Your Author Series / Tu serie de autores

 

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Read, create and discover by meeting and connecting with authors and illustrators at your library.

Lee, crea y descubre al conocer y compartir con autores e ilustradores en tu biblioteca.


Upcoming Events


Michael Martinez and his book
June 21, 2024 11:00 AM

Join us in welcoming Michael Martinez, founder of LA Compost, a nonprofit organization providing compost access and education, as he reads from his new book Composting for Community.

Mateo’s father is a composter, but when the class falls silent during his career day presentation, he sets out to learn more about not only his father’s job but about composting itself. His dad’s seemingly ordinary job unveils a world of interconnectedness, family heritage, and environmental stewardship that changes Mateo’s perspective. Guided by his family, Mateo delves into the science of composting and witnesses the transformation of trash into nourishing compost that provides life for our planet.

Those attending the program will have the opportunity to take home a copy of Composting for Community. Intended for children ages 5 and up.

This program was made possible with the generous support of the Library Foundation of Los Angeles along with support from the Lenore S. and Bernard A. Greenberg Fund.


Michael Martinez and his book
June 24, 2024 2:00 PM

Join us in welcoming Michael Martinez, founder of LA Compost, a nonprofit organization providing compost access and education, as he reads from his new book Composting for Community.

Mateo’s father is a composter, but when the class falls silent during his career day presentation, he sets out to learn more about not only his father’s job but about composting itself. His dad’s seemingly ordinary job unveils a world of interconnectedness, family heritage, and environmental stewardship that changes Mateo’s perspective. Guided by his family, Mateo delves into the science of composting and witnesses the transformation of trash into nourishing compost that provides life for our planet.

Those attending the program will have the opportunity to take home a copy of Composting for Community. Intended for children ages 5 and up.

This program was made possible with the generous support of the Library Foundation of Los Angeles along with support from the Lenore S. and Bernard A. Greenberg Fund.


jesus trejo and his books
June 26, 2024 4:00 PM

Join us in welcoming comedian, actor, and writer Jesus Trejo as he reads from his first picture book, Papá's Magical Water-Jug Clock.

Little Jesús is excited to spend a Saturday with his landscaper Papá, where he's put in charge of the magical water jug, which is also a clock! When it's empty, Papá explains, the workday will be done. It’s a big job, and Jesús wants to do it right. But he just can’t help giving water to an array of thirsty animals. Before he knows it, the magical water jug is empty—but the workday’s not over yet! Will Jesús be fired?! Or is the jug not really magical after all? This mischievous tale of a very young comedian’s life lesson will warm hearts and have high-spirited kids nodding in sympathy.

Those attending the program will have the opportunity to take home a copy of Papá's Magical Water-Jug Clock. Intended for children ages 4-8.

This program was made possible with the generous support of the Library Foundation of Los Angeles along with support from the Lenore S. and Bernard A. Greenberg Fund.


rex ogle and his book Free Lunch
July 11, 2024 4:00 PM

Join us in welcoming award-winning author Rex Ogle as he reads from his book Free Lunch.

Instead of giving him lunch money, Rex’s mom has signed him up for free meals. As a poor kid in a wealthy school district, better-off kids crowd impatiently behind him as he tries to explain to the cashier that he’s on the free meal program. The lunch lady is hard of hearing, so Rex has to shout. Free Lunch is the story of Rex’s efforts to navigate his first semester of sixth grade―who to sit with, not being able to join the football team, Halloween in a handmade costume, classmates and a teacher who take one look at him and decide he’s trouble―all while wearing secondhand clothes and being hungry. Unsparing and realistic, Free Lunch is a story of hardship threaded with hope and moments of grace. Rex’s voice is compelling and authentic, and Free Lunch is a true, timely, and essential work that illuminates the lived experience of poverty in America.

Rex Ogle is an award-winning author and the writer of nearly a hundred children’s books, comics, graphic novels, and memoirs—most notably Free Lunch, which won the ALA/YALSA award for Excellence in Non-Fiction. Born and raised (mostly) in Texas, Rex moved to New York City after college to intern with Marvel Comics before moving over to DC Comics, Scholastic, and Little Brown Young Readers. Now living in Los Angeles, he writes every day when he’s not outdoors hiking with his dog, playing MarioKart with friends, or thinking up new ideas for books.

Those attending the program will have the opportunity to take home a copy of Free Lunch. Intended for middle readers from sixth to ninth grade.

This program was made possible with the generous support of the Library Foundation of Los Angeles along with support from the Lenore S. and Bernard A. Greenberg Fund.


rex ogle and his book Free Lunch
July 12, 2024 2:00 PM

Join us in welcoming award-winning author Rex Ogle as he reads from his book Free Lunch.

Instead of giving him lunch money, Rex’s mom has signed him up for free meals. As a poor kid in a wealthy school district, better-off kids crowd impatiently behind him as he tries to explain to the cashier that he’s on the free meal program. The lunch lady is hard of hearing, so Rex has to shout. Free Lunch is the story of Rex’s efforts to navigate his first semester of sixth grade―who to sit with, not being able to join the football team, Halloween in a handmade costume, classmates, and a teacher who take one look at him and decide he’s trouble―all while wearing secondhand clothes and being hungry. Unsparing and realistic, Free Lunch is a story of hardship threaded with hope and moments of grace. Rex’s voice is compelling and authentic, and Free Lunch is a true, timely, and essential work that illuminates the lived experience of poverty in America.

Rex Ogle is an award-winning author and the writer of nearly a hundred children’s books, comics, graphic novels, and memoirs—most notably Free Lunch, which won the ALA/YALSA award for Excellence in Non-Fiction. Born and raised (mostly) in Texas, Rex moved to New York City after college to intern with Marvel Comics before moving over to DC Comics, Scholastic, and Little Brown Young Readers. Now living in Los Angeles, he writes every day when he’s not outdoors hiking with his dog, playing MarioKart with friends, or thinking up new ideas for books.

Those attending the program will have the opportunity to take home a copy of Free Lunch. Intended for middle readers from sixth to ninth grade.

This program was made possible with the generous support of the Library Foundation of Los Angeles along with support from the Lenore S. and Bernard A. Greenberg Fund.


ann chau and her book
July 16, 2024 10:00 AM

Join us in welcoming Ann Chau, a second-generation Vietnamese-American who wants to share her passion for the Vietnamese language and culture with her children and future generations, as she reads from her first book, My Ong Ngoai's Garden: Cal’s Guide to Vietnamese Fruits and Culture.

Follow Cal as he explores his grandpa’s garden and learns about delicious fruits commonly found in Vietnam. This colorful and heartwarming picture book offers insights about Vietnamese culture and shows how food can help bring people together.

Those attending the program will have the opportunity to take home a copy of My Ong Ngoai's Garden: Cal’s Guide to Vietnamese Fruits and Culture. Intended for children ages 2-5, but adults can enjoy it too! 

This program was made possible with the generous support of the Library Foundation of Los Angeles along with support from the Lenore S. and Bernard A. Greenberg Fund.


Adalgisa and David Nico and thier book cover
July 16, 2024 4:00 PM

Join us in welcoming children’s author, Adalgisa Nico who will be reading from her book, Fish in the Desert: The Untold Story of the Death Valley Pupfish, the first installment in the Bringing National Parks to Life picture book series. Adalgisa "Gisa" loves National Parks and their junior ranger programs and has been an educator for over 25 years.

Get ready to embark on a captivating journey with Adele as she discovers the incredible resilience of pupfish, the tiny creatures that thrive in the scorching heat of Death Valley National Park. This story tells the tale of a young girl's journey as she deals with personal conflict by finding comfort and wisdom from her adventures with wildlife.

Those attending the program will have the opportunity to take home a copy of Fish in the Desert.

This program was made possible with the generous support of the Library Foundation of Los Angeles along with support from the Lenore S. and Bernard A. Greenberg Fund.


Kaylin Melia George and her book, Aloha Everything.
July 23, 2024 3:30 PM

Join us in welcoming children’s author Kaylin Melia George as she reads from her new book, Aloha Everything.

In this exciting adventure, you'll encounter mighty canoes crashing over ocean waves, regal hawks soaring high above the clouds, and brilliant lizards jumping nimbly through forest trees! Most importantly, you'll meet a courageous young girl named Ano who learns, grows, and comes to love her island home with all her heart. The beautiful poetry—weaving its way through every page—artfully blends 25 Hawaiian words into the English prose and provides a thoughtful exploration of the meaning of aloha in relation to the land, the people, and the lore.

Those attending the program will have the opportunity to take home a copy of Aloha Everything. Intended for children ages 5-8.

This program was made possible with the generous support of the Library Foundation of Los Angeles along with support from the Lenore S. and Bernard A. Greenberg Fund.


Lilliam Rivera and her book Barely Floating
August 12, 2024 4:30 PM

Join us in welcoming Lilliam Rivera as she shares Barely Floating, a dazzling story full of heart about how one twelve-year-old channels her rage into synchronized swimming dreams.

Lilliam is a MacDowell fellow, a screenwriter, and an award-winning author of nine works of fiction: a forthcoming horror book, four young adult novels, three middle-grade books, and a graphic novel for DC Comics. Her books have been awarded a Pura Belpré Honor, been featured on NPR, New Yorker, Los Angeles Times, NY Times, and multiple “best of” lists. Her novel Never Look Back is slated for an Amazon movie adaptation. A Bronx, New York native, Lilliam currently lives in Los Angeles. Barely Floating explores what it means to sparkle in your skin, build community with those who lift you up, and keep floating when waters get rough.

Those attending the program will have the opportunity to take home a copy of Barely Floating. Intended for middle readers. Fifth grade and up.

This program was made possible with the generous support of the Library Foundation of Los Angeles along with support from the Lenore S. and Bernard A. Greenberg Fund.





Funding provided by the Library Foundation of Los Angeles, Lenore S. and Bernard A. Greenberg Fund and other generous donors.

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