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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 February 17 @ 7:15 pm

Deep Time: Ancient Lives and Modern Eyes

Rachel Sussman and Ursula K. Heise
ALOUD February 23 @ 7:15 pm

A Little Life: A Novel

Hanya Yanagihara
ALOUD February 25 @ 7:15 pm

The Salt of the Earth

A documentary about Sebastião Salgado
ALOUD February 29 @ 7:30 pm

An Evening with Sebastião Salgado

In conversation with writer Pico Iyer
ALOUD March 10 @ 7:15 pm

Radio Imagination:
Octavia E. Butler’s Los Angeles

Panel Discussion with Ben Caldwell, Ayana A. H. Jamieson,
Douglas Kearney, and Nisi Shawl
ALOUD March 15 @ 7:15 pm
ALOUD April 4 @ 7:15 pm

H is for Hawk

Helen Macdonald

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