The annual Festival of Books, which is sponsored by the Los Angeles Times, will be held on April 30th and May 1st, 2011, on the University of Southern California (USC) campus in downtown Los Angeles. The festival is free for everyone, but there will be a charge for parking at USC’s campus. There are several stages set up for the two-day event, from children’s books to cooking demonstrations.
Hundreds of authors will be there on stage, reading selections from their own books, showing their new books, or just enjoying the festival like everybody else. Ludwig Bemelmans started the legacy of the Madeline books, authoring and illustrating these wonderful books. His grandson, John Bemelmans Marciano, carries it on. The Los Angeles Times has Book Prizes, as well. The two main winners are Beverly Cleary, who won the 2010 Robert Kirsch Award. Powell’s Books in Portland, Oregon won the 2010 Innovator’s Award. Many other authors won in separate categories such as Biography, Fiction, Current Interest, Graphic Novel, and History, among other categories. There will be a ceremony held in honor of all the winners. Come join the hundreds of authors and bookworms on April 30th and May 1st to enjoy this literary festival.