Rozzi Crane, 19-year old music student, performing at USC book festival
I’ve been going to the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books for many years now. For as long as I can remember, it has always been held at UCLA, which was a great venue. Dubbed the largest book festival in the country (last year’s attendance was around 140,000), I always have a great time at this festival and consider it to be one of LA’s greatest cultural and educational events.
So I was very excited this year to see how the LA Times Festival of Books would fare as it changed venues from UCLA to its new permanent home across town at USC in Downtown LA. Although some may question the move to USC, I think it was definitely a smart decision to change venues from an accessibility standpoint.
As the new Metro Expo Line nears completion, with an opening planned for this November, three new rail stations will serve the USC campus (one station is right in front of the school at South Trousdale). This will allow thousands of people next year to attend the book festival using public transit without having to deal with the headache caused by traffic, the constant increase in gasoline prices, and the incessant search for scarce and expensive parking. Basically, a dream come true for Angelenos sick and tired of driving!
Will you ride the train to the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books next year?
The Expo Line will be open for next year's LA Times Festival of Books, and I expect this particular station (USC/Expo Park station) to be VERY popular as riders from all over LA attend the book festival without having to drive to the event
Thousands of Angelenos attended the first LA Times book festival held at USC
The book festival was divided into different sections and topics for easier navigation based on interest
More directions so you can't get lost
There were myriad tents set up all throughout USC's campus stocked with books and other products sold by vendors
Pasadena's very own Vroman's Bookstore represented nicely here
I'm a big fan of Los Angeles Noir seen here at the Vroman's Bookstore tent
The LA Times Festival of Books is a fun and relaxing way to spend the afternoon with friends and family
The book festival is a family friendly event that kids and adults both enjoy
Target sponsored puppet show for the kids
Great marketing for Ben and Jerry's for setting up this fun looking colorful truck serving FREE ice cream to the book festival attendees
The Ben and Jerry's cow and the famous Target dog watch the crowds from above
More books in the numerous tents around USC campus
The Shrine Auditorium (former home of the Oscars) can be seen from campus
Rozzi Crane and her band perform to the crowds at USC
Rozzi Crane's backup singers performing on USC stage
Rozzi Crane, a USC music student, gave an amazing performance to the crowds who attended this year's LA Times Festival of Books at USC
Of course you have to "follow" and "like" the LA Times Festival of Books online! Oh and there's an app too.
A couple more Expo Line pics taken this past weekend:
The new Expo Line includes this aerial station at La Cienega and Jefferson
The new Metro sign has been installed at the Expo Line Crenshaw station