READ YOUR HEART OUT in Downtown LA! Grand Park is the place to see, hear and read from the largest coalition of Los Angeles-based authors and publishers in a day for book lovers both big and small. Downtown Bookfest will feature a family pavilion and top ideas from THE MUSIC CENTER’S ARTIZEN LAB, where ideas are shared and brought to life.
Discover pop-up bookshop in partnership with WRIT LARGE PRESS and discover books, graphic novels, and bilingual literary gems written by LAs finest. See list below for list of authors and publishers represented.**
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EXPERIENCE Artizen Lab’s top ideas.
THE COMMUNITY CAMERA: Explore a crowd-sourced exhibit of photos and take a photo with our cameras to share what you love about Bookfest!
FILL THE WELL: Create your own five-word poem and add it to an installation in Grand Park.
LOS ANGELES SHEET MUSIC: Paint with others and let your brushstrokes blend into one large sheet music that will be interpreted and played in the moment by musicians.
SCRAPBOOK Poetry with READING IS POETRY
ACTIVITIES with 826LA
FIRST 5 LA activities
ACTIVITIES with the DEPARTMENT OF CULTURAL AFFAIRS
BRING cook books or kids books for swapping. All other books for Grand Park’s Little Libraries.
JOIN RED HEN PRESS and its poets for an afternoon of family poetry projects and crafts!
KIDS’ story circles
FAMILY PAVILION SCHEDULE:
12:15PM – 1:15PM: Performances by RENAISSANCE FAIRE Storytellers
1:15PM – 1:30PM: Reading by David Kipen from the BIG READ LA’s title Into the Beautiful North
1:30PM – 2PM: Selections from CALIFORNIA: THE TEMPEST by CORNERSTONE THEATER COMPANY (come back and see the full production in GRAND PARK JUNE 18-20)
2PM – 2:30PM: : Sing-A-Long in Bilingual English/Spanish with Ana & Luis of the ZIMMER CHILDREN’S MUSEUM
2:30 – 2:45PM: Celebration of MATILDA THE MUSICAL, coming soon to the Ahmanson Theatre as part of the 2014-15 season presented by Center Theatre Group, featuring a reading by Kate Burton and performance by The Colburn Children’s Choir.
3PM – 4PM: Performances by RENAISSANCE FAIRE Storytellers
4PM – 4:30PM: LOS ANGELES PUBLIC LIBRARY Reading Circle
12:30PM – 1PM: POET LAUREATE LUIS J. RODRIGUEZ / YOUTH POET LAUREATE AMANDA GORMAN
1:15PM – 2:45PM: POST-ENGLISH LITERATURE of LA (readings in other languages by LA-based authors). HOSTED BY DAVID SHOOK / NEIL AITKEN (Mandarin) / MICHAEL CASPER (Yiddish) / ROBERT CASTILLO (Spanish) / PIOTR FLORZCYK (Polish) / HILARY KAPLAN (Portuguese) / NYSLA MARTINEZ (Spanish) / SAAD HOSSAIN (English) / ANTHONY SEIDMAN (French, Spanish)
3PM-4:30PM: YOUNG ADULT LIT READINGS: CECIL CASTELLUCCI (Stone in the Sky) / MARY MCCOY (Dead to Me) / GRETCHEN MCNEIL (Get Even) / SAAD HOSSAIN (English) / JULIANA ROMANO (First There Was Forever) / ELISSA SUSSMAN (Stray: Four Sisters) / 826LA AUTHORS from MENDEZ HIGH SCHOOL
**PUBLISHERS REPRESENTED AT THE GRAND PARK + WRIT LARGE POP UP SHOP: Writ Large Press / Les Figues Press / Unnamed Press / Red Hen Press / Rare Bird Lit / Kaya Press / Tia Chucha Press / Rothco Press / DUM DUM Zine / The Altar Collective / Penny-Ante Editions / Bamboo Press / Bombshelter Press / World Stage Books / Bank-Heavy Press / Ricochet Editions / Gold Line Press / Electric Travel Books / Giglio Press / Finishing Line Press / Heyday Books / Jaded Ibis / The Magic Factory / Angel City Press / PM Press / Arroyo Seco Press / Los Angeles Review of Books (LARB) / Frank Cities / Narrow Books / Punk Hostage Press / Antena / Mend My Dress Press
**INDIVIDUAL AUTHORS REPRESENTED: Doug Brown / Michalle Gould / Jessica Castillo / Iris de Anda / Janice Lee / Desiree Zamorano / Yumi Sakugawa / David Shook / Hilary Kaplan / Hiram Sims / Deborah A. Meadows / Gisele Samaan / Tanzila Ahmed / Elline Lipkin / Steven Tyler / Alice Simpson / Steven Charnow / Anne-Marie Kinney / Rachel Carter / Elan Barnehama / Sean Gallagher / Chris Lynch / Cecil Castellucci / Marco Vasquez / Marianne Markarian / Tanya Ward Goodman / Julianna Romano / Elissa Sussman / Mary McCoy / Gretchen McNeil / Neil Aiken / Michael Caspar / Roberto Castillo / Piotr Florczyk / Donald Bull / James Bartlett / Kate Maruyama / Wendy C. Ortiz
GO METRO AND TAKE THE RED or PURPLE LINE TO CIVIC CENTER/GRAND PARK STATION, GOLD LINE TO LITTLE TOKYO/ARTS DISTRICT STATION. Show your valid TAP card, Metro employee ID, or LA County employee ID at the Grand Park + Writ Large Pop Up Bookshop and save 10% on your book purchases.PLAN YOUR BEST ROUTE USING THE TRIP PLANNER.