Festival of Books unites booklovers from across the Southland

Freshman Joyce Lee gets her book signed by Marie Lu, author of "The Rose Society."
Freshman Joyce Lee gets her book signed by Marie Lu, author of “The Rose Society.”

The Los Angeles Festival of Books took place this year on Saturday, April 9, and Sunday, April 10, at the University of Southern California.

The festival, which is held annually at USC, is the largest book festival in the country. An estimated 160,000 people attended the two-day event, despite showers on Saturday (which, for any book lover, is never a good thing).

Numerous stalls were placed all over the university’s campus, ranging from vendors selling used books for remarkably cheap prices, to institutes like Vroman’s Bookstore in Pasadena and Kinokuniya Books, a bookstore based in Little Tokyo, LA. Other stalls housed advertisers for small publishing companies, people giving out free books, and workers handing out free yogurt from Chobani.

In addition to the galore of books, a number of authors appeared at the festival. Over 600 authors made an appearance at the festival, such as legendary comic book writer Stan Lee, the creator of popular superheroes such as Spiderman, the Incredible Hulk, and the X-Men; Cassandra Clare, author of the New York Times best-selling series The Mortal Instruments, and Ransom Riggs, the author of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. Many of these authors were signing copies of their books throughout the day, which inevitably caused large lines in some areas. Freshman Joyce Lee, who attended the festival on Sunday, stood in line for 20 minutes to get her books signed by Ransom Riggs, Victoria Aveyard, author of Red Queen, and Marie Lu, author of the Legend and The Young Elites series.

“It [the book signing] was pretty exciting,” said Lee. “They [the authors] were really nice and it felt great to finally meet them in person.”

The festival ended at 5 p.m. on Sunday. A date for the 2017 Festival of Books has not yet been announced.

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