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The Music Center Presents the 3rd Annual Grand Park Bookfest

by Ricky Ricardo (writer), Los Angeles, March 12, 2015

Credit: Photo Courtesy The Musci Center
Grand Park BookFest Signage

Saturday, March 28th, The Music Center Presents the Third Annual Grand Park Downtown BookFest, featuring Artizen Lab, in Salute to Local Creative Community.

The Music Center Present the 3rd Annual Grand Park Downtown BookFest

Los Angeles- The Music Center Presents Grand Park Downtown Book Fest, scheduled to return for the third year in a row. What is unique about this book festival, it is the only book festival in Los Angeles that focused exclusively on the creativity of local authors, publishers, booksellers and aspiring literary creators. This expansive outdoor literary experience offers book lovers of all ages access not only to a large coalition of Los Angeles-based presses, publishers and authors, but also to book related experiences, including special readings, performances, sing-alongs, and book making activities, presented by literary support communities including libraries and local non-profit organizations.

This year, Bookfest will feature the culmination of The Music Center’s Artizen Lab, an online platform that gives people a unique opportunity to express their creative ideas to inspiring challenges. For the launch of Artizen Lab, The Music Center partnered with the Los Angeles County Library to challenge artizens, or citizens artists, to “Cite Your Source,” expressing their perspective on where LA is heading through various arts based projects. The top ideas submitted to the challenge will be showcased during Bookfest.

Grand Park Downtown Bookfest guest will enjoy a broad range of activities and performances for all ages and for the entire family, including:

*Storytelling by Renaissance Faire Storytellers.

*Performances selections from Cornerstone Theater Company’s tour of The California Tempest, now touring the state and culminated in Grand Park.

*Bilingual sing-along presented by Zimmer Children’s Museum.

*Readings from Matilda by actress Kate Burton with a choral performance of music from the musical by the Colburn Children’s Choir (Matilda will be at the Ahmanson Theater at The Music Center from May 19-June 12,2015).

*Readings by Los Angeles Poet Laureate Luis J. Rodriguez

*Post English Literature of LA, readings curated by poet David Shook that feature work by Los Angeles authors in Polish, Spanish, Farsi, and Isthmus Zapotec, along with the work of some of Los Angeles best translators.

*An all ages “Ask a Kid/Ask an Adult” interaction provided by 826LA, with questions by kids and adults answered by one another, and answers posted on a large gallery walls.

*Bookmaking using recycled materials.

*Free copies of Into the Beautiful North by Luis Alberto Urrea, this year’s featured book in the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs “The Big Read” literacy program, along with other information about spring 2015 initiative.

Grand Park’s Pop-Up Bookshop featuring 30 Los Angeles based presses and publishers.

*A children’s book swap along with a cookbook swap for cooks who want to be inspired by new recipes shared by others.

*An exhibit of the top Artizen Lab Ideas.

When: Saturday, March 28, 2015 Noon-5:00PM

Where: Grand Park, downtown Los Angeles

200 N. Grand Avenue

Between Grand Avenue and Hill Street

The amazing thing about this book fest is you can take the Metro Red or Purple Line to Civic Center/Grand Park Station, or the Gold Line to Little Tokyo/Arts District Station.

More Information: visit or call 213-972-8080 for routes and schedules.

Grand Park is a beautiful, vibrant outdoor public park, which is serves as a vibrant gathering place for the entire community in Los Angeles County. With expansive green space for gatherings large and small, Grand Park celebrates the county's cultural vitality and is host to community events, cultural experiences, holiday celebrations, many other activities that engage and attract visitors from all communities. The 12-acre Grand Park stretches from The Music Center on the west to City Hall on the east, and is easily accessible by Metro via the Red/Purple line to Civic Center/Grand Park station. The park was name one of the American Planning Association's 10 "Great Public Spaces" in the U.S. for 2013. Working closely with the county, The Music Center is responsible for all operations and programming for the park. Visit for more information.

Celebrating its 50th Anniversary year, The Music Center is LA's home to the world's greatest artistic programs and events. With four iconic theaters and four renowned resident companies-Center Theatre Group, the LA Master Chorale, the LA Opera and the LA Philharmonic-and recognized for its illustrious dance programming, Gloria Kaufman Presents Dance at The Music Center is a destination where audiences find inspiration in the very best of live performance, as well as nationally recognized arts education and participatory arts experiences.

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3 comments on The Music Center Presents the 3rd Annual Grand Park Bookfest

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By riginal on March 13, 2015 at 01:05 am

great post. Man! is that one go ahead literary haven or what?

The advantage of living in a creative atmosphere no doubt. :>)

A women grew a foot long potatoe here recently. Be great to indulge in that sort of entertainment you speak of. Advantage of a creative diverse population not afraid to let its hair down.

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By Ricky Ricardo on March 14, 2015 at 10:34 pm

Thanks riginal, what an honor. Yes, I agree that the creative vision for Grand Park is to have a place for people to explore, engage and be entertained in a beautiful, relaxing setting.

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