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L.A. Latino Book & Family Festival Opens Saturday

Actor James Olmos, co-producer of the Latino Book & Family Festival, announces line-up for “L.A. Latino Book & Family Festival” during a press conference at CSULA. (EGP photo by Fred Zermeno)

The Cal State L.A. campus will come alive this weekend for a 2-day interactive literary event that will feature more than 100 Latino authors, a children’s stage, folklórico dance, book vendors, food booths, and sessions in English and Spanish, on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 9-10, from 11am to 6pm each day. The Festival will be held in Greenlee Plaza, near the southwest corner of the campus, and is free and open to the public.

Festival’s workshops will explore literature depicting the immigrant experience, Chicano theatre and history, the barrios, cultural diversity and feminism. Sessions will also cover such topics as prose and poetry, book publishing, mural art, memoir and fiction writing, the future of journalism, teens’ vampire books, and more.

For the little bookworms, there will be the Children’s Stage featuring storytimes and readings by authors of children’s books, along with a Son Jarocho music concert by Sol y Mar and dance lessons with Norma Pedregon, a multicultural dance instructor and performer.

Festival’s literary program [1] (PDF).