What with the assault on reason, the death of reading, the collapse of newspapers and the privatization of culture, its amazing these kinds of book fairs are still going on. But at this festival, its possible that one popular movie-star scream-queen childrens-books author could meet up with an esteemed California poet/novelist/essayist/Chicano activist/childrens book author. Yup, Jamie Lee A Fish Called Wanda Curtisauthor of seven beginning-reader books, Golden Globe-winning actress and Huffington Post bloggermight cross paths with Gary Fresno Boy Soto (too many accolades to list) at a food booth or on the little train chugging past the dance and music stage, animal displays, or book signings. This variety of kismet could happen only at a big, free, public celebration of reading and literacy with exhibitors such as Santa Anas heroic Librería Martinez, the OC Department of Education, libraries and the Discovery Science Center. Theres face painting and crazy hair, tooclever cover for subverting the dominant paradigm.
Sun., Oct. 5, 10 a.m., 2008