​"Voted One of LA's 5 Best Annual Book Festivals"    


Dear Friends,

Thanks to everyone --- authors, poets, special performers, staff, volunteers, festival attendees, sponsors, panelists, special guest presenters and supporters  --- for making our 9th Annual Leimert Park Book Fair (LPVBF) held on Saturday, August 1, 2014 such a wonderful success!  Your presence was greatly appreciated making this year's event one of our best!

A special Thank you is extended to our venue host - the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza and their support staff for all their logistical support and assistance.  We also appreciate the support of all of our 2015 sponsors including- Capri Capital Partners, LLC; The Gas Company; Nestle USA, Inc., Time Warner Cable; KABC - Channel 7; Nielsen; the Office of Councilman Herb Wesson, Jr.; the City of Los Angeles and the County of Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, as well former Councilman Bernard C. Parks!  

And to all our volunteers and staff members, thank you for your time, dedication and work!  Finally, we are extraordinarily grateful to Dr. Bernard W. and Shirley Kinsey, our Advisory Chairpersons for their wonderful leadership and guidance.

Thank you EVERYONE again and see you at our 10th Anniversary Celebration!

Cynthia E. Exum

Fair volunteers

​Coral Cummings
Dorothy Lou Sands
Marie Bryant
Tanee Jordan
Charles Rogers
Marcie Ambrose
Bunny Betts
Karen Carmichael
Angel Facel
Stephen Austin
Uriri Stevens
​Pavil Booker
LaShawn Poitier
Jason Bueno
Myisha Warren
Denora Eurcious
Margie Mosely
Kristyn Mintesnot
Alma Bailey
Margie Collins
Queala Clancy
Linda Collins
​& Special thanks to the Church of Latter Day Saints Volunteers

"Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Watts Riots" 

The LPVBF will recognize the significance of the 1965 Watts Rebellion with a stirring panel discussion.  Noted community leaders, educators, elected officials and more will gather for a poignant conversation on the 50th Anniversary of the 1965 Watts Rebellion.  Panelists will discuss the underlying causes that led to an unprecedented loss of lives, injuries and millions in property damage; highlighting growing racial tensions and socioeconomic disparities in the LA's predominantly black communities.  The discussion culminates with a special screening of the acclaimed documentary, "The Angry Voices of Watts" (1965).  Although decades earlier, the events and outcomes of the Rebellion mirror many of the same such events as the 1992 LA Riots and the recent protests in Baltimore.  The objective will be to share with participants and attendees where we are as a  city (and a nation) since the riots - the progression in the midst of setbacks. 


​Attica Locke 
Author of "Black Water Rising" & Co-Producer /Writer of Fox's "Empire" 

​Appearing on Main Stage @ 2pm 

​Attica Locke’s first novel, Black Water Rising, was nominated for an Edgar Award, an NAACP Image Award, as well as a Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and was short-listed for the prestigious Orange Prize in the UK.  Her second book, The Cutting Season, published by Dennis Lehane books, is a national bestseller, and is the 2013 winner of the Ernest Gaines Award for Literary Excellence. A graduate of Northwestern University, Locke was a fellow at the Sundance Institute’s Feature Filmmakers Lab and worked as a screenwriter for years. She is a writer and producer on the Fox drama, Empire. A native of Houston, Texas, Attica lives in Los Angeles, California, with her husband and daughter.
Website: atticalocke.com
Facebook: facebook.com/atticalocke
Twitter:  @atticalocke

​Pamela Samuels Young 
Author of ​Anybody's Daughter and
winner of the 2014 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Fiction

​Facilitating a Self Publishing Workshop @ 1:00pm, BHC Community Room

​Pamela Samuels Young is a practicing attorney whose award-winning legal thrillers are known for their unexpected twists and strong female characters. Dubbed "John Grisham with a sister’s twist," Pamela has penned six novels, including Anybody's Daughter, Buying Time, and Murder on the Down Low. Her latest thriller, Anybody's Daughter, won the 2014 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Fiction and was a top ten pick by In the Margins, the best books for at-risk teens. Pamela is also a natural hair enthusiast and the author of Kinky Coily: A Natural Hair Resource Guide. Pamela has achieved a successful writing career while working as Managing Counsel for Labor and Employment Law for Toyota. A former journalist, Pamela began her broadcasting career at WXYZ-TV in Detroit and later worked as a news writer and associate producer for KCBS-TV in Los Angeles. The Compton native is a graduate of USC, Northwestern University and UC Berkeley’s School of Law. Pamela formerly served on the board of directors of the Los Angeles Chapter of Mystery Writers of America and is a diehard member of Sisters in Crime-L.A. To read an excerpt of Pamela’s books or to schedule her for a speaking engagement, visit her website at www.pamelasamuelsyoung.com.

Tananarive Due

2pm on Main Stage 

Tananarive Due is an author, screenwriter and educator who is a leading voice in black speculative fiction. Her short fiction has appeared in best-of-the-year anthologies of science fiction and fantasy. She is the former Chair in the Humanities at Spelman College (2012-2014) and teaches Afrofuturism at UCLA. She also teaches in the creative writing MFA program at Antioch University Los Angeles. The American Book Award winner and NAACP Image Award recipient is the author of twelve novels and a civil rights memoir.

Due wrote The Black Rose, a historical novel about the life of Madam C.J. Walker, based on the research of Alex Haley – and Freedom in the Family: A Mother-Daughter Memoir of the Fight for Civil Rights, which she co-authored with her mother, the late civil rights activist Patricia Stephens Due. Freedom in the Family was named 2003's Best Civil Rights Memoir by Black Issues Book Review.  (Patricia Stephens Due took part in the nation’s first “Jail-In” in 1960, spending 49 days in jail in Tallahassee, Florida, after a sit-in at a Woolworth lunch counter.)

Her first short story collection, Ghost Summer, will be published in September of 2015. She her husband/collaborator Steven Barnes recently sold an adaptation of one of her novels to cable television. (Details to be disclosed at a later date.) Her writing blog is at www.tananarivedue.wordpress.com


Welcome new festival partner Taschen!  Founded in 1980, Taschen remains one of the leading art books published globally.   

Copies of their Spring/Summer magazine will be available at the book fair.  


Special Tribute to Alice Walker, 
Pulitzer Prize Winning Author

​​Each year the Leimert Park Village Book Fair pays tribute to an African American writer who has made an exceptional contribution to American literature. With an acclaimed body of work that spans over three decades and includes poetry, novels and memoirs, Alice Walker has created a genre all her own. An extraordinary novelist, short-story writer, poet, essayist, and activist, she is one of the most admired and celebrated African American writers working today. Ms. Walker is best known for her 1982 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, The Color Purple.
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 Saturday, August 1st 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.