June 29, 2024 | 10:00am - 4:00 pm
The Wende Museum

Culver City Book Festival

The Culver City Book Festival returns to highlight the work of local authors, publishers, journals, and literary nonprofits.

In addition to tables exhibiting the work of local presses, there will be panels on a variety of topics including:

• Poet Laureates Luis J. Rodriguez, Lynne Thompson and Brian Sonia-Wallace; and Culver City Artist Laureate Katy Krantz

• Publishers of Color including El Martillo Press, World Stage Press, Paper Press, Alegria Publishing, and Writ Large Projects

• The current state of romance literature convened by The Ripped Bodice.

• Creative activities for all ages including Zine Making

Between panels there will be poetry readings, including a block from contributors to the Dear Culver City collection curated by Culver City Artist Laureate Katy Krantz.

Exhibitors will include local presses including the ones mentioned above plus Angel City Press at the Los Angeles Public Library and X Artists Books, journals Sin Cesar and Para Llevar magazines as well as nonprofits 826LA, WriteGirl, the Culver City Historical Society and the Center for the Study of Political Graphics

For more information and current list of participants and activities email bookfest@villagewell.com.

The Culver City Book Festival is a partnership between Culver City Arts Foundation, Village Well Books & Coffee, El Martillo Press, the Wende Museum and the City of Culver City.

Village Well Books & Coffee is the only independent general interest bookstore in Culver City, and carries 15,000 titles in all formats and genres. The store hosts a variety of literary events, community gatherings, and artistic workshops and programs. The café serves healthy drinks, snacks and meals, including beer and wine. Located in the heart of downtown Culver City across from City Hall and the Kirk Douglas Theatre.

Culver City Arts Foundation is a local nonprofit founded to boost the creative culture of Culver City. Through fiscal grants, program supports, and creative networking opportunities, CCAF supports an engaged community that values a thriving arts culture.

El Martillo Press, founded by Matt Sedillo and David A. Romero, publishes writers whose pens strike the page with clear intent; words with purpose to pry apart assumed norms and to hammer away at injustice. El Martillo was Launched in Los Angeles with a diverse group of celebrated and hardworking writers who embody its working-class intellectual spirit.

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