Donna Barba Higuera‘s The Last Cuentista and Sasha taqʷšəblu LaPointe‘s Red Paint: The Ancestral Autobiography of a Coast Salish Punk are representing Washington State at the 2022 National Book Festival!
The Washington Center for Book has selected one youth book and one adult book by Washington authors to represent the state at the 2022 National Book Festival: “The Last Cuentista” by Donna Barba Higuera and “Red Paint: The Ancestral Autobiography of a Coast Salish Punk” by Sasha taqʷšəblu LaPointe.
Both titles will be part of the National Center for the Book’s Great Reads from Great Places program. Great Reads from Great Places features books and authors representing the literary heritage of all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa, and Northern Marianas. For over 20 years this program has included a highlighted youth title from each affiliate center. In 2022, “Great Reads from Great Places” is including titles for adults for the first time.
“We are grateful for the opportunity to showcase these wonderful titles from Washington authors and share them with this year’s National Book Festival participants,” said Washington State Librarian Sara Jones. “The National Book Festival brings booklovers together from across the country and beyond to celebrate reading, literacy, authors, and community.”
This year’s National Book Festival on Sept. 3 will be held in-person in Washington, D.C., but will include many livestreamed and recorded virtual programs celebrating books and authors. Higuera will take part in an online panel conversation with other chosen authors from state Centers for the Book in the Western Region. This and other panel discussions will be posted toward the end of August on the National Book Festival website and the Library of Congress YouTube channel. Higuera is also speaking in person at the festival.
Full press release here.
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