Carmen Agra Deedy and Karla Campillo-Soto | Lado a Lado (Side by Side): Contemporary Latin American Storytelling
Homegrown Concerts from the Library of Congress, Co-sponsored by the American Folklife Center
APRIL 7, 2016, Noon, No Tickets Required
Carmen Agra Deedy and Karla Campillo-Soto will share their own stories of growing up Cuban and Mexican, respectively, in small-town U.S.A. They will share this narrative stage as friends, and the stories will be presented in the form known in Latin cultures as "sobre mesas," or, stories that are told informally, "over the table."
Note: This program is aimed at general adult audiences and is not recommended for children.
Carmen Agra Deedy is best known for her beloved children’s books, which include The Library Dragon, Martina the Beautiful Cockroach and the New York Times Bestseller, 14 Cows for America. An award-winning author and storyteller, Deedy is also an accomplished lecturer, having been a guest speaker for the TED Conference, the Library of Congress, and Columbia University. She is also the host of the four-time Emmy-winning children’s program Love That Book! Deedy spends much of the year traveling across North America and the Caribbean performing for children. They remain, unapologetically, her favorite audiences.
Born in Mexico in 1973, Karla Campillo-Soto came to the U.S. in her twenties. She became an elementary school teacher, and then a School Improvement Specialist. A traditional storyteller, Karla began telling stories publicly some years ago when an author visiting her school district became enchanted with her narrative style and encouraged her to add her stories to those of other traditional American storytellers. Karla currently lives in Douglas, Arizona with her husband and their two children.
A free noon concert series presented by the American Folklife Center and the Music Division of the Library of Congress. Most concerts are held in the Coolidge Auditorium (located on the Ground Floor of the Thomas Jefferson Building of the Library of Congress) or the Whittall Pavilion (next to the Coolidge, on the Ground Floor, Jefferson Building). Occasionally, concerts may be in other locations, which will be specified above in the concert description. Presented in Partnership with the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage. NO TICKETS REQUIRED.