Library of Congress

National Book Festival

At the 2018 National Book Festival


  • Children's Green Stage
    Saturday, September 1
    3:55 pm - 4:20 pm

Book Signing

  • Saturday, September 1
    5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Meg Medina is an award-winning Cuban-American author who writes picture books and middle-grade and young adult fiction. Her most recent young adult novel, “Burn Baby Burn,” earned numerous distinctions, including being long-listed for the 2016 National Book Award and short-listed for the Kirkus Prize. She is the 2014 recipient of the Pura Belpré Author Award and a 2013 Cybils Award winner for her young adult novel, “Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass.” She also received the 2012 Ezra Jack Keats New Writer Award for her picture book “Tía Isa Wants a Car.” Her other books are “The Girl Who Could Silence the Wind,” a 2013 Bank Street College Best Children’s Book of the Year; “Mango, Abuela and Me,” a 2016 Pura Belpré Honor Book; and “Milagros: Girl from Away.” Her new book is “Merci Suárez Changes Gears” (Candlewick). Medina’s work examines how cultures intersect through the eyes of young people, and she brings audiences stories that speak to both what is unique in Latino culture and qualities that are universal. She lives with her family in Richmond, Virginia.

Previous National Book Festival Appearances

Meg Medina