The 2013 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, June 29, from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Thousands book lovers, families, and fans of all ages will converge on the Vision Theatre backlot in historic Leimert Park 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 Shirley and Bernard 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.

And this year in keeping with our tradition in celebrating our literary legacy, the Book Fair will pay special tribute to the American novelist, playwright, poet and social critic James A. Baldwin (August 2, 1924 – December 1, 1987) and the 1960’s: America’s Era of Social Change


29 LIVE is the name of the advanced performance ensemble of A Place Called Home and is under the direction of Charyn Harris, Conductor of Music Programs and Jeffrey Connor, Ensemble Instructor. Performers are chosen based off of their potential to develop their musicianship. Diversity is key here as the students learn and play a variety of genres from Pop, Rock, Ska, World Music, Second Line, Jazz and more.

We are the Los Angeles Partner and very first learning site of the Berklee City Music Network. Five alumni of the program have received full scholarships to attend the prestigious Berklee College of Music, while several others have received partial scholarships to other institutions. Every student involved benefits from once-in-a- lifetime opportunities. Students have already opened for Diana Ross, performing for over 5,000 attendees at the Nokia Theater. They are regularly requested throughout Los Angeles and are a favorite among elected officials, also having been requested to perform for the Mayor of Los Angeles with Ozomatli. They have performed with The Isley Brothers, Macy Gray and many others. Students have appeared on the Conan O’Brien show and have been featured by Gail Anderson on the KTLA Morning News. 29LIVE is not now fresh off of playing Dodger Stadium where they provided musical inspiration for over 7,000 participants of the Jive Live New Year’s Race which takes place during the first week of January.

The Accelerated Music Program (AMP) meets every Saturday from 10:30am-3:30pm offering concentrated studies to students who would like to advance in music and may be interested in pursuing performing with our advanced band, higher education and professional level opportunities. Through are state-of-the-art studio, students write, produce and record an annual CD project. The program is opened to students of all levels.

About the APCH Music Program:

The mission of the APCH Music Department is to provide students with a progressive, interactive and comprehensive experience that will foster appreciation for the arts, diversity and personal achievement.

APCH is a FREE music program serving youth ages 8 through 20. Programming is designed to encourage structure, focus, independence, accountability, teamwork and cultural enrichment. Preparedness for professional level performances and collaborations expose youth to a broad spectrum of opportunities available from every aspect of coordinating a production. Special events, performances, guest artists and incentives support the completion of goals. Incentives can range from an opportunity to spend a summer studying at Berklee College of Music to earning an instrument to an opportunity to perform with a celebrated musician and more!

A Place Called Home is a safe haven in South Los Angeles where underserved youth are empowered to take ownership of the quality and direction of their lives through programs in education, arts and well-being, and are inspired to make a meaningful difference in their community and the world.


2013 Legacy Honoree - JAMES A. BALDWIN

August 2, 1924 - December 1, 1987

MAY 31, 2013



Eriq LaSalle

Judge Mablean Ephriam

Liemert Park Bookfair Location
4300 Degnan Bl. LA, CA 90008