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4001 West 22nd Place, Suite # 1 • Los Angeles, California • 90018 • P: 323.730.0628

DATE: Saturday, August 24, 2019

TIME: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

LOCATION: Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza, which is located in the historic Leimert Park/Crenshaw District in Los Angeles

Leimert Park Village Book Fair

Founded in 2007 by Cynthia E. Exum, the Leimert Park Village Book Fair (LPVBF) is produced in partnership with Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, City of Los Angeles, the County of Los Angeles and the Capri Capital Partners of the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza mall.


Since its inception, this annual book fair has become a much-anticipated cultural tradition in the community, providing authors, literary figures, speakers, poets and other participants an
opportunity to promote their newest works as well as meet some of their fans up close and personal. Philanthropists and art historians Dr. Bernard W. and Shirley Kinsey serve as the book fair’s honorary chairpersons, leading the fundraising efforts and increasing the book fair’s brand awareness in the corporate community.

Last year, the book fair was an overwhelming success at the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza, with more 150 authors, writers, storytellers, poets and spokenword performers participating.


"Voted One of the Top Five Book Festivals in Los Angeles." - Cultural Hub

  • Literary Pavilions - featuring an Authors Signing Area

  • Children's Stage and Reading Corner - featuring celebrity read-a-louds along with theatrical performances, educational exhibitors, storytelling as well as arts and crafts activities

  • Author Stages - Featuring panel discussions, writing workshops, author meet and greets, book signings, poetry, recitals, film screenings and exhibits

  • Cooking Stage - featuring celebrity chefs, food demonstrations and culinary exhibitors


​In the past 12 years, LPVBF has had an incredible lineup of authors, poets, celebrity authors, speakers and artists, including Pulitzer Prize winners Isabel Wilkerson and Douglas A. Blackmon; prominent literary figure Ishmael Reed; New York Times best selling authors Eric Jerome Dickey and Zane; author Tananarive Due and novelist/screenwriter Steve Barnes; novelist/screenwriter/producer Attica Locke; poet/activist Nikki Giovanni and poet/playwright Sonia Sanchez; author and Essence magazine Editor-in-Chief Emeritus Susan L. Taylor; White House correspondent and political commentator April Ryan; economist and political commentator Julianne Malveaux; award-winning filmmaker Ava DuVernay; as well as world-renowned visual artists Charles Bibbs, Synthia Saint James and Varnette P. Honeywood -- just to name a few..

Names from the entertainment world – that is, actors/entertainers-turned authors include Oscar winner Louis Gossett Jr.; along with award-winning actors Victoria Rowell (The Young and the Restless”); Hill Harper (“CSI: NY”); Todd Bridges (Diff’rent Strokes); Isaiah Washington (“Grey’s Anatomy”); film producer DeVon Franklin and his wife, actress Meagan Good; reality star NeNe Leakes ("Real Housewives of Atlanta”); reality star and restaurateur Miss Robbie (“Welcome to Sweetie Pie’s”); actress/comedienne Kim Coles (“Living Single”); playwright/author Donald B. Welch; and actress/children’s author Kim Wayans and Grammy-winning recording artist Bobby Brown -- just to name a few.

Approximately 5,000 + festival attendees are expected for a fun-filled day of celebrating the written word.
Twitter: @LeimertParkBF
Instagram: @LeimertParkBF
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