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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 September 8 @ 7:15 pm

Tracktown: On the Run

Alexi Pappas
ALOUD September 16 @ 7:30 pm

An Evening with Colson Whitehead

The Underground Railroad
ALOUD September 20 @ 7:15 pm
ALOUD September 22 @ 7:15 pm
ALOUD September 27 @ 7:15 pm

The Body in Question: Two Poets

Sharon Olds and Robin Coste Lewis
ALOUD September 29 @ 7:15 pm
ALOUD October 4 @ 7:15 pm

Time Travel: A History

James Gleick
ALOUD October 13 @ 7:15 pm

The Black Panthers:
Portraits from an Unfinished Revolution

Ericka Huggins, Phyllis Jackson, Norma Mtume, Melina Abdullah
ALOUD October 19 @ 7:30 pm

The Wonder

Emma Donoghue

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