Fresno’s Famous

The most prestigious conference for international children’s books coming out of Basel, Switzerland called the International Board on Books for Young people (IBBY) will take place in Fresno in October 2011. That’s like getting the olympics in your city for children’s book people!

Here’s the website

Next year’s conference is in Spain The call is Oct 30.

Also, Juan Felipe Herrera will give a poetry reading soon at the Henry Madden Library.

So that’s Margarita Engle two weeks ago, Francisco Jimenez last Friday, Juan Felipe Herrera soon and Gary Soto (at Fresno City) November 4 (?). Soto also has a museum!!
Fresno’s like Paris for Latino writers!! At the address below, you can see some of the future children’s writers in the Fresno Area….

Margarita Engle ~ Finding the Poetry in History

September 25, 2009 ~ Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with author Margarita Engle at the annual meeting of ANCA, the Arne Nixon Center Advocates. The meeting will be held at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, September 25, at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Fresno, where ANCA members and others will be the special guests of the Norelma Walker Youth Library. The church is located at 2672 East Alluvial Avenue (just west of Willow), Clovis, California 93611. Following a reception at 6:00 p.m., the program will begin at 6:45 p.m. The author’s PowerPoint presentation, “Finding the Poetry in History,” will include family pictures.

The public is invited. There is no admission charge for this event. Reservations are required by sending email to or by calling (559) 278-8116. The author’s books will be available for sale and autographing.

Margarita Engle
Margarita Engle