by Elizabeth Van Buskirk
I’m here to work on my book of collected stories due to the publishers by October 15. Stories and retold folk tales, set in the Andes mountains of Peru, in high altitude villages around Cusco. My great passion is to give a glimpse of the wonders of Inca life today, so the working title is “Machu Picchu, Behind the Stones: Stories and Folk Tales of Inca Life.” The folk tales I’ve been collecting in Peru since receiving a grant from the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI Barbara Karlin grant award.)
The collection will be for adults interested in the Incas, in the fabulous textiles, or those traveling to Cusco to visit Machu Picchu, etc. With strange and new characters and events, along with practical dilemmas of Inca families today, I hope it will also serve for family read-alouds. I’m overjoyed: “Behind the Stones..” will be fully illustrated by the great Inca folk artist, Angel Callañaupa whom I’ve been wanting to publish with for years!
August 27, 2012