet Thanh Nguyen 

USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance Fall Performance
Friday, November 6, at 5 p.m. 
Featuring the USC Kaufman BFA Students

Seeking Freedom: Race, Gender, and Citizenship
Tuesday, November 10, at 6 p.m.
Featuring Alaina Morgan (Moderator), Ariela Julie Gross, Kristen L. Zaleski, and Sam Erman

To register and check out the entire Festival of Books schedule, click here.

Event Type

Lecture / Talk / Workshop, Event Highlights


Students, Alumni, Faculty/Staff


Other Location


humanities, dance, literary arts



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