Angelica Maria and Kate del Castillo (Ramon Aviles/Living Out Loud LA)
Los Angeles Times presented their annual Festival of Book at the USC campus from April 18-19, once again hosting the largest gathering and exposition of literary works in Los Angeles.
The fair began in 1996, and every year, has proven to be a huge success, evolving and improving with the times. This year was no different, featuring literature from every genre, as well as fun activities for the public including live bands, poetry readings and chef demonstrations.
Also on display were works by photographers, as well as screened films with discussion panels.
One of the more poignant panels was the one focusing on the Latin population’s attitude towards books, with actresses Kate del Castillo and Angelica Maria in attendance to moderate and answer questions. No strangers to literary works, both thespians have built their career portraying characters based on novels.
Both actresses stressed the importance of not mutilating or corrupting literary works when transitioning to film or TV, and that there should be special care taken when changing aspects of literary works, and only with the consent of the original author.
The fair takes place at the USC campus every year, and this installment attracted over 150,000 people from all over the country.
Besides exposing the public to thousands of literary works, the fair also provides writers, editors, book sellers, museums, theatres, and cultural organizations, an opportunity to showcase and sell their works.
More importantly, the fair provides a golden opportunity for those who love to submerge themselves in books of all sorts from authors representing all corners of the world, and want to introduce their children to the same world.