September 25, 2012 Americas Award for Children and Young Adult Literature to Be Presented at the Library of Congress Oct. 5

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Authors Monica Brown, Margarita Engle and illustrator Julie Paschkis will receive the Americas Award for Children and Young Adult Literature during a special awards presentation on Friday, Oct. 5, at 3 p.m. in the Mumford Room on the sixth floor of the Library of Congress James Madison Building, 101 Independence Avenue, S.E., Washington, D.C. A reception will follow the presentation.

The award is administered by the Consortium of the Latin American Studies Programs (CLASP) at Vanderbilt University and jointly sponsored by the Tulane University Stone Center. The Library of Congress Hispanic Division and its Center for the Book 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.

Monica Brown, whose roots are Peruvian, will be honored for her book “Pablo Neruda: Poet of the People” (Holt, 2011), along with illustrator Julie Paschkis. Brown is an award-winning author of children’s books, including “My Name is Celia: the Life of Celia Cruz.” Several of Paschkis’s previous books have won awards. including “Night Garden.”

Cuban-American novelist Margarita Engle was previously an Americas Award honoree for “The Surrender Tree” in 2007 and winner of several Pura Belpré awards. This year, she receives the Americas Award for “Hurricane Dancers: The First Caribbean Pirate Shipwreck” (Holt, 2011).

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

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