During these trying times, the writers and creative wordsmiths of Los Angeles (so, roughly the whole population) may be experiencing, perhaps, a bit of writer's block or, say, struggling with daily existential crises as to what they are even doing with their lives, but let me stop you right there — of course you are (see: global pandemic)!

Sometimes the best thing to do when you feel like you can't do anything at all is to stop, take a breath, and listen to the pros — and you can do just that at The Festival of Books, Stories, and Ideas, a festival for book lovers by book creators.

The beloved bibliophile event is typically held on the University of Southern California campus but is being held virtually this year due to COVID-19.

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virtual events will be happening over one month

Actress and author Natalie Portman will be speaking at the event On November 1, reading from her book "Natalie Portman's Fables."

The lineup also includes best selling author Marlon James, as well as a ton of other brilliant speakers. 

The events are completely free (you just have to give them your email address) and you can sign up in advance to secure your spot.

The festival also features digital events specific to Los Angeles, surrounding the history of the city and how we can build a brighter future.

Let these writers and bibliophiles inspire you and remind you of your own creativity, Los Angeles.

Festival of Books, Stories, and Ideas

Price: Free

When: Daily, through November 13, 2020

Address: Online

Why You Need To Go: Get super inspired by professional storytellers (and maybe get over your own writer's block while you're at it)


 
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