Book Launch: “¿Y por qué?”


A book presentation of ¿Y por qué? [And, Why?]—a poetry collection for children, written by Georgina Lázaro León and illustrated by Puerto Rican artist Antonio Martorell—will take place at the Dra. Josefina Camacho de la Nuez Museum and Center for Humanistic Studies (Anfiteatro Argentina) today (March 7, 2018) at 10:00am. Dr. Nievelyn Santos will present the book.

Puerto Rican author and poet Georgina Lázaro León specializes in children’s literature. She is the author of one of my favorite children’s books in verse, El flamboyán amarillo¡Viva la tortuga!, Hay magia en la canariaLa niña y la estrellaLeyendas del Viejo San JuanLeyendas del oeste de la islaPablo y su mangostaConoce a Pablo NerudaPablo (on Pablo Neruda), José (on José Martí), Federico García LorcaConoce a Gabriela MistralJuana Inés (on Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz), Julia (on Julia de Burgos) and Jorge Luis Borges, among many others. Her books are illustrated by Latin American and Puerto Rican artists (such as Antonio Martorell, Poli Marichal, María Antonia Ordóñez, and Walter Torres).

Antonio Martorell is a printmaker, painter, draftsman, installation artist, stage and costume designer, writer, illustrator, and teacher. Martorell is one of the most prolific Puerto Rican artists of the late twentieth and early twenty-first century, and a direct heir of the graphic tradition initiated by the masters of the island’s “Fifties Generation.” He studied printmaking under the direction of Lorenzo Homar at the Graphic Arts Workshop of the Institute of Puerto Rican Culture. In 1968 he established the Alacrán Studio, one of Puerto Rico’s first independent print studios. Martorell has taught printmaking in Puerto Rico, Argentina, Colombia, and Mexico, and in his passion for human and artistic expression (which he sees as one) he has created, organized, and sponsored countless artistic, community, and multi-media events. Martorell’s prints and paintings communicate his freedom and exceptional creative talent. He is recognized for figurative compositions that show his commitment to portraiture, the written word, theater, playfulness in all aspects of his creative life, and his incorporation of the sensory and the sensual into all his projects. [Biographical blurb from]

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