Tony Johnston (named for Tom Mix's horse) believes in diversity and risk. She has written about intolerance (BONE BY BONE BY BONE, THE HARMONICA) and death (THAT SUMMER) and a lot in between, like Egypt (THE MUMMY'S MOTHER) and jeans (LEVI STRAUSS GETS A BRIGHT IDEA). She was a master student of renowned poet Myra Cohn Livingston and taught creative writing at UCLA. Having lived in Mexico for fifteen years, Mexico is a favorite subject (MY MEXICO; P IS FOR PINATA) Her book ANY SMALL GOODNESS receive the Beatty Award for the best book about California and was the state book for Alaska. She was honored by the Simon Wiesenthal Museum for Children's Tolerance Literature. Ever a "bugologist" and science freak, she enjoys passing on information, disguised or otherwise. In 1993, Tony was made an honorary Texan. She is the only children's author whose archives and literature collection are housed at The Huntington Library.
The Leo Politi Golden Author Award is presented to the California author who has had the most books in the California Collections over time. The 2013 Award goes to Kendall Haven with 13 titles in 36 Collections during the past 16 years.
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We Love California
Authors & Artists Luncheon:
Held on the last Saturday in February, the "We love California Authors & Artists " luncheon honors California authors and artists, especially those chosen to be in the California Collections. It also includes the presentation of the Ed Pert Awards, the Presiden'ts Award, the Bonnie O'Brian Award, and the Leo Politi Golden Author Award. The keynote speaker at the luncheon is always an author from a California Collection.
California Readers is a group of educators, librarians, authors, artists, parents, book sellers, and business representatives whose mission is to connect California children, young adults, and their school communities with California authors, artists, and their creative works.