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Festival of Books to move to USC next year

September 23, 2010 12:00:00 AM PDT
It's a new take on their longtime crosstown rivalry. The nation's biggest book festival is leaving UCLA and heading to rival USC.For the past 15 years, the L.A. Times Festival of Books has been held on the UCLA campus in Westwood. But that's about to change.

Beginning next year, the book festival will make its new home at USC's University Park.

Organizers are hoping to boost attendance because of USC's central location, proximity to public transportation, number of parking spaces and campus facilities.

Last year more than 140,000 people attended the festival, which is free to the public.

Next year's event will be held from April 30 to May 1.

City News Service contributed to this report.