The Inland Empire Latino Book and Family Festival is coming to Cal State University San Bernardino on Saturday, May 4, 2013. The one-day event is FREE to the public and is a celebration of literature and culture. Doors open at 10 a.m., the event closes at 5 p.m.
More than 30 authors will be on hand to talk about their books and sign copies. They will also participate in panels on topics ranging from how to get published, to how to write memoirs, how to write children’s books and much more.
Among the roster of participating authors are Richard Montañez, the Pepsico executive who masterminded Flamin’ Hot Cheetos and wrote about it; Albert Okura, the founder of Juan Pollo and author; Dr. Ana Nogales, author of Dr. Ana Nogales’ Book of Love, Sex and Relationships: A Guide for Latino Couples; Julian Nava, former ambassador to Mexico who writes about how to investigate family histories; Bill Miranda, author of Profiles in Latino Courage: How Everyday Latinos Achieve Success; Victoria Lopez, author of The Little King: An Aztec Tale; Miluka Rivera, author of Legado Puertorriqueño en Hollywood; and many, many others.
Here is the current music schedule for tomorrows Latino Book and Family Festival
11:30am 12:00pm Maribel Puentes
1:00pm 2:00pm Latin Society
2:15pm 2:45pm Mariachi Juvenil Los Portrillos
3:00pm 3:30pm Los Romeros
3:45pm 4:45pm Miguel Aguirre and Son
Attendees will also enjoy a wide range of exhibitors, a food truck court, musical entertainment, ballet folklórico and a special screening of Smuggled. This poignant movie by Latino-American filmmaker Ramon Hamilton tells the story of a 9-year-old boy and his mother who are being smuggled into the United States in a hidden compartment beneath a tour bus. Entertainment will feature Latin Society, a popular local band that has been entertaining the Inland Empire for the past 30 years. Maribel Puentes, who sings like Jenni Rivera, will also perform.
The festival is working closely with Cal State University San Bernardino, including the Pfau Library and Santos Manuel Student Union. Two outstanding community-based organizations are serving as co-hosts for this event: the Kiwanis of Greater San Bernardino and Libreria del Pueblo.
Vendor booths and sponsorships are still available. Call the sales office at 858-603-8680 or e-mail jim@LBFF.us. San Bernardino representatives Martin Valdez can be reached at 909-496-0626 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org and Loraine O’Campo at 909-910-2854 or e-mail email@example.com .
About the University
California State University, San Bernardino opened in 1965 and is set at the foothills of the beautiful San Bernardino Mountains. The university serves more than 20,000 students each year and graduates about 4,000 students annually. 49% of the total student body are Hispanic students make up 49 percent of the student body, and females make up 63% percent.
About the Festival
Latino Literacy Now has been dedicated to advancing the causes of reading and promoting literacy in the Latino community since its first event (the Los Angeles Latino Book, Culture and Travel Festival) held at the Los Angeles Convention Center in 1997. Since then, hundreds of small and large companies have exhibited and sponsored the festival, many with excellent literacy initiatives that have given something tangible back to the community. By the end of 2011, Latino Literacy Now had produced 64 festivals, book awards and folklorico dance competitions around the United States drawing more than 875,000 participants and attendees.