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Thank you for a fabulous 2024 L.A. Times Festival of Books! 

Mark your calendars for next year:

Saturday April 26 and Sunday April 27 at USC

Online registration will be active January 10 - April 18.

(Walk-ins are welcome on the day of the event.)

USC Hotel, 2nd floor 3540 S. Figueroa

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.

Roles include:

Welcome to the hub for all information related to volunteering for the Los Angeles 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!

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*Confirmations are sent every few days. Please email latfobvolunteers@gmail.com 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 

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, plastic water bottles. Please bring a refillable water bottle. 

News & Updates: 

Check the calendar for information on trainings. 

Click here for a link to Book Prize Tickets for volunteers and enter FOBVOLUNTEER in the Promo Code field.

We can't do this without you!

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Questions about volunteering? 

E-mail: latfobvolunteers@gmail.com