Latinx representation at the L.A. Times Festival of Books: here are six participants to check out

Get to know the Latinx individuals and groups coming to the in-person event at the University Park campus

Los Angeles Times Festival Main Stage 2022

The 2022 Los Angeles Festival of Books is approaching, and many Latinx exhibitors and writers are getting ready to showcase at the event. This edition of the festival will be the first to take place in person since 2019 and is expected to have over 150,000 attendees.

The event will bring a variety of Latinx writers, authors, chefs, journalists, illustrators and performers. Many of these talented individuals and groups will come together at the University Park Campus from April 23 to 24.

Dímelo has made a list of five exhibitors/authors you should check out at the Los Angeles Festival of Books.

1. Salvadorian representation will be present at booth #914 with “Delicious El Salvador” presented by Alicia Maher. An exhibitor since 2014, Maher will be presenting and selling her cookbooks, which display authentic Salvadorian gastronomy. Her recipes include foods such as quesadillas, chicken stew and pork chops with onions.

2. Asian Latinos will be represented with Chinese Nicaraguan entrepreneur Armando “Tito” Tam making an appearance as an author and speaker at the L.A. Times en Español Stage on Saturday. Tam is the Senior Vice President of Business Development for the National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals. He is also the author of “It’s a Vibe: A Food and Wine Experience,” which features his recipes that include tostones with caviar on the top. He holds a passion for business and has associated with figures like actor Will Smith and celebrity chef Douglas Rodriguez.

3. “Pero Like” fans should be prepared because Curly Velazquez will be at the L.A. Times en Español Stage where he will be a part of the “Salvies Who Lunch Panel: ‘Conservando la Cultura Salvadoreña.’” Under BuzzFeed, “Pero Like” is accessible across multiple media platforms, like Instagram and YouTube and is meant to engage Latinx audiences. A ticket is necessary to attend this event on Saturday.

4. Brazilian and Puerto Rican author Donna Barbara Higuera will be in attendance on Panel 1082 titled “Middle Grade Fiction: Twists and Turns in Worlds Real and Unreal.” Higuera wrote a middle-grade dystopian novel titled “La Cuentista” (2021), which centers on the story of Petra Peña who awakens on another planet after the human race leaves Earth when a comet strikes. Higuera is also the recipient of the Newbury Medal and the Pura Belpré Award.

5. Guatemalan American author and journalist Hector Tobar will be speaking at a ticketed event at Bovard Auditorium on Sunday. He won a Pulitzer award with his coverage on the 1992 L.A. riots and was named one of the 100 most influential Hispanic men by the Hispanic Business Magazine. His most significant work includes: “Deep Down Dark: The Untold Stories of 33 Men Buried in a Chilean Mine,” which talks about the 33 miners that got stuck in the 2010 mining accident in Chile.

6. Music will be there, too, with ALAJE (Thornton School of Music Afro Latin American Jazz Ensemble). ALEJE is known to play music from Cuba and Puerto Rico, such as salsa. The group has performed at different festivals and events. Aáron Serfaty, a Venezuelan music educator and performer, leads the ensemble.

For the full schedule and to keep track of the rest of the exhibitors, it is important to check the official festival website.