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Mark your calendars for the 2024 Los Angeles Times Festival of Books! 

Saturday April 20 and Sunday April 21. 

Welcome to the hub for all information related to volunteering for the LA Times Festival of Books. We're so grateful to you for giving your time to this time-honored event celebrating all things books! It couldn't happen without you!

Online sign-up is closed. Check back in early January for the 2024 sign-up form. If you are a first-time volunteer, click here to get on the mailing list to be notified when the form is open. Veteran volunteers will automatically receive a message to register the first week of January. 

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*Confirmations are sent every few days. Please email if you do not receive a confirmation within one week of signing up. 

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Shifts available:


A: 9 - 12:30  

B: 11:30 - 3:30 

C: 2:30 - 6:00 


D: 9 - 12:30 

E: 11:30 - 3:00 

F: 2:00 - 5:00 

What is the Festival of Books and why should I volunteer? 

The Festival of Books began in 1996 with a simple goal: Bring together the people who create books and the people who love to read them. The Festival was an immediate success and has become Southern California's major literary event. 

The Festival is attended by over 150,000 people each year and features more than a hundred ticketed author events, children’s storytelling, poetry readings, book signings and more than 400 exhibitor booths.  The Festival’s success has been due in part to the generous participation of volunteers who welcomed attendees, assisted with registration, staffed author events, supervised book signings and much more.

Time Commitment: Volunteers sign up for one or more 3-4 hour shifts on one or both days.

Benefits: Volunteers will receive free parking, shuttle service from the parking lot and lunch

Required Attire: 

*Denim should have no (or minimal) holes.

Water bottles: USC in its commitment to sustainability has asked that we not distribute single-use water bottles. Please bring a refillable water bottle. 

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We can't do this without you!