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This weekend: the Latino Book and Family Festival

October 9, 2010 |  9:00 am


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 Villaseñor, 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