Rita Williams-Garcia (born 1957) is an American writer of novels for children and young adults. In 2010, her novel Jumped was a National Book Award finalist. She won the 2011 Newbery Honor Award, Coretta Scott King Award, and Scott O'Dell Award for Historical Fiction for her book One Crazy Summer. She has won the PEN/Norma Klein Award. Her 2013 book, P.S. Be Eleven, was a Junior Literary Guild selection, a New York Times Editors Choice Book, and won the Coretta Scott King Award in 2014. In 2016 her book Gone Crazy in Alabama won the Coretta Scott King Award. In 2017, her book Clayton Byrd Goes Underground was a finalist for the National Book Award for young people's literature.
Life[change | change source]
Williams-Garcia was born in Queens, New York. Her father was in the military. She graduated from Hofstra University in 1980. At Hofstra, she studied with Richard Price and Sonya Pilcer. She lives in Jamaica, New York. She taught for many years at Vermont College of Fine Arts.
Awards and accomplishments[change | change source]
|One Crazy Summer||2011||
2011 Coretta Scott King Award Winner
|No Laughter Here||2004||2004-BOOKLIST’s Top 10 Black History Titles for Youth|
Booklist Youth Editors’ Choice
|Every Time a Rainbow Dies||2001||
2003 Silver Kiss (Bologna Children's Book Fair)
1991 PEN/Norma Klein Citation (w/FastTalk on a Slow Track)
|Catching the Wild Waiyuuzee||2000||2001 Bank Street College Best Children’s Books for the Year|
|Fast Talk on a Slow Track||1991||
1991 PEN/Norma Klein Citation
|Like Sisters on the Homefront||1995||
LA Best Book of the Decade
References[change | change source]
- "Newbery Medal Home Page". Association for Library Service to Children. 2011. Retrieved 2011-04-17.
- "Coretta Scott King Book Awards". American Library Association. 2011. Archived from the original on 2011-04-06. Retrieved 2011-04-17.
- "Press Releases | News & Press Center". Americanlibrariesmagazine.org. Archived from the original on 2012-03-19. Retrieved 2014-02-16.
- "Scott O'Dell Award for Historical Fiction". Scott O'Dell Committee. 2011. Retrieved 2011-04-17.[permanent dead link]
- Rita Williams-Garcia (2010-03-24). "Rita Williams-Garcia from HarperCollins Publishers". Harpercollins.com. Archived from the original on 2014-02-02. Retrieved 2014-02-16.
- "Rita Williams-Garcia", PEN American Center, Archived August 18, 2012, at the Wayback Machine
- "In Focus: Rita Williams-Garcia - Hofstra College of Liberal Arts & Sciences | Hofstra University". Hofstra.edu. Archived from the original on 2014-02-22. Retrieved 2014-02-16.
- And the Newbery, Caldecott award winners are ..., Ashley Strickland, CNN, January 27, 2014
- "2017 National Book Award finalists revealed". CBS News. October 4, 2017. Retrieved 2017-10-04.