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Francisco Macias from the Library of Congress speaks with artist Rafael López, who illustrated the poster for the 2012 Library of Congress National Book Festival and will appear there on Sept. 22 on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.
This year’s Library of Congress National Book Festival poster artist is Rafael López, whose work is a fusion of strong, colorful graphic style and magical symbolism. Growing up in Mexico City, Lopez was immersed in the rich cultural heritage and native color of street life. Influenced by Mexican surrealism and myths, he developed a style with roots in these traditions. His illustrations for Book Fiesta!, written by Pat Mora, were the recipient of the 2010 Pura Belpré Illustrator Award given by the American Library Association to honor work that best portrays, affirms and celebrates the Latino cultural experience in children’s books. The 2011 stamps he created for the U.S. Postal Service celebrated Latin music legends Celia Cruz, Carlos Gardel, Carmen Miranda, Tito Puente and Selena.
About the 2012 National Book Festival
The 2012 National Book Festival was held on Saturday, Sept. 22 and Sunday, Sept. 23, 2012, on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. Our podcast series features one-on-one chats with some of this year’s featured authors.