News Release| CSULA; LBFF

Media Advisory:

Festival coverage Saturday-Sunday, Oct. 10-11, at Cal State L.A.

What:           Los Angeles Latino Book and Family Festival (LBFF)

When:          Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 10-11, 2009, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. 

Where:         Greenlee Plaza, Cal State L.A.  

                  (directions: /univ/maps/)

Details:         Festival organizers (LBFF): Jim Sullivan, (760) 434-4484

On Cal State L.A.’s involvement: Roberto Cantu, (323) 343-2195


                   Program schedule:

Borders, barrios, mysteries, biographies, magazines, big screens, y mas

L.A. Latino Book & Family Festival at Cal State L.A. Oct. 10-11

Los Angeles, CA – With 70 Latino authors, a children’s stage, poetry jams,      folklorico, dance, panels and workshops in English and Spanish, and other activities,   the Los Angeles Latino Book and Family Festival will be held at its new home     – California State University, Los Angeles – Saturday and Sunday, Oct.       10 and 11. The events will be from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. both days on Greenlee Plaza and in Salazar Hall, near the southwest corner of the campus. The festival is free and open to the public.

The festival’s “stories” sessions will explore literature emanating from borders, barrios and families.  Various workshops will focus on writing screenplays, illustrating books and magazines, working with editors and agents, and writing novels. Panel sessions will include “The Best of Latino Mystery,”  “Latino L.A.: The City of Angels through Poetry, Journalism and Fiction,” and “The Positive Effects of Mariachi on the Education of Hispanic Youth.”

The children’s area and stage, inspired by Latina author Pat Mora’s literacy initiative “Día de Los Niños/Día de los Libros,” will feature storytimes, including a
play called “A Turtle Story,” and readings by several authors of children’s books.

Actor, community activist and Cal State L.A. alumnus Edward James Olmos is the co-producer of the Latino Book & Family Festival (LBFF), a weekend event 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. 

For the complete festival schedule, go to

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; and the academic departments of Chicano Studies, English, and Modern Languages and Literatures.

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