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Attention Bibliophiles: There’s a Huge Bookfest in Grand Park This Weekend!

March 26, 2015 by Brian Champlin

Looking for a fun and free way to spend your afternoon this weekend? How about the Downtown Bookfest?

This Saturday, March 28 from 12pm – 5pm the Downtown Bookfest will take hold of Grand Park with loads of literary entertainment for the entire family. The event represents a massive coalition of local organizations, publishers and authors that is sure to impress book lovers of all persuasions.

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There will be pop-up bookshops, community cameras where you can contribute your own photos, plus arts, crafts and other activities presented by organizations like 826 LA and First 5 LA, and of course a huge slate of live readings and performances on two separate stages.

Check the full lineup of scheduled performances below, and of course for more information go to the official Grand Park website.

Enjoy!

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

MAIN STAGE:

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-4:30: PM 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

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