Angelica Shirley Carpenter is a writer and photographer who travels extensively to do research for her books. She has published four biographies for young people, Frances Hodgson Burnett, L. Frank Baum, Robert Louis Stevenson, and Lewis Carroll, all from Lerner Publications. In 2018 the South Dakota Historical Society Press will publish a fifth: Born Criminal: Matilda Joslyn Gage. Angelica also edited a scholarly anthology, In the Garden: Essays in Honor of Frances Hodgson Burnett (Scarecrow), based on an international Burnett conference she hosted in Fresno. As founding curator of the Arne Nixon Center for the Study of Children's Literature at California State University, Fresno, she organized conferences for the Children’s Literature Association and the International Board on Books for Young People as well as regional meetings for the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. Past president of the International Wizard of Oz Club, she is an advisory board member of the Lewis Carroll Society of North America, and active in the British Lewis Carroll Society, too. In 2006 she wrote and self-published Readers, Writers, & Musicians: A Shirley Girls’ Family History. Her website is www.angelicacarpenter.com.

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