ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A chat between award-winning Cuban-American poet-author Margarita Engle and Valerie Martínez of the National Hispanic Cultural Center sparked the creation of the Children’s Bilingual Book Festival, to be held Saturday, April 27, at the NHCC.
“Margarita came here last May to read from her books,” recalled Martínez, NHCC director of history and literary arts and festival organizer. “I asked her afterwards what can we do at the NHCC that is not happening elsewhere. She said there are very few bilingual book festivals in the country.”
Their conversation was about Spanish and English. But the NHCC’s festival expands “bilingualism” to include Native American languages, Martínez said.