August 27, 1999


The Latino Book & Family Festival Is Now The Largest Latino Trade Show In the U.S.

The Latino Book & Family Festival, Festival producer Edward James Olmos has announced that the number of booths has surpassed 650 a record for Latino trade shows. Actor and community activist Olmos shared, "This is an important event not only for Latinos, but for everyone who cares about reading, culture and personal growth. We will have more than 50 Latino authors doing readings, sessions such as How To Buy Homes, as well as the unveiling of an important new play by actor Tony Plana, an adaption of Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing . I m very thankful to all the businesses and community organizations that are participating in this landmark event."

The Festival will be held August 28-29 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Admission and parking is free. The hours on the Festival are 10am to 8pm on Saturday and 10am to 6pm on Sunday. The Festival has six Villages of activities: Books, Careers & Education, Culture, Health, Mi Casita, and Recreation & Travel.

Upcoming Latino Book & Family Festivals will be in Chicago, November 20-21, 1999; San Diego, March 25-26, 2000; Los Angeles, August 26-27, 2000; Chicago, November 18-19, 2000; and San Bernardino, December 2-3, 2000. Additional cities are being lined up for 2001. Other activities include The Latino International Film Festival, October 1-10 in Los Angeles and the Latino Book Summit on June 1, 2000 in Chicago in conjunction with BookExpo America. For more information on the Book Festivals contact Kathy Diaz at 323-255-9206 and on the Film Festival contact Marlene Dermer at 323-466-7110.

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