Reader’s feast: 18th L.A. Times Festival of Books held at USC
Posted Apr. 22, 2013, at 11:09am
For the third consecutive year, tens of thousands of book lovers from across Southern California gathered on the University Park Campus for the 18th annual Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, a free, two-day event held April 20-21.
“We are very grateful that you have made this the largest, most prestigious public literary festival in the nation,” said USC President C. L. Max Nikias in his opening remarks to the crowd gathered in front of the USC Stage in Hahn Plaza.
“I believe there is no better place to hold an event that ignites the imagination and inspires scholarly activity than a world-class university like USC,” he continued, after noting that this year’s festival featured numerous live-music performances and film screenings, in addition to a host of literary discussions and events.
Following remarks by Eddy Hartenstein, Times publisher and CEO, and Kathy Thomson, the newspaper’s president and chief operating officer, the USC Trojan Marching Band took the stage, signaling the official kick-off of the weekend’s festivities.