WELCOME TO THE LEIMERT PARK BOOK FAIR!

                            THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT AND PARTICIPATION!

Dear Friends,

Thank you everyone --- authors, poets, special performers, staff, volunteers, festival attendees, sponsors and supporters --- so much for your particpation and attendance at this year's 8th Annual Leimert Park Book Fair (LPVBF) held on Saturday, August 9, 2014!  Your presence was greatly appreciated helping  make this year's event a huge success!  More specifically our sincere recognition goes to our local host - the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza along with their professional staff as well to our sponsors - Capri Capital Partners, LLC; The Gas Company; Nestle USA, Inc., Time Warner Cable; KABC - Channel 7; the Office of Councilman Bernard C. Parks, 8th District; the City of Los Angeles; the County of Los Angeles and the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs for their unwavering support.  We also appreciate our Advisory Committee Chairpersons, Dr. Bernard C. and Shirley Kinsey for their leadership and guidance. As always it was a pleasure for our team to produce this wonderful community event. 

Thank you again and see you in 2015!

Cynthia Exum
Executive Director and Founder
Leimert Park Village Book Fair  



Dr. Bernard W. and Shirley Kinsey - LPVBF Chairpersons 
Exective Directors, The Kinsey Foundation for Arts & Education

                                       Special Tribute to MAster storyTeller 
                                                         Dr. Maya Angelou
                                               (April 4, 1928 – May 28, 2014)

The Leimert Park Village Book Fair pays tribute to the incomparable Dr. Maya Angelou.   Dr. Angelou’s immeasurable contributions to the world can hardly be expressed to the fullest extent here. However, we acknowledge her literary accomplishments and inspiring use of those accomplishments to champion worthy causes.  It’s impossible not to be changed after reading her first autobiography, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, arguably her most acclaimed book.  And with over 30 best-selling titles, she leaves an archetype of works that will continue to hearten society and our future leaders.  Generations continue to reap the benefits of Dr. Angelou’s courageous and steadfast temperament for justice, peace and a passion for the Arts. African-American authors, poets, entertainers, educators and more stand on the shoulders of the likes of Dr. Maya Angelou in now being recognized for their contributions to building community and liberating minds through the Arts.  Often described as a Global Renaissance Woman, Dr. Maya Angelou will forever be treasured as an indelible part of the American fabric. Read more about Maya Angelou here.
 
                    
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The 2015 Leimert Park Village Book Fair (LPVBF) will celebrate another year of bringing a world-class, unrivaled literary event to the City of Los Angeles on DATE TO BE ANNOUCED from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Thousands book lovers, families, and fans of all ages will converge on the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza at 3650 Martin Luter King, Jr. Blvd. in Los Angeles, California 90018, to celebrate the written word. There will be over 150 celebrity readings, book signings, writing workshops, panel discussions, poetry readings, stage performances and musical performance during this day-long festival.

Previously, the LPVBF has hosted some of the national’s top authors and artists including Pulitzer Prize winning writer Isabel Wilkerson; California Laureate Al Young; Award Winning Poet, Nikki Govanni; Editor-in-Chief Emeritus of Essence magazine, Susan L. Taylor; Oscar winner Louis Gossett Jr.; Emmy-nominated music director Rickey Minor of "American Idol" and band leader of the "Tonight Show;" Pulitzer Prize-winning author Douglas Blackmon; prominent literary figure Ishmael Reed; New York Times best-selling author Eric Jerome Dickey; Advertising Hall of Famer Tom Burrell; award winning chef Govind Armstrong; playwright/author Donald Welch; screenwriter Rob Edwards ("Princess and the Frog"); art enthusiasts and philanthropists Dr. Bernard W. and Shirley Kinsey; award-winning poet Ruth Forman, spoken word tour-de-force-Talaam Acey and actress/children’s author Kim Wayans just to name a few. In addition, each year LPVBF distributes more than 1,500 free books to fair attendees, including over 300 books to local foster care children.

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