Guatemalan-born David Unger received his country’s 2014 Miguel Angel Asturias National Literature Prize for lifetime achievement though he writes exclusively in English and lives in the U.S. His novel The Mastermind, (Akashic Books, 2016), has been translated into Spanish, Arabic, Italian, Polish, Turkish, Armenian and Macedonian. His latest work is the children's book Sleeping With the Light On (Groundwood Books, 2020).
Benjamin Alire Sáenz is a celebrated American poet and novelist. He has written for children, teens, and adults. His accolades include the 1992 American Book Award for Calendar of Dust, the 2013 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction for Everything Begins and Ends at the Kentucky Club, and the 2013 Pura Belpré Award for Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe which this interview discusses.
I started at the age of 14, helping my father, who was a professor of English Phonetics at the British Institute in Madrid. We first made a small collection of English grammar books and then there came a lot more titles.
Anika Aldamuy Denise is the author of many celebrated books for young readers, including her latest published work Planting Stories: The Life of Librarian and Storyteller Pura Belpré.