Latinitas Magazine published my article about family and milestones during the time of Coronavirus. For my family, Passover and Easter were the first big holidays impacted by #SocialDistancing, and I wrote about my experience in A Student's Reminder That We Are Stronger Together But Apart. Read the article here!
The Read-alouds were my favorite because the books we read were exciting and silly, and the kids were enraptured. Since new people were constantly coming to our stand, a book that I started reading with just a few people would finish with a much bigger audience. At some point, even the penguin joined in the listen!
I’m so grateful I was able to help out with the Coats for Kids event alongside my mom and my Bookspring family. At the end of the day, all of the boxes of books were completely empty! This means that hundreds of books found a loving home with the amazing kids I got to meet that day.
San Antonio’s Northside ISD invited me to speak at their annual event, Nerdvana Con: a gathering of authors, illustrators and story lovers. This was my second time presenting at this event and I was so excited to be back. Felicidades to Ms. Elsa Trevino and staff for executing a smooth and joyful event for all ages. I am so honored to have been alongside keynote speaker and best selling graphic novelist, Kazu Kibuishi. Kibuishi wrote the Amulet series (and illustrated my favorite version of the Harry Potter book covers)!
Attendees of all ages were dressed in cosplay of their favorite characters. There were many activities, from a Dungeons & Dragons campaign to a virtual reality room. Classes and presentations focused on writing, illustration, animation, gaming and anything creative. Vendors lined the halls with books, crafts, and artwork.
In my presentation, I spoke about my journey with writing, as well as the key things that I have learned in the process. One of my favorite parts about presenting at such events is meeting other young writers and artists, and the families who support them. We are all strengthened in community.
Ren Koppel Torres has adored fantasy books since the dawn of time and started The Shadow in Her Pocket at nine years old. Ren was born in New York City in a Jewish-Mexican-American family and now lives in Austin, Texas. Ren is passionate about advocating for child literacy and is donating a portion of the proceeds from book sales to Bookspring, a nonprofit in Central Texas. Ren is also a freelance writer, a visual artist, a guitarist in a rock band, a succulent aficionado, and a high school student.