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author Susan Patron and her book the Higher Power of Lucky
Author Susan Patron and her award winning book the Higher Power of Lucky
Sheryn Morris, Librarian, Literature & Fiction, November 27, 2023

When a book is not a current bestseller or is an older book and suddenly receives a great deal of attention, people often want to know why. I think four possible reasons might explain this "sudden" interest: the author received an award; there was a scandal about the book and/or the author; there was an adaptation of the book (film, television, stage); or the author recently died. When...


Author Ericka Sánchez and her cookbooks, ¡Buenos días!, Aguas Frescas and Paletas, and ¡Buen Provecho!

Cultural Essence of Cookbooks in Latino Heritage: A Conversation With Ericka Sanchez

Nicholas Clayton, Librarian, Multilingual Collections, Wednesday, August 30, 2023

Cookbooks are more than just collections of recipes—they are vessels of memory, culture, and storytelling. In the Latino community, these culinary treasures hold an even more profound significance because they connect individuals to their heritage and provide a bridge to cultural understanding.

Author T. Kingfisher and her latest book, Thornhedge

Interview With an Author: T. Kingfisher

Daryl M., Librarian, West Valley Regional Branch Library, Tuesday, August 29, 2023

Authors Cynthia Gonzalez and her book, The Life of/La Vida de Llort; Mariana Galvez and her book, My Pet Flamingo; and Juan Moreno and his book, El Pato y Sus Zapatos

Libros y bebés/Books & Babies: Boardbooks Galore With Authors Cynthia Gonzalez, Mariana Galvez, Juan Moreno

Eva Mitnick, Director, Youth Services, Monday, August 28, 2023

What do a shoe-obsessed duck, a famous Salvadoran artist, and an opinionated flamingo have in common? They are all topics explored in delightful board books for babies and toddlers, written and/or illustrated by these talented writers and artists:

Author Joe R. Lansdale and his latest book, Things Get Ugly

Interview With an Author: Joe R. Lansdale

Daryl M., Librarian, West Valley Regional Branch Library, Thursday, August 24, 2023

Author and mental health therapist Cindy Montenegro and her book My Mind is a Mountain/Mi mente es una montaña

Meditate & Reflect With Author and Therapist Cindy Montenegro

Salvadora Sosa Prieto, Administrative Clerk, Multilingual Collections, Wednesday, August 23, 2023

Cindy Montenegro is not only the author of My Mind is a Mountain/Mi mente es una montaña but is also a dedicated mental health therapist.

Illustrators Mirelle Ortega, Leo Espinosa and Loris Lora

"Draw Off" With Illustrators Loris Lora, Mirelle Ortega, and Leo Espinosa

Eva Mitnick, Director, Youth Services, Monday, August 21, 2023

Children's books and stories can serve as bridges to connect people from different backgrounds and cultures.

Christina Rice looking at our photo archives

Video: The Carol Westwood Photo Collection

Christina Rice, Senior Librarian, Photo Collection, Saturday, August 19, 2023

For a look at Los Angeles in the 80s and 90s, the Carol Westwood collection is an indispensable resource.

Author Susie Jaramillo and her books, Te Quiero Mama and Amor Is Love to You

Meet Susie Jaramillo From Canticos

Patricia Valdovinos, Librarian, Multilingual Collections, Friday, August 18, 2023

Susie Jaramillo stands out as the creative force behind Canticos. This #1 bilingual preschool brand includes sing-along videos, books, puzzles, games, and an app, all inspired by Latino nursery rhymes.

Author Joss Rountree and his debut novel, The Legend of Charlie Fish

Interview With an Author: Josh Rountree

Daryl M., Librarian, West Valley Regional Branch Library, Thursday, August 17, 2023

Josh Rountree has published more than sixty stories in a wide variety of magazines and anthologies, including Beneath Ceaseless Skies,

Author Ari Tison and her books, Saints of the Household and Our Shadows Have Claws

Get to Know Ari Tison

Llyr Heller, Librarian, Teen'Scape, Monday, August 14, 2023

Ari Tison is an amazing Bribri (Indigenous Costa Rican) poet and author who has won several awards for her incredible work.