Los Angeles is one of the best cities in the country for book fans. Even though L.A. is blessed with year round sunny weather, some of its most famous characters were at home in the night, such as Raymond Chandler’s Philip Marlowe. Another famed hardboiled crime author was James M. Cain, who set his novels Double Indemnity and Mildred Pierce in Los Angeles. The heirs to Chandler and Cain include Michael Connelly’s Harry Bosch and Walter Mosley’s Easy Rawlins. John Fante’s acclaimed Ask the Dust takes place in Downtown L.A.’s Bunker Hill, and was a major influence on Charles Bukowski, who lived in East Hollywood and considered L.A. his favorite subject. The annual L.A. Times Festival of Books welcomes thousands of book lovers and authors to USC for a weekend celebration of the written word.

Literary Events

Jan 30
Jan 31
Feb 6

An Evening with Academy Award Winner William Friedkin

Eileen Norris Cinema Theatre/Frank Sinatra Hall University Park Campus

Feb 25

An Evening with David St. John The Provosts Writers Series

Friends of the USC Libraries Lecture Hall Doheny Memorial Library 240 University Park Campus

Apr 16

The Spoken World A Performance by Marc Bamuthi Joseph

University Park Campus Bovard Auditorium (ADM)