Julia Navarro is a writer and journalist. After writing several books of nonfiction, including Nosotros, la transición; Entre Felipe y Aznar (Us the Transition: Between Felipe and Aznar) and La izquierda que viene (The Left That’s Coming), she published her first novel, the best seller La Hermandad de la Sábana Santa, (The Brotherhood of the Holy Sheet, 2010). She later published several books including Dime quién soy (Tell Me Who Am I) and Dispara, yo ya estoy muerto, (Shoot, I’m Already Dead). At the Miami Book Fair, Navarro will present her most recent work Tú no matarás, (You Will Not Kill, Plaza & Janés) in which she tells the story of three friends escaping Franco´s Spain in 1941. Their journey will take them to places as disparate as Alexandria, Paris, Lisbon, Prague, Boston, and Santiago de Chile.
Kadir Nelson is an author, artist and illustrator. He has received many awards and honors for his work including for Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African Americans; the historical fiction bookHenry's Freedom Box by Ellen Levine and Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom by Carole Boston Weatherford. He has also been recognized for his work in children's books such as We Are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball, his debut as an author; Ellington Was Not a Street, written by poet Ntozake Shange, and Just the Two of Us, written by Will Smith. Originally performed for its namesake show in ESPN, the poem The Undefeated (Versify) is a love letter to black life in the United States. It highlights the unspeakable trauma of slavery, the faith and fire of the civil rights movement, and the grit, passion, and perseverance of some of the world's greatest heroes. The text is also peppered with references to the words of Martin Luther King, Jr., Langston Hughes, Gwendolyn Brooks, and others, offering deeper insights into the accomplishments of the past, while bringing stark attention to the endurance and spirit of those surviving and thriving in the present. Robust back matter at the end provides valuable historical context and additional detail for those wishing to learn more. Publishers Weekly, in a starred review noted that "[T]his magnificent anthem to the courage and genius of black Americans has been turned into a picture book with stunning portraits by Nelson....communicating clearly that when black lives matter, America is stronger."
Naomi Shihab Nye is the author and/or editor of more than 30 volumes. Her books of poetry for adults and children include 19 Varieties of Gazelle: Poems of the Middle East (a finalist for the National Book Award) , A Maze Me: Poems for Girls, Red Suitcase, Words Under the Words, and You & Yours (a best-selling poetry book of 2006). Her fiction books for young people include Habibi, Going Going, There Is No Long Distance Now, and The Turtle of Oman which was chosen a Horn Book Best Book of 2014, a 2015 Notable Children’s Book by the American Library Association, and was awarded the 2015 Middle East Book Award for Youth Literature. Voices in the Air: Poems For Listeners (Greenwillow Books) is a collection of almost one hundred original poems written by poet Naomi Shihab Nye in honor of the artists, writers, poets, historical figures, ordinary people, and diverse luminaries from past and present who have inspired her. It’s a collection that offers a message of peace and empathy. It celebrates the inspirational people who strengthen and motivate us to create, to open our hearts, and to live rewarding and graceful lives. With short informational bios about the influential figures behind each poem, and a transcendent introduction by the poet. the Kirkus reviewer called it “A rich collection of poems celebrating diverse lives. ...Asking tough questions and demonstrating the beauty of the voices on the fringe, Nye once again deftly charts the world through verse: not to be missed.”
Padura, Leonardo is a writer, essayist, screenwriter and journalist. He lives in Cuba. Padura is the author of more than twenty titles, including the novels El hombre que amaba a los perros (The Man Who Loved Dogs) and La novela de mi vida (The Novel of My Life), and his work has been translated into 28 languages. He has received important literary awards including the Prix Roger Caillois in 2011, he was the first Cuban writer to receive it; and the Premio Princesa de Asturias de las Letras 2015. He appears at the Miami Book Fair to present La transparencia del tiempo (The Transparency of Time, Tusquets). In it Padura’s emblematic character, detective Mario Conde, gets a request to find a black virgin stolen from a friend. His investigation will reveal a sordid, criminal world. Padura will also take part in the presentation of Isla en la luz (Island of Light)