¡Bienvenida! Pat Mora
Don’t miss award-winning author and literacy advocate Pat Mora at the 28th annual Augusta Baker’s Dozen Storytelling Celebration on April 24-26, 2014.
A native of El Paso, Texas, Pat Mora grew up enveloped in the Chicano culture and has spent her life writing books that embody the family values she has carried since childhood. Inspired by her Mexican-American heritage, Mora stirs creativity in her readers by placing them under the open sky of the Texas desert where she learned the importance of embracing her surroundings.
Traveling the country to promote literacy, Mora is on a mission to inspire readers by expressing the Chicano culture in ways that no other writer can. Her most recent books, I Pledge Allegiance and Bravo, Chico Canta! Bravo! are scheduled for release in the spring of 2014.
In addition to her writing career, Mora is the mother of three and has worked as a teacher, university administrator and museum director. She has also spent time leading efforts to promote literacy and what she commonly refers to as bookjoy. Stressing the importance of preserving the Chicano perspective in American society, she considers herself an advocate of Mexican-American values and traditions. She has recently founded several reading initiatives aimed at children and families in Spanish-speaking communities.
Mora has received Honorary Doctorates from North Carolina State University and SUNY Buffalo, an Honorary Membership in the American Library Association, a Civitella Ranieri Fellowship to write in Umbria, Italy, and a Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Texas at El Paso. She was a recipient and judge of a Poetry Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts and a recipient and advisor of the Kellogg National Leadership Fellowships.
Augusta Baker’s Dozen Storytelling Celebration:
Richland Library’s annual storytelling event, cosponsored by the University of South Carolina School of Library and Information Science and the Richland Library Friends, occurs every April and brings to life the world of storytelling and children’s literature. The celebration honors the works and achievements of nationally-known author and storyteller Augusta Baker.