Angelica Shirley Carpenter writes biographies for young people and older readers, too. Her subjects are authors—Frances Hodgson Burnett, L. Frank Baum, Robert Louis Stevenson, Lewis Carroll, and Matilda Joslyn Gage.

Angelica speaks for teachers, librarians, writers, book clubs, students, bookstore groups, and other audiences. Her photographs appear in her books and in her illustrated talks.

Angelica lives with her husband in Fresno, California. A self-proclaimed Oz nut, she is a past president of the International Wizard of Oz Club. In her former life she was a librarian, the founding curator of the Arne Nixon Center for the Study of Children's Literature at California State University, Fresno. She likes to read, travel, shop, cook, watch movies, and listen to rock and roll (not all at the same time).

New Book

Angelica's new book is Born Criminal: Matilda Joslyn Gage, Radical Suffragist. Matilda was a famous leader in the early women’s movement, working closely with Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton. Today she is mostly forgotten, after those so-called friends wrote her out of history. This book is designed to write her back in.


Upcoming Talks

Join Angelica at these events:

  • November 6, 2019 at 6:30 p.m.
    San Francisco Main Public Library, 100 Larkin Street, San Francisco, CA
  • November 22, 2019 at 1 p.m.
    San Joaquin Gardens, Fresno, CA
  • December 5, 2019 at 6 p.m.
    The Freedom Library - Union High School District Office, Yuma, AZ
  • January 21, 2020 at 11:30 a.m.
    Tulare County League of Women Voters & American Association of University Women, Marriott Hotel, Visalia, CA
  • February 13, 2020 at 7 p.m.
    Ocean Branch Public Library, Santa Monica, CA
  • February 29, 2020 at 11:30 a.m.
    Santa Cruz County & Monterey Peninsula AAUW, Seascape Beach Resort, Aptos, CA
  • March 13-14, 2020
    Mid-Continent Public Library, Kansas City, MO
  • March 23, 2020
    Woodward Park Public Library, Fresno, CA

See Angelica's past talks calendar

Podcast with Bob Cudmore of The Historians