2nd annual Edward James Olmos Latino Book and Family Festival at CSUSB May 3


Cal State San Bernardino and the John M. Pfau Library’s Latino Literacy Now project will host the 2nd annual Edward James Olmos Latino Book and Family Festival on Saturday, May 3, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Latino Book & Family Festival. Click on the image to view a larger version.

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The festival, which includes workshops, storytelling, meeting authors and other activities, will be held at the Santos Manuel Student Union’s Events Center and Lobby.

If you have a love for books and have an interest in reading, would like to hear Latino authors speak about their books, and attend sessions on how to write and publish a book, you will not want to miss this event. Thousands of books will be given away as prizes to attendees.

The public is invited to this free full day of food and entertainment, which includes free parking in Lots D and E. Performances will start at 11 a.m., with Multicultural Music Tree, by Jose Ledesma. Maribel Puentes, Danza Azteca Tlazolteoti and Ballet Folclorico Tierra de Mi Padre. These are just a few of the amazing performances that will be staged at the second annual event.

Bring the family and join other book lovers for reading, music and food. El Original Huichos Tacos and Carl’s Hawaiian Shaved Ice and food concessions will be on hand with budget-friendly food.

The event will bring more than 50 award-winning authors to the campus to promote literacy and education. These authors will read, make presentations and sign books. During the festivities, both young and seasoned musicians and dancers will provide cultural entertainment.

About 500 students from the San Bernardino City Unified School District will be recognized for their reading achievements, and the winners of the Latino Essay and Art Contest announced.

The Latino Book and Family Festival Committee consists of representatives from across the CSUSB campus and the community, including: Michael Arteaga, Kamerin Bateman, Cesar Caballero, Gloria Chavez, Iwona Contreras, Jessie Felix, Erika Flores, Danny Morales, Loraine O’Campo, Anthony Robles, Yari Tabares,

Martin Valdez and Felix Zuniga.

For more information about this event, visit the Inland Empire Latino Book & Family Festival Facebook page or contact Cesar Caballero, chair of the event committee at (909) 537-5102. For vendor booth information, contact Iwona Contreras at 909-537-3447 or icontrer@csusb.edu.