Join us # #LBFFest2014 15th Los Angeles Latino Book & Family Festival

Join us # #LBFFest2014 15th Los Angeles Latino Book & Family Festival

 Latino Literacy Now: Edward James Olmos Presents:


15thLos Angeles Latino Book & Family Festival

East Los Angeles College


Special lectures by award winning authors: Victor Villaseñor and Luis Rodriguez


November 1, 2014 * 10:00am – 5:00pm

FREE Admission * FREE Parking



Vesper Public Relations. Los Angeles, CA . October 2014. Please make plans now to attend the 15thLos Angeles Latino Book & Family Festival on Dia de los Muertos, November 1, on campus at East Los Angeles College, free admission + parking.

East Los Angeles College (ELAC), the new home of the Los Angeles Festival, offers so many of the features we’ve been looking for in a venue that we knew from the first walk-through we had found the perfect home. Using ELAC’s new Performing & Fine Arts complex will let us place both the outdoor Festival aspect of our event as well as the indoor Literary Program portion in close proximity allowing attendees to realize the entire festival experience.

In addition to our activities (Latino authors, seminars, panel discussions, food court, entertainment on the main stage, exhibiting bookstores and publishers, informational booths from the local community) ELAC will be holding their annual Dia de los Muertos celebrations, also in the Performing & Fine Arts Complex. It will be a cultural, educational and enjoyable day for every family member!

Luis J Rodriguez  Victor Villasenor


Luis Rodriguez 1:00 p.m. at Recital Hall (

Luis J. Rodriguez has emerged as one of the leading Chicano writers in the country with fifteen published books in memoir, fiction, non-fiction, children’s literature, and poetry. Born on the U.S./Mexico border in 1954 and is of Mexika/Raramuri indigenous descent. At the age of two, his family migrated to Los Angeles, where they settled in South Central LA. Later, at around age 8, the family moved to the San Gabriel Valley. In the 1960s and 1970s, Luis was an active street gang member in the East Los Angeles area, documented in his memoir “Always Running: La Vida Loca, Gang Days in L.A.” 

Victor Villaseñor lecture at 2:00 p.m. at Recital Hall (

Victor Villaseñor is a beloved author, San Diego native, and North County resident. He has produced 65 short stories and 9 novels, including highly-recognized national bestsellers, Rain of Gold and Burro Genius. His books are used in schools and college-level classes, and his children’s books teach life lessons for people of all ages. Victor Villaseñor is an engaging speaker who focuses on universal themes (and receives standing ovations). He shares his life experience and Mexican heritage through spoken word.

Additional Authors Appearing:

Victor Gonzalez, Robert Chavez, Julie Prestsater, Janet Breceda Wright, Nataly Wright, A.E.Wright, Annie Perez, Jim Marquez, Genia I. Nunez, Veronica Reyes, Philip Victor, Belinda Vasquez Garcia, Lucia De Garcia, Sandra Lopez, Maria Nieto, Sheana Ochoa, David Bueno-Hill, Becky Krinski, Dra. Juanita Santillan, Natalie Trevino, Carmen Rivera-Izcoa,

Sean Hill, Glardy Barbieri, Barry Araújo Kolman, Kevin Gerard, George Zamalea, Javier Hernández, Antonieta Villamil, Carolina Prieto Molana, Evelyn Gonzalez, Rene Colato Lainez, Desiree Zamorano, Agustin Cebada, Kevin Gerard, Fred Rivera, Nora Girón-Dolce, Mike Morell, Kathy Diaz, Juan Villegas, James Luna and Malin Alegria.

Singer-Songwriter Carlos Arturo, Guitarist Michael Alejandro, Luchador Latin Thunder, plus food, panels, conferences, enjoyment for the entire family.

Special thanks to Francisco Rodriguez, Los Angeles Community College District Chancellor, Marvin Martinez, East Los Angeles College President, and Olga M. Barnes, Executive Assistant, Office of the President ELAC, for making this partnership possible.

Plus our supporters: ELAC, Go East LA, Western & Southern Life Insurance, El Aviso, La Opinion, Latino Print Network, LPN News, WPR Books, Involution Books, The National Latino Voter Education Services, The International Latino Book Awards.

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About: The Latino Book & Family Festival:

The Latino Book & Family Festival has become one of the Latino community’s most anticipated events of the year. It is at this festival that you can meet and interact with authors from all over the U.S. and Latin America.  Please join us in recognizing and supporting the work of Latino/Chicano writers and artists who will be speaking and signing books at our event. In addition to the author presentations, the festival also features numerous activities for the whole family to enjoy, such as arts & crafts, story-telling, music, Folklórico dancing, various exhibits, and traditional Mexican foods.  This is a two-day event where we can celebrate together the richness of our culture. The Latino Book & Family Festival is a presentation of Latino Literacy Now. 

About: Latino Literacy Now since 1997: Board Chairman Edward James Olmos

Latino Literacy Now has been dedicated to advancing the cause of promoting literacy in the Latino community since our first event (the Los Angeles Latino Book, Culture and Travel Festival) held at the Los Angeles Convention Center in 1997. By the end of 2011, Latino Literacy Now had produced 64 Festivals, Book Awards and Folklorico Dance competitions around the United States drawing more than 875,000 participants and attendees.

Latino Literacy Now, a non-profit corporation 501(c)(3) promoting reading as a means of improving lives, both professionally and personally. Your tax-deductible contributions are greatly appreciated.

We offer several sponsorship levels to choose from. Businesses seeking to promote brands, sample and sell products, improve corporate image and demonstrate new product innovations will find that the festival is a great platform to do so.

Latino Literacy Now events are always free to the public. To keep up to date with all of our events, please subscribe to our periodic newsletters by entering your email address below. Thanks and I hope to see you at the Latino Book & Family Festival this year.




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