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Tuesday April 2, 2013

Spanish Book Lovers Await LeaLA Book Fair in May

Spanish Book Lovers Await LeaLA Book Fair in May

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The Spanish Book Fair of Los Angeles, or LeaLA, the biggest competition of its kind in the United States, expects to attract close to 100,000 visitors for its third edition, to be held May 17-19, organizers said.

“In this, its third year, LeaLA expects to welcome more book lovers than in previous years,” Marisol Schulz, director of the event since it started in 2011 and who is now also director of the Guadalajara International Book Fair in Mexico, told Efe.

In its third year the fair will offer a “program of the highest quality and greatest diversity,” with more than 150 authors, 100 publishing houses and 200 sales booths,Schulz said.

Among the participants this year will be Mexican novelists Beatriz Rivas, Paco Ignacio and Benito Taibo, the winner of the Nuevas Letras Prize Daniel Krauze, and U.S. writers Maha Akhtar, Jose Luis Orozco and Francisco Hinojosa.

Also making an appearance at the fair will be such personalities as former Mexican Foreign Relations Secretary Jorge CastaƱeda, outstanding golfer Lorena Ochoa, and motivational speaker Cesar Lozano.

Random House, Penguin, Arte Publico Press, Lectorum, Planeta, Santillana, Fondo de Cultura Economica, SM, Urano, Roca Editorial, Grupo Nelson and Bridge Publications are among the publishers participating in the fair.