Alumna author Mélina Mangal to discuss her new picture book at SILS Library

March 21, 2019

Author, school librarian, and UNC School of Information and Library Science (SILS) alumna Mélina Mangal (MSLS '94) is visiting Chapel Hill in early April to share her new book, The Vast Wonder of the World: Biologist Ernest Everett Just. She will read and discuss the picture book biography at the SILS Library in Manning Hall on April 3 from 12:00-1:00pm.

Mélina Mangal (MSLS '94)

Illustrated by Luisa Uribe, The Vast Wonder of the World tells the story of African-American scientist Ernest Everett Just, who overcame hardships and discrimination to become a successful professor, embryologist, and cytologist in the early 20th century.

Since its publication in the fall of 2018, the book has received favorable reviews from School Library Journal, Publisher’s Weekly, and Kirkus Reviews, which describes it as "More than a story of triumph against the odds, this book shows the necessity of opportunity for brilliant minds to reach their potential."

A Minneapolis Public Schools librarian, Mangal and her book were featured on KARE11, the NBC affiliate in Minneapolis, shortly before the book’s publication. Watch the interview below, and learn more about the author at