Rita Williams-Garcia, Award-Winning Author for Children and Teens, to Appear at West Oakland Branch Library

Release Date: 
Tue, 09/25/2012

Rita Williams-Garcia, author of One Crazy Summer, a critically acclaimed novel for children and teens, will make rare Oakland appearance at the West Oakland Branch Library on Saturday, October 13, from 11 am to 12 noon.

The West Oakland Branch Library is located at 1801 Adeline Street.

Ms. Williams-Garcia’s appearance  will occur in conjunction with the LIFE is LIVING Festival, a day long festival that will be centered in DeFremery Park, on Adeline and 18th Street in Oakland.

One Crazy Summer is set in West Oakland, during the heady summer of 1968. Its three protagonists, sisters Delphine, Vonetta and Fern, find adventure when they are sent to meet their estranged poet-mother, who prints flyers for the Black Panthers. The voices of the sisters sing in three-part harmony in this nuanced, humorous novel.

One Crazy Summer was named the 2011 Coretta Scott Award Winner, a 2011 Newbery Honor Book, the 2011 Scott O’Dell Prize Winner for Historical Fiction, and a 2010 National Book Award Finalist.

For more information, please contact Nina Lindsay, Children’s Services Librarian, at (510) 238-6706 or nlindsay@oaklandlibrary.org