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 new book is Born Criminal: Matilda Joslyn Gage, Radical Suffragist. Matilda was a famous leader in the early women’s movement, working closely with Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton. Today she is mostly forgotten, after those so-called friends wrote her out of history. This book is designed to write her back in.


Upcoming Talks

Join Angelica at these events:

  • March 12, 2020 at 7 p.m.
    League of Women Voters of Columbia-Boone County & the Daniel Boone Regional Library, 100 W. Broadway, Columbia, MO
  • March 13, 2020 at 2 p.m.
    Mid-Continent Public Library & the League of Women Voters of Kansas City, Jackson, Clay, and Platte Counties, 3440 S. Lee's Summit Road, Independence, MO
  • March 13, 2020 at 4-6 p.m.
    Kansas City Reception for members of the League of Women Voters, Kansas City, MO
  • March 14, 2020 at 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
    Register at The Story Center at Woodneath, 8900 NE Flintlock Road, Kansas City, MO
  • March 23, 2020 at 7 p.m.
    League of Women Voters of Fresno & the Fresno County Public Library,Woodward Park Public Library, Fresno, CA
  • March 28, 2020 at 2-4 p.m.
    Presbyterian Women of San Jose, Los Gatos Presbyterian Church, Los Gatos, CA
  • April 16, 2020 at 6-7 p.m.
    Theory of Knowledge Class,Fresno High School, CA
  • April 25, 2020
    Panhellenic Association, Fresno, CA

See Angelica's past talks calendar

Podcast with Bob Cudmore of The Historians