History in the Making

The 12th Annual Los Angeles Latino Book & Family Festival will feature 70 Latino Authors, October 10 & 11

Published on LatinoLA: September 30, 2009

History in the Making

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 Villase??or, Pat Mora, Luis J. Rodr?guez, Josefina L??pez, Helena Mar?a Viramontes, Reyna Grande, Mar?a Amparo Escand??n, Graciela Lim??n, Gustavo Arellano, Alicia Gaspar de Alba, Rigoberto Gonz?lez, Daniel Olivas, Ana Nogales, Marisela Norte, Montserrat Fontes, Margo Candela, Patricia Santana, Ligiah Villalobos, Julio Mart?nez, H?ctor Tobar, Rub?n Mart?nez, Eliud Mart?nez, Eduardo Santiago, Lucha Corpi, Evelina Fern?ndez 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 L??pez (Real Women Have Curves). In addition, Helena Mar?a Viramontes will do a one hour creative writing workshop on the novel; Victor Villase??or, 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 D?a de Los Ni??os/El D?a 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 Cr?-Cr? (Francisco Gabilondo Soler). The Main Stage will feature Folkl??rico 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 Opini??n. 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.

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