Author Margarita Engle explores Cuban history in two new books for young readers – Valley Public Radio

Margarita Engle, the celebrated author and poet who calls the Central Valley home, published two new books in 2021. The first, “Your Heart, My Sky,” is a young adult novel written in verse. The second is a children’s picture book titled “A Song of Frutas.” Valley Edition Host Kathleen Schock spoke with her about how both books were inspired by her Cuban-American heritage.

A Fresno poet has won one of the nation’s most sought-after book awards. FM89’s Ezra David Romero reports.
The Academy of American Poets has selected thirty-four year old Hmong-American Mai Der Vang as the winner of this year’s prestigious Walt Whitman Award. Each year the honor goes to an emerging writer to make possible the publication of their first book.
Vang says she was shocked by the news.

World renowned author William Saroyan is being honored as a great native son of the Central Valley with a an en exhibit by the The Fresno County Public Library.
The William Saroyan Gallery at the Central Library in Downtown Fresno opens Saturday, July 18th, at 2:30 PM for a ribbon cutting ceremony. Featured at the gallery are manuscripts, drawings, books and other memorabilia documenting Saroyan’s career as an author. 

In the new book “Freedom to Discriminate,” author Gene Slater explores how during the civil rights era, realtors exacerbated segregation and fought against fair housing efforts by redefining freedom. Valley Edition Host Kathleen Schock spoke to him about this history and its connection to the City of Fresno.
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