Festival of Books

April 21-22, 2018

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. It has since become one of the country's largest and more eagerly awaited literary events.

Over 150,000 people attend the Festival each year, which 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 welcome attendees, assist with registration, staff author events, supervise book signings and much more.

The 2018 Festival will be held on Saturday, April 21 and Sunday, April 22 at the University of Southern California and we would love to have you join us as a volunteer.

Some details about volunteering:

  • Volunteers must be 18 years of age or older. We will accept volunteers aged 15-17 if they are volunteering alongside their parent or guardian. Volunteers cannot have children under the age of 15 with them during their shift.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Most 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.

If you are a volunteer with strong leadership qualities, you might be interested in our Bookworm program.  Bookworms will be selected from those volunteers who agree to serve as Area Captains for an entire day of the Festival and attend a special training session. Bookworm roles include managing panel rooms, taking charge of information booths, supervising volunteers at booksignings and other leadership activities. While most Bookworms are veteran volunteers of the Festival of Books, we will still consider your interest if you are a first-time volunteer. If you wish to be considered as a bookworm for the first time, in addition to filling out the online application linked below, please email a resume that tells us a bit about your work experience.  If selected, you will be notified by the the end of February.

VolunteersIf you experience any difficulties registering online please email us or call the volunteer hotline at (213) 237-6503 and leave a message. Further information about the Festival of Books and other L.A. Times events is available on the Los Angeles Times Signature Events page. For any specific volunteer-related questions, e-mail Larry Deckel, Volunteer Coordinator.

After you have registered, you'll receive a confirmation email within a week. Additional information will be sent to you as the weekend approaches, including a map and parking passes for both orientation and the day(s) of event. This final communication will be sent out early in April.

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

arrow Click here to register as a volunteer for the
2018 Los Angeles Times Festival of Books.

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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