Photo: Emmoe Marin, a Keck Hospital of USC medical assistant, checks blood glucose levels of Los Angeles local Alejandro Minera.
Considered the largest public literary celebration in the country, the L.A. Times Festival of Books swept through the University Park Campus April 18 and 19.
A centerpiece of the festival was the Keck Medicine of USC Health and Wellness Pavilion, which doubled in size to host several health-related screenings, including those for skin cancer, sleep apnea, glucose, BMI, blood pressure and oral health.
“The Health and Wellness Pavilion showcases so much USC has to offer – we’re not just a university, we’re also a medical enterprise,” said Adam Rosen, assistant vice president, office of cultural relations and university events.
Held at USC since 2011, the two-day event is in its 20th year. The festival is a marquee event for USC and Los Angeles, drawing an estimated 150,000 literary fans last year.
“It’s the only event like this in the country that brings out the literacy community and is focused on art, books and literature,” Rosen said. “The festival is a wonderful opportunity to showcase our campus and our commitment to arts and literature.”
The free festival featured hundreds of lectures, readings, signings and performances by authors, poets, musicians and journalists. A host of vendors were spread across campus.
Noted authors this year included T.C. Boyle, Malcom Gladwell, Aimee Bender and Janet Fitch. Panels included Pulitzer Prize-winning L.A. Times food critic Jonathan Gold interviewing renowned chef Roy Choi and L.A. Times journalist Lorrain Ali interviewing musician Billy Idol. There were live music performances, poetry readings and an array of gourmet food trucks.
The Health and Wellness Pavilion was an active place all weekend.
— Douglas Morino