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Los Angeles Times Festival of Books Opens a New Chapter at USC April 30th & May 1st

LOS ANGELES — Continuing SoCal's novel love affair with the written word, the 16th annual Los Angeles Times Festival of Books marks its first year in its new home at the University of Southern California the weekend of April 30th.

The nation's largest public literary festival's change of scenery offers book enthusiasts, families and Angelenos of all ages the opportunity to discover new favorites and reconnect with cherished classics. The two-day schedule is packed with celebrity appearances, live music, cooking demonstrations, author readings, book signings and Q&As. Attendees will find seven outdoor stages in the center of USC's campus surrounded by hundreds of exhibitors and a variety of dining options. Dozens of indoor venues will host lively panel discussions on everything from the Middle East and the economy to the bright lights of Hollywood.

Program highlights include the Target Children's Stage, featuring appearances by Mo Willems, Jamie Lee Curtis, Mallory Lewis and Lambchop, The Okee Dokee Brothers and R.L.Stine; the Cooking Stage showcasing Duff Goldman from "Ace of Cakes" and master chef Thomas Keller; the YA stage with such Young Adult luminaries as Gayle Forman, Judy M. Blundell and D.J. McHale; and The Times editorial staff will make appearances on the Los Angeles Times Stage and Pavilion.

General event information can be found at latimesfestivalofbooks.com or by calling 1-800-LA-TIMES, ext. 7BOOK. Admission is free. Tickets are required to attend panel discussions and lectures due to limited seating. Writer's workshop tickets and $30 panel passes will be available on Monday, April 11th at 9 a.m. Individual panel tickets will become available on Sunday, April 24th for a nominal fee. Frequent updates are also available on the Festival's Facebook page (/latimesfob) and official Twitter stream (@latimesfob). The Los Angeles Times Festival of Books is presented in association with USC, presenting sponsor Target, major sponsors Buick and GMC and official ticketing provider Eventbrite.

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About the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books

The Los Angeles Times Festival of Books was created in1996 to promote literacy, celebrate the written word, and bringtogether those who create books with the people who love to readthem. Between 130,000 and 140,000 people attend the eventannually.

General event information is available online at latimesfestivalofbooks.com or by calling 1-800-LATIMES, ext. 7BOOK. Detailed speaker and event information will beprovided in the official festival program, to be published in theLos Angeles Times in April 2011.

About the Los Angeles Times

The Los Angeles Times is the largest metropolitan daily newspaper in the country, with a daily readership of 1.9 million and 2.9 million on Sunday, more than 8 million unique latimes.com visitors monthly and a combined print and online local weekly audience of 4.5 million. The Pulitzer Prize-winning Times has been covering Southern California for more than 128 years.

The Los Angeles Times Media Group (LATMG) businesses and affiliates also include The Envelope, Times Community Newspapers, Brand X, LA, Los Angeles Times Magazine, and Hoy Los Angeles which, combined with the flagship Los Angeles Times, reach approximately 5.2 million or 38% of all adults in the Southern California marketplace. LATMG also owns and operates California Community News as well as Tribune Direct's west coast division and is part of Tribune Company, one of the country's leading media companies with businesses in publishing, the Internet and broadcasting. Additional information is available at http://latimes.com/aboutus.

About the University of Southern California

Established in 1880, the University of Southern California is one of the world's leading private research universities. The university is the largest private employer in Los Angeles -- with more than 21,000 employees, and an annual economic impact of nearly $5 billion. USC enrolls 35,000 students at the undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral levels, and hosts more international students than any other U.S. university. With a strong tradition of integrating liberal and professional education, USC fosters a vibrant culture of public service and encourages students to cross academic as well as geographic boundaries in their pursuit of knowledge. There are nearly 300,000 living alumni in the Trojan Family. While nearly three-quarters of them live in California, USC alumni can be found in positions of leadership all over the world.

Contacts:

Jessica Erskine | Rogers & Cowan | 310.854.8129 | jerskine@rogersandcowan.com

John Conroy | Los Angeles Times | 213.237.4791 | john.conroy@latimes.com

Nicole Malec | USC | 213.740.7896 |nmalec@usc.edu

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