This Book Fair was founded in 2006 by Cynthia Exum with the goal of promoting literacy and education in Los Angeles. The inspiration behind this festival was to present a ‘Festival of African American Authors’ at Los Angeles Southwest College. Ms. Exum partnered with organizations Helping One Another Progress, Inc., Eso Won Books, the Leimert Park Merchant’s Association, and the 8th District Task Force Committee, and the office of Los Angeles Councilmember Bernard C. Parks, 8th District. Leimert Park was chosen as the host venue site because of its importance as the cultural/artistic center of the African American Community in Los Angeles.
"I'm honored to be one of the many talented authors from around the country participating in this magnificent book fair. Next to New York, purchasers of my books on acting and the performing arts are from Los Angeles or other parts of California. So ... it will be quite an experience to personally meet some of the artists and readers of my books in LA." http://www.poorpennyproductions.com/
The festival reports that "Actress Sheryl Lee Ralph was named the official ambassador for the 2012 Leimert Park Village Book Fair. " Ralph is an acclaimed veteran of film, television and the Broadway stage. Ralph's television credits include "It's a Living," "Designing Women," and most notably, "Moesha."
The LPVBF has featured esteemed authors such as Amiri Baraka and Sonia Sanchez. Also, the LPVBF has hosted some of the national’s top authors and artists including Pulitzer Prize winning writer Isabel Wilkerson; California Laureate Al Young: Award Winning Poet, Nikki Govanni; Editor-in-Chief Emeritus of Essence magazine, Susan L. Taylor, and Oscar winner Louis Gossett Jr.
"I'm excited! And hope to see some of the readers of my books in person. Feel free to stop by my author's table to say hello, take a photo ... or even have your copy of any of my books signed. My books (except "48 Poems") are available in book stores, Amazon, Barnes & Nobles, and for ereaders. You can also catch up with me at the Harlem Book Festival in Harlem, New York on Saturday, July 20, 2013 or at the Brooklyn Book Festival on Sunday, September 22, 2013 in Brooklyn, New York.
Gregory is the founder/CEO of Poor Penny Productions, Inc., which is committed to advancing the exposure of African American Theatre into our community and into the mainstream, while providing an artistic outlet and employment to the enormous pool of talented African American Artists. He is currently working on bringing film and theatre to his community in Jamaica Queens, New York.
He has written several screen plays, stage plays, t.v. pilots and currently teaches theatre in the New York City Public School System.
Also, Gregory has authored 4 books: "Monologues: