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Esmeralda Santiago emigrated from Puerto Rico to the United States with her family when she was 13. Her writing career evolved from her work as a producer-writer of documentary and educational films. Her essays and opinion pieces have run in The New York Times, The Boston Globe, House & Garden and Sports Illustrated. Upon publication of her first book, the memoir "When I Was Puerto Rican," Santiago was hailed as "a welcome new voice, full of passion and authority," by Washington Post Book World. Her new novel is "Conquistadora" (Knopf).

Previous National Book Festival Appearances

Esmeralda Santiago

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