LéaLA 2022, 4 days to celebrate Spanish-speaking literature

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LeaLASpanish Language Book Fair and Literary Festival 2022, a four-day event of cultural exploration with various activities around literature including lectures, plenary sessions, children’s workshops, a poetry corner, book signings and sales books, and more, is preparing for its opening in Los Angeles.

Aimed at book lovers and with a special focus on children, this event will feature over 80 different authors and speakers.

Marisol Schulz, General Manager of LéaLA, underlines:

LeáLA celebrates Spanish as a way to claim our culture, a bond that unites us and that we share with more than 500 million people around the world.

“Under the theme “Let’s Unite the Words”, and paying homage to the Mayan culture in its 2022 edition, in accordance with its vocation to reaffirm the pride of the language and our cultures, LéaLA is positioned as the dissemination and promotion program most ambitious of books and reading in Spanish in the United States of America. Combining the characteristics of the Literary Festival with the format of the Book Fair, it will have exhibition spaces from various publishers who publish in Spanish and thus bring titles to all audiences in Los Angeles,” the organization points out.

Among the various family-type activities, the six daily workshops for children who will explore the Mayan culture in interactive and hands-on sessions with crafts that show the legends of this important civilization, such as the god of rain, Chaac, teaching that the lack of rain is a phenomenon that has affected man for centuries, stand out.

The presentations also stand out:

  • World-renowned “Four Agreements” author Miguel Ruiz will offer an insightful conversation with his son, José Ruiz, also a renowned author. “The Four Agreements” has sold over 10 million copies and been translated into 46 languages.
  • The famous author, Ismael Cala, described by the New York Times as “the Latin Larry King”, will narrate his latest book, “Fluir para no Sufrir”.
  • Since the Mexican-origin community of Los Angeles is the second largest Mexican population outside of Ciudad de México, the keynote speech will feature the participation of Lorenzo Córdova, President-Counsellor of the National Electoral Institute of Mexico. His presentation, titled “Mexico is where you are”, discusses the important voting rights of Mexicans abroad.

“Since the first editions of LéaLA, designed as book fairs, readers of all ages have explored or reaffirmed their interest in what is said, thought and created in Spanish. We have discovered that there is a great pride in belonging to the sum of the cultures that precede us”, said Schulz.

LéaLA 2022 promotional item. Graphic design: LéaLa.

LéaLA is supported by sponsors and media partners including: AJUA, AltaMed, Arizona State University, El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument, Los Angeles Public Library, Consulate General of Mexico in Los Angeles, Northgate Markets, Sheraton Grand, Tortas Chago , ABC7, El Aviso Magazine, El Clasificado, El Suplemento, Estrella TV, Honduras Magazine, KPFK, NBC4, Noticias Para Inmigrantes, Que Buena Radio, Quinceañera.com and Telemundo52.

It is important to note that this fair, with free access and aimed at people of all ages, will be open from August 25 to 28 in the Plaza de Cultura y Artes de Los Angeles.

This fair is organized by the Fundación Universidad de Guadalajara USA, a 501c3 non-profit organization, with the support of Grodman Legacy, the collaboration of the Consulate General of Mexico in Los Angeles, the Alumni Association of the University of Guadalajara in Los Angeles, as well as important public and private institutions on both sides of the border. LéaLA has had a strong presence in Los Angeles with successful editions at the Los Angeles Convention Center (2011, 2012, 2013 and 2015), and the 2019 and 2021 editions as a Literary Festival.


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