More than 150,000 book lovers descended on the University Park Campus this past weekend for the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, an annual event considered the largest public literary celebration in the country.
Held at USC since 2011, the two-day event celebrated its 20th year.
A centerpiece of the festival was the Keck Medicine of USC Health and Wellness Pavilion, which hosted a variety of health-related screenings for adults and children including those for skin cancer, sleep apnea, glucose, BMI, blood pressure and oral health.
The Health and Wellness Pavilion doubled in size over previous years, attracting thousands of visitors and featuring volunteers from across the Keck Medicine of USC enterprise, including physicians, nurses, medical students and hospital staff members.
“The Health and Wellness Pavilion showcases so much USC has to offer – we’re not just a university, we’re also a medical enterprise,” said Adam Rosen, assistant vice president, office of cultural relations and university events.
The free festival featured hundreds of lectures, readings, signings and performances by authors, poets, musicians and journalists. A host of vendors were spread across campus.
Noted authors this year included T.C. Boyle, Malcom Gladwell, Aimee Bender and Janet Fitch. Panels included Pulitzer Prize-winning L.A. Times food critic Jonathan Gold interviewing renowned chef Roy Choi and L.A. Times journalist Lorrain Ali interviewing musician Billy Idol. There were live music performances, poetry readings and an array of gourmet food trucks.
— Douglas Morino