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LéaLA: Los Angles’ first Spanish book fair

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Finding a large variety of books that are written in Spanish is nearly impossible at most book stores, that’s why I’m very excited about the LéaLA Spanish language book fair that’s being held this weekend at the Los Angeles Convention Center. When my husband and I first learned about this book fair, we couldn’t wait to find out more. It will feature more than 80 renowned authors from different Latin American countries including the U.S.

Over three days LéaLA will bring together one of the most impressive gatherings of highly acclaimed authors from the literary and cultural worlds. The Mexican state of Jalisco is the honored special guest and in recognition of its rich culture will present three literary greats: Juan Rulfo, Agustín Yáñez and Juan José Arreola; the performance of “Los placeres de la lengua” (The pleasures of language) with Ofelia Medina and Rubén Albarrán, as well as the Ballet Folkorico from the University of Guadalajara.  Stars from the education and entertainment worlds will also take part to foster the Spanish language and to recognize the varied cultural spectrum and traditions of Latinos in this country.  LéaLA is an initiative organized by the University of Guadalajara USA Foundation and supported by the Guadalajara International Book Fair, Feria Internacional del Libro, known worldwide as FIL; and the University of Guadalajara in Los Angeles.

LéaLA book fair will include daily seminars and workshops. Celebrities will participate in different literary cultural programs and activities, particularly reading to children in the kids’ zone. Isabel Allende, José José, Elena Poniatowska, Laura Restrepo and Francisco Martin Moreno are among the featured participants. Many activities and programs will be presented simultaneously in English and Spanish.

Admission is free, so you can bring your whole family!

When:  April 29, 30 and May 1st.

Time:  10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Where:  Los Angeles Convention Center, Concourse Hall, 1201 South Figueroa St., Los Angeles, 90015.

If you’ll be in town, I hope to find you at LéaLA this weekend!

*LéaLA graphic above is courtesy of LéaLA.

*The above review on this post is unbiased and all thoughts are my own. I have not received monetary compensation to write this review.

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