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ALOUD Lecture Series

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Having presented over 1,200 public programs over the decades, featuring a range of authors, scientists, thinkers and artists, the critically acclaimed ALOUD series engages Angelenos in critical civic and cultural discourse, inspiring lifelong learning and exploring.

Most programs take place in the Mark Taper Auditorium at Central Library and are free and open to the public, and usually include a discussion, audience Q&A and book signing.

Presented by the Library Foundation of Los Angeles, ALOUD showcases a new line-up each season informed by intellectually engaging topics.

Upcoming Events at Central

portrait of author Gish Jen
February 19, 2020 7:30 PM
“I think this book could really save the world,” said Ann Patchett of Gish Jen’s new dystopian novel The Resisters. This extraordinary...


A celebrated literary series of conversations, readings, and performances at the downtown Central Library, ALOUD brings together today’s brightest cultural, scientific, and political luminaries with the curious minds of Los Angeles

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