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Gloria Amescua Sells Picture Book Biography

Publishers Weekly recently announced Austin SCBWI member Gloria Amescua‘s debut picture book biography, Child of the Flower-Song People: Luz Jiménez will be published by Abrams. The story is about the Indigenous Nahua woman who grew up in Mexico during the early 1900s and eventually became a model for internationally celebrated 20th-century artists, worked with scholars to preserve Nahuatl language and stories, and was known as the “soul of Mexico.” Award-winning illustrator Duncan Tonatiuh will illustrate. Publication is planned for fall 2021; Taylor Martindale Kean at Full Circle Literary represented the author, and the illustrator was unagented.

Gloria first drafted the manuscript in a course at the Writing Barn in 2013. It won Lee & Low’s New Voices Honor Award in 2016. Through the Austin SCBWI Conference, Gloria signed with her agent, Taylor Marindale Kean of Full Circle Literary.