Annual Events

There are many annual literary events in Los Angeles. Some are big, some are small and some are in-between. They range from celebrating poetry, to events that are inclusive for all genres of literature and some simply focus on an underrepresented demographic (Los Angeles literature, African American/Los Angeles African American authors, etc.). Everyone is welcomed at any of these events. Check them out and dive into literature.

Lambda LitFest Los Angeles

Where: Readings and events in neighborhoods all over LA.
When: March
Time: Various; Usually 7pm-7:30pm during the week and Saturday events begin at 10:30am.
About: Lambda LitFest Los Angeles is a weeklong celebration of contemporary voices honoring and expanding on the rich, diverse tradition of LGBTQ writers and readers in the Southland. The readings and panel discussions are community curated taking place at such L.A. venues as Avenue 50 Studios, Book Show Books, Skylight Books and Chinese American Museum.
Admission: Free to the public
Website: http://lambdalitfest.org/

GRAND PARK DOWNTOWN BOOKFEST

Where: Grand Park, 200 North Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90012
When: End of March
Time: 12pm-5pm
About: Grand Park Downtown Bookfest is a day to celebrate the Los Angeles literary community. At the main stage there are readings from Los Angeles-based authors and there is a popup bookstore run by Los Angeles independent press Writ Large Press selling books published by L.A. authors and by L.A. publishers such as Red Hen Press. There is also a children’s stage with tons of age appropriate activities. Remember, it’s a day to celebrate and support the Los Angeles literary community.
Admission: Free to the public
Website: http://grandparkla.org/ai1ec_event/grand-parks-downtown-bookfest/

LOS ANGELES TIMES FESTIVAL OF BOOKS

Where: University of Southern California, University Park Campus, Los Angeles, CA 90089
When: 3rd or 4th weekend of April
Time: Saturday: 10am-6pm, Sunday: 10am-5pm
About: The Los Angeles Times Festival of Books began in 1996 with a simple goal: to bring together the people who create books with the people who love to read them. Along with the book festival the Los Angeles Times hosts their annual literary awards banquet: The Los Angeles Times Book Prizes. At the festival there are exhibitors for both the young and old, author panels and signings, a poetry stage, cooking stage, young adult stage, Hoy stage and more.
Admission: Free to the public
Note: The Expo Line light rail drops riders directly at the south end of the Festival of Books.
Website: http://events.latimes.com/festivalofbooks/

SAN GABRIEL VALLEY PORETRY FESTIVAL

Where: Santa Catalina Branch Pasadena Library, 999 E. Washington Blvd., Pasadena, CA
When: Throughout April on weekends
Time: Various, but in the afternoons
About: A month long celebration of poetry writing workshops, contests, outings, and featured performances that is organized across the San Gabriel Valley by the Emerging Urban Poetry Group of Pasadena that occurs annually in conjunction with NaPoWriMo.
Admission: Free
Website: https://www.facebook.com/SGVPoetryFestival

LITFEST PASADENA

Where: Pasadena Playhouse District
When: First half of May
Time: From noon until the wee hours
About: Come celebrate Pasadena’s toasting of Southern California’s best literature with a fun free afternoon and evening of readings and salon-style panels featuring, among others Jonathan Gold, Naomi Hirahara, Desiree Zamorano, Jervey Tervalon, leading YA authors, poets, food writers, and much more.
Admission: Free to the public
Website: http://litfestpasadena.org/

Celebrating Words Festival

Where: Peacoima City Hall, 13520 Van Nuys Blvd, Pacoima, CA 91331
When: Early June
Time: 1pm-7pm
About: In 2005, with funding from the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, Tía Chucha’s established the only annual outdoor literacy and arts festival in the Northeast San Fernando Valley called “Celebrating Words: Written, Performed & Sung.” Celebrating Words Festival has since become a cherished event in which Tía Chucha’s brings poets, writers, musicians, artists, vendors, local organizations, and community together for one day.
Admission: Free to the public
Website: http://www.tiachucha.org/celebrating-words-festival/

THE LEIMERT PARK VILLAGE BOOKFAIR

Where: Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza at 3650 Martin Luter King, Jr. Blvd. in Los Angeles, California 90018
When: Beginning of August
Time: 10am-6pm
About: The Leimert Park Village Book Fair was founded in 2006 by Cynthia E. Exum with the goal of promoting literacy and education in Los Angeles. The idea was and still is to promote African-American authors. Today, the Annual Leimert Park Village Book Fair attracts over 200 authors, poets, spoken word artists, storytellers, performers, and literary/educational exhibitor participants – and boasts an audience of over 5,000.
Admission: Free to the public
Website: http://www.leimertparkbookfair.com/home.htm

Southern California Poetry Festival

Where: Relocates each year to a different Southern California community
When: 
Early September
Time: 
Saturday: 11am-10pm; Sunday: 9:30am-10:30pm
About: 
The SoCalPoFest is an annual poetry festival that relocates each year to a different Southern California community. The festival’s “theme” will change from year to year. 2016, is their inaugural launch and the event will feature readers hosted by literary organizations, local presses, and local literary journals. The SoCalPoFest is dedicated to preserving the diversity of voices within our community, and this diversity extends across cultural lines and lines related to schools of poetic thought. They want to hear poetry from all who make a practice of it, regardless of poetic affiliation or cultural group. This is how people come to understand and appreciate varying experiences and modes of thought.
 Admission: 
N/A
Website: 
http://www.scpoetryfest.com/index.html 

Little Tokyo Book Festival

Where: Japanese American Cultural and Community Center’s Aratani Theatre
When: Mid September
Time: 10am-8pm
About: The Little Tokyo Book Festival is the collaboration of JACCC and the Shotokio Crew, which is composed of local, prominent community leaders who have a strong desire to bring Asian American writers and all people who love books to Little Tokyo. The festival will introduce new books written within the past 24 months as well as old favorites. The program will feature panel sessions, “round-robin” style readings and a book fair featuring books written by Asian American writers as well as the panelists and readers.
Admission: Free to the public, but RSVP necessary
Website: http://www.jaccc.org/ltbf

LOS ANGELES LATINO BOOK & FAMILY FESTIVAL

Where: East Los Angeles College, 1301 Avenida Ceaser Chavez, Monterey Park, CA 91754
When: Beginning of October
Time: 10am-5pm
About: The Los Angeles Latino Book & Family Festival promotes literacy, culture and education and provides people of all ages and backgrounds the opportunity to celebrate the diversity of the multicultural communities in the United States in a festival atmosphere. The festival is focused on celebrating Latino arts and culture through literary panels on poetry, fiction journalism, etc. with book signings, a children’s area and stage with arts & crafts, story-telling and more.
 Admission/Parking: Free
Website: http://www.lbff.us/LAFestival.php

LIT CRAWL L.A.: NOHO

Where: North Hollywood Arts District, bounded by Hatteras Street to the north, Cahuenga Blvd to the east, Tujunga Ave to the west, and Camarillo Street to the south.
When: 3rd Wednesday of October
Time: 7pm-12am
About: In 2013, Los Angeles literary organizations debuted Lit Crawl L.A.: NoHo in the North Hollywood Arts District with an emphasis on Greater Los Angeles’ diverse literary communities. Participating presenters included Dirty Laundry Lit, The Rumpus, Get Lit, Los Angeles Review of Books, Black Clock, Red Hen Press, Beyond Baroque, The New Short Fiction Series, Tongue and Groove, The World Stage, and many others. Events are held in such venues as restaurants, bars, galleries, theaters, and even a martial arts studio, etc. that are all within a walkable radius and is in close proximity to the Metro Red and Orange Lines.
Website: http://litcrawl.org/la/

Melrose Bellows

Where: The four-block stretch of Melrose from Poinsettia Place to Gardner Street.
When: Early November
Time: One day from 6pm-10pm
About: MELROSE BELLOW is a series of literary/reading events including all forms of writing. The writers/readers are an entertaining blend of storytellers, poets, and short fiction writers of all ages reflecting the multicultural make up of Los Angeles with a diverse and eclectic mix of ages, races, and persuasions.
Admission: Free to the public
Website: http://melrosebellow.com/

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