LOS ANGELES, April 30 (Xinhua) -- The 16th annual Los Angeles Times Festival of Books opened on the campus of the University of Southern California(USC) Saturday morning.
The fair, which is free to public, was billed by organizers as North America's largest public literary festival. This is the first time the festival was held in USC, after it had been hosted by University of California, Los Angeles, over the past 15 years.
It is expected to draw tens of thousands of book lovers to the two-day event which features celebrity appearances, live music, cooking demonstrations, author readings, book signings and question and answer sessions.
The event features nine outdoor stages including those devoted to cooking, poetry and young adult literature. More than 400 authors, including actress and author Jamie Lee Curtis, writer R.L. Stine, puppeteer Mallory Lewis, Watergate conspirator John Dean, actress Barbara Eden and scores of writers and entertainers will make their appearances during the event.
The move to USC means "attendees and exhibitors can expect more to see, do and experience," Times publisher Eddy Hartenstein said.
It also provides "the opportunity to work hand-in-hand with USC to ensure we grow bigger and better in the future," he said.
Last year, more than 140,000 people attended the event.