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This weekend: the Latino Book and Family Festival


The 13th annual Los Angeles Latino Book and Family Festival takes place Saturday and Sunday at Cal State L.A., with panels, discussions, reading, music, dance and sessions for teachers. Founded by actor Edward James Olmos, this year's festival boasts 150 authors who will participate in the two days of panel discussions and readings.

Participating authors include Victor VillaseƱor, author of the bestseller "Rain of Gold"; Gustavo Arellano, the O.C. Weekly's "Ask a Mexican" columnist and author of the book "Orange County: A Personal History"; L.A. Weekly cartoonist Lalo Alcaraz; and former L.A. Times writer Sonia Nazario, who won the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for feature writing for a multi-part story about Latin American children who emigrate to the U.S. to join their parents, which became the book "Enrique's Journey."

Some panels address ideas and issues -- the effects of the Mexican revolution on the arts, feminine archetypes in Chicano history, a discussion of mural art. Others may give practical advice to literary hopefuls: how to write for children, writing from life experience, advice from editors and agents, the pros and cons of self-publishing, the basics of book promotion. There is a panel on the future of journalism, and a few different takes from Latino writers working in Hollywood.

The Los Angeles Latino Book and Family Festival runs from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

-- Carolyn Kellogg

Photo: Gustavo Arellano, one of the authors appearing a the Latino Book and Family Festival. Credit: Robert Lachman / Los Angeles Times

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The Book Fair was outstanding. The author panels and sessions were informative and interactive. Hope to be there next year again. Thank you Carolyn for enlightening the public about the Book fair, that I believe, now has a new home at Cal State University, Los Angeles. Amazing!

What a wonderful event! Thanks for letting us know about it, hope to be there next year.

I went to the festival both Saturday and Sunday and the panels were excellent! I attended six of them: Latino representation Hollywood, the art of the short story, immigration from Central America, the role of ethnic studies, how to write a screenplay, and from book to screen. They all had dynamic speakers who encouraged audience participation and feedback. I will definitely attend the festival again next year!


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