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Rita Williams-Garcia Talks with Roger

Talks with Roger is a sponsored supplement to our free monthly e-newsletter, Notes from the Horn Book. To receive Notes, sign up here. Sponsored by For our last Talks with Roger of the year, Rita Williams-Garcia and I spoke just before Thanksgiving about her latest novel, Clayton Byrd Goes Underground. Roger Sutton: I went back […]

Review of Clayton Byrd Goes Underground

Clayton Byrd Goes Underground by Rita Williams-Garcia Intermediate, Middle School    Amistad/HarperCollins    166 pp.    g 5/17    978-0-06-221591-8    $16.99 e-book ed.  978-0-06-221594-9    $9.34 “Electric blues sparks jumped out into the night” when Cool Papa Byrd plays his guitar in Washington Square Park, and all grandson Clayton wants is to be waved […]

Profile of 2016 CSK Author Award winner Rita Williams-Garcia

Whenever I think of Rita Williams-Garcia, it is not long before the memory rises of a teen mother asking Rita a question at a school visit coordinated by my library, Enoch Pratt Free Library in Baltimore. The young women at the school had read Rita’s seminal novel Like Sisters on the Homefront in preparation for […]

2016 CSK Author Award Acceptance by Rita Williams-Garcia

Good morning, family. I am overjoyed to once again stand before you. Honestly, I hoped for a Coretta Scott King Honor. I just wanted to be here at the table, as one of the many being honored. You would think that by now, I’d have it together. I would know: put the phone by the […]

One Crazy Summer

One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia In the “crazy summer” of 1968, three black sisters set out from Brooklyn to Oakland, California, to reconnect with their estranged mother, an active member of the Black Panther political movement. How does Williams-Garcia balance historical events with the girls’ personal journeys? How do both these aspects of the […]

A Profile of Rita Williams-Garcia: Being Eleven

I first met Rita Williams-Garcia three years ago, soon after One Crazy Summer was published. Prior to that, though, I had known her through her books for many years, starting with her first novel, Blue Tights. It stood out among all the YA novels published in 1988 for its honest and realistic depiction of a […]

Rita Williams Garcia

SCENE 1: 1986. The Back Porch restaurant on Third Avenue in New York. A shiny new author, plucked from the “slush pile,” sits across from a shiny new assistant editor, who is wearing a flowery Laura Ashley number and looks to be dressed for a garden party. The author, too, is wearing her Sunday best. […]

Five Questions for Rita Williams-Garcia

  Poor Rita–three times in PUBLIC I made her join me in singing the first line of “It Was Right on the Tip of My Tongue (and I Forgot to Say I Love You)” by Brenda and the Tabulations, a group referenced in One Crazy Summer. Rita, I promise I will learn the rest of […]