Monday, September 09, 2013

Visit the University of La Verne for the Latino Author Summit on September 21st

WHERE: University of La Verne, 1950 Third Street, La Verne, CA 91750

WHEN: September 21, 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

COST: Free Admission

The University of La Verne held its first Latino Education Access and Development (LEAD) Conference in September of 2012 to great success. The all-day event, designed to help Latino students from middle school through college age achieve their goals, brings together various Latino organizations. Hundreds of students learn about leadership and scholarship opportunities and about mentorship. "Our goal is to connect and build stronger relations with organization designed to support Latino students," said University Spokeswoman Alisha Rosas.

Latino Literacy Now feels strongly that LEAD's goals closely match its own. "It's a great new association for us," says Latino Literacy Now's Executive Director Jim Sullivan. "We were approached during the recent Inland Empire Latino Book & Family Festival about a joint endeavor. It makes a lot of sense to hold a Latino Author Summit alongside the established LEAD conference this year."

Plans are also underway to also hold a small "Feria" adjacent to the LEAD/Author Summit activities. There will be a stage, food trucks and a limited amount of space for a controlled number of appropriate exhibitors. There will also be two seminar tracks that should be of interest to all family members: Planning for College and Becoming an Author.

Confirmed speakers include Ernesto R. Caravantes, Thelma T. Reyna, Daniel Olivas, René Colato Laínez, Yolanda Espinoza, Estella Gonzalez, Myriam Gurba, in addition to many other accomplished and interesting guests.

Also, the Latino Books into Movies awards will take place during the Latino Author Summit. If you submitted an entry into these awards - and are named a finalist - you will be notified in time to make plans to attend the ceremony. 

The complete Summit schedule will be available on this page soon. There are also very limited opportunities for sponsorship of this special day. Call Jim Sullivan at 858-603-8680 for more information. Or email him directly at

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