When was the last time you bought and read a book? When was the last time you discussed a book with your friends and family?

The Los Angeles Times Festival of Books—the largest book festival in the United States—is taking place this weekend at USC. Admission is free, but tickets are required for panel discussions and interviews. Free tickets will be distributed at the festival ticketing booth, according to the official website of the LA Times Festival of Books. Students can reserve individual event tickets in advance for $1.

Guests with tickets to events must arrive 10 minutes before the scheduled start time to ensure seating.

There are two main venues at the festival. Arts and entertainment will be presented in the USC Stage at the center of campus near Tommy Trojan. Panels and interviews will be featured in Wallis Annenberg Hall (ANN).

Here are some highlights in the schedule:

Tommy Trojan – Saturday, April 22

  • 10:00 to 10:30 a.m. – Festival Kickoff with the Trojan Marching Band
  • 11:40 a.m. to 12:10 p.m. – Definiens (musical performance—chamber music)
  • 12:50 to 1:20 p.m. – Bellorage (musical performance—alternative pop)
  • 2:00 to 2:30 p.m. – Korduroy (musical performance—groove)
  • 3:10 to 3:40 p.m. – Thumpasaurus (musical performance—dance)
  • 4:20 to 4:50 p.m. – The Nova Darlings (musical performance—alternative)
  • 5:30 to 6 p.m. – SoCal VoCals (musical performance—a cappella)

Tommy Trojan – Sunday, April 23

  • 10:15 to 10:30 am – The Trojan Marching Band
  • 11:40 to 12:10 pm – J.VEN (musical performance—R&B, pop)
  • 12:50 to 1:20 p.m. – Trio Ellas (musical performance—Latin)
  • 2:00 to 2:30 p.m. – Anna Dellaria (musical performance—R&B, pop)
  • 3:10 to 3:40 p.m. – Third Bird (musical performance—jazz)
  • 4:30 to 4:50 p.m. – Exploding Flowers (musical performance—psychedelic, guitar pop)

Wallis Annenberg Hall – Saturday, April 22

  • 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. – What’s in a Brand? Building a Business in the Digital Age
  • 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. – Walls and Lines in the Sand: The Shifting Landscape of Immigration
  • 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. – What Are We So Afraid Of? The Role of Fear in Our Lives
  • 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. – Truth Matters: Media in the Age of Fake News and Alternative Facts
  • 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. – Hapa: Mixed-Race Identity and Representation

Wallis Annenberg Hall – Sunday, April 23

  • 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. – California Dreams: A Tribute to Kevin Starr
  • 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. – Living Long or Living Well: Can We Do Both?
  • 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. – Is This Goodbye, NEA? Addressing Our Fears—and Hopes—for the Arts and Humanities
  • 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. – From Protest to Action to Justice: Politics, Media, and the Law

There are also several notable speakers this year:

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar 

Also known as Ferdinand Lewis Alcindor, Jr., Abdul-Jabbar was a legendary UCLA and NBA basketball player. After retiring, he became a best-selling author and cultural critic. His books "Mycroft Holmes" and "What Color is My World?" were featured in 2015 L.A. Times Bestsellers List. He will have conversation at Los Angeles Time Main Stage Signing Area 8 between 12:10 to 12:50 p.m. on Saturday.

Viet Thanh Nguyen 

USC Dornsife Professor Viet Thanh Nguyen is a Vietnamese-American novelist. His novel "The Sympathizer" is a New York Times best seller and won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 2016. He will have conversation at SGM 124 on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Margaret Atwood 

Margaret Atwood is a Canadian poet, novelist, literacy critic and essayist. She is a winner of the Arthur C. Clarke Award and Prince of Asturias Award for literature. She is a one-time winner of the Booker Prize and two-time recipient of the Governor General's Award. Her current work, the AngelCatbird series, is No. 1 on the New York Times graphics list. She will have a conversation at Bovard Auditorium from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Sunday.

Bryan Cranston 

Bryan Cranston is an American actor, director, comedian, producer and screenwriter. He was nominated for an Academy Awards for Best Actor in a Leading Role for the movie "Trumbo." He received Critics' Choice Television Awards for Best Actor in a Drama Series for "Breaking Bad" in 2012 and 2013. He will have conversation at the Los Angeles Times Main Stage from 1:20 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Saturday.

The Los Angeles Times Festival of Books started in 1996. It was held at UCLA until 2010, when The Times and UCLA had a dispute over how to reduce and share expenses. After that, the festival permanently moved to USC.