PEN America at the 2023 Los Angeles Times Festival of Books

This April, PEN America is proud to be a part of the 2023 Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, which is taking place from April 22-23 at the University of Southern California.

The annual festival convenes thousands of attendees and hundreds of events and bookfair exhibitors over four days of essential literary conversation and celebration. Join us for one-on-one conversations, exciting panels, readings by your favorite authors, musical performances, and so much more.


PEN America is thrilled to take part in this celebration of the literary community. Be sure to stop by Booth #165 to grab some swag and chat with staff! We are enormously proud to have nearly 40 PEN America Members participating in the festival this year. See below for a few of the exciting events featuring PEN America Trustees, Members, and staff. You can also click here to view the full list. (If you’re an active member who is participating in the festival but isn’t listed, please email [email protected])

Stop by Booth #165 for fun activities, swag, and to chat with our staff about the work PEN America does!



What Fiction Has to Offer: Rachel Kushner & Ottessa Moshfegh in Conversation with David L. Ulin
Participants: Rachel Kushner, Ottessa Moshfegh, David L. Ulin
Norris Theatre
Saturday, 11:15am PT

Satirical Fiction: Laughing Through the Chaos
Participants: Rasheed Newson, Elaine Hsieh Chou, Traci Thomas, James Hannaham
Hoffman Hall, Edison Auditorium
Saturday, 2:30pm PT

Reyna Grande presenta “Donde Somos Humanos: Historias de Migración y Sobrevivencia”en conversación con Carolina Rivera Escamilla, Sonia Guiñansaca & Elias Roldan
Participants: Jose Elias Roldan, Sonia Guiñansaca, Carolina Rivera Escamilla, Reyna Grande
L.A. Times En Español Stage
Saturday, 2:35pm PT

Douglas Manuel, Reading from ‘Trouble Funk’
Participants: Douglas Manuel
Poetry Stage
Sunday, 10:40am PT

Banned Books: Defending the Right to Read
Participants: Angie Thomas, Peter Coyle, Allison Lee, George M. Johnson
Hancock Foundation, Newman Recital Hall
Sunday, 12pm PT

Memoir: The Roots of Resilience
Participants: Jean Guerrero, Mas Masumoto, Goldie Taylor, Karen Grigsby Bates
Albert and Dana Broccoli Theatre
Sunday, 1:30pm PT

Mystery/Thriller: L.A.’s Mean Streets
Participants: Jordan Harper, Joe Ide, Gary Phillips, Rachel Howzell Hall, Jeffrey Fleishman
Ray Stark Family Theatre
Sunday, 2:00pm PT