Diverse Voices in Latinx Literature Conference Report

Yesterday’s mini-conference at Bank Street College of Education, Diverse Voices in Latinx Literature, was outstanding. Every panel, every panelist, every moderator, every keynoter — all were wonderful. The moderators asked great questions that inspired the panelists to give fascinating and informative answers. And added bonus — they were all delightful storytellers! Kudos to Cindy Weill and everyone else involved in creating this unique day. Hopefully, they do it again. And guess what — you don’t have to feel sad you weren’t there because the whole thing was filmed by Kidlit TV and is archived here.

Here’s the program so you can see the panel titles and speakers:

Program

9:00 – 9:30 AM: Breakfast and Registration

9:30 – 9:45 AM: Opening Remarks
Loida Garcia-Febo, President, American Library Association

9:45 – 10:30 AM: Fantasy and Illustration in Graphic Novels and Comics

  • Raúl the Third, Lowriders Blast from the Past
  • Liniers Macanudo, Buenas Noches Planeta
  • Edgardo Miranda-Rodriguez, La Borinqueña

Moderator:  Shelley Diaz, School Library Journal

10:30 – 11:20 AM: Elevating Our Heroes Through Picture Books

  • Duncan Tonatiuh, Danza! Amalia Hernández and El Ballet Folklórico de México
  • Raul Colón, Miguel’s Brave Knight: Young Cervantes and His Dream of Don Quixote
  • Eric Velasquez, Schomburg: The Man Who Built the Library
  • Anika Aldamuy Denise, Planting Stories: The Life of Librarian and StoryTeller Pura Belpré
  • Rudy Gutierrez, Carlos Santana: Sound of the Heart, Song of the World

Moderator:  Sonia Rodriguez, LaGuardia Community College

11:20 AM – 12:20 PM: Break

  • Lunch on your own
  • Book sales

11:45 AM – 12:20 PM: Author, Book Signing Begins

12:20 – 1:10 PM: Soy yo: Developing Identities & Relationships in Latinx Coming-of-Age Stories

  • Pablo Cartaya, Marcus Vega Doesn’t Speak Spanish
  • Angela Dominguez, Stella Diaz Has Something to Say
  • Hilda Eunice Burgos, Ana Maria Reyes Does Not Live in a Castle
  • Aida Salazar, The Moon Within

Moderator: Carla España, Hunter College

1:10 – 1:30 PM: Keynote: Duncan Tonatiuh

1:30 – 2:00 PM: Authors Sign Books

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