PALMDALE – Billed as a celebration of literacy and artistic culture for all ages, the inaugural Palmdale Book Festival & ARTown Fusion kicks off this Saturday.
Festivities will take place from 12 to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 7, at Legacy Commons and Legacy Park, located at 930 East Avenue Q-9 in Palmdale. Free and open to the public, the event is presented by the Palmdale City Library and Legacy Commons for Active Seniors.
“The ARTown Fusion exhibit will be on display inside Legacy Commons, while most of the crafts and activities will be held on the lawn at Legacy Park,” stated Library Director Thomas Vose. “One of the coolest events of the day will be ‘Do It Yourself Shakespeare,’ where people will be able to perform their favorite Shakespearean scenes for all to see and enjoy.”
The festival will include book signings from local authors; an art show featuring the works of local artists; a Friends of the Library book sale; story-time for kids; balloons and face painting; the Library’s Techmobile; crafts for all ages, including adults, and more. Special guest musical comedy group the High-D Boys will perform a concert in Legacy Park as part of the festivities.
Local authors scheduled to appear include:
- Itibari Zulu, “Journal of Pan-African Studies”
- Rich Samuels, “Alexander Adventures”
- Dr. Lance Fogan, “DINGS”
- Stacey Nembhard, “The Jamaican Linguist: I Remember When”
- Katherine Kottaras, “How to Be Brave”
- Denet Stephens, “The Search for Sunshine”
- Mildred Dumas, “Christmas Blessings: A Novel”
- Laura Emery, “Disposition of Remains”
- Mark Sears, Michael Picarella, “Everything Ever After: Confessions of a Family Man”
- Lee Souleles, “Avalon”
- Deen Ferrell, “Cryptic Spaces” series
- Chris Alexander, “Star Wars Origami”
- Lock Marie, “The Tip Book”
- Rebekah R. Ganiere, “Dead Awakenings” “Fairelle Series”
- Antelope Valley Writers’ Association compilation books.
Local artists participating include: Keri Olson, Julia Grammer, Jeanette Taylor, Juanita McWilliams, Pamela Lacey, Katrina Castillo, Juan Jimenez, Amanda Alvarez, Martina Hernandez, Adrian Abrego, Tony Escalante, Michele Streenz, Bruce Robertson, Liz Franco, Gwyneth Wilson, Kristi Arzola and students from Palmdale High School.
For more information on this event, contact the Palmdale City Library at 661-267-5600 or visit www.cityofpalmdale.org/library.
[Information via news release from the city of Palmdale.]