October 13, 2010 Americas Award for Children's and Young-Adult Literature Presented Oct. 23

Press Contact: Erin Allen (202) 707-7302
Public Contact: Catalina Gómez (202) 707-6404

Authors Julia Alvarez and Carmen Tafolla and illustrator Magaly Morales will receive the 2009 Americas Award for Children’s and Young-Adult Literature at the 17th annual award presentation hosted by the Library of Congress. It will take place Saturday, Oct. 23, from 9 a.m. to noon in the Mumford Room on the sixth floor of the James Madison Memorial Building, 101 Independence Avenue, S.E., Washington, D.C.

The award is sponsored by the Consortium of Latin American Studies Program (CLASP) at the University of Wisconsin in Milwaukee. The Library of Congress’s Hispanic Division and the Center for the Book will host the event, which is free and open to the public. Reservations are required and can be made through the Hispanic Division at (202) 707-6404.

Julia Alvarez will be honored for her book “Return to Sender” (Alfred A. Knopf, 2009). Carmen Tafolla and illustrator Magaly Morales will be recognized for “What Can You Do With a Paleta?” (“Que puedes hacer con una paleta?”) (Tricycle Press, 2009).

Award-winning writer Alvarez was born in New York but spent the first 10 years of her life in the Dominican Republic. She is best known for her books “How the Garcia Girls Lost their Accents” (1991) and “In the Time of the Butterflies” (1994). She writes in English and has written a dozen books, all of which have been translated into Spanish.

Tafolla is a well-known Chicana poet, essayist, short-story writer and playwright. She has won the National Chicano Literary Contest and is the author of more than eight books, including “What Can You Do with a Rebozo?”

Morales, born in Xalapa, Veracruz, Mexico, is an illustrator of children’s books known for her bright colors and a sense of play. She also illustrated “Chavela and the Magic Bubble” and “Piñata in a Pine Tree.”

The Americas Award recognizes outstanding U.S. works of fiction, poetry, folklore or selected non-fiction published in the previous year. The work must “authentically and engagingly portray Latin America, the Caribbean or Latinos in the United States.” More information about the Americas Award and CLASP can be found at www.uwm.edu/clasp/ External.

The Hispanic Division, established in 1939, is the Library’s center for the study of the cultures and societies of Latin America, the Caribbean, the Iberian Peninsula, Latinos in the U.S., and other areas with significant Spanish or Portuguese influence. For information on Hispanic resources and programs visit www.loc.gov/rr/hispanic/.

Created by law as a public-private partnership in 1977, the Center for the Book uses the resources of the Library of Congress to stimulate public interest in books and reading. For information about the projects, publications and activities of its affiliates in 50 states and the District of Columbia, visit www.loc.gov/cfbook/.

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