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Kianny N. Antigua, lecturer of Spanish.

In this week's edition, we speak with Kianny N. Antigua, lecturer in the Spanish and Portuguese department.  Kianny is a prolific writer, the author of multiple works of poetry and children's literature. The books on display this term include Greña/Crazy Hair; Mía y el regalo de Guauguau; and ¡Pero es que aquí no hay palmeras!    Recently, Greña/Crazy Hair won the prize for Most Inspirational Children's Picture Book in the International Latino Book Awards.

What are these books about?

Greña/Crazy Hair; Mía y el regalo de Guauguau; and ¡Pero es que aquí no hay palmeras! talk about acceptance, self-love, biculturalism, transtierro, family and friendship.

Where did you get your ideas for these books?

From seeing, listening, and also experiencing injustices, bullying, life. However, I always try to present these topics in a way that is understandable and enjoyable for both children and adults. I want my books to be conversation-openers.

What does research look like for you? What element of research could you not live without?

I try to write about topics that I am passionate about, and fiction gives me a lot freedom to play! Nevertheless, I always read as much as I can —fiction, anecdotes, news, and texts— about the subject.

What do you think the library of the future will look like?

I truly hope it doesn’t change much. I love to interact with paper books, to sit in both quiet spaces and community spaces to read, to share, to converse. I understand the advantages of digital libraries, I benefit from it, but I need the touch, the real one!

What advice would you give to an aspiring scholar or writer?

There is an indivisible relationship between reading and writing; one feeds the other, and vice-versa. Also, and just as important: begin to write! The editing, the reasoning, can come later. Free your words!

And finally, what do you read for fun?

I, immensely, enjoy reading books with my daughter, children and chapter books, in English —The Little Girl with the Big Voice, by Wé McDonald; Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls 1 & 2, by Francesca Cavallo and Elena Favilli; and The Boy Who Opened Our Eyes, by Elaine Sussman. But I also need my me-time: Mujeres en la Guerra civil de El Salvador (1980-1992) (2017), by Margarita Drago and Juana M. Ramos; Sutiles (short story), by José M. Fernández Pequeño; and No creo que yo esté aquí de más. Antología de poetas dominicanas 1932-1987, Rosa Silverio, compiler. And, in English, Poquito. Unpacking the Memory Jar; and Flowers on the Wall (unpublished), by Tanya Montás Paris.

To celebrate Thanksgiving this year we bring you a charmingly illustrated book from our Class of 1926 collection. Thanksgiving Day: or the Fate of Poor Milly Goosey (Boston: Wier & White, ca. 1850). This hand-colored children's book relates the tal...

To celebrate Thanksgiving this year we bring you a charmingly illustrated book from our Class of 1926 collection. Thanksgiving Day: or the Fate of Poor Milly Goosey (Boston: Wier & White, ca. 1850). This hand-colored children's book relates the tale of young Prince Ganders courtship with the lovely Miss Molly Goosey. The two fall madly in love and became engaged, then the troubles start:

Both looked forward, soon, to a sweet honeymoon,
For neither of them did remember,
That once, every year, there comes, it is clear,
A Thanksgiving day in November.

And then, I've heard say, it is a Festival day,
When people scorn beef, veal, and mutton,
By way of excuse, on a well stuffed goose,
To play the inordinate glutton.

As the lovers were walking, one morning, and talking,
O, think of the pangs they must suffer,
To hear the fat cook say, with ominous look,
"I must presently kill her and stuff her."

At Molly our swain looked with evident pain,
For he feared Moll might be such a sinner
His young bride to choose for her Thanksgiving goose,
To be killed, stuffed, and roasted for dinner.

As the day nearer drew, more uneasy he grew,
For a kind of foreboding possessed him!
But Moll, not a whit cared for cookery or spit,
As she said,---whilst she fondly caressed him.

But oh! lady gay,---'ere that Thanksgiving day,
In fact, two or three days before it,
A chase there was seen, upon Roxbury Green,
And the lovers had cause to deplore it.

Without more delay, then suffice it to say,
That some farmers that day met together,
Of a goose to partake, and a good dinner make,
While they talked of the markets and weather.

But the goose they extol, is the ill-fated Moll,
Whilst Prince Gander, as pale as a muffin,
Faintly uttered, "Alas!" as he saw the dish pass,
And died upon smelling the stuffing.

Ask for 1926 Collection T3544, and enjoy your TURKEY,