Festival of Books

April 9 - 10, 2016

Festival of Books Volunteer Program

Thank you for your interest in volunteering for the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books.

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, now in its 21st year! The 2016 Festival will be held on Saturday, April 9 and Sunday, April 10 at the University of Southern California and we would love to have you join us as a volunteer.

Last year over 156,000 people attended the Festival, which featured 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.

Some details about volunteering:

  • Volunteers must be 18 years of age or older.  Volunteers cannot have children under the age of 18 with them during their shift.
  • Volunteers will receive free parking, shuttle service from the parking lot, and lunch.
  • Volunteers will receive a T-shirt to wear and keep after the event.
  • Volunteers are asked to wear Khaki or beige pants or shorts.
  • The majority of volunteer activities require being on your feet for most of your shift. Please wear comfortable shoes.
  • Volunteer shifts last 3 - 4 hours, and you may sign up for as many shifts as you wish for one or both days. You may sign up for overlapping shifts and work the duration of the hours for those shifts.
  • If you're flexible as to when you can work, when you sign up online, indicate which shifts you could work, and check the box indicating you'll work any ONE of the shifts indicated. If you'd like to work multiple shifts, check the box indicating you'll work ALL shifts selected.
  • bookwormsMost volunteer positions are assigned when you check-in on the day of event. There are a few assignments with special time requirements (author escorts, registration, etc.) that you can express interest in as part of the online registration process.

Pre-registered volunteers have been sent maps, parking passes and iniformation about orientation via U.S. Mail. These were sent out on March 21st or the day after you registered online after that. If you've pre-registered and not yet received these - please email us at festivalofbooks@troutco.com.

Pre-Registration is now closed:

The deadline for pre-registering as a volunteer online was March 29th and at this time we expect to have sufficient volunteers for the event and are no longer pre-registering volunteers.

It's inevitable however, that there will be cancellations and no-shows and so we welcome "walk-in" volunteers who wish to register on the day of the event!

On either Saturday, April 9 or Sunday April 10 please come in and register onsite at the event Volunteer Center located on the 2nd floor of the Radisson Hotel at 3450 S. Figueroa Street (just across Figueroa from USC). We welcome walk-in volunteers between 9:15 a.m. and 2:45 p.m. and will register you, give you a t-shirt, lunch and an assignment on a space available basis. It's rare we turn anyone away! So please join us!

VolunteersIf you are have already pre-registered and find you are unable to attend and must cancel as a volunteer, please email us as far in advance as possible so we can offer your space to someone else!

Looking forward to seeing you this year at the Festival of Books. (If you don't wish to volunteer this year - please join the Festival of Books Volunteer email list by clicking on the link below to be notified of future opportunities).


Larry Deckel
Volunteer Coordinator
Los Angeles Times Festival of Books



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