Mayra Calvani writes fiction and nonfiction for children and adults and has authored over a dozen books, including award-winners.
Her children’s picture book, Frederico the Mouse Violinist was a finalist in the 2011 International Book Awards; her anthology LatinaAuthors and Their Muses was a First Place winner at the 2016 International Latino Book Awards; her nonfiction book, The SlipperyArt of Book Reviewing, was a Foreword Best Book of the Year winner. Her stories, reviews, interviews and articles have appeared on numerous publications like The Writer, Writer's Journal, Multicultural Review, Bloomsbury Review, and others.
She lives in Belgium with her husband of 25+ years, two wonderful kids, and her two beloved pets. When she's not writing, editing, reading or reviewing, she enjoys walking with her dog, traveling, and spending time with her family.
We're so excited about Mayra's new picture book, MAMA GRACIELA'S SECRET! Order your copy from MacLaren-Cochrane Publishing, Ingram or Barnes and Noble.
Mamá Graciela’s TENDER, CRUNCHY, SPICY bacalaítos fritos are the best in town… Local customers (including stray cats!) come from all over the island to enjoy her secret recipe. But when the Inspector discovers that Mamá secretly caters to so many cats and he threatens to close her tiny restaurant, Mamá must come up with a plan to save it—and all of the animals she loves.
Set in Puerto Rico, rich in local cultural detail.
With colorful and spunky illustrations by Sheila Fein.
HARDCOVER: ISBN 9781365861536: $17.99
SOFTCOVER: ISBN 9781365861550: $13.99
Spanish edition available in 2018.
Born in Queens, New York, now living in Los Angeles since 1987, Illustrator and Fine Artist Sheila Fein has always been inspired by the changing world around her. Sheila’s education as an artist has taken her everywhere from Fleisher Art Memorial in Philadelphia to Bath University in England. Today, Sheila Fein runs two figurative workshops, Imaginings Sketch in LA and People Sketchers in Thousand Oaks. She has been featured in numerous collections, magazines, books, solo and group exhibitions. Her paintings and drawings reside in public and private collections. Sheila loves to make the imagination of others a reality and has done so through her commissioned Fein Fantasy Portraits and Interactive Paintings.