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writer, literary translator
Lawrence Schimel
illustration

Lawrence Schimel is a full-time author, writing in both Spanish and English, who has published over one hundred twenty books in a wide range of genres. He is also a prolific literary translator.

His picture books have won a Crystal Kite Award from the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, been selected for the White Ravens from the International Youth Library in Munich, Germany and have twice been chosen for IBBY's Outstanding Books for Young People with Disabilities, among many other awards, honors, and distinctions.

For his adult books, he has won the Lambda Literary Award (twice), the Spectrum Award, the Independent Publisher Book Award, and many others.

His writing has been published in Arabic, Basque, Catalan, Croatian, Czech, Dutch, English, Esperanto, Estonian, Filipino, Finnish, French, Galician, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hungarian, Icelandic, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Latvian, Maltese, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Slovak, Slovene, Spanish, Turkish, and Ukrainian translations.

He started the Spain chapter of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators and served as its Regional Advisor for five years. He also coordinated the International SCBWI Conference in Madrid and the first two SCBWI-Bologna Book Fair conferences.



This writer is looking for an agent
SKILLS
Writing, Fiction writing, Translation
GENRES & SPECIALTIES
General fiction, Romance, Fantasy/science fiction, Juvenile fiction, Children's books, Poetry, Graphic novel, LGBT, Jewish interest
LEADING CLIENTS
Publishers of my own books (a partial list): Scholastic, Orca Books (Canada), Groundwood (Canada), St. Martin's Press, DAW Books, Carroll & Graf, Cleis Press, Bastei Lübbe (Germany), Ediciones SM (Spain), Ekaré (Venezuela), Kalandraka (Spain), Rey Naranjo (Colombia), Callis Editora (Brazil), Trilce (Mexico), Csimota (Hungary), Circonflexe (France), Mijade (Belgium), Uovonero (Italy), Kahel Press (Philipppines), Beaming Books (USA), Amanuense (Guatemala), NBM Publishing, Arsenal Pulp Press (Canada), Constable Robinson (UK), Andrews McMeel, Epigram (Singapore), Salka Forlag (Iceland), De Eenhoorn (Belgium), Iwanami Shoten (Japan), Sefasafa (Egypt), Haesol (Korea), Destino (Spain), The Kitap (Turkey), Macmillan Iberia (Spain), etc.

Publishers of books I've translated (a partial list): Akashic, Amazon Crossing Kids, Assouline, Blue Dot Books, Eerdmans Books for Young Readers, The Emma Press (UK), The Feminist Press, Flying Eye, Hope Road Publishing (UK), Little Pickle/Sourcebooks, Modjaji Books (South Africa), Penguin Random House (Spain), Pleiades Press, Princeton Architectural Press, Restless Books, SelfMadeHero, Shearsman (UK), teNeus, White Pine Press.

MOST RECENT PROJECTS
Read A Book With Me (picture book)
written by Lawrence Schimel, illustrated by Thiago Lopes
*Winner Crystal Kite Award, SCBWI
*IBBY Outstanding Books for Young People with Disabilities
Published: Brazil (Callis), Galician paperback (Alvarellos), Galician hardcover (Verdemar), Colombia (Panamericana), Korea (Barrier Free Books), Slovenia (Aleph), France (Cironflexe), Philippines (Kahel Press), US (Beaming Books).
A picture book that celebrates the joy of reading while also teaching about professions and includes characters with disabilities in a story that's not about being disabled.

¡Qué suerte tengo! (How Lucky I Am!) (picture book)
written by Lawrence Schimel, illustrated by Juan Camilo Mayorga
*Fundalectura/IBBY Colombia, Highly Recommended List 2019
Published: Colombia (Rey Naranjo), Mexico (Trilce), Malta (Merlin), Japan (Misumura Shoten), Belgium (Mijade), Italy (Uovonero), Spain (Ediciones SM), Catalan (Crüilla). Also published in kamishibai format with different art in Hungary (Csimota) and France (Callicéphale).
A story about all the things a boy is jealous about his brother, who happens to be blind.

Bedtime Not Playtime (board book)
written by Lawrence Schimel, illustrated by Elina Braslina
Published: Belgium (Dutch: Karonnen Dozen), Catalan (Egales), Croatia (Domino), Czech (LePress), Latvia (Apgads Mansards), Spain (Egales), Slovenia (Malinc, 2020), Estonia (Hunt, 2020), Brazil (Callis, 2021), New Zealand (Oratia, 2021), Canada (Orca, 2021).
A young girl is trying to get ready for bed, but her little dog Rex wants to play. Her two dads read a goodnight story to her. Rex is jealous nobody is paying any attention to him, so he steals her teddy bear. Everyone rushes after the dog to get the bear back. At last, Rex is getting to play!

A Gift for Mama (picture book)
written by Lawrence Schimel, illustrated by Paz Rodero
*over 200,000 copies in print!
Published: Brazil (Callis Editora), Spain (La Maleta), Israel (Hebrew: Mizrahi Publishing & Sifrayit Pijama/Arabic: Maktabat al-Fanoos), Tyrkey (The Kitap).
Bia find a flower and decides to give it to their mother. Beto wants to give Mom something too, but he can't find anything. Back inside, Bia looks for a box to put the flower in; she needs one that's smaller, smaller, smaller. Beto says he needs a box, too, the biggest one there is. And when Mom gets home, they each give her their present.

BEST-KNOWN PROJECTS
As a literary translator:

Into English:
THE WILD BOOK by Juan Villoro (US: Restless Books/UK: Hope Road Publishing) Middle grade novel

LA BASTARDA by Trifonia Melibea Obono (US: The Feminist Press/South Africa: Modjaji Books) Novel
* Honor Book, Global Literature in Libraries Best Translated YA Book Award!
* Finalist for the Lambda Literary Award for Best Lesbian Fiction!
* Winner, University of Iowa Translators' Choice Award!
* Chosen for the American Library Association's Over the Rainbow List (adult books)!
* Chosen for the American Library Association's Rainbow Book List (children's and YA books)!
* World Literature Today's Notable Translations of 2018!
* Brittle Paper's Best African Books of 2018!
* BookRiot's The Best Queer Books of 2018!
* Africa Book Club 2018 Books of the Year!

OUT IN THE OPEN by Jesús Carrasco and Javi Rey (SelfMade Books) graphic novel
*Finalist for the Eisner Award!

THE TREASURE OF BARRACUDA by Llanos Campos (Little Pickle/Sourcebooks) Middle grade novel

I OFFER MY HEART AS A TARGET by Johanny Vázquez Paz (Akashic Books) Poetry collection
*Winner of the Paz Prize from the National Poetry Series & Miami Book Fair

Into Spanish:
NOS LLAMARON ENEMIGO by George Takei (IDW, June 2020) Graphic novel

MILLONES DE GATOS by Wanda Gàg (Libros del Zorro Rojo, 2011) Picture book

AMNESIA COLECTIVA by Koleka Putuma (Flores Raras, 2018; co-translated with Arrate Hidalgo) Poetry collection
*Finalista premio mejor poemario del año, Gremio de libreros de Madrid