Angelica Shirley Carpenter

Angelica Shirley Carpenter

Angelica Shirley Carpenter has master’s degrees in education and library science from the University of Illinois. For sixteen years, she served as director of the Palm Springs, Florida, Public library, where she founded BookFest of the Palm Beaches, an annual literary festival. In 2011, she retired from the Arne Nixon Center for the Study of Children’s Literature at California State University, Fresno. Carpenter currently resides in Fresno, and is active in the International Wizard of Oz Club, the Lewis Carroll Society of North America, and the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.

Carpenter is the author or co-author of four illustrated biographies for young people: Frances Hodgson Burnett: Beyond the Secret Garden (1990), L. Frank Baum: Royal Historian of Oz (1992), Robert Louis Stevenson: Finding Treasure Island (1997), and Lewis Carroll: Through the Looking Glass (2003). She is also the editor of In the Garden: Essays in Honor of Frances Hodgson Burnett.

Carpenter’s next book, The Voice of Liberty, features the woman suffrage movement’s rousing protest of the Statue of Liberty.