Los Angeles Times Festival of Books' 2011 Change of Address

LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Timesand the Universityof Southern California today announced that the LosAngeles Times Festival of Books, one of the Southland's mostcherished and engaging weekend celebrations, will kick off its 16thstoried year in a brand new home at USC's University Park CampusApril 30-May 1, 2011. Angelenos of all ages interested in famousauthors, celebrity appearances, speaker panels, superstar chefs andlocal musicians will have something extra special to look forwardas the celebration debuts downtown.

"After 15 years on the Westside, we are very excited to move theFestival of Books to its beautiful new home and have theopportunity to work hand-in-hand with USC to ensure we grow biggerand better in the future,' said Times Publisher Eddy Hartenstein."Attendees and exhibitors can expect more to see, do and experiencein addition to great access and a refreshing change ofscenery."

"We are thrilled that the Festival has a new home here," said C.L. Max Nikias, president of USC. "The Times Festival of Books isknown for sparking just the kind of intellectual curiosity andenergy that are at the heart of USC's mission. The Festival is agreat fit for our world-class faculty authors and writing programs,as well as for our literacy work in the community. USC and the LosAngeles Times are two of the oldest institutions in Los Angeles,and it's fitting that we would be joining together for this eventthat is so important to the intellectual life of SouthernCalifornia."

The move allows for increased attendance due to USC's centrallocation, proximity to public transportation, abundant parking andnewly enhanced campus facilities. The Times and the university willwork together to best utilize the University Park Campus to expandprogramming, provide exhibitors and sponsors with the benefit ofmore usable space for activation and offer sampling, pouring andconcession opportunities. The Festival of Books was previously heldon UCLA's campus in Westwood.

Last year, more than 140,000 people enjoyed the nation's largestpublic literary festival, where over 400 authors blended withhundreds of exhibitors representing booksellers, publishers,literacy and cultural organizations. Poetry, mystery, politics,Young Adult, comic book, graphic novel and manga all flavor theFestival's author readings, book signings, intimate Q&A's,comedy, children's activities and more. The free-to-the-publicevent delivers an exciting and diverse celebration of all thewritten word inspires.

General event information can be found at latimesfestivalofbooks.com. Information is alsoavailable on the Festival of Books FacebookFan Page and through the official Twitter stream (@latimesfob).


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 AngelesTimes is the largest metropolitan daily newspaper in thecountry, with a daily readership of 2 million and 3 million onSunday, and a combined print and online local weekly audience of4.5 million. The Pulitzer Prize-winning Times has been coveringSouthern California for more than 128 years and the fast-growinglatimes.com draws more than 10 million unique visitors monthly.

The Los Angeles Times Media Group (LATMG) businesses andaffiliates also include The Envelope, Times Community Newspapers, Brand X, LA, LosAngeles Times Magazine, and Hoy Los Angeles which, combined with theflagship Los Angeles Times, reach approximately 5.4 million or 40%of all adults in the Southern California marketplace. LATMG alsoowns and operates California Community News as well as TribuneDirect's west coast division and is part of Tribune Company,one of the country's leading media companies with businesses inpublishing, the Internet and broadcasting. Additional informationis available at http://latimes.com/aboutus.

About the University of Southern California

Established in 1880, the University of Southern California is one of theworld's leading private research universities. The university isthe largest private employer in Los Angeles -- with more than21,000 employees, and an annual economic impact of nearly $5billion. USC enrolls 35,000 students at the undergraduate,graduate, and doctoral levels, and hosts more internationalstudents than any other U.S. university. With a strong tradition ofintegrating liberal and professional education, USC fosters avibrant culture of public service and encourages students to crossacademic as well as geographic boundaries in their pursuit ofknowledge. There are nearly 300,000 living alumni in the TrojanFamily. While nearly three-quarters of them live in California, USCalumni can be found in positions of leadership all over theworld.


Nancy Sullivan | Los Angeles Times | 213.237.6160 | nancy.sullivan@latimes.com

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

James Grant | University of Southern California | 213.740.6156 |james.grant@usc.edu

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