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National Book Festival

Award-winning Cuban-American author Meg Medina is a writer of books for kids of all ages. She prides herself on being about “strong girls, tough circumstances and the connecting power of culture.” In March 2014 she was recognized as one of the CNN 10 Visionary Women in America. Medina has received a Pura Belpré honor and award, a Cybils fiction award and an Ezra Jack Keats new writers medal, among other honors. Her award-winning books include “Tía Isa Wants a Car,” “Mango, Abuela and Me” and “Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass.” Her latest book, “Burn Baby Burn” (Candlewick), explores the coming-of-age of New York teen Nora Lopez during the tense summer of 1977, as she considers dating while the serial killer Son of Sam is on the loose. In all Medina’s works, including her newest, she aims to unify readers across cultures by linking the uniqueness and the universality of Latino culture with other cultures.

Previous National Book Festival Appearances

Meg Medina

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