Las Positas College is hosting its first all-day literary arts festival on Saturday May 8, a free virtual event that will feature nationally and internationally renowned authors including bestselling memoirs, Hollywood screenwriter, award-winning poets and more Again.
“This event is really special because it allows LPC to showcase the amazing programs we have here while using a virtual modality to bring world-class authors and speakers to our festival,” said Martin Nash, English teacher at LPC, one of the founders of the festival. . “This is just the start of what we believe will be a successful literary festival for years to come.”
Best-selling author and memorialist Reyna Grande is the event’s keynote speaker. His critically acclaimed memoir, “The Distance Between Us,” on his life before and after arriving in the United States as an undocumented immigrant child, were finalists for the National Book Critics Circle Awards.
The festival will also include a scriptwriting workshop and a panel discussion on “The Art, Craft and Trade of Screenwriting”, both moderated by screenwriter Paul Guay. Guay has turned a number of his works into films, including “Liar Liar”, “The Little Rascals” and “Heartbreakers”.
Regina Louise, author of the memoir “Somebody’s Someone”, will lead the “Why Black Voices Matter” panels and the memoir. Her story has been featured on BBC World Service, NPR’s All Things Considered, CBS Early Show, PBS’s Tavis Smiley Show, and NBC11.