Spring is book festival season in Los Angeles, and the best place to quench your thirst for local authors and interactive literary activities is downtown. For four years, Grand Park has partnered with indie publisher Writ Large and other local literary organizations to host Downtown Bookfest every March. There's no shortage of fun for families, writers and book lovers. You can create an anthology of typewriter poems written by other visitors, listen to “post-English” literary readings in Mandarin, Spanish, Polish and Yiddish, swap cookbooks and kids' books, write a children's story and see it performed, contribute a line to a collaboratively written story or just sprawl in the grass under the shade canopies and read a book by one of the 200 local authors featured in the festival's pop-up bookstore. Grand Park is the park for everyone, and Downtown Bookfest is the people's book festival.
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