The Rainbow Bookfest, a celebration of the talents of authors of color, is scheduled for April 30. The festival, in its third year, features...

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The Rainbow Bookfest, a celebration of the talents of authors of color, is scheduled for April 30. The festival, in its third year, features speeches, workshops, panel discussions and performances by authors of color.

Tailored for readers and writers, the festival will run from 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m. at the International District Chinatown Community Center at 7ñ9 Eighth Ave. S., Seattle.

The keynote speaker is Gwynne Forster, an African-American author of three books of general mainstream fiction, ñ5 romance novels and five novellas, including “If You Walked in My Shoes” (Kensington/Dafina). Forster will speak at ññ a.m. and participate in a panel on “promoting social justice through writing.”

Other panel topics include using the Internet to promote book sales and the market for children’s books.

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Other featured authors include Ken Mochizuki, Arthur Dorros, Bharti Kirchner, Octavia Butler, Joshua Ortega, Indu Sundaresan, Eric Liu, Kathleen Alcala and Peter Bacho. There will be a sit-down dinner following the event with several of the featured authors.

The festival is free, dinner tickets are $25 ($35 for walk-ins). For a complete schedule and more information go to www.rainbowbookfest.com or call 206-223-0623.

Mary Ann Gwinn: 206-464-2357

or mgwinn@seattletimes.com