Authors Line Up for Festival

Graciela Limon, Gustavo Arellano, Alicia Gaspar de Alba and more at 12th Annual Latino Book & Family Festival

Published on LatinoLA: July 8, 2009

Authors Line Up for Festival

Latino Literacy Now is excited to announce a new venue and a renewed commitment to giving a forum to the best Latino authors and writers. 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 45 Latino authors, including:

Pat Mora, Luis J. Rodriguez, Josefina Lopez, Reyna Grande, Xavier Serbia, Maria Amparo Escandon, Graciela Limon, Gustavo Arellano, Alicia Gaspar de Alba, Rigoberto Gonzalez, Dan Olivas, Marisela Norte, Yxta Maya Murray, Montserrat Fontes, Margo Candela, Patricia Santana, Ligiah Villalobos, Julio Martinez, Jamie Martinez Wood, Sara Rafael Garcia, Eduardo Santiago, Evelina Fernandez, Amada Irma Perez, Rene Colato Lainez, Malin Alegria, and Mary Castillo.

Special events taking place at this year's festival include over 15 panels such as a contemporary Latina authors panel featuring some of the hottest Latina authors in the country, an editors panel, a screenwriters panel featuring four up-and-coming Latina screenwriters, a Tribute to the Boy Scout's 100th Anniversary featuring Chief Scout Bob Mazzuca and hundreds of scouts from local area troops. In addition, this year the festival will have a children's area & stage dedicated to renowned Latina author Pat Mora's literacy initiative "Dia de Los Ninos/Dia de los Libros," which she founded in 1996 to promote literacy and celebrate books among Spanish Speaking communities. Ms. Mora will do a 20 minute story-time at the kid's stage and an author talk open to the public.

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, the LBFF provides people of all ages and backgrounds the opportunity to celebrate the diversity of the multicultural communities in the United States in a festival atmosphere. Improvements to this year's festival include:
‘«ů More Latino authors ‘«Ű two to three times as many!
‘«ů A stronger partnership with Cal State University L.A. ‘«Ű more support, more volunteers, more attendees!
‘«ů Support from other organizations such as Raise Literacy Campaign, Latina Leadership Network, Pen Center USA
‘«ů More quality vendors/exhibitors

To exhibit at this year's festival, visit the festival's website at www.LBFF.us for more information. For your copy of our 2009 Sponsors & Exhibitors Opportunities Kit, or for any questions on the entire 2009 Festival tour (Chicago, Los Angeles and Houston), please call 760-434-4484.

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