DOWNTOWN BOOKFEST

When:
March 11, 2017 @ 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
2017-03-11T12:00:00-08:00
2017-03-11T17:00:00-08:00
Where:
Grand Park's Olive Court
200 N Grand Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90012
USA
Cost:
Free

In collaboration with the City of Los Angeles’ Big Read honoring the poetry of Emily Dickinson, Grand Park’s Downtown Bookfest turns Dickinson’s poetry inside out with performances by Cut Chemist + Hymnal, David Prather and Mayda Del Valle. Free hands-on activities include creating your own pieces of poetic genius with PUBLISH! by Writ Large Press, constructing handmade books using dried plant specimens, a photo booth with Victorian-era props and prose, free writing advice, 826LA’s never-ending story, and pop-up bookshops for literary lovers big and small.

Photo by Javier Guillen for Grand Park/The Music Center

FAMILY STAGE PERFORMANCES: Celebrating emerging and established L.A. artists and voices:

Hosted by Mayda Del Valle

12:15pm – 12:35pm Get Lit Players

12:45 – 1:45pm Poetry by David Prather

2:00pm – 2:20pm Bernard High School Emily Dickinson Response Poems

2:20pm – 2:40pm Write Your Own L.A. Poem Workshop

3:00pm – 4:00pm Cut Chemist + Hymnal: Words + Beats

4:05pm – 5:00pm Readings of Red Hen Press Poets Brendan Constantine, Kim Dower, Blas Falconer, Siel Ju, and Ron Koerte.

ACTIVITIES BY L.A.’s BEST READERS and WRITERS: 

The Writer Is In: Grand Park’s Teaching-Writer-in-Residence and LUNCHTIME! Writer’s Meetup facilitator traci kato kiriyama offers free writing consultation to dislodge any blocks, offer advice, or give words of encouragement.

Emily’s BIG READ: The City of L.A. Department of Cultural Affairs leads Big Read activities exploring the life and times of Emily Dickinson, including a book-making workshop inspired by Dickinson’s collection of 400 plant specimens, creating personal treasures with magnetic poetry in a tin box, and a poetry photo booth with Victorian-era props and prose.

Write Where You Are: Create your own L.A. poem in an activity taught by three generations of L.A. poets, including Mike “The Poet” Sonksen and traci kato-kiriyama.

Let it NEVER-EVER End: Stop by 826LA and the Time Travel Mart to pick up goods or leave your mark in their never-ending story.

PUBLISH! and Deconstruct Emily: Dickinson’s poems get refashioned, reordered, and reinvented via vintage typewriters in a activity led by Writ Large Press.

Discover the Work: Take home new finds at the Red Hen Press , Skylight Books, and Get Lit Publications pop-up bookshops.

Get Crafty: Paper art-making with Ryman Arts.

Finally Get That Library Card! Sign up and learn about the County of Los Angeles Public Library and Los Angeles Public Library

Whatever Pops In: Share your stories and thoughts at the KTLA Mobile Kiosk


ABOUT GRAND PARK’S OUR L.A. VOICES: Downtown Bookfest is a part of Grand Park’s Our L.A. Voices, a season-wide celebration of Angeleno expression.

Other OUR L.A. VOICES events:

Grand Park’s LUNCHTIME! Concerts // EVERY THURS MAR 2 thru MAY 25 // 12:15PM – 1:15PM

Grand Park’s LUNCHTIME! Writers’ Meetup // EVERY TUES MAR 7 thru MAY 30 // Noon – 1:30pm

Grand Park’s PROUD Story Slam // SAT MAR 25 // Noon – 4PM

PORTALS PROJECT at Grand Park // MON APR 10 thru SUN APR 23 // check webpage for daily hours


Information subject to change.

METRO RED or PURPLE LINE TO CIVIC CENTER/GRAND PARK STATION, GOLD LINE TO LITTLE TOKYO/ARTS DISTRICT STATION

Grand Park is an LA County park powered by The Music Center.

Los Angeles County. Grand Park. The Music Center.