Kim Coles: Photo Credit, Ricky Richardson

*Los Angeles – After attracting over 100,000 attendees as well as hundreds of authors, poets, artists and community leaders over the past 10 years, the 11th annual Leimert Park Village Book Fair, (LPVBF), was held on Saturday, August 19, 2017 in Los Angeles.

The book fair was held from 10:00 am-6pm on the re-purposed outdoor promenade of the historic Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza (BHC), located at 3650 W. Martin Luther King Jr., Blvd. The family-oriented event is always held in the heart of Leimert Park, which is considered the center of the African-American arts/intellectual scene in Los Angeles.

A family-oriented event, the LPVBF had something for everyone. Attendees enjoyed celebrity sightings, speakers, author talks, poets, storytellers as well as book-signings from your favorite fiction and non-fiction authors-and several publishing and writing panels coordinated by the Los Angeles Review of Books. New this year was a Travel and Wellness stage.

Kendra Kabasele and Albert Lawrence

“Voted One of L. A.’s Five Best Annual Book Festivals,” the LPVBF has become a much-anticipated cultural tradition in the community. It provides authors the opportunity to promote their newest work as well as meet some their fans up close and personal. Book fair attendees were able to meet some of L. A.’s favorite and best selling authors.

The day’s celebration concluded with a posthumous tribute to American treasure and Jazz Legend Ella Fitzgerald in recognition of her Centennial with special musical performances by Elaine Gibbs and Nicole “Velvet Voice” Simms and special surprise guest singer Brenda Lee Eager aided and abetted by the Harold Land, Jr. Quartet. Harold Land, Jr. -piano, Noland Shaheed-trumpet, John B. Williams-bass and Leslie Daniels on drums.

Enjoy the enclosed photo gallery of the 11th Annual Leimert Park Village Book Fair.

Ricky Richardson is a Southern California based writer, music reviewer and photographer. Contact him via: [email protected]