"The Illuminated Forest" Wins Major Book Award

“The Illuminated Forest” Wins Major Book Award

Edwin Fontánez’s debut novel The Illuminated Forest has been designated a Finalist in the category “Best Young Adult Fiction Book – English” for the International Latino Book Awards. Presented by Latino Literacy Now, an organization co-founded by Edward James Olmos and Kirk Whisler, and co-presented by Las Comadres de las Americas, and Reforma, the National …

A Picture Out of This World

As The Illuminated Forest begins to find its place out in the world, we here at Exit Studio are starting to reveal some behind-the-scenes aspects of the artistic process. After the long and arduous process of writing and illustrating, one of the final steps to completing the book is to choose the cover art. Although this seems …

Meet Edwin Fontanez

Edwin Fontánez Reading/Signing at Festival de la Palabra NYC

Come meet author and illustrator Edwin Fontánez (On This Beautiful Island/En esta hermosa isla) at the Festival de la Palabra Children’s Book Festival from 12-5 p.m. on Sun., Oct. 26, 2014. He will read from his books and books will be available for purchase. El Museo del Barrio, 1230 Fifth Ave., New York, NY Free …



(Don’t worry, this summary contains no spoilers!) Writing The Illuminated Forest has been one of the most challenging, yet rewarding experiences in my career. If I never write another book, this one should stand as my definitive best (at least that’s how I feel!). There are so many emotional angles to it that at times …

Join the Illuminated Club!

Have you read “The Illuminated Forest”? Then join our new Facebook Group “The Illuminated Club” to discuss the book with other fans. Edwin will join the discussion from time to time (feel free to ask questions!) and we’ll post exclusive extra content there. Tell your friends! https://www.facebook.com/groups/1434377836849550/

The Art of Being an Artist (or why I no longer describe myself as an artist)

The Art of Being an Artist (or why I no longer describe myself as an artist)

Sitting here at my desk I’m contemplating what topic I should explore in this message to you. I consider talking about my upcoming first novel, The Illuminated Forest, to give you some insight into the whole process, the inspiration behind the characters, the setting, even the long and arduous crafting of the story, etc., but …

Conozca a las Co-Autoras de “Camila quiere escribir”

Conozca a las Co-Autoras de “Camila quiere escribir”

Matilde García-Arroyo e Hilda E. Quintana son las co-autoras con Edwin Fontánez del libro de Exit Studio “Camila quiere escribir” la historia de una niña quien busca la inspiracion para convertirse en una escritora. Recientemente, Exit Studio condujo una conversacion con ellas sobre su pasion por escribir y promover la literatura a temprana edad. ¿Dónde …

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