Can the character in your next story or novel be lurking in the room next door? Join author Meg Medina as she explores the personal events that have become fictionalized in her award-winning work in a presentation titled “Writing La Vida Loca: How your nutty life can help you become a writer.” Flyleaf Books will have copies of her books available for purchase for a book signing following the presentation.
Meg Medina is the recipient of numerous literary awards and distinctions, including the Pura Belpré Award and International Latino Book Award for her young adult novel Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass; the Pura Belpré honor medal for her picture book Mango, Abuela, and Me; and the Ezra Jack Keats New Writers medal for her picture book Tía Isa Wants a Car. Her stories are about “strong girls, tough circumstances, and the connecting power of culture.”
Medina also works on community projects that support girls, Latinx youth, and literacy. She works with numerous library and teacher organizations to promote diverse voices in literature for young people and is a founding member of the Children’s Book Council Diversity initiative and We Need Diverse Books, which promote literature that reflects and honors the lives of all young people. If you would like to learn more about Medina, please visit her website megmedina.com.
This presentation is the 2018 Susan Steinfirst Community Lecture in Children’s Literature, which is coordinated by UNC’s School of Information and Library Science (SILS) and honors the memory of Susan Steinfirst, a professor of children’s and young adult literature at SILS from 1976 to 1996. Steinfirst dedicated her life to the promotion of children’s literature by teaching future librarians and by publishing scholarly works in the field. The lecture is made possible by the Steinfirst Memorial Fund, which was established through gifts from Professor Steinfirst’s husband, Gene Story, as well as other family members and friends.
Photo credit: Steve Casanova
Doors open at 6:15 PM, the presentation begins at 6:30, and the book signing begins at 7:15