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ALOUD is the Library Foundation of Los Angeles’ celebrated literary series of conversations, readings and performances at the downtown Central Library.

ALOUD May 26 @ 7:15 pm

Two Walkers, Two Writers, Two Cities

Vivian Gornick and David L. Ulin
ALOUD June 2 @ 7:30 pm

An Evening with Eddie Huang

Double Cup Love:
On the Trail of Family, Food and Broken Hearts in China
ALOUD June 7 @ 7:15 pm

The Latter Days:
A Memoir

Judith Freeman
ALOUD June 9 @ 7:15 pm

Homegoing: A Novel

Yaa Gyasi
ALOUD June 20 @ 7:15 pm
ALOUD July 7 @ 7:15 pm

PEN Emerging Voices:
A Reading

20th Anniversary Celebration
ALOUD July 12 @ 7:15 pm

Why We Write

Eileen Myles and Maggie Nelson
ALOUD July 14 @ 7:15 pm

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Why do programs fill so quickly?

    ALOUD provides a unique experience for the public to engage with scholars, authors, and artists in the intimate 235-seat Mark Taper Auditorium. Library Foundation Members have the benefit of reserving for programs in advance of the public. Consider joining as a Member to receive this benefit, and check the website on an on-going basis for program availability. Be sure to subscribe to our email alerts.

  • Where does ALOUD take place?

    Unless otherwise noted, ALOUD programs are held at the downtown Central Library’s Mark Taper Auditorium.

  • Where should I park?

    We recommend taking public transportation. Parking for the Central Library is at the Westlawn Garage at 524 S. Flower Street. For more information, visit the Library’s website.

  • Should I purchase the author’s book in advance?

    We encourage you to purchase books from The Library Store. All proceeds benefit the Los Angeles Public Library. Books are made available for purchase when you reserve for a program online, and are also on sale at programs. In order to participate in the book signing, you must purchase at least one book from The Library Store. Members receive discounts on purchases.

Thanks to our generous sponsors