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.
Kate Allen grew up in Massachusetts; Once convinced a grocery store clerk she had a baby brother named Bimbo; Won the Writing Contest in senior year; Likes to cook; Always keeps a journal in her bag; When she was a child, a magician told her someday she would be an interior decorator but she was sure she would be a doctor…turns out they were both wrong.