Author Talk With Duncan Tonatiuh

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The Pollak Library is pleased to host this exciting children's author presentation under the sponsorship of the Donoghue Children's Literature Center, Latino Communications Initiative at CSU Fullerton, Orange County REFORMA, and Dr. Miguel Zavala, Assistant Professor in the Dept. of Secondary Education.

About the Program

Join us for an afternoon of engaging storytelling and critical discussion of social justice issues explored in the works by this exciting emerging voice in children’s literature!

Date: Tuesday, March 18, 2014
Time: 1:00pm - 2:30pm*
Location: Pollak Library North, Room 130
Admission: Free and open to the public (normal campus parking rules apply)
Target Audience: Students in the teacher preparation program, College of Education faculty, undergraduate students taking children’s literature courses and art education, children’s services librarians, and the greater community.

* Doors will open at 12:45pm. Refreshments, book sale, and book signing to follow.


About the Author

Duncan Tonatiuh is an award winning author and illustrator. His book Diego Rivera: His World and Ours, published in 2011 by Abrams Books for Young Readers is the winner of the 2012 Pura Belpré illustration award for a work that best portrays, affirms and celebrates the Latino cultural experience in children's books. It is also the winner of a 2012 Tomás Rivera Mexican American children's book award.

His latest book Pancho Rabbit and the Coyote: A Migrant's Tale (Abrams 2013) has received starred reviews and has been featured in USA Today, The Chicago Sun, The Houston Chronicle among other major publications because it deals with the controversial topic of immigration.

His next book Separate Is Never Equal will be available in May 2014. It tells the true story of Sylvia Mendez, a child in the 40's of Mexican and Puerto-Rican descent who was not allowed to attend a “White’s Only” school. Thanks to the efforts of her parents and the local Latino community, legal segregation in schools in California ended. Duncan was born in Mexico City but grew up in San Miguel de Allende. His mother is Mexican and his father is American. He graduated from Parsons The New School for Design and from Eugene Lang College in New York City in 2008. His work is inspired by ancient Mexican art, particularly that of the Mixtec codex. His aim is to create images that honor the past, but that address contemporary issues that affect people of Mexican origin on both sides of the border.

Tonatiuh was recently named by MSN Latino as one of the top 10 Latinos to watch in 2014.


Program Media Kit

The following materials are available for reuse.

Location & Floor Map

This event is being held on March 18, 2014, in room PLN-130 in the First Floor North of Pollak Library.