Festival of Books Returns with All-Star Lineup for 2018

The Los Angeles Times is proud to present the inaugural Newstory, a celebration of storytelling beyond the book, during the 23rd annual Festival of Books. Festivalgoers will have the opportunity to discover new forms of storytelling, experience creative technologies and join conversations about what inspires the leading creators of our time.


“Los Angeles is the storytelling epicenter of the world –  TV & film, music, and now VR, podcasts and a lot more,” said Clint Schaff, Times vice president of strategy and development and producer of Newstory. “Newstory is a celebration of that, and an opportunity to discover and experience a variety of storytelling forms and emerging storytelling voices.”


Newstory includes conversations and live performances across five stages, immersive experiences with a 360 VR dome, interactive games and over 50 creative storytellers, including Beatie Wolfe, Mayim Bialik, Two Bit Circus, Ali Shaheed Muhammad (A Tribe Called Quest), The Second City, Lucinda Williams, March For Our Lives students and Moby.


“We are excited to bring new forms of storytelling to the Festival of Books and we hope to inspire Los Angeles by sharing activation experiences and emerging storytellers that are typically only available to industry insiders or in expensive entertainment arenas,” said Kim Garner, co-producer of Newstory and founder of Garner Talent.


The Los Angeles Times Festival of Books is the nation’s largest literary and cultural festival.  This year, the festival will also shine a light on alternative forms of storytelling including podcasts, gaming, virtual reality, music, film, dance and television. For the first time, the festival will unveil unique experiences showcasing the storytelling industries that are right here in Los Angeles.


WHEN: Saturday, April 21st (10AM – 6PM) & Sunday, April 22nd (10AM – 5PM)


EVENTS: Distinctive Newstory experiences will include:

·         Beatie Wolfe’s “The Art of Music”: Interviews, Performances, Screenings and Experiences

·         Vortex Immersion 360 Media Dome

·         Dear World Personal Narrative Portrait Booth

·         Community Crenshaw District Hieroglyph Project

·         “The Journey is the Destination”: Dan Eldon Photography Exhibit

·         Two Bit Circus Interactive Carnival Games

·         Immerson’s VR Haptic “Touch Technology”

  For the complete Newstory schedule, see below, or go to latimes.com/newstory
WHERE: University of Southern California (USC)

The USC campus is located approximately 2 miles southwest from Downtown L.A. and 1 mile from the intersection of the Santa Monica Freeway (I-10) and the Harbor Freeway (I-110). Numerous paid parking lots ($12-$25) on and around the USC campus will be available for FOB attendees and can be viewed on this map. Limited street parking is also available.

TICKETS: Admission to the festival is free. Pre-sale passes (which provide advanced reservations for up to 20 indoor conversations) and all-access passes (access to all indoor conversations, plus valet parking) are available for purchase now. Individual conversation tickets will be available Sunday, April 15. For more information, visit: events.latimes.com/festivalofbooks.



Credit: L.A. Times Book Festival.


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