Newbery award winner and New York Times bestselling author

img-thingFall in New York City. I smile just thinking about it, especially when I add banned books and Latino lit to the reasons I’ll be there this week.

I hope you can join me for any one of these stops:


I found this on their Tumblr page. Looks gorgeous, no?

Tuesday, Sept 29, 7:30 PM, HousingWorks Bookstore Cafe in Greenwich Village, where all proceeds go directly to fighting AIDS and homelessness. I’ll be talking banned books with David Levithan and Coe Booth, both of whom have been caught in the iron jaws of censorship, too. I’ll share experiences about Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass as it applies to soft censorship. (How many polite ways are there to get between a kid and a controversial book?  Turns out, a whole lot.) Looking forward,  I’m already bracing for the reaction to my upcoming novel, Burn, Baby, Burn (March 2016.) If the disco music and violence don’t incite my critics, then girls and birth control surely will. Uh-oh.

6D_bvMJZThursday, Oct 1, 3:30 PM the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development at New York University, 239 Greene Street, room 302. As part of their 125 year anniversary celebration, the Steinhardt School is hosting a year-long children’s literature lecture series. My talk is called: What’s Our Story: The role of culturally sensitive books in the lives of multilingual families. Seating is limited, but if you’re a professor, teacher, librarian, or future educator with an interest in multilingual education, contact Kendra Tyson at for information.

Cristina Garcia (Dreaming in Cuban...etc.) is this year's keynote speaker at Las Comadres.

Cristina Garcia (Dreaming in Cuban…etc.) is this year’s keynote speaker at Las Comadres.

Saturday, October 3, 9 AM – 5 PM, Las Comadres Writer’s Conference, The New School, 55 W 13th Street, New York NY 10011.  So much has been said about the need to mentor new voices in all areas of publishing. Las Comadres is a conference that’s doing something about it. Now in its fourth year, the conference brings published Latino authors to work with new writers who are interested in careers in the literary arts. It’s a great place to make connections and get basic information on how to navigate the industry. I’ve been asked to offer the same children’s book presentation as last year, but I’m updating with the things I’ve learned after a year on the road. Here’s how to register. 

Okay, gotta dash. See you in the city!

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