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



A special message from Cynthia Exum, Executive Producer of LPVBF
​I am so excited to welcome you to the 10th anniversary of the Leimert Park Village Book Fair!

Time certainly flies when you’re having fun. It’s been a real honor for me to encourage the love of books and reading in our community, and you to respond so positively with your support. We’re in the throws of putting together a wonderful Book Fair this year, but I sincerely want to thank you for all your patronage throughout the years. Still, the best is yet to come!

As always, the family-oriented event will be held in the heart of Leimert Park, which is considered the center of the African American arts/intellectual scene in the city. The Book Fair will be held outdoors on the grounds of Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza mall, and luckily, it rarely rains in Southern California!

On a personal note, many years ago, I envisioned a Book Fair as a homage to my grandmother who encouraged my love of reading as a child. When she passed away, I wanted to give back to the community and do something in her memory that would make a difference. And that’s how the idea of the book fair was born.

Today, I’m delighted that the Leimert Park Village Book Fair was “Voted One of LA’s Five Best Annual Book Festivals!” It’s a testament to the hard work and support of a community. It takes a village to not only raise a child; but it also takes a village to educate a child for a better tomorrow.
The Leimert Park Village Book Fair has become a much-anticipated cultural tradition in the community.  It has been a real treat for me to bring some of your favorite authors and celebrities to our community, and provide them an opportunity to promote their newest work as well as meet some of their fans up close and personal.

In the past nine years, the Book Fair 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 seller Eric Jerome Dickey; poet/activist Nikki Giovanni and poet/playwright Sonia Sanchez; Oscar winner Louis Gossett Jr.; along with award-winning actors like Victoria Rowell (The Young and the Restless”); Hill Harper (“CSI: NY”); Todd Bridges (Diff’rent Stokes); Isaiah Washington (“Grey’s Anatomy”); and reality stars NeNe Leakes ("Real Housewives of Atlanta”); and writer and reality star Demetria Lucas D’Oyley (“Blood, Sweat & Heels”) – just to name a few. But, there’s still more authors to be had!

Planning an event of this magnitude requires teamwork and lots of support from the city, the business community, community leader, sponsors and local and state politicians. I would like to thank my sponsors, Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas of District 2; the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs; the City of Los Angeles and the Capri Capital Partners of the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza mall for their continued support. I especially want to thank my board members and my honorary chairpersons – that is, philanthropists Dr. Bernard W. Kinsey and his lovely wife, Shirley, who have taken the Book Fair to new heights with their guidance and collective resources.

So, save the date! Saturday, August 20th. The Leimert Park Village Book Fair returns, rain or shine!

Cynthia E. Exum