These insightful, widely ranging interviews showcase the defining children's and YA Latina/Latino writers and illustrators of our time. They speak about tapping the magic of story, taking risks, crafting identity; about crossing or defying or blurring the borders of language and experience. Aldama's scholarship brings vital cultural and artistic realities to the page for the benefit of all those who care about young readers.
Children’s and young adult literature has become an essential medium for identity formation in contemporary Latino/a culture in the United States. This book is an original collection of more than thirty interviews led by Frederick Luis Aldama with Latino/a authors working in the genre. The conversations revolve around the conveyance of young Latino/a experience, and what that means for the authors as they overcome societal obstacles and aesthetic complexity. The authors also speak extensively about their experiences within the publishing industry and with their audiences. As such, Aldama’s collection presents an open forum to contemporary Latino/a writers working in a vital literary category and sheds new light on the myriad formats, distinctive nature, and cultural impact it offers.
Alongside an elegant and thoughtful introduction, Aldama has provided us with a superbly illuminating set of interviews with some of this century's most innovative and challenging writers. He sheds new light on the incredibly rich ideas and vision of Latino and Latina artists and writers and guides our reading with compelling questions.
Frederick Luis Aldama is Arts & Humanities Distinguished Professor and University Distinguished Scholar at The Ohio State University. He is the author, coauthor, or editor of thirty books, and the editor or coeditor of seven book series. Aldama is the founder and director of the LASER/Latinx Space for Enrichment Research, which received the White House Hispanic Bright Spot award. Aldama is the recipient of the American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education’s Outstanding Latino/a Faculty in Higher Education Award as well as the Alumni Award for Distinguished Teaching. In 2017 he was inducted into the Academy of Teaching.