Author Guadalupe García McCall visits Arne Nixon Center for its first Artist-In-Residence Fellowship

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Author Guadalupe García McCall visits Arne Nixon Center for its first Artist-In-Residence Fellowship

The Henry Madden Library’s Arne Nixon Center for the Study of Children’s Literature at Fresno State hosts award-winning, young adult literature author Guadalupe García McCall for its inaugural Artist-in-Residence Fellowship (March 13 through 17).

McCall is the author of three highly acclaimed titles, including her first novel, the Pura Belpré Award-winning book “Under the Mesquite.” For this book, she also won the 2013 Tomás Rivera Mexican American Children’s Book Award and an Américas Award honorable mention. Her second book, “Summer of the Mariposas,” was a finalist for the Andre Norton Award for Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy and was named on School Library Journal’s best books of the year list. “Shame the Stars,” her newest book published this year, has been awarded a Kirkus starred review. A reimagining of “Romeo and Juliet” set in the explosive years of the Mexican Revolution, Kirkus called it “a must-read, complex twist on a political Shakespearean tragedy.”

As a recipient of the fellowship, McCall will receive a $10,000 stipend. The Arne Nixon Center Artist-in-Residence Fellowship was made possible by the generosity of a donor who wishes to remain anonymous. The awarding committee consists of professors from the Fresno State English Department; the Early, Literacy, Bilingual and Special Education Department; the Chicano and Latin American Studies Department; the Women’s Studies Program and the Arne Nixon Center’s curator, Jennifer Crow.

“We are excited to bring young adult author Guadalupe García McCall to Fresno State to share her passion for writing with our students and our community,” Crow said. “Her versatile style plays to the genres of realistic, fantastical and historical fiction, yet is always informed by her sense of social justice and clarity of heart.”

McCall will give four public presentations during her week-long fellowship. All events are free and open to the public.

5 to 6:30 p.m. Monday, March 13

Welcoming Reception for Guadalupe García McCall

(Fresno State, Peters Education Center Auditorium, west of the Save Mart Center)

  • Introduction by Fresno State Provost Lynette Zelezny and Dean of Library Services Peter McDonald
  • Hosted by the Arne Nixon Center Advocates
  • Heavy hors d’oeuvres, beer and wine
  • Books for sale and autographing
  • Reserve a seat onEventbrite
  • Parking is restricted. Please obtain a parking permit entering the code 218714 into parking permit dispensers found at entryways on campus.

1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 14

Panel Discussion of “Our Place on the Shelf: A Cross-Disciplinary Discussion on Chicanx/Latinx Youth Literature”

(Fresno State, North Gym room 118)

  • Parking is restricted. Please obtain a parking permit entering the code 218721 into parking permit dispensers found at entryways on campus.

 

Panel members will discuss critical themes, trends, works, challenges and teaching opportunities within Chicanx/Latinx children’s and young adult literature. The panel members are:

  • Ms. Guadalupe García McCall (Artist-in-Residence)
  • Dr. Larissa Mercado-López (Women’s Studies Program)
  • Dr. Laura Alamillo (Literacy, Early, Bilingual, Special Education Department)
  • Dr. Cristina Hererra (Chicano and Latin American Studies Department)

 

4 to 5:00 p.m. Wednesday, March 15

Presentation to “Promote Library and Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish Speaking”

(Betty Rodriguez Regional Branch Library, 3040 N. Cedar Ave., Fresno, CA 93703, 559.600.9245)

  • Co-hosted by the Fresno County Public Library and REFORMA: The National Association to Promote Library and Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish Speaking
  • Light refreshments
  • Free parking

 

3 to 5:00 p.m. Friday, March 17

Farewell Reception and Student Work Showcase

(Fresno State Henry Madden Library room 2206, second floor, south wing)

  • Parking is restricted. Please obtain a parking permit entering the code 218701 into parking permit dispensers found at entryways on campus.

The Arne Nixon Center is one of the West Coast’s largest and most significant research centers for the study of children’s literature. With an emphasis on diversity, the center’s collection includes more than 60,000 books, original artwork, letters, photographs, newspaper clippings, ceramics and other ephemera.

With a mission to promote the best books in children’s literature through its collection and programs, the Arne Nixon Center for the Study of Children’s Literature is a unit within the Special Collections Division of the Madden Library.

For more event information, including disability accommodations or access, contact Jami Sanford in the Arne Nixon Center at 559.278.8116 or email jsanford@csufresno.edu.

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