Switching Gears from Adult Books to Kidlit
Live Session with Q&A
Natalia Sylvester is the author of two novels for adults, CHASING THE SUN and EVERYONE KNOWS YOU GO HOME, which won an International Latino Book Award and the 2019 Jesse H. Jones Award for Best Work of Fiction from the Texas Institute of Letters. RUNNING, her debut novel for young adults, is a 2020 Junior Library Guild Selection. Sylvester's essays have appeared in the New York Times, Bustle, Catapult, Latina magazine, and McSweeney’s Publishing, and are forthcoming in various anthologies. Born in Lima, Peru, Sylvester grew up in Florida and Texas and received a BFA in Creative Writing from the University of Miami.
Called "a master storyteller" by Kirkus Reviews, Chantel Acevedo is the author of Love and Ghost Letters (St. Martin's Press), winner of the Latino International Book Award; A Falling Star (Carolina Wren Press), winner of the Doris Bakwin Award, The Distant Marvels (Europa Editions), which was a finalist for the 2016 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction, and most recently, The Living Infinite(Europa Editions), hailed by Booklist as a "vivid and enthralling tale of love and redemption." Her essays have appeared in Vogue and Real Simple, among others. MUSE SQUAD: THE CASSANDRA CURSE, is Acevedo's new middle grade series forthcoming from Balzer + Bray. She is a Professor of English at the University of Miami, where she directs the MFA program.