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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

* “Barrio Stories: Inspiring Tales of Survival” – Louis R. Negrete, emeritus professor of Chicano studies

* “Border Stories: Writing About the Immigrant Experience” – Domnita Dumitrescu, professor of Spanish

* “Chicano/Latino Thought and Art” – Isabel Rojas-Williams, MFA alumna

* “Cinema of the U.S.-Mexico Border: Alambrista! and The Ballad of Gregorio Cortez” – Roberto Cantú, professor of English/Chicano studies

* “Conversation with Victor Villaseñor” – Carlos Gutiérrez, professor of chemistry

* “Editors and Agents” – Alejandro Solomianski, associate professor of Spanish

* “Family Stories Through Fiction and Autobiography” – Aaron Sonnenschein, assistant professor of English

* “Hit List: The Best of Latino Mystery” – Pablo Baler, assistant professor of Spanish

* “Illustrating Books and Magazines” – Michelle Hawley, associate professor of English

* “New Directions in the Latino/a Novel” – Linda Greenberg, assistant professor of English

* “What’s Hot in Publishing” – Lisbeth Espinosa, MFA alumna

* “Writing for the Big Screen” – 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:

Picture of Latino Book and Family Festival logo.

The festival will also have a children’s area and stage dedicated to renowned Latina author Pat Mora’s literacy initiative “Día de Los Niños/Día de los Libros.” The children’s stage will feature several children’s 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 “A Turtle Story,” 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 Crí-Crí (Francisco Gabilondo Soler). The main stage will feature folklórico dance performances, singers, plays, poetry jams, and much more.

The lineup of roughly 70 Latino authors includes Victor Villaseñor, Pat Mora, Luis J. Rodríguez, Josefina López, Helena María Viramontes, Reyna Grande, María Amparo Escandón, Graciela Limón, Gustavo Arellano, Alicia Gaspar de Alba, Rigoberto González, Daniel Olivas, Ana Nogales, Marisela Norte, Montserrat Fontes, Margo Candela, Patricia Santana, Ligiah Villalobos, Julio Martínez, Héctor Tobar, Rubén Martínez, Eliud Martínez, Eduardo Santiago, Lucha Corpi, Evelina Fernández 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.’s participation, call Roberto Cantú of the CSULA Chicano Studies department at (323) 343-2195.

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