San Diego County residents and visitors are invited to join local author Diana L. Guerrero and other Latinos at the Latino Book & Family Festival on May 15th and 16th. The festival will take place on the campus of Southwestern College located at 900 Otay Lakes Road in Chula Vista, California
If you plan to venture into the weekend jungle of bibliophiles keep your eyes open for Guerrero in her safari hat covered with animals. She says she is trying to tame things down, but her book is going wild.
When asked about it Guerrero said, “The book has regional stories from counties such as Ventura, Los Angeles, San Diego, Riverside, and San Bernardino. I’ve also included a story about my grandfather—a Mexican immigrant. People love the stories and the word of mouth has spread. Fans keep me touring around southern California and I have a great time meeting them at different events like the festival.”
Guerrero’s book, What Animals Can Teach Us about Spirituality has attracted more than just local attention, large newspapers all over the nation have discussed the book and the text is now being distributed in the UK and Canada. The animal adventure blends intriguing stories of animals, the human-animal bond, and the secrets of animal personalities.
If you can’t find this jungle clad female wandering around the festival, stop by the main stage on Sunday at 1:30pm. Guerrero will be introducing an animal friend and then signing her books immediately following (in the Chase Booth). The book signing will take place in the book building near the main entrance. You can also meet her secret pal close up and personal.
Guerrero is a second-generation Californian of Mexican heritage. Her book was published at the end of last year, coinciding with The Year of Latino Publishing (2003). She is an active member of the Inland Empire Chapter of the California Writers Club (CWC). The CWC is a group whose origins date back to the turn-of-the-century literary movement in the San Francisco Bay area. The Alliance was established three years ago, more information can be found on their website www.allianceofwriters.com.
What Animals Can Teach Us About Spirituality sells for $16.95 and is published by SkyLight Paths Publishing, a division of Longhill Partners, Inc.
Guerrero is available for interviews prior to the event and on-site.
Call Shelly Angers at (802)457-4000 for scheduling.
or Andy Valenzuela (Latino Literacy/Festival) 760-434-4484
Book press kit with downloadable materials and photos for Guerrero can be accessed via the website link.