A hyper-indie, local and proudly populist version of the red-carpet Festival of Books, the return of Downtown Bookfest heralds the start of spring in the lovely, fuchsia-trimmed greenspace of Grand Park. Focusing on independent writers and local publishers, this free afternoon features authors, poets, musicians, performers and publishers in an array of literary events including but not limited to: donating and borrowing from the several free (and also fuchsia) mini-bookstalls of the L.A. Public Library's Little Libraries program; contributing to 826LA's “World's Longest Story”; and commissioning original poetry on demand. For the kids: a ton of youngster-friendly moments of words and dance, including a theater troupe known for enacting stories written by children (aka the best of comedic surrealism and fantastical adventure, which even us old-timers can appreciate). For the adults: a pop-up bookshop curated by Writ Large Press, starring local wordsmiths and the independent labels that love them. There's also a good chance of food trucks and fine weather – so you can keep your noses in those books; just come out and do it in the sunshine. Grand Park, 200 N. Grand Ave., dwntwn.; Sat., March 29, noon-5 p.m.; free. (213) 972-8080, grandparkla.org.

Sat., March 29, 12-5 p.m., 2014
(Expired: 03/29/14)

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