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Attendee Faqs

What is the festival of Books?
The Los Angeles Times Festival of Books began in 1996 with a simple goal: to bring together the people who create books with the people who love to read them. The festival was an immediate success and has become the largest and most prestigious book festival in the country, attracting more than 130,000 book lovers each year.

Where is it?
On the UCLA campus. Map

Who attends the Festival?
People of all ages from across Southern California and even other parts of the country. The festival is a free public event, and includes exciting author events, storytelling, cooking demonstrations and poetry readings. The Festival of Books also includes nearly 300 exhibitor booths representing booksellers, publishers, literacy and cultural organizations.


Who exhibits?
Booksellers, publishers, literacy and cultural organizations sell and promote books and book-related merchandise and distribute related information. Many of the independent booksellers participating in the festival represent the diverse ethnic and cultural communities of Los Angeles and sell books of different languages and genres.

How can I exhibit?
If you are interested in exhibiting at the 2010 Festival of Books to be held on Saturday and Sunday, April 24 and 25, 2010, please contact IMG at 866-790-5813 or

Who is speaking at the festival?
More than 100 author panels and events planned by the festival programming committee are held indoors in lecture halls. In addition, outdoor readings, storytelling and presentations are held on the Target Children’s Stage, the Los Angeles Times Stage, the Culinary Stage, the Etc. Stage, the Hoy Cultural Stage and the Poetry Stage. Authors' discussions and readings will cover diverse interests including fiction, science, biography, politics, and more.


How can I attend an author event?
Please refer to the 2010 Festival of Books program guide, which will be published in The Times on Sunday, April 18, 2010, or click here for more ticketing info.

How can I attend one of many outdoor events?
These events are free and have open seating, available on first-come, first-served basis.

Will I have a chance to have one of my books signed?
The festival committee plans more than 100 panel discussions and readings, featuring nearly 450 authors. All Festival of Books authors are asked to remain after their event(s) for at least one hour to sign copies of their books at official festival book-signing areas. The books of each festival author signing in the Los Angeles Times Signing Areas are available for sale at the signing areas, and you may purchase these books while in line to get your books signed.

What do you have for children?
The outdoor Target Children’s Stage will feature storytelling and readings for children. The Hoy Cultural Stage also features children’s and family-oriented performances for both Spanish and English speakers. There are dozens of booths featuring children’s books, toys and art. In addition, there will be several activities coordinated by educational and cultural groups and costumed characters on the festival grounds. No tickets are required for these events.


How do authors participate?
The Festival Author Committee invites selected authors to participate in readings and panel discussions. Writers who wish to be considered for the Festival of Books are asked to click here to download a copy of the programming application.

Please complete the application and fax it back to (213) 237-2335 or mail to: Festival of Books Author Submissions, Los Angeles Times, Event Programming Submissions, 202 West First Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012. You may include press clips, reviews and a bio (please DO NOT SEND COPIES OF THE BOOKS).

How can I volunteer for next year's festival?
The success of the festival is largely due to the contributions of its volunteers. If you are interested in volunteering for the 2010 Festival, please call (213) 237-6503 and leave your name and address, or click here []. If you have volunteered in the past, please note your prior assignment and indicate if you would like to work in that area again.

Are auxilary aids and services available?
The UCLA campus, festival sites, and shuttle buses are designed to be wheelchair accessible, however UCLA is not able to provide wheelchairs or other mobility devices to festival guests.

Sign Language Interpreters, Assistive Listening Devices and Alternate Format Materials are available by advance reservation. Please contact the UCLA ADA Office no later than 5 p.m., Wednesday, April 21, 2010, at (310) 825-2242 (Voice) (310) 206-3349 (TTY).