*Multi-talented actress and author Kim Wayans of the Wayans entertainment family has been named as the 2010 Ambassador of the fourth annual Leimert Park Village Book Fair.

Kim Wayans

An actress, producer, director and author, Wayans — along with her husband, Kevin Knotts — is the author of the new children’s book series, “Amy Hodgepodge.”  

The series follows the daily challenges and triumphs of Amy, a young girl of mixed-race. The first two books in the series – “All Mixed Up!” and “Happy Birthday to Me” hit bookshelves in June 2008.

At the book fair, she’ll be debuting her newest release, “Digging Up Trouble,” on the main stage of the Children’s Village, sponsored by Nestle USA.

Also, her brother Shawn (and maybe Marlon) will bring to life the cartoon characters from the “Boo Crew” series with a celebrity reading and performance at the Children’s Village as well

“We are happy to welcome back Kim Wayans as our 2010 book fair ambassador,” said founder and executive producer, Cynthia E. Exum “Every year, Kim has been a great supporter of the book fair, and I applaud her contributions and advocacy on behalf of reading and literacy in our community.”

A native of New York, Wayans began her career as a stand-up comic before getting her big break on FOX’s “In Living Color,” the groundbreaking sketch comedy show created by her brother, Keenen Ivory Wayans, and featuring brothers Damon, Shawn, and Marlon. On the show, Wayans was known for her music video parodies and for the many original characters she created such as the popular Benita (“I ain’t one to gossip, but …”) Butrell.  Her other television and film credits include “In the House,” “Don’t Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in The Hood,” “A Low Down Dirty Shame,” and “Juwanna Man.”

“Some of the fondest memories from my childhood were spent curled up with a good book, visiting worlds out of my reach — unlocking the imagination that would ultimately help me create a beautiful, successful and fulfilling life,” said Wayans.  “The greatest gift a child can receive is the gift of literacy.  I’m eternally grateful to my mother for recognizing that, and for sharing her love of reading with all of us Wayans children.”

The Leimert Park Village Book Fair will be held on Saturday, June 26, 2010 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in Leimert Park on the Vision Theatre Back lot, located at 43rd Street and Degnan Boulevard. The family-oriented event is held in the heart of Leimert Park, which is considered the center of the African American arts/intellectual scene. The event is free and open to the public.

More than 150 authors, poets, spoken word performers, artists, and celebrities are confirmed to participate in the day’s activities.  Some of the book fair’s participants include Oscar- and Emmy-winner Louis Gossett Jr., Pulitzer Prize-winner Douglas Blackmon, Emmy-nominated music director Rickey Minor of “American Idol” and now the “The Tonight Show,” prominent literary giant Ishmael Reed as well as such crowd pleasers as New York Times best selling romance novelist Eric Jerome Dickey, advertising guru Tom Burrell of Burrell Communications, reality star NeNe Leakes from Bravo’s “Real Housewives of Atlanta” and Daymond John, founder and CEO of the  FUBU clothing line and one of the “sharks” on ABC’s reality show, “Shark Tank.”  

“With Kim Wayans as our book fair ambassador along with our stellar roster of authors — without a doubt  — this year’s line up and programming is our best yet!” said Exum. “I encourage everyone to come and enjoy a day of celebrating the written word.”

About the Leimert Park Village Book Fair
The fourth annual Leimert Park Village Book fair is a family-oriented event held in the heart of Leimert Park, which is considered the center of the African American arts/intellectual scene.  The book fair is produced by Cynthia E. Exum and Associates in partnership with Los Angeles City Councilmember Bernard C. Parks, 8th District in association with the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs and Eso Won Books.  Corporate sponsors include Nestle USA, The Gas Company, Time Warner Cable, KABC-TV7, Xerox Community Involvement Program, Strategic Counsel PLC, with additional support from community partners – the Leimert Park Village Business Improvement Association and the Leimert Park Village Merchants Association. For more information, visit www.leimertparkbookfestival.com.

More than 5,000 enthusiastic book lovers, families and fans will be treated to celebrity readings, booksignings, writing workshops, panel discussions, poetry readings, stage performances, and musical entertainment for the whole family – all encouraging reading, writing and literacy in the African American community.  Plus, in the Children’s Village, sponsored by Nestle USA, kids will enjoy a crafts pavilion, celebrity storytelling, face-painting, book give-aways and more. A Healthy Food Preparation Pavilion, sponsored by Sempra Energy, will feature cooking demonstrations and food sampling by chefs Sharon Winbush and Kevin Smith.  

Go Metro to the fourth annual Leimert Park Village Book Fair. Show your valid Metro pass or Metro rail tickets and get an additional 10 percent discount on merchandise purchased on the Vision Theatre back lot.

Want to Go?
Leimert Park Village Book Fair
Saturday, June 26, 2010
10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Leimert Park | Vision Theatre Back lot | 43rd Street and Degnan Boulevard
The event is free and open to the public.

The Leimert Park Village Book Fair will feature iconoclast interviews, booksignings, writing workshops, panel discussions, poetry readings, stage performances, musical entertainment and a variety of activities for the whole family.  Plus, in the Children’s Village, kids will enjoy a crafts pavilion, celebrity storytelling, face-painting, book give-aways and more.

Source:
Wyllisa Bennett, publicist
wrb public relations
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