CSULA community takes part in festivities
Many of the panel discussions will be moderated by Cal State L.A. faculty and alumni. For dates and times of these and other events, go to http://lbff.us/2009/schedule-authors.pdf.
* ÂBarrio Stories: Inspiring Tales of SurvivalÂ Â Louis R. Negrete, emeritus professor of Chicano studies
* ÂBorder Stories: Writing About the Immigrant ExperienceÂ Â Domnita Dumitrescu, professor of Spanish
* ÂChicano/Latino Thought and ArtÂ Â Isabel Rojas-Williams, MFA alumna
* ÂCinema of the U.S.-Mexico Border: Alambrista! and The Ballad of Gregorio CortezÂ Â Roberto CantÃº, professor of English/Chicano studies
* ÂConversation with Victor VillaseÃ±orÂ Â Carlos GutiÃ©rrez, professor of chemistry
* ÂEditors and AgentsÂ Â Alejandro Solomianski, associate professor of Spanish
* ÂFamily Stories Through Fiction and AutobiographyÂ Â Aaron Sonnenschein, assistant professor of English
* ÂHit List: The Best of Latino MysteryÂ Â Pablo Baler, assistant professor of Spanish
* ÂIllustrating Books and MagazinesÂ Â Michelle Hawley, associate professor of English
* ÂNew Directions in the Latino/a NovelÂ Â Linda Greenberg, assistant professor of English
* ÂWhatÂs Hot in PublishingÂ Â Lisbeth Espinosa, MFA alumna
* ÂWriting for the Big ScreenÂ Â Valerie Talavera-Bustillos, assistant professor of Chicano studies
Two-day festival to highlight Latino literature, art, culture, film
L.A. Latino Book and Festival at Cal State L.A. Oct. 10-11
Mysteries, biographies and other books will abound this weekend as California State University, Los Angeles hosts the 2009 Los Angeles Latino Book and Family Festival Oct. 10 and 11.
The festival, in celebration of Latino Heritage Month, will be held at the Greenlee Plaza on the CSULA campus from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is free. Most sessions will be in English, but some will be in Spanish. (For a detailed program, click here: http://lbff.us/2009/schedule-authors.pdf.)
The festival will also have a childrenÂs area and stage dedicated to renowned Latina author Pat MoraÂs literacy initiative ÂDÃa de Los NiÃ±os/DÃa de los Libros.Â The childrenÂs stage will feature several childrenÂs book authors and celebrities for story-time, including a 20-minute reading by Mora.
In addition, The Los Angeles Theater Academy (LATA), founded by Alejandra Flores, is proud to present a play called ÂA Turtle Story,Â created by the Solano Elementary School students based on a legend from the Tongva (Gabrielino) Tribe. LATA students who participated in their afterschool and weekend program will also perform two songs from CrÃ-CrÃ (Francisco Gabilondo Soler). The main stage will feature folklÃ³rico dance performances, singers, plays, poetry jams, and much more.
The lineup of roughly 70 Latino authors includes Victor VillaseÃ±or, Pat Mora, Luis J. RodrÃguez, Josefina LÃ³pez, Helena MarÃa Viramontes, Reyna Grande, MarÃa Amparo EscandÃ³n, Graciela LimÃ³n, Gustavo Arellano, Alicia Gaspar de Alba, Rigoberto GonzÃ¡lez, Daniel Olivas, Ana Nogales, Marisela Norte, Montserrat Fontes, Margo Candela, Patricia Santana, Ligiah Villalobos, Julio MartÃnez, HÃ©ctor Tobar, RubÃ©n MartÃnez, Eliud MartÃnez, Eduardo Santiago, Lucha Corpi, Evelina FernÃ¡ndez and Mary Castillo.
Actor, community activist and Cal State L.A. alumnus Edward James Olmos is the co-producer of the Latino Book & Family Festival (LBFF), which is held in several cities to promote literacy, culture and education amid a fun and family-friendly environment. The LBFF was launched in 1997 in Los Angeles by the non-profit organization Latino Literacy Now.
The 2009 Los Angeles festival is co-sponsored by several Cal State L.A. programs, including the Center for Contemporary Poetry and Poetics; American Communities Program; College of Arts and Letters; Latin American Studies Program; Latin American Society; Office of Community Engagement; and the academic departments of Chicano Studies, English, and Modern Languages and Literatures. For more details on Cal State L.A.Âs participation, call Roberto CantÃº of the CSULA Chicano Studies department at (323) 343-2195.
- ÂBorders, barrios, mysteries, biographies, magazines, big screens, y masÂ (press release):
- L.A. Latino Book and Family Festival site:
- L.A. Latino Book and Family FestivalÂs Literary Program:
- L.A. Latino Book and Family Festival poster:
- ÂLatino Book & Family Festival Makes History!Â (LatinoLA):
- Â2009 Latino Book and Family FestivalÂ (Wave Community Newspapers):