Artists, writers represent Los Angeles at international book fair

About a hundred Los Angeles area writers, performers, and artists will sing L.A.’s praises for one week at a prestigious book fair in Mexico that begins tomorrow.

Guadalajara’s 23-year-old International Book Fair usually invites an entire country to showcase its literary best. Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs chief Olga Garay says L.A., a city of about 4 million people, has as much to offer as any nation. "We’re just thrilled that Los Angeles is the city that was chosen to be the first, almost city-state if you will, that the fair has reached out to." Garay hopes the intellectual exchanges will translate into more cultural tourism to this region.

The book fair’s itinerary is packed with panels that delve into the work of iconic L.A. writers like Raymond Chandler and Charles Bukowski. It’ll also feature contemporary writers who work in science fiction, surrealism and crime novels. Jazz great Wayne Shorter and percussion rockers Ozomatli are scheduled to offer the literati a sampling of L.A. rhythms.

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