After an absence due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Multicultural Book and Family Festival of the Inland Region will return to Cal State San Bernardino, featuring a day of fun, culture and literacy-enriching activities, as well as a presentation by award-winning author, Victor Villaseñor.

Set for 9 a.m.-3 p.m. on May 11 at the Santos Manuel Student Union South, this year’s theme is “Building Vibrant Communities through Literacy and Wellness.” The free program includes workshops, cultural performances and author presentations.

Villaseñor, best known for his acclaimed novel Rain of Gold,” will be the keynote speaker. He is scheduled to speak at noon.   

Born in Carlsbad, Calif., on May 11, 1940, Villaseñor is also the author of “Thirteen Senses: A Memoir and “Burro Genius: A Memoir,” among other books. His works are taught in U.S. schools, and he has received many awards and endorsements, including an appointment to serve as the founding Steinbeck Chair at Hartnell College and the National Steinbeck Center in Salinas.

Book giveaways, exhibits by healthcare organizations, a children’s arts and crafts hall, and entertainment by Ballet Folklorico Cultural de San Bernardino and Mariachi Juvenil Corona de Angeles will also be a part of the program.

Noted puppeteer and ventriloquist Maryellen Avilez Grande will perform for kids in the afternoon.

Free educational workshops will include “So, you want to become a doctor or a nurse?” and “So, you want to become a writer and have your book published?” Additional workshops will be announced soon.

Nataly’s Tacos will be onsite selling delicious food.

The event is open to the public. Complimentary parking vouchers will be available at the main information kiosk at the entrance to campus.

For more information, contact Cesar Caballero at (323) 304-6985.

For advertising or sponsorship opportunities, contact Robie Madrigal at or (909) 537-5104.

CSUSB Multicultural Book and Family Festival flyer