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Best Book Lists 2017

It’s been an exciting day for MARTÍ’S SONG FOR FREEDOM, which today was named to the Kirkus Best Books of 2017 list and the New York Public Library’s Best Books of 2017 list, in addition to School Library Journal’s Best Books list last week. And it’s been a frenetic day for me, crammed in between…

Cuban Research Institute at Books & Books Miami

I’m overwhelmed by the love and support I felt in Miami: my family who came out in true Cuban-style droves to celebrate my book, the teachers and librarians who welcomed me into their schools, the Books & Books staff who go all-out to promote book culture in Miami, and the Cuban Research Institute, which explores…

Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart

When I graduated from college, I thought I would never again find a campus that was as serene and beautiful as Swarthmore, but Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart was all that and more. I felt a sense of peace as soon as I set foot on the campus, and the librarian and teachers made…

José Martí MAST 6-12 Academy School Visit

Visiting the José Martí MAST 6-12 Academy in Hialeah was one of the highlights of my trip to Miami. Normally when I visit schools José Martí is an unknown figure to both students and staff, but at this visit I was greeted with a bust of Martí as soon as I arrived in the office!…

Miami Country Day School Visit

I had a blast visiting the students at Miami Country Day. The students had tons of energy and great questions, and the World Languages faculty members were warm and wonderful. This program offers Spanish classes at all levels from learners to native speakers, and my discussion with the students moved seamlessly between Spanish and English….

Miami Country Day School Visit

I can’t wait to talk to the young readers at Miami Country Day! I’ll be visiting elementary-school Spanish classes, which are some of my favorite groups to meet as we combine language learning with culture and history.

José Martí Weekend at Governor’s Island

This past weekend the Empire State Center for the Book hosted a weekend in honor of José Martí on Governor’s Island. It was wonderful to see José Martí honored among so many other great New Yorkers, particularly since he himself visited Governor’s Island and wrote about it. It was especially nice to meet Anne Fountain,…