Thursday, September 23, 2010

Times Festival of Books will move to USC

USC President C.L. Max Nikias, left, and Times
Publisher Eddy Hartenstein USC's University
Park campus, future site of Times' Festival of Books.
(Steve Cohn/for the Times)

By: Larry Gordan

The Los Angeles Times Festival of Books will move its weekend-long celebration of the written word to the USC campus next spring after 15 years across town at UCLA, officials announced Wednesday.

The change of venue to USC's main University Park campus south of downtown Los Angeles will offer a more central location, better access to public transportation, easier parking and the use of newly expanded university facilities for the annual event, leaders of the newspaper and USC said.

The decision came after negotiations between The Times and UCLA foundered over differences about how to reduce and share expenses, as well as some logistical issues, according to several people with knowledge of the talks. A UCLA spokesman said state budget cuts to the UC system also have made it more difficult in recent years for the campus to bear its share of festival costs.
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