The Los Angeles annual Festival of Books is set to get the virtual treatment this year as the novel Coronavirus pandemic continues. The community announced on friday that instead of taking place on the University of Southern California campus as usual, it will be reimagined this year as a “virtual community-wide gathering.
The Book Festival will launch on Sunday on Oct,18 with a span over four weeks instead of the festival’s traditional two days. The Los Angeles Times will host author panels, readings and other events throughout the festival. This year marks the 25th year of the festival so there will be 25 individual virtual events.
A statement from the times said,’Over the years, festival-goers have listened to Eric Carle read about a ravenous caterpillar; the late Congressman John Lewis discuss his lifelong work for racial equality; Julie Andrews reminisce about the Swiss Alps; Luis J. Rodriguez wax poetic about life in Los Angeles; Viet Thanh Nguyen expound on reclaiming historical narratives; Padma Lakshmi dish on food and life; and gone home inspired. This year, the festival will make that kind of inspiration accessible from home.”
The entire proganmme’s schedule lineup of panels and authors who will participate will be announced in mid-September. The news was announced in march that the event is going virtual instead of the festival originally set to take place in April would be postponed due to health and safety concerns amid COVID-19. It was also announced that next year’s festival will return to the USC campus on April 17-18.