Thursday, August 16, 2007

Cynthia Leitich Smith at National Book Festival

Hurray! Cynthia Leitich Smith, one of my favorite authors will be at the National Book Festival. Cynthia is Muscogee (Creek), and has several outstanding books for children. Regular readers of this blog already know them, but for new readers, I'll note them here. All are set in the present day and are perfect for refuting the mistaken idea that Native Americans vanished and no longer exist.

Jingle Dancer. A picture book about Jenna, a Creek girl who is getting ready to do the jingle dance for the first time.

Indian Shoes. Short stories in the easy reader category, about a boy and his grandpa, living in Chicago.

Rain is Not My Indian Name. A terrific YA novel featuring Rain, a young woman whose best friend has died.

In addition to her books with Native characters, Cynthia has:
Tantalize. For teens into the vampire genre of books, this one is terrific.

Also appearing at the National Book Festival is N. Scott Momaday, author of House Made of Dawn. It won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1969.

The event takes place September 29th on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. This is a repeat visit for Cynthia. She was there in 2002, along with Vine Deloria, Jr.

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