Latinx Heritage Month Wrap-Up

Once again, I want to thank all the wonderful and talented authors who collaborated with me to make this month-long celebration of Latinx voices a reality. I had never attempted a project of this scope and am happy with how it turned out. I could have been more organized, but I will focus on the positives instead and look forward to future projects. I hope to make next year’s celebration even better!

For now, here’s a wrap-up post of all the reviews, guest posts, Q&As, and author spotlights featured on my blog throughout Latinx Heritage Month. If you missed any of my posts, now’s your chance to catch up and discover new authors and poets!

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Review: Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Córdova | #DSFFBookClub

I’ve wanted to read Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Córdova the moment I knew it existed. Reading the book blurb promised brujas, “Deathday” celebrations, summoning the spirits of dead relatives, and a journey into the Wonderland-esque land of Los Lagos. Once I saw the cover, I was sure I had to read this book. It’s easily in my top 5 favorite covers of 2016. As for the story itself – did it live up to the hype and lofty expectations I created for it? Not quite, but it was still a hell of a fun ride.

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From Love, Community

A guest post by Sabrina Vourvoulias, author of the dystopian novel, “Ink.”

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Bibliography Spotlight: Wendy C. Ortiz & A Book Giveaway!

There’s only a week left in Latinx Heritage Month! I know that I have been flooding your inboxes and WordPress Readers with my blog posts all month, but it’s almost over. Unfortunately :(. I hope you have enjoyed celebrating and uplifting Latinx voices along with me! Thank you to anyone who has stuck with me the entire month. Your support means the world to me.

Today, I want to welcome and introduce you to Wendy C. Ortiz. Check out the books she has written and enter the giveaway for her upcoming memoir, Bruja! Just in time for Halloween.

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Q&A With Chilean Author Felipe Oliva Arriagada

Today I want to welcome Felipe Oliva Arrigada, a journalist and writer all the way from Chile. He cares deeply about issues of social justice and loves superheroes and comics.

Read my Q&A with the author and if you’re a Spanish-speaker, check out his awesome book Dragon Army!

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“Abre Los Hojos” – ​Désirée Zamorano on the dangers of selective perception

A guest post by Désirée Zamorano on the dangers of selective perception.

From Wikipedia: “Selective perception is the tendency not to notice and more quickly forget stimuli that cause emotional discomfort and contradict our prior beliefs.”

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A ‘Wish for Someplace Else’: Latinx Poetry As Community

(A guest post by Iliana Rocha.)

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about poetry & its relationship to community, & the place I keep arriving at is that, for me, poetry is community.

One of the questions I get asked the most is why I turned to the genre in the first place: Why poetry? The unstated assumptions behind this question, I think, concern the supposed difficulty of it, supposed lack of contemporary relevance, supposed exclusivity.

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Q&A With Silvia Moreno-Garcia, Author Of “Certain Dark Things”

October is almost upon us, which means many of you will soon be in the mood for spooky and dark reads. Well, I’ve got the perfect book for you! Silvia Moreno-Garcia’s upcoming novel, Certain Dark Things, will release on October 25th. Just in time for Halloween!

Today, the author of this exciting paranormal thriller is here to answer a few questions. Feast your eyes on the gorgeous book cover, then read the book synopsis and tell me you’re not intrigued!

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The Alien Consciousness of “Latin@ Rising”

Latin@ Rising: An Anthology of Latin@ Science Fiction and Fantasy is slated for release on February 1, 2017 through the San Antonio publisher Wings Press. The book, funded by a Kickstarter campaign, will be the first collection to give attention to the unique work of Latino/a speculative fiction writers and to serve their growing audience. The anthology attempts to be somewhat representative of speculative fiction, and so it is broad in scope and diverse in terms of authors and kinds of stories. The book contains authors who have been important to the development of Latino/a speculative fiction, such as Ernest Hogan, Junot Díaz, Daína Chaviano, and Ana Castillo, and it contains authors who are relatively new such as Alejandra Sanchez and Richie Narvaez

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What I’ve Taken Away From Talented LatinX Authors

A warning: you have probably already read the books in this list. They are brilliant. However, sometimes the baggage we the reader bring to a work of fiction can be just as fun as the actual written prose. Or, at the very least, our flawed perceptions when devouring a great work of fiction are embarrassing and amusing in equal measure. That’s kinda why book clubs in person and/or subreddits are so much fun.

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