Friday, July 29, 2016

Golden Kite acceptance speeches: Margarita Engle

Margarita Engle accepted the Golden Kite Award for nonfiction for her book, “Enchanted Air: Two Cultures, Two Wings: A Memoir,” (Atheneum). 

She spoke about the challenges of writing a memoir, noting that memories swirl in time. “There is not a website for looking up your childhood,” she said

Margarita wrote “Enchanted Air” to offer hope to children of immigrants, and for her hope for better relations between the United States and Cuba.

Her plea for peace, she said, became a song of thanks when the book published on the same day the United States opened its doors to Cuba.


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