Have You Read These Recent Books by Notable Hispanic Authors?

Maybe you’ve seen our special events celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 - October 15. Honor Hispanic and Latinx culture by reading or watching one of the items below. If you have teens in your life, keep an eye on our website for similar recommendations aimed at teens. Place your hold today for the items below, collected in this list, then join us on September 18 to talk about any book!

  • Ilia Calderón - Do you recognize Calderón from Univision? She describes her biracial background as a Black Hispanic immigrant from Colombia in her conversation-starting memoir My Time to Speak: Reclaiming Ancestry and Confronting Race.
  • Edwidge Danticat - This award-winning Haitian writer hauntingly focuses on the complexities of families, loss, and diaspora in Everything Inside: Stories. Danticat has had a career full of brilliant writing that faces hard topics, but this may be the best yet. *Note: Hispanic Heritage Month celebrates the histories and cultures of both Hispanic and Latinx Americans, including those from the Caribbean.
  • Natalie Diaz - The winner of the 2021 Pulitzer Prize in poetry, Postcolonial Love Poem considers language, what cannot be translated, and grief in a collection of heart-wrenching poems.  Diaz, who speaks Mojave, Spanish and English, writes against erasure, an experience she knows all too well from growing up in a border town.
  • Carmen Maria Machado - The memoir, In the Dream House, is a noir perspective on an abusive relationship that questions assumptions. The author traces the roots of her lyrical, literary style to Hispanic writers like Gabriel García Márquez, Juan Rulfo, and Jorge Luis Borges.
  • Silvia Moreno-Garcia - This Mexican-Canadian author burst on the scene in the last decade with her most notable work written in the past few years. Start with the popular Gods of Jade and Shadow, a magical novel set in the Roaring Twenties of Mexico mixed with Mayan mythology.

Prefer to watch a video instead? Check out this list of notable films that we compiled last year then join us virtually on September 12 to talk about what you watched.

Remember to place a hold for your favorite and check out our special events! Still looking for a recommendation? Options abound! Submit a Personalized Reading List request. Think we missed one? Tell us in the comments below!


Written by sgrijalva on September 4, 2021

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