Angelica Shirley Carpenter writes biographies for young people and older readers, too. Her subjects are authors—Frances Hodgson Burnett, L. Frank Baum, Robert Louis Stevenson, Lewis Carroll, and Matilda Joslyn Gage.

Angelica speaks for teachers, librarians, writers, book clubs, students, bookstore groups, and other audiences. Her photographs appear in her books and in her illustrated talks.

Angelica lives with her husband in Fresno, California. A self-proclaimed Oz nut, she is a past president of the International Wizard of Oz Club. In her former life she was a librarian, the founding curator of the Arne Nixon Center for the Study of Children's Literature at California State University, Fresno. She likes to read, travel, shop, cook, watch movies, and listen to rock and roll (not all at the same time).

New Book

Angelica’s picture book, The Voice of Liberty, was published September 15, 2020, by the South Dakota Historical Press. In 1886 Lillie Devereux Blake, her daughter Katie, and their friend Matilda Joslyn Gage decided to protest at the dedication of the Statue of Liberty. Why? They thought it wrong for Liberty to be portrayed as a woman when women could not even vote in the United States. As officers of the state suffrage association, they applied to speak at the ceremony but the answer was no. They did get permission to sail in the naval parade, but with only four dollars in the treasury, how could they pay a hundred dollars to rent a boat? And the only boat still available was a dirty, smelly cattle barge.

With charming illustrations by Edwin Fotheringham, this book tells how dedicated women gave the beautiful statue a voice—The Voice of Liberty!

Kirkus Reviews: "The clipped prose and vigorous efforts of the stalwart women promote fast-paced reading and dramatize some particulars of the momentous celebration. Bold, colorful, energetic illustrations capture time and place well... A fine tribute as 2020 marks the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment."

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Upcoming Talks

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