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Latino Book & Family Festival Makes History!

Saturday, October 10, 2009 to Sunday, October 11, 2009
10:00AM to 6:00PM


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History in the Making: The 12th Annual
Los Angeles Latino Book & Family Festival will feature 70 Latino Authors

Los Angeles, September 2009--The upcoming Los Angeles Latino Book & Family Festival, to be held at California State University, Los Angeles (CSULA) on the weekend of October 10-11, will feature an outstanding lineup of 70 Latino authors, including Victor Villaseñor, Pat Mora, Luis J. Rodríguez, Josefina López, Helena María Viramontes, Reyna Grande, María Amparo Escandón, Graciela Limón, Gustavo Arellano, Alicia Gaspar de Alba, Rigoberto González, Daniel Olivas, Ana Nogales, Marisela Norte, Montserrat Fontes, Margo Candela, Patricia Santana, Ligiah Villalobos, Julio Martínez, Héctor Tobar, Rubén Martínez, Eliud Martínez, Eduardo Santiago, Lucha Corpi, Evelina Fernández and Mary Castillo, among many others.

Special events taking place at this year's festival include 24 sessions, such as Chicas, Chicanas & Latinas, a panel featuring some of the most promising Latina authors in the country, Latino LA: The City of Angels through Fiction, Poetry and Journalism; Barrio Stories; Chicano/Latino Thought & Art; Border Stories, Writing Books For Children, a poetry reading celebrating the first issue of Homeboy Review, two Mariachi sessions, an editors/agents panel, and a screenwriters panel featuring up-and-coming Latina screenwriters such as Ligiah Villalobos (Under the Same Moon) and Josefina López (Real Women Have Curves). In addition, Helena María Viramontes will do a one hour creative writing workshop on the novel; Victor Villaseñor, Pat Mora, and filmmaker Robert Young will each do individual presentations. There will also be 12 Spanish workshops held throughout the day.

This year the festival will have a children's area and stage dedicated to renowned Latina author Pat Mora's literacy initiative "El Día de Los Niños/El Día de los Libros," which she founded in 1996 to promote literacy and celebrate books among Spanish-speaking communities. The children's stage will feature several children's book authors and celebrities for story-time, including a 20 minute reading by Ms. Mora. In addition, The Los Angeles Theater Academy (LATA), founded by Alejandra Flores, is proud to present a play called "A Turtle Story" created by the Solano Elementary School students based on a legend from the Tongva (Gabrielino) Tribe. LATA students who participated in their after school and weekend program will also perform two songs from Crí-Crí (Francisco Gabilondo Soler). The Main Stage will feature Folklórico dance performances, singers, plays, poetry jams, and much more.
Edward James Olmos, actor and community activist, is the Co-Producer of the Latino Book & Family Festival, a weekend event that promotes literacy, culture and education in a fun environment for the whole family. Launched in 1997 in Los Angeles and organized by the non-profit organization Latino Literacy Now, the LBFF has provided people of all ages and backgrounds the opportunity to celebrate the beauty and diversity of the multicultural communities of the United States. "We are proud to be presenting so many wonderful authors at this year's Los Angeles Latino Book & Family Festival," said Olmos. "In our twelve year history of putting on some 45 Festivals around the country, this is the largest gathering of authors we've ever had. Truly, something for everyone."

New in this year's festival include:
• More Chicana/Latino authors – three times as many!
• A stronger partnership with California State University, Los Angeles – more support, more volunteers, more attendees!
• Support from other organizations such as Raise Literacy Campaign, Latina Leadership Network, RCOE Early Reading First
• More quality vendors/exhibitors
• Free books for the first 100 people to arrive at the festival each day.
This year the Festival will be promoted by a strong list of media partners headed up by Telemundo and La Opinión. CVS Pharmacy will once again provide health screenings for all attendees. New sponsor Amway Global will have beauty and nutritional experts on hand for consultations.
To exhibit at this year's festival, sponsor, volunteer or donate raffle prizes or children's books, visit the festival's website at www.LBFF.us For more information call 760-434-4484.

Sponsored by: CSULA, La Opinion, Telemundo, CVS, Amway Global
Category Literature
When Saturday, October 10, 2009
   to Sunday, October 11, 2009
10:00AM to 6:00PM
Where California State University Los Angeles
Los Angeles, CA
Admission Ages: all are welcome
Price: FREE
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