Return to Headlines

Author Pablo Cartaya Coming to Verona Area School District Dec. 9

Author Pablo Cartaya Coming to Verona Area School District Dec. 9

Pablo Cartaya, award-winning author of the critically acclaimed middle-grade novels The Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora and Marcus Vega Doesn’t Speak Spanish, is coming to Verona Area School District to discuss family, culture and community.  He will hold an event and book signing at the Badger Ridge Middle School on Dec. 9 at 7 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center.

His events, both virtual and in-person, center around discussion of the ideas he lives for: family, culture, and community. Pablo never uses PowerPoint or slides as he code-switches (moving from Spanish to English) and uses personal anecdotes to explain why he writes what he writes. Some kids have even called his presentations stand-up with heart.

Cartaya’s books have been reviewed by The New York Times, featured in The Washington Post, received starred reviews from Kirkus, Booklist, Publishers Weekly, and School Library Journal, and featured on many Best Books of the Year and state award lists. 

His most recent novel, Each Tiny Spark, was honored with the 2020 Schneider Family Book Award for its portrayal of the disability experience and published by the Kokila Penguin Random House Imprint, which focuses on publishing diverse books for children and young adults.