With just a few months left before the country’s largest book fair will kick off, ReadersMagnet is excited to be a part of this annual literary festival. Joining the event for the first time, LA Times Festival of Books 2019 is also ReadersMagnet’s first book event for the calendar year. Be as it may, these are some of the things we expect this April13-14, 2019.
The warm USC community welcome is LA trademark
Since 2011, the University of Southern California has been the venue for the yearly Festival. The USC community actively participates in the two-day event by transforming the Wallis Annenberg Hall into mini discussion rooms for Panels and Conversation programs which features speakers from the academe, lit industry, entertainment, as well as celebrity authors.
The Festival is also famous for its USC Communities Booth surrounding the campus. The USC Health Pavilion is where the free health screenings for blood, glucose, and vision is held. There are also free dental screenings. These are all sponsored by the Keck Medicine of USC, the Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry, and the USC School of Pharmacy.
Celebrities and musical performances galore
Los Angeles is home to Hollywood stars and entertainers. The LA Times Festival of Books is not only about books, but it’s also a cultural event which showcases Los Angeles diverse cultural backgrounds. So aside from celebrity authors who are participating in Festival Panel Discussion and Conversations, expect also to see musical performances from musicians and Hollywood entertainers.
The Festival usually sets up the stage at the Hahn Plaza. It is also the site of the festival’s opening and the yearly performance of the USC’s school band, the Trojan Marching Band. This year’s complete list of speakers, guests, and performers is yet to be announced. Last year, actors Gabrielle Union, Michael J. Fox, Bryan Cranston, musicians KRS-One, Moby, and LAMI were among those who graced the LA Times Festival stage.
The Festivals Cooking Portion and Food Talk
Everybody loves food, book lovers included. And no festival is ever complete without food or food talk. At LA Times Festival of Books, organizers always set up a food portion showcase LA chefs and will surely satisfy every foodie’s expectations. Because of its ethnic diversity, Los Angeles is known for a wide variety of cuisine; Mexican, Japanese, Chinese, Korean, Thai, and the Mediterranean.
In the past, celebrated chef and book authors like Eater LA contributor Bill Esparza, Guerilla Taco’s Wes Avila, Edward Lee, Dan Stone, Valerie Bertinelli, boxer Laila Ali, and TV Host and author Ayesha Curry have shared their knowledge and recipes at the Festival
Art Exhibit and Installations
LA Times Festival of Books does not only celebrate the written word but the world of visual arts as well. The 2018 Festival featured an Artists’ Row with five Southern California visual artists whose works included installations and wall art.
The Festival also held an art competition entitled “Inspire Your Fire” which is open to everyone. This year, comic displays, painting and sculpture exhibits, as well as on-the-spot art activities, are expected to fill the two-day Festivals. After all, LA has a rich art and cultural tradition.
So there, aside from the booths, ReadersMagnet Self-Publishing will be expecting the programs and activities during our time at the Festival. But of course, our own main event is the book fair itself and showcasing our authors and their works through our two-day book signing event.
Last year, ReadersMagnet made quite an impression during our first stint at the Miami Book Fair International because we had too many visitors in our booths (we had two) and our book signing event caught the eye of many book fans who were not disappointed with our bubbly and energetic authors who gamely signed and posed for ‘selfies’ and photo-ops with their respective book fans.
We will definitely bring the same energy and ambiance at the largest book event in the United States this April.
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