2014 National Book Festival
The New Mexico State Library has chosen How Hollyhocks Came to New Mexico by Rudolfo Anaya as the book to represent New Mexico in the Pavilion of the States at the 2014 National Book Festival. The book, which has won numerous awards, was illustrated by Nicolás Otero an award winning santero, translated by Nasario García an award winning author and teacher, and is published by Rio Grande Books, an imprint of LPD Press. The bilingual book is a fanciful folk tale that helps explain the beautiful flowers that can be seen in all parts of New Mexico in the summer and fall. Rudolfo Anaya blends history in this story that shows how different cultures can work together peacefully and respect the land we all need.
Rudolfo Anaya, an acclaimed author and teacher, has won many awards including the National Endowment for the Arts Medal of the Arts Lifetime Achievement Award for his writing. He said he is, “surprised and delighted that How Hollyhocks Came to New Mexico has been chosen to represent New Mexico at the National Book Festival this August. Wow! I’m happy and humbled,” he added. He is a native New Mexican and has written many books for children and adults including the book that started it all, Bless Me Ultima.
The National Book Festival, organized and sponsored by the Library of Congress, is now in its fourteenth year. This popular event celebrating the joys of reading and lifelong literacy will be held on August 30 and 31st in Washington, D.C. Lori Thornton, the Public Services Bureau Chief, organizes the New Mexico State Library’s participation in the National Book Festival.