Lives in Washington; writes an average of three books a year; graduated from the University of Maryland; didn’t read his first book until age 17; can crochet a sweater; won the Newbery Honor, the Kirkus Prize, An NAACP Image Award, a Prinz Honor, an Edgar Award and a National Book Award Finalist; Upon being named National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature for 2020-21: “This isn’t an award; this is a role, it’s a responsibility. And I’m going to make sure I do my very best to uphold it and make something of it.”
On Look Both Ways: Observations on the daily walk home. Do you really see?
Be sure to look for us on October 4th at 2pm for the Judy Lopez Memorial Award for Children’s Literature celebrating authors Jen Wang, Kate Allen, Cynthia Kadohata, and Jason Reynolds!
Have questions that you would love to have answered by a literary agent?
WNBA-LA invites you to a special conversation between our chapter president Diana Giovinazzo, author of “The Woman in Red,” and her agent Johanna Castillo with Writers House, via Crowdcast on Saturday 9/26 @ 10 am.
Submit your agent-questions to WNBA-LA webinar coordinator Debra Eckerling (Info@TheDEBMethod.com) by Thursday, September 24, and get ready for an informative and enlightening conversation.
This event is $15 for members and $30 for non-members.
Born in Chicago; attended USC; won the Newbery medal for her YA novel Kira-Kira; first story sold: The New Yorker; first rejection letter: The Atlantic; Favorite children’s book: Diamond in the Window; loves chocolate, books, dogs and traveling the US; hates carnival rides; if she didn’t trust her editor this much, she might behave better. Or not.
On A Place to Belong: The price of answering, “No, No” on Questions 27 and 28.
Be sure to look for us on October 4th at 2pm for the Judy Lopez Memorial Award for Children’s Literature celebrating authors Jen Wang, Kate Allen, Cynthia Kadohata and Jason Reynolds!
Don’t miss the upcoming Historical Fiction Panel which is being hosted by WNBA-DC on October 1st. Local authors Sherri L. Smith and Diana Giovinazzo will be virtually joining author Mariah Fredericks to discuss inspiration, research, and getting published. For more information or to register click here.
Highlight on our Local Authors:
Sherri L. Smith is the author of seven award-winning young adult novels, including the 2009 California Book Awards Gold Medalist, Flygirl, the cli-fi adventure Orleans, and Who Were the Tuskegee Airmen?, part of the New York Times bestselling Who HQ series. Her books appear on multiple state lists and have been named Amelia Bloomer and American Library Association Best Books for Young People selections. She teaches in the MFA Writing program at Goddard College in Vermont. She returns to WWII with her newest novel, The Blossom and the Firefly. Learn more at www.sherrilsmith.com.
Diana Giovinazzo is the co-creator of Wine, Women and Words, a weekly literary podcast featuring interviews with authors over a glass of wine. Diana is active within her local literary community as the president of the Los Angeles chapter of the Women’s National Book Association. The Woman in Red is her debut novel.
A special shout-out to WNBA-LA VP and book blogger Well Read Traveler (Jennifer Holmes), for virtually hosting the first So Cal Readers group. Jenn did an excellent job facilitating the conversation and getting all participants involved.
If you missed out on this month’s So Cal Readers with Diana Giovinazzo, don’t worry! There is always next month with author Julie Clark and her book, “The Last Flight.”
So Cal Readers is open to WNBA-LA Members only and focuses on local authors.