Merci Suarez Changes Gears book cover

Words & Pictures

Meg Medina


“Take care not to listen to anyone who tells you what you can and can’t be in life.”


Free RADical Days lecture! Featuring a performance by Pittsburgh Youth Chorus.

Cuban American writer Meg Medina is an award-winning author who writes picture books, middle grade and YA fiction about strong girls, tough circumstances, and the connecting power of culture. Merci Suárez Changes Gears is about a sixth grader in the midst of change and confusion as a new scholarship student at a fancy private school.

Meg’s work examines how cultures intersect through the eyes of young people, and she brings to audiences stories that speak to both what is unique in Latino culture and to the qualities that are universal. Her favorite protagonists are strong girls. In March 2014, she was recognized as one of the CNN 10 Visionary Women in America.

Meg Medina is serves on the advisory board for We Need Diverse Books (WNDB), a non-profit organization dedicated to increasing diversity in children’s literature. WNDB advocates for essential changes in the publishing industry to produce and promote literature that reflects and honors the lives of all young people.

“A book packed with truth, love, and questions. Meg Medina shows us how small, real-life moments can add up in powerful ways. Merci Suárez has my heart.”

Rebecca Stead, Newbery Award-winning author of When You Reach Me

Book Signing

A book signing will follow the program in the Children’s Department of Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh. Books will be available for sale before and after the lecture from Classic Lines.


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EQT Foundation, The Grable Foundation, PIC5K and the Succop Family Charitable Foundation

Merci Suarez Changes Gears book cover


Sunday, September 30, 2018 at 2:30 p.m.


Free, with registration, and made possible by RADical Days
Tickets may also be obtained via phone (412.622.8866) or at the door from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. on the day of the event.


Carnegie Library Lecture Hall
4400 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, 15213


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