LéaLA, the Spanish-language Book Fair of Los Angeles, returns to the Los Angeles Convention Center for its fourth time from May 15-17, 2015. The public program is aimed at the public looking to celebrate “Latino heritage, as well as to meaningful literary and cultural traditions in the Spanish language.”
This year, the book fair will also offer a day dedicated to book professionals, “where editors, distributors, librarians, and academics will be able meet to do business and to attend professional development sessions on best practices and the acquisition and preparation of collections in Spanish, as well as other workshops and talks,” said the press release.
“LéaLA is a unique opportunity to appreciate literature in our language and prove that ‘LOS ANGELES READS TOGETHER’,” emphasizes Marisol Schulz, the director of LéaLA. “More than 85,000 visitors attended the previous edition of LéaLA, a figure that we hope to surpass in this fourth edition, given the Spanish-speaking population’s need for access to reading materials in Spanish,” said Schulz.
More than 100 authors will participate, including the winner of the 2014 FIL prize, Italian writer Claudio Magris (nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature on several occasions), in conversation with Juan Villoro, Federico Reyes Heroles, Sanjuana Martínez, Lydia Cacho, Francisco Hinojosa, Diego Osorno, Anabel Hernández, José Reveles, Élmer Mendoza, Mario Bellatin, Alberto Ruy-Sánchez, Javier Sicilia, Eduardo Rabasa, Felipe Garrido, Silvia Lemus, Jorge F. Hernández, Benito Taibo, Rosa Beltrán, Ana Clavel, Carmen Boullosa, Xavier Velasco, Jennifer Clement, David Unger, Cristina Rivera Garza, José Iturriaga, César Lozano, Adrian González, Alberto Chimal, Eduardo Antonio Parra, Mabel Katz and María Antonieta Collins, among others.
More from the press release follows:
“Important personalities from the United States’ Hispanic community will be making presentations, such as Maestro Gustavo Dudamel, Director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic (LA Phil), who will read a story to children, Miguel Ruiz Jr.; the popular CNN announcer and author of self improvement books, Ismael Cala; Chilean writer José Ignacio Valenzuela (the successful author of novels for young people as well as scriptwriter for several well-known soap operas); Jenni Rivera’s daughter, Chiquis Rivera; the poet laureate of Los Angeles, Luis Rodríguez; astronaut of Mexican heritage, Jose Hernandez; television hosts and radio announcers, and famous entertainers who will show their support for LéaLA by participating in the children’s pavilion “Cri Cri” reading space and the autographs signing space.
“Children will also have opportunities to participate, with University of Guadalajara and their “Letras a Volar (“Letters for Flying”) project encouraging children to enjoy reading in a fun way and appreciate the importance of their family’s language. Eleven workshops have been designed for this year, including: “The Mayas—A Lost Civilization”, “The Muralists”, and “Alebrijes”
“As in previous years, the University of Guadalajara has prepared a solid academic program, this time with two main focuses: human rights and immigration. Specialists from the University of Guadalajara and the University of California, and others of equal relevance, as well as journalists from both sides of the border will discuss diverse perspectives surrounding these topics of utmost interest and vital importance for the entire Latino population of southern California.
“Another notable presentation will be a special recognition to social leader and human rights activist, César Chávez, with his family in attendance.
“The guest of honor—Mexico City—will occupy the main pavilion and will reach out to Los Angeles with a program that reflects the cultural wealth and diversity of Mexico’s capital. The topics of the special program presented by Mexico City delegates will be: Ciudad de Ciudades; Crónica de la Ciudad de México; Ciudad de Vanguardia de Libertades; CDMX Escenario de lo Humano y Ser Chilang@s; this latter one will explore the relationship between Mexico and Los Angeles across its customs and language. There will be workshops on art and books and one in particular that stands out is a digital editor workshop for kids and teens. Homages will also be made to the recently passed journalists Julio Scherer and Vicente Leñero, led by Estela Leñero, Javier Sicilia, Maria Leñero and Benjamin Anaya. The city entities collaborating with LéaLA are: Secretaría de Educación y la Secretaría de Cultura del Distrito Federal and Fábrica de Artes y Oficios de Oriente (FARO).
“The University of Guadalajara has prepared a three-day artistic program with children’s theater, featuring the Luna Morena group; with an homage to Juan José Gurrola with the actress Arianne Pellicer, and with a theatrical recognition for Juan José Arreola, “Bestiario” will be directed by his grandsons, Alonso and José María. These events will take place at LATC, Los Angeles Theatre Center, an emblematic location for the city’s cultural life and the Montalban Theatre.
“LéaLA is a unique opportunity to appreciate literature in our language and prove that ‘LOS ANGELES READS TOGETHER’”, emphasizes Marisol Schulz, the director of LéaLA. “More than 85,000 visitors attended the previous edition of LéaLA, a figure that we hope to surpass in this fourth edition, given the Spanish-speaking population’s need for access to reading materials in Spanish,” added Schulz.