The Friends of the Duarte Library celebrates authors and their books at the 11th annual Festival of Authors on October 5, 2013, at Westminster Gardens, 1420 Santo Domingo, Duarte, from 10 am to 4 pm, where more than 50 authors appear in panel discussions and one-on-one conversations with visitors.
Featured speaker Robert K. Tanenbaum is a nationally known attorney and legal expert. He is the author of 28 books: 25 fiction and 3 non-fiction. A much sought after speaker, he has worked as a successful prosecuting attorney and high profile defender and is often seen on television shows as a legal expert and commentator.
He has been homicide bureau chief for the New York District Attorney's Office and deputy chief counsel to the congressional committee investigations into the assassinations of President John F. Kennedy and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Most recently, he has taught Advanced Criminal Procedure at the University of California at Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law.
His works include the legal thrillers featuring NY D. A. Butch Karp: Escape, Capture, Betrayed and Outrage. He is also the author of true-crime books, The Piano Teacher: the True Story of a Psychotic Killer; and Badge of the Assassin. His latest novel, Tragic, a murder mystery which is the 25th installment of the Butch Carp series– will be released on August 13 by Simon and Schuster/Gallery Books.
Featured Speaker Luis J. Rodriguez is an American poet, novelist, journalist, critic, and columnist. His best-known work,Always Running: La Vida Loca, Gang Days in L.A. is the recipient of the Carl Sandburg Literary Award, among others, and has been the subject of controversy when included on reading lists in California, Illinois, Michigan, and Texas schools due to its frank depictions of gang life. Rodriguez has also founded or co-founded numerous organizations, including the Tía Chucha Press, which publishes the work of unknown writers; Tía Chucha's Centro Cultural, a San Fernando Valley cultural center; and the Chicago-based Youth Struggling for Survival, an organization for at-risk youth.
Luis's books include poetry, children's literature, a short story collection, a novel, and a nonfiction book on creating community in violent times. In 2011 the sequel to Always Running appeared, entitled It Calls You Back: An Odyssey Through Love, Addiction, Revolutions, and Healing, which in 2012 became a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award in Autobiography.
Please join us for this nationally recognized event that will open your eyes to many of the talented authors that live and work in Southern California.