Award-winning children’s author Margarita Engle will read from and sign her acclaimed young adult biography, Enchanted Air, and her latest novel, The Flying Girl, in the historic library of the NHCC’s History & Literary Arts Building. The reading is co-sponsored by the NHCC, the UNM Latin American & Iberian Institute (with support from the U.S. Department of Education Title VI National Resource Center grant) and Bookworks.
Margarita Engle is the 2017-2019 national Young People’s Poet Laureate, and a USBBY 2019 Astrid Lindgren Award nominee. She is the Cuban-American author of many verse novels, including The Surrender Tree, a Newbery Honor winner, and The Lightning Dreamer, a PEN USA Award recipient. Her verse memoir, Enchanted Air, received the Pura Belpré Award, Golden Kite Award, Walter Dean Myers Honor, Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award, and Arnold Adoff Poetry Award, among others. Drum Dream Girl received the Charlotte Zolotow Award for best picture book text.
The School Library Journal calls Enchanted Air “a universally applicable coming-of-age tale, a fantastic new memoir-in-verse, or a glimpse into Cuba’s past.” The New York Times writes: “…this is a book that generously gives every reader a ticket to ride as she explores what it means to journey toward adulthood, traversing from one side of her family to the other, from the natural world of ‘tropical jungles, wild green parrots’ that ‘remind me of island skies’ to the back of the car on a family road trip.”
Engle’s newest books are The Flying Girl, How Aída de Acosta learned to Soar, and Jazz Owls, a Novel of the Zoot Suit Riots. She was born in Los Angeles and developed a deep attachment to hr mother’s Cuban homeland during childhood summers with relatives. She studied agronomy and botany along with creative writing. Learn more about Engle at www.margaritaengle.com and @YPPLaureate.