The Authors

Marisa Silver

Marisa-SilverA former film director and screenwriter, the accomplished Marisa Silver switched careers to become strictly a writer in the 1990s.  Her first short story appeared in the New Yorker in 2000, and her story collection, Babe in Paradise, was a Los Angeles Times Best Book of the Year.  Several novels followed, including the acclaimed The God of War, which was a Los Angeles Times Best Book finalist. Marisa lives in Los Angeles.

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Pam Muñoz Ryan Rafael López (illustrator)
Pam Munoz Ryan Rafael López

Born and raised in Bakersfield, California, Ryan attended San Diego State University and worked in education before becoming a full-time writer of numerous middle-grade novels and picture books.  she often draws on her half-Mexican background for her stories. A resident of the San Diego area, she has won numerous awards including the Pura Belpré Medal as well as the PEN USA Award, and the Américas Award.  Her latest book is Echo.

For more information about Ryan, visit her website.

The acclaimed illustrator grew up in Mexico City, and currently lives in San Diego and San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.  Illustrating everything from postage stamps to walls (he is known for his colorful murals), López’s first picture book was My Name is Celia published in 2004.  Many of his books are about Latino musicians, like his latest, Drum Dream Girl about a Cuban girl who was discouraged from being a drummer, but pursued her dream.

For more about López and his work, visit his website.


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