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The Fair

LéaLA, the Los Angeles Spanish-language Book FairComparative statistics

With the objective of expanding its programs by focusing on the diffusion of the culture and the arts of the Latino community in the City of Los Angeles, California, the University of Guadalajara has created one of the biggest and most ambitious projects around the promotion of the Spanish-language: LéaLA, the Los Angeles Spanish-language Book Fair.

The purpose of this event is to encourage reading and to promote books in Spanish, as well as the recognition of the Latino population, their culture and traditions. LéaLA is an initiative sponsored by the University of Guadalajara at Los Angeles and by the Guadalajara International Book Fair (FIL).

In LéaLA you will find book presentations and book signings; conferences and talks on culture and the historical roots of the Latin American countries; sessions with Latino writers and authors from other regions; discussion forums on issues relating to the sales and distribution of books in Spanish; and the participation of celebrities from the Latino community in activities from the fair’s literary and cultural program.

This fair has an Education Pavilion focused on promoting upper secondary and higher education; the Cri-Cri Children’s Hall, a dedicated area for children where a series of workshops are performed and organized by Letras para Volar, an educational project of the University of Guadalajara, which has the support of the University of Fielding, with the aim of promoting reading, the use of Spanish-language and the Latino traditions among children; and, in conjunction with Editorial Universitaria (University of Guadalajara Publishing House), the Independent Publishers Pavilion, a space dedicated to promote and support independent publishing houses so that they can approach the publishing market in the United States of America.