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2018 Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards acceptance speeches roundup

The 2018 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award winners and judges. L-R: Dashka Slater, Zeke Peña, Julie Fogliano, Jillian Tamaki, Celia C. Pérez, Christian Robinson, Isabel Quintero, Liz Phipps Soeiro, Roger Sutton, Katie Bircher, Varian Johnson, Martha Mihalick, Kristen Mohn, Elizabeth Acevedo, and Minh Lê. Photo: Aram Boghosian for the Boston GlobeBelow...
      

Editorial: Technicolor Dreams

The January/February Magazine is a good metaphor for the new year, with its ruminations on What Came Before and an eye toward the future. In October we celebrated the Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards, where Elizabeth Acevedo performed a powerful original poem; Isabel Quintero and Zeke Peña shared their origin story...
      

2018 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award Winner Interviews

On October 6th, the morning following the 2018 Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards ceremony, Roger Sutton sat down to chat with several of the winners and judges. Watch their conversations below; click on the tag BGHB18 for much more (speeches! photos! timeline! reviews!) on the winning books and the ceremony itself.Picture...
      

The First Rule of Punk: Celia C. Pérez's 2018 BGHB Fiction & Poetry Honor Speech

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I didn’t always know I wanted to write for children. I always knew I loved books, and I knew writing was something I enjoyed, but the idea of writing as work, for an audience, and especially the idea of writing books — which were these things I only ever had...
      

The Parker Inheritance: Varian Johnson's 2018 BGHB Fiction & Poetry Honor Speech

I am so very honored to be here tonight. Thank you to the Boston Globe, the Horn Book, and Simmons University for sponsoring this event. And thank you to the judges — there were so many great works to choose from, and I am humbled that The Parker Inheritance was...
      

The Poet X: Elizabeth Acevedo's 2018 BGHB Fiction & Poetry Award Speech

I am so honored to be receiving the Boston Globe–Horn Book Award. I want to give thanks to my agent, Ammi-Joan Paquette, who believed in my voice long before I had much to show for it. And who trusted her gut enough to tell me when certain projects I sent...
      

The 57 Bus: Dashka Slater's 2018 BGHB Nonfiction Honor Speech

My heartfelt thanks to the Boston Globe, Simmons University, the Horn Book, and especially to the awards committee.I want to talk to you about two buses, two cities, two books, and a poem.The poem was the first I ever published and it appeared in the Cambridge (MA) Chronicle when I...
      

Photographic: Author Isabel Quintero's 2018 BGHB Nonfiction Award Speech

Back in 2007, my now-ex-husband and I visited the Getty museum for the first time. I had received an email about Graciela Iturbide’s “The Goat’s Dance” exhibit. I was mesmerized by the images of a ritual that has been taking place for more than five hundred years in La Mixteca,...
      

Photographic: Illustrator Zeke Peña's 2018 BGHB Nonfiction Award Speech

Greeting friends and relatives, my father is Ricardo Peña and my mother is Anna Lisa Banegas-Peña-Téllez-Ybarra-Valencia-Lemos. I figured since we are celebrating Latinx people this month I’d share her whole name. My name is Zeke Peña, I was born in a small town in Southern New Mexico near the Rio...
      

A Hundred Billion Trillion Stars: Author Seth Fishman's and Illustrator Isabel Greenberg's 2018 BGHB Nonfiction Honor Speeches

Thanks a hundred billion trillion for this honor. This was a brilliant project to work on from beginning to end, so it’s wonderful to see that people (and particularly children, I hope) are enjoying our book. And from me, thanks to Seth, who is such a great writer to work...

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