Margarita Engle is the Cuban-American author of many verse novels, memoirs, and picture books, including The Surrender Tree, Enchanted Air, Drum Dream Girl, and Dancing Hands. Awards include a Newbery Honor, Pura Belpré, Golden Kite, Walter, Jane Addams, and NSK Neustadt, among others. Margarita served as the national 2017-2019 Young People’s Poet Laureate. Her most recent books include Your Heart, My Sky, A Song of Frutas, and Light for All. Margarita was born in Los Angeles but developed a deep attachment to her mother’s homeland during childhood summers with relatives on the island. She studied agronomy and botany along with creative writing and now lives in central California with her husband.
Margarita Engle will be one of the featured authors at the Los Angeles Libros Festival, a free bilingual book festival for the whole family. L.A. Libros Fest will be streamed live on Facebook and YouTube on Friday, September 24 from 9 a.m. to 12 noon and Saturday, September 25 from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Our theme this year is Imagine a Better World. How do you think your books and stories help us accomplish this?
What are some of the things you do to bring to life the world you’ve imagined?
What stories inspired you as a young reader?
What advice would you give to young writers?
How did you feel the first time your work was published? How was your publishing journey?
"The library is a refuge from any trouble. There, wonders are discovered."
What are the challenges of writing for young readers?
What was your experience like getting your book translated into Spanish or English?
How do you think libraries make our world a better place?
What are you working on now?
Margarita Engle at L.A. Libros Fest