P&P Live! and DC Public Library Present David Bowles & Raúl the Third—The Witch Owl Parliament: Clockwork Curandera Vol. 1

Upcoming Event
Tuesday, January 25, 2022 - 5:00pm

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Politics and Prose is delighted to partner with DC Public Library and the DC Public Library Foundation for an inspirational program with author David Bowles and illustrator Raúl the Third who will discuss their book The Witch Owl Parliament: Clockwork Curandera (Vol. 1).

The first 50 people to register for the event and select the "Free Event Admission + Free Book" option at registration will receive a complimentary copy of the book for their home library (one book per family, please). Recipients of the complimentary copy will pick their book up in the Alma Thomas Teen Space at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW, Washington, DC, beginning Tuesday, January25. These books are generously donated by the District of Columbia Public Library Foundation. Please note that complimentary book copies must be picked up by Friday, February 4.


The Witch Owl Parliament: Clockwork Curandera (Vol. 1) takes readers on an immersive trip to a fantastical 19th century Mexico where non-Christian magic is strongly discouraged. When menacing witch-owls attack a train station, Enrique tries to save his sister Cristina, an apprentice shaman and practitioner of ancient green magic. After he fails to protect her, Enrique brings her back to life as a human-machine hybrid. Together with Mateo, a skinwalker, they hunt the witch-owl coven that is trying to take over the republic. At the same time, indigenous people and immigrants are going missing. Could these events be connected? Can Cristina protect her homeland without the support of the community that shuns her in her new form? Illustrations in graphic black and red with an occasional hint of green will appeal to fans of cyberpunk and steampunk.

David Bowles is a Mexican-American author and translator from south Texas, where he teaches at the University of Texas Río Grande Valley. He has written several award-winning titles, most notably The Smoking Mirror and They Call Me Güero. His work has also been published in multiple anthologies, plus venues such as The New York Times, Strange Horizons, Apex Magazine, School Library Journal, Rattle, Translation Review, and the Journal of Children’s Literature. In 2017, David was inducted into the Texas Institute of Letters. He co-founded the hashtag and activist movement #DignidadLiteraria in 2019, which has negotiated greater Latinx representation in publishing.

Raúl The Third is a three-time Pura Belpre award-winning illustrator, author, and artist living in Boston. His award-winning books include ¡Vamos! Let’s Go to The Market!, ¡Vamos! Let’s Eat, Lowriders to the Center of the Earth, Lowriders Blast from the Past, Lowriders to the Rescue, Strollercoaster, and !Vamos! Let’s Cross the Bridge, which was one of the year’s Best Illustrated Children’s Books of 2021 from the New York Times and the New York Public Library. Most recently, he collaborated with author Jason Reynolds on Stuntboy in the Meantime. 

Destineé Coburn, a DCPL Teen Council member, will moderate this event.

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The Witch Owl Parliament Cover Image
By David Bowles (Created by), Raúl The Third (Created by)
ISBN: 9781620145920
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Published: Tu Books - October 19th, 2021

El Parlamento de Lechuzas / The Witch Owl Parliament Cover Image
By David Bowles (Created by), Raúl The Third (Created by)
ISBN: 9781643795140
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Published: Tu Books - October 19th, 2021

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