How did one of the most important adult fiction writers of our time undertake the challenge of writing a picture book for children? Find out when Australian Children’s Laureate Morris Gleitzman speaks to Pulitzer Prize–winning author Junot Díaz about Islandborn, his exquisite story of a young girl named Lola who learns about the colourful life of her homeland, the Dominican Republic. Junot discusses the story’s creation and why he believes children’s books are “our first passports into the world”. Rec. 7+.


Junot Díaz (International)

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Junot Díaz was born in the Dominican Republic and raised in New Jersey. He is the author of the critically acclaimed Drown; The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, which won the 2008 Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award; This Is How You Lose Her, a New York Times bestseller and National Book Award finalist; and Islandborn, a picture-book for young readers. A graduate of Rutgers College, Junot is currently the Fiction Editor at Boston Review and the Rudge and Nancy Allen Professor of Writing at MIT.

Morris Gleitzman (Australian)

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Morris Gleitzman is a bestselling Australian children’s author and the Australian Children's Laureate for 2018–19. His books explore serious and sometimes confronting subjects in humorous and unexpected ways. His titles include Two Weeks With The Queen; Grace; Doubting Thomas; Bumface; Give Peas A Chance; Extra Time; Loyal Creatures and the series Once, Then, Now, After and Soon.