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Latino/a Children's and Young Adult Writers on the Art of Storytelling

Latino/a Children's and Young Adult Writers on the Art of Storytelling

by Frederick Luis Aldama


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Children’s and young adult literature has become an essential medium for identity formation in contemporary Latino/a culture in the United States. This book is an original collection of more than thirty interviews led by Frederick Luis Aldama with Latino/a authors working in the genre. The conversations revolve around the conveyance of young Latino/a experience, and what that means for the authors as they overcome societal obstacles and aesthetic complexity. The authors also speak extensively about their experiences within the publishing industry and with their audiences. As such, Aldama’s collection presents an open forum to contemporary Latino/a writers working in a vital literary category and sheds new light on the myriad formats, distinctive nature, and cultural impact it offers. 

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780822964971
Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Press
Publication date: 01/30/2018
Series: Latino and Latin American Profiles Series
Edition description: 1
Pages: 248
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Frederick Luis Aldama is Arts & Humanities Distinguished Professor and University Distinguished Scholar at The Ohio State University. He is the author, coauthor, or editor of thirty books, and the editor or coeditor of seven book series. Aldama is the founder and director of the LASER/Latinx Space for Enrichment Research, which received the White House Hispanic Bright Spot award. Aldama is the recipient of the American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education’s Outstanding Latino/a Faculty in Higher Education Award as well as the Alumni Award for Distinguished Teaching. In 2017 he was inducted into the Academy of Teaching.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Foreword Magical Encounters with Latino Children's Literature Jamie Campbell Naidoo xi

Preface Our Stories Matter and We Matter Norma Elia Cantú xvii

Introduction The Heart and Art of Latino/a Young People's Fiction Frederick Luis Aldama 3

The Authors and Artists Jorge Aguirre 29

Malín Alegria 35

Monica Brown 41

Joe Cepeda 49

René Colato Laínez 56

Lulu Delacre 61

Matt De La Peña 69

Christina Diaz Gonzalez 75

Angela Dominguez 81

Margarita Engle 86

Xavier Garza 91

Diane Gonzales Bertrand 97

Maya Christina Gonzalez 104

Raúl Gonzalez III 111

Manuel Luis Martinez 118

Meg Medina 125

Rhode Montijo 132

Pat Mora 142

Yuyi Morales 148

Pam Muñoz Ryan 161

Daniel José Older 167

Judith Ortiz Cofer 173

Ashley Hope Pérez 180

Lila Quintero Weaver 188

Cristy C. Road 195

Rafael Rosado 200

Benjamin Alire Sáenz 207

Alex Sanchez 214

Francisco Stork 220

Carmen Tafolla 226

Samuel Teer 233

Duncan Tonatiuh 241

Jenny Torres Sanchez 247


We All Need Chocolate Factories and Casitas on Mango Street Belinda G. Acosta 253

Index 257

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