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Festival of Books keeps pace with written word

April 22, 2014

Festival of Books at USC 2014
From Gutenberg to Zuckerburg, the evolution of the written word continues, and the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books is keeping pace. The nation’s largest literary festival took its 19th bow over the weekend, preserving some traditions and exploring new wrinkles.
USC Senior Vice President for University Relations Thomas Sayles and Times publisher and CEO Eddy Hartenstein kicked off the

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“Learn from You” performed by USC Thornton students for the 2014 Festival of Books

April 1, 2014

In conjunction with The Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, The USC Thornton School of Music hosted a song writing contest for popular music students celebrating creativity and inspiration. The winning entry, “Learn from You” by Catherine Smith ’14, is performed by the all-USC Thornton band, Ghost in the Canyon. The band will perform the song live at the opening ceremony of the 2014 LA Times Festival of Books on Saturday, April 12 at 10 a.m.

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“Wits” headlines new After Dark programming

March 19, 2014

Festival After DarkJoin this year’s new “Festival After Dark” showcase, presenting Wits, a public radio show hosted by John Moe and featuring world-class comedians actors and musicians. Wits mixes improv, sketch comedy, conversation and music into a program praised as “one of the rare public radio shows that’s actually funny” (Huffington Post) and “a wildly successful radio show” (City Pages, Minneapolis).
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USC Book Drive 2014

March 18, 2014

Inspire A Child!
Donate new or gently used books today to benefit the USC Family of Schools. The book drive is from March 17-April 13, 2014. You can drop off books at any of these locations:

The official USC Donation Station, Booth 701, during the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books
University Park Campus Gates and the Widney Alumni House
Any USC bookstore
Keck Medical Center of USC marketplace, hospital and clinic entrances
Biggy Street garage entrance on USC’s Health Sciences Campus

FOB 2014 Book Drive Wishlist


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USC Thornton student pens original song for 2014 Festival of Books

March 5, 2014

Catherine SmithSinger-songwriter and USC Thornton student, Catherine Smith
USC Thornton School of Music student Catherine Smith’s original song, “Learn from You” is the winner of a competition conducted by Thornton’s Popular Music program to create an original work celebrating the spirit of creativity inspired by The Los Angeles Times Festival of Books.
Catherine Rose Smith is a songwriter and performer with a dedication to excellence

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