Virtual BookFest @ Bank Street, Saturday, October 15, 2022
The Center for Children’s Literature is delighted to announce that it will team up with Kid Lit TV this year to stream BookFest 2022. We are also thrilled that 2022 Newbery and Pura Belpré winner Donna Barba Higuera, author of The Last Cuentista will be this year’s keynote.
Donna grew up in central California surrounded by agricultural and oil fields. As a child, rather than dealing with the regular dust devils, she preferred spending recess squirreled away in the janitor’s closet with a good book. Her favorite hobbies were calling dial-a-story over and over again, and sneaking into a restricted cemetery to weave her own spooky tales using the crumbling headstones as inspiration.
Donna’s Young Adult and Middle Grade books feature characters drawn into creepy, situations, melding history, folklore, and or her own life experience into reinvented storylines. She still dreams in Spanglish.
Donna lives in Washington State with her family, three dogs and two frogs. She is also the author of Lupe Wong Won’t Dance (2021 Pura Belpré Honor) and El Cucuy is Scared Too.
Registration begins on September 1, 2022
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