It's almost here! A week from today, Vroman's and Book Soup will be headed to set up booths for the Los Angeles Times Festival Books on the always lovely USC campus! If you have never been (!!!), the Festival is a sunny, beautiful, bustling two whole days filled with books, authors, music, and all the people who love these things. There is absolutely something for everyone- every interest, every age. I love knowing I am surrounded by thousands of other people who are also there to celebrate their passion for books and reading. It's a wonderful, inspiring day and you'll learn and see so much!
In addition to the hundreds and hundreds of books Vroman's is bringing to the Festival this year, we are very excited to introduce amazing new gift items! We have brand new designs for our exclusive t-shirts, including one with I read past my bedtime printed on the front. Because we do. And we know you do, too. And obviously, you need a shirt that says so! We also have some great After Reading Mints and exciting new mug designs!
We'll be at booth #117, so stop by and visit us!
Our fantastic sister store, Book Soup, has quite the packed schedule of signings for both days of the Festival- there are signings every hour! You can find them at booth #086. No tickets necessary, just purchase the book you would like signed and hop in the signing line.
Signing Schedule | Book Soup | Saturday, April 20, 10am-6pm | Booth #086
11am Gustavo Arellano – Taco U.S.A.
12pm Matthew Spektor – American Dream Machine
2pm Jonathan Lethem – The Ecstacy of Influence: Nonfictions, Etc.
2:30pm Maria Semple – Where'd You Go, Bernadette?: A Novel
Signing Schedule | Book Soup | Sunday, April 21, 10am-5pm | Booth #086
11am Philip Kerr – A Man Without Breath
11:45am P.G. Sturges – Angel's Gate: A Shortcut Man Novel
1pm Joshua Mohr – Fight Song: A Novel
2pm Jim Poscoe & Tom Fassbender – By The Balls: The Complete Collection
3pm Stephen Jay Schwartz – Beat
3pm Dan Bucatinsky - Does This Baby Make Me Look Straight?
The Festival of Books schedules an overwhelming number of events on multiple stages every year, so no matter what you're looking for or who you're going with, you'll always find something to do! This includes authors & author panels, celebrities, cooking demonstrations, and music! You can see the complete schedule here.
The Festival also hosts great Indoor Conversations with authors. You can find out more information about tickets and how to get them here. Tickets for these conversations will be available beginning Sunday, April 14 at 9am. Again, general attendance is free to the Festival is free, as are the outdoor stages and activities. Tickets are only required for the Indoor Conversations.
You can also purchase tickets to attend the 33rd Annual Los Angeles Times Festival of Books Prizes Ceremony! You can find details here.
Parking & Transportation
It's probably pretty obvious, but parking at the Festival is a bit on the tricky side. Save time, money, and gas (and save yourself from screaming at everyone on your drive to USC), and take the Metro to the Festival! The Expo Park/ USC stop on the Expo Line drops you right in front of the USC campus and museums- it really couldn't be easier. Also, Sunday, April 21 from 10am-3pm is CicLAVia, an impressive event that closes city streets and provides a safe public place to bike, walk, run, and play. The street closures will run from downtown L.A. to Venice Beach- you can see the route here, just in case it affects your commute to the Festival, but also because you may want to go to both events. It really does sound wonderful- what a fantastic weekend to live in L.A.!
There's lots to do, and everyone at Vroman's and Book Soup is working so hard to make sure our booths at the Festival are the best yet. We're really excited and we can't wait to see you there. Grab your sunscreen and spend an awesome weekend with us!