The 25th annual Festival of Books, which has an estimated attendance of about 150,000 people, will not be held this spring, L.A. Times said Tuesday. The event, which was originally planned to take place on the USC campus on April 17, is being postponed until the weekend of October 3. This is a response to “public health concerns related to the coronavirus and out of an abundance of caution,” L.A. Times said on the event’s website.
According to the event’s website, the annual Book Prize awards ceremony, which honors the best books of 2020, has canceled its award ceremony this year. However, the L.A. Times will release an announcement that acknowledges the nominations and winners of the prize in the future.
The L.A. Times 4th annual Food Bowl, slated for May, will also be postponed until the fall, with the final date being determined by the Times’ coverage of the coronavirus.
“We will continue to monitor developments with the coronavirus in Southern California, and cross-reference with any guests who may be traveling to Southern California from affected areas to participate in our events,” the L.A. Times wrote.
Other events affected by coronavirus concerns include both the South by Southwest film and music festival and BNP Paribas Open, both of which have been canceled. Coachella and Stagecoach have also been postponed until October.