Welcome to the 70th Latino Book & Family Festival!!

¡Bienvenidos al Festival Latino del Libro y de la Familia edición #70!

There will be a pre-event film screening on campus the day before on Friday, Oct. 14, 2022 at 7pm. Real Women have Curves featuring Josefina Lopez the screenwriter. Doors will open at 6:30pm in the Little Theater. Free parking in Parking Lot 3C.


Become part of this great community-development effort. The festival will take place on:

Saturday, October 15, 2022

10am – 4pm

MiraCosta College
1 Barnard Dr., Oceanside, CA 92056

FREE admission & parking
Entrada y estacionamiento GRATIS


10AM – Opening Ceremony
  • Welcome and Recognition of North County Latino Elected Officials
  • Tribute to Ambassador Julian Nava 10:15 a.m., Main Stage
In memory of Julian Nava
  • U.S. Congressman Mike Levin, San Diego County District 5 Supervisor Jim Desmond, and MiraCosta College President Dr. Sunita Cooke open the Festival and honor the elected officials. 
  • Frank Cruz and Carmen Nava remember Julian Nava for his decades of service to the Latino community.
  • U.S. Congressman Mike Levin will donate some books.
  • 10:36am, Board Member Lisa Montes will introduce the North San Diego County Elected officials. Order of certificate presentation:
    1. Honorable Martha Alvarado
    2. Honorable Raquel Alvarez
    3. Honorable Oscar Caralampio
    4. Honorable Corinna Contreras
    5. Honorable Ricardo Favela
    6. Honorable Christian Garcia
    7. Honorable Katie Melendez
    8. Honorable Maria Nuñez
    9. Honorable Esther Sanchez
    10. Honorable Carlos Ulloa
    11. Honorable Cipriano Vargas
Dr. Sunita Cooke, MiraCosta College President
US Congressman Mike Levin
SD County District 5 Supervisor Jim Desmond
12pm – Keynote Josefina Lopez, Main Stage

Josefina López is the author of several plays, including Boyle Heights and Real Women Have Curves. The fi lm version of Real Women Have Curves starred America Ferrera, Lupe Ontiveros, and Ingrid Oliu, and was acclaimed at the 2002 Sundance Film Festival. Much of her other work has also won prestigious awards. Josefina fights for the voices of women, Latinas, and undocumented workers. Special movie screening, Friday, October 14, 7 pm, Little Theater

1pm – Keynote Victor Villaseñor, Little Theater

Victor Villaseñor is the author of four national bestsellers and has been nominated for the Pulitzer Prize three times. He was also the Founding Chair of the Steinbeck Institute in Salinas. He has written several screenplays, including the award-winning The Ballad of Gregorio Cortez, as well as beautifully illustrated bilingual children’s books. Victor is an advocate for literacy, especially among the Latino community.

About Our Host

MiraCosta College is honored once again to host the Latino Book & Family Festival. The MiraCosta Community College District has served the coastal North San Diego County area for over 88 years. 

Our mission is to provide superior educational opportunities and student support services to a diverse population of learners, with a focus on their success. As a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI), veteran and military supportive institution, and Achieving the Dream Leader College, MiraCosta College fosters the academic and life success of its diverse learners within a caring and equitable environment to strengthen the educational, economic, cultural, and social well-being of the communities we serve. 

MiraCosta holds a special place for the Latino community, offering the Puente Project and the Office of Advancement, with several scholarships and grants to support students and help them overcome financial barriers to higher education. MiraCosta College is also currently one of 15 community colleges in California that offers a bachelor’s degrees to help students get jobs in high-demand fields. The friendly campus offers a spectacular coastal view. Students, staff , and visitors come together here to help each other succeed.

PERFORMANCES / Presentaciones (Main Stage)

WORKSHOPS / Talleres

Soul Sisters
Hermanas del Alma
Children's Book (ages 0-8)

Ingrid Estrada-Darley and Crystal Hawkins were born and raised in South Central Los Angeles, where they met on the playground at Figueroa Street Elementary School. Through the years, Crystal and Ingrid organically learned about each other’s background and culture and became more than just close friends. "Soul Sisters/Hermanas del Alma" is a book that teaches young children about sharing culture, specifically Latino and African/American culture through friendship.

Our book can be purchased at: https://www.blackgirlbrowngirlbooks.com

Choose to Prevail
Self-Help; Health & Wellness

Choose to Prevail is designed to help readers increase their self-confidence and self-acceptance as they deal with the world. This is a conversational book, with a light sprinkling of humor, and the 2021 Gold Medal winner in the Best Health & Wellness Book category of the International Latino Book Awards. Los Angeles-based author Sandy Rodriguez, a former editorial coordinator for Mexican newspaper Reforma, is currently a court interpreter, magazine editor, fitness enthusiast, artist, and amateur winemaker.


The 16 Rule
Young Adult / Romance
(Sales in Person)

15-year-old Lucy Aceves lives in a cultural tug-of-war. She wants nothing more than to live a normal American teenage life. But her parents' dumb "Sixteen Rule" and their Latin beliefs force her to tell lies to just about everyone. Lucy attends summer school for one reason only... to meet a boy. When seventeen-year-old Evan Ellis catches her eye, she becomes obsessed with finding out as much as she can about him. She plots and schemes to gain his attention by wearing clothing and make-up her parents do not approve of. Her parents disapproval and lack of trust hinders her ability to keep her secret. Should she continue to lie and sneak around behind her parents' back, and suffer the consequences if she gets caught? Or should she obey their rule and gain back their trust?...

  • Adobe House Press
  • AWA Author Tables
  • Black Girl, Brown Girl Books
  • Carl Solomon Sr
  • Cecilia Caballero
  • Erica Alfaro
  • Esther Reyes Jones &
  • Beatrice Zamora, AWAs
  • Hector Jimenez
  • Intuikons
  • Maria E. Garcia
  • North Fourth Publications
  • Pilar Kellenbarger
  • Randy Jurado Ertll
  • Rita Soza & Frank Cruz
  • Sandra Rodriguez
  • Share International USA
  • Sierra Blanca Books
  • The 16 Rule
  • Thomas Prezelski
  • Vibiana Aparicio Chamberlin
  • Yesenia Rodriguez, Author
  • Bahai
  • County of San Diego Health & Human Services Agency
  • Las Valientes / Gods Heart Ministry
  • Latino Book & Family Festival Info
  • League of Women Voters
  • North County San Diego
  • MiraCosta College Transitions
  • New York Life Insurance Company
  • RMC Automotive Specialties
  • Route 78 Rotary Club
  • San Diego County Credit Union
  • San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E)
  • Southern Caregiver Resource Center
  • Supervisor Jim Desmond
  • The San Diego Union-Tribune
  • Universidad Popular
  • Education Begins in the Home
  • Escondido Unified School District
  • Minute Maid
  • MiraCosta College EOPS
  • MiraCosta College
  • MiraCosta College Student Ambassadors
  • MiraCosta Service Learning
  • MiraCosta Student Equity
  • Oceanside Unified School District
  • Vista Unified School District
  • Bacon wrapped Hot Dogs from the Community Social Media Club
  • Fruity Fruits
  • MECha Chicharrones, chips, and water
  • Tacos for Scholarships
  • And other food
  • Blue Shield of California
  • Mental Health Systems, Inc
  • Neighborhood Healthcare
  • TrueCare
  • Vista Community Clinic
  • Children’s Paradise
  • MAAC
  • Oceanside, Carlsbad, & San Diego County Public Libraries
  • San Diego Council on Literacy
  • AARP California
  • Mira Costa College
  • Oceanside Public Library
  • Adelante Bookmobile

2022 MiraCosta Latino Book & Family Festival Team

  • Adriana Brunner
  • Ana Patino
  • Angel Puente
  • Beatrice Zamora
  • Beatriz Palmer
  • Damaris De La Torre
  • Diana Minuzzi
  • Dr. Sunny Cooke
  • Edward Becerra
  • Esther Reyes Jones
  • Gabriela Hooshmand
  • Gaby Beas
  • Genevieve Wunder
  • Georgette Baker
  • Gloria Chavez
  • Glorian Sipman
  • Herminia Ramirez
  • Israel Marroquin
  • Jacqueline Ayala
  • Jaquelin Fernatt Dutson
  • Jonathan Gomez
  • Juan Estrada
  • Kirk Whisler
  • Kristen Huyck
  • Lilibeth Resendiz
  • Lisa Montes
  • Maggie Ramos
  • Martha Zamora
  • Melanie Slone
  • Monica Chapa Domercq
  • Osvaldo Alcazar Pulido
  • Patirica King
  • Rita Sosa
  • Victoria Vazquez
  • Yadira Osorio
  • Yenni Patino

Thank you all for the support through out the years! We hope you can continue being part of this team because only together is how we can create change in our communities!

Resources / Recursos

Breastfeeding Resource Guide, San Diego County | Guía de Recursos para la Lactancia, Condado de San Diego Blue Shield Promise Health Plan SDCBC Resource Guide – San Diego County Breastfeeding Coalition

MAAC Diaper Distribution | Distribución de pañales >

MAAC Child Development Program | Programa de desarrollo infantil >

AARP California, in your community >

BlueShield, various resources and contact information >

Neighborhood healthcare, Uninsured? We can help! >

Become an Empowering Latino Futures partner >  Empowering Latino Futures is the nonprofit organization that organizes the Latino Book & Family Festivals

About the event

The purpose of the event is to help and impart opportunities in the community, ideally reaching out to Latino families and youth. Highlight the importance of literacy (books, health, wealth) and promote awareness of college, career paths, and community resources. Meet our Award Winning role model authors as they share the importance of reading, activism & equal representation. 

The Latino Book & Family Festival was first celebrated in 1997, and 68 festivals have been held since then in eight markets around the USA including Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, New York, Phoenix, San Bernardino, and San Diego.

The Latino Book & Family Festivals is a community program of Empowering Latino Futures, a 501c3 nonprofit headquartered in Fallbrook, CA. The organization believes that community success is limited by access to resources and so it provides this free setting to learn and be exposed to opportunities.

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