On Monday October 31st, the awarded Colombian author and illustrator Canizales came to Princeton to join the students in SPA 207, taught by instructors Anais Holgado Lage and Oriele Benavides Salazar, to have a conversation about his graphic novel, "Amazona" and some of his other publications. He was the first in-person guest speaker since before the pandemic The novel “Amazona” is read by the students every semester and focuses on the journey of an indigenous woman of the Colombian amazon, Andrea, in her quest to figure out why her community has been forced out of their sacred lands. Canizales also talked about other books, mostly children's literature. Students asked questions about both "Amazona" and some of his other works, including topics like where he gets inspiration from, his own childhood, issues with translating his books
and appropriate ages for his different works.
It was a pleasure for everyone to be able to meet Canizales in person, and the students showed their gratitude and
interest during the talk as well as in the discussion board that followed the event. The most engaged student in the discussion board, Elizabeth Poku ‘24, received a signed book from the author as a gift.