ESMERALDA SANTIAGO is the author of three groundbreaking and critically acclaimed memoirs: When I Was Puerto Rican; Almost a Woman (adapted into a Peabody Award winning movie for PBS Masterpiece Theatre); and The Turkish Lover. Her fiction includes the novels América’s Dream (also made into a movie), and the national best selling historical novel Conquistadora. Esmeralda wrote the illustrated children’s book A Doll for Navidades. She’s also the co-author (with Joie Davidow) of two treasured literary anthologies: Las Christmas and Las Mamis. Esmeralda’s books have been translated into twelve languages.