Florida SouthWestern State College is excited to host children’s author Alma Flor Ada and Lee Bennett Hopkins to campus as part of the Authors @ FSW Speaker Series. This event Tuesday, November 14 at 11:00 am in Building AA, Room 177 at Florida SouthWestern State College, 8099 College Parkway, Fort Myers. The event is free and open to the public.
Dr. Ada is the author of children’s books, poetry, and novels including Dancing Home, Under the Royal Palms, Where the Flame Trees Bloom, Island Treasures: Growing Up in Cuba, and Yes! We are Latinos. She was born in Camagüey, Cuba and grew up in La Quinta Simoni, in a house owned by the family of Cuban revolutionary Ignacio Agramonte. At the age of 15, Dr. Ada traded a quinceañera party for summer school in the United States, thus beginning her life as a bilingual person. She earned a scholarship to attend Loretto Heights College, where she first encountered discrimination against Mexican-Americans, a discovery inspirational to her diversity appreciation efforts. A professor emerita at the University of San Francisco, Dr. Ada is recognized for her work promoting bilingual and multicultural education in the United States.
Award-winning children’s author and poet Lee Bennett Hopkins will also appear. His books include Been to Yesterdays: Poems of a Life, Alphathoughts: Alphabet Poems, Full Moon and Star, City I Love and Mama: A Novel.
A book signing will follow the presentation. Books by both authors are available for purchase at the FSW Thomas Edison Campus bookstore.