October 6, 2017
As part of Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 – October 15), Latinx literary champion and nationally recognized book critic Rigoberto González puts together a list of exceptional Latinx authors of note for NBC News. This year’s list includes two of our very own: Daniel Olivas’s The King of Lighting Fixtures and Vickie Vértiz’s Palm Frond With Its Throat Cut.
The finalists for the National Book Awards were just announced, and it is a thrill to see the names of two Latinx authors: Chicana writer Erika L. Sánchez’s I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter, a finalist in the Young People’s Literature category, and Cuban American writer Carmen María Machado’s Her Body and Other Parties, in the Fiction category. And congratulations to Peruvian American writer Daniel Alarcón’s The King is Always Above the People, who was in the longlist for fiction.
The awards ceremony takes place November 15 in New York City, and we wish Sánchez and Machado much luck.
It’s Latino Heritage Month, and to celebrate this, below is a list of Latinx writers worth noting for their exceptional storytelling and poetry. These dozen books were recently published by small and independent presses.
Read the full list on NBC News.