CALIFEST Kicks off Caribbean Heritage Month Celebration in Los Angeles

Rachel Manley, daughter and grand-daughter of former prime ministers of Jamaica will be one of the featured authors.

LOS ANGELES, CA – Book Festival kicks off Caribbean Heritage Month celebration on the west coast.

Malik Books, one of the last remaining African American bookstores in Los Angeles is getting on board with the 2nd Annual Caribbean Literary Festival (CALIFEST), slated for June 8, 2019 at the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Mall. Also joining forces is the Dominican Republic Tourism Board.

Rachel Manley

Rachel Manley

Rachel Manley, daughter and grand-daughter of former prime ministers of Jamaica will be one of the featured authors. Ms. Manley will present her new novel, The Black Peacock. Dr. Donna Aza Weir-Soley, Vice President of the Association of Caribbean Women Writers at Florida International University will moderate a master panel on the topic, Caribbean Writers: Our Journeys and Intersecting Identities, while Dr. Joan Marques, Dean and Professor of Management at Woodbury University’s School of Business will conducti a writing workshop on The Art of Publishing: The Ins and outs of publishing your work.

Dr Donna Aza Weir-Soley

Dr Donna Aza Weir-Soley

The CALIFEST 2019 festival promises a day of fun and festivities, including a children’s village with storytelling and games; conversations with authors, panel discussions, book sales and signings, music, Caribbean cuisine and much more. This will be an enlightening and exciting event that introduces Southern California communities to literary works of the Caribbean region.

CALIFEST is an annual project conceived by Steve Russell and Sandra Campbell-Notice, and sponsored by the Los Angeles-based non-profit organization Jamaica Cultural Alliance. The festival is also sponsored by the Jamaica Tourist Board, Crowne Plaza LAX Hotel, Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Mall, Brer Anancy Press, Blue Mountain Rhythms and Blazers Community Center.

Sponsorship opportunities for CALIFEST are still available. Organizations and businesses interested in exposing their business to an audience in the upwards of 1 million are encouraged to reach out to the group to secure sponsorship opportunities.

To learn more about CALIFEST or to be a sponsor for the 2019 festival, call Jamaica Cultural Alliance at (323) 692-0423 or visit

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