NWPL Ex Libris Gala

This year's Ex Libris Gala speaker will be the poet Richard Blanco. Tickets required - more information to come.

About the Author: Richard Blanco is the fifth preidential inaugural poet in U.S. history. He is also the youngest, the first Latino, the first immigrant, and the first openly gay person to serve in that role. Born in Madrid to Cuban-exile parents and raised in Miami, Blanco explores the intersection of cultural identity and place throughout his work. He is the author of the poetry collections Looking for the Gulf Motel, Directions to the Beach of the Dead, and City of a Hundred Fires; the poetry chapbooks Matters of the Sea, One Today, and Boston Strong; a children's book of his inaugural poem, "One Today" illustrated by Dav Pilkey; and Boundaries, a collaboration with landscape photographer Jacob Hessler. His latest book of poems, How to Love a Country, illuminates the often troubling American narrative, past and present, while celebrating the promise of its ideals. He has also written two memoirs The Prince of Los Cocuyos: A Miami Childhood and For All of Us, One Today: An Inaugural Poet's Journey. Blanco's many honors include the Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize from the University of Pittsburgh Press, the PEN/Beyond Margins Award, the Paterson Poetry Prize, a Lambda Literary Award, and two Maine Literary Awards. He has been a Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow and received honorary degrees from Macalaester College, Colby College, and the University of Rhode Island. He has been featured on CBS Sunday Morning and NPR's Fresh Air. The Academy of American Poets named him its first Education Ambassador in 2015. Blanco has continued to write occasional poems for organizations and events, such as the reopening of the US embassy in Havana. He lives with his partner in Bethel, Maine.

The Yankee Bookshop is proud to serve as the bookseller for this important fundraising event. All proceeds from book sales at the Ex Libris Gala will go directly to the Norman Williams Public Library.

Event date: 
Sunday, April 28, 2019 - 5:30pm
Event address: 
14 The Green
Woodstock, VT 05091
How to Love a Country: Poems Cover Image
$18.95
ISBN: 9780807025918
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Beacon Press - March 26th, 2019

The Prince of los Cocuyos: A Miami Childhood Cover Image
$17.84
ISBN: 9780062313775
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Published: Ecco - June 23rd, 2015

For All of Us, One Today: An Inaugural Poet's Journey Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9780807033807
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Published: Beacon Press - November 19th, 2013

One Today Cover Image
By Richard Blanco, Dav Pilkey (Illustrator)
$18.00
ISBN: 9780316371445
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - November 3rd, 2015

Looking for The Gulf Motel (Pitt Poetry Series) Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780822962014
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Published: University of Pittsburgh Press - February 2012

Directions to the Beach of the Dead (Camino del Sol ) Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780816524792
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Published: University of Arizona Press - September 2005

City of a Hundred Fires (Pitt Poetry Series) Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780822956839
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Published: University of Pittsburgh Press - October 1998