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With the cooler months comes cozy sweaters, hots drinks, and a veritable bonanza of book releases. This Fall there are a ton of new and upcoming releases by Latinx authors for all ages and reading preferences that you won’t want to miss! Whether you are looking for a YA fantasy with dragons or hard-hitting non-fiction, there is a Latinx book coming out this Fall for you!
Unforgetting: A Memoir of Family, Migration, Gangs, and Revolution in the Americas by Roberto Lovato
Unforgetting is a raw examination of growing up the son of Salvadoran immigrants and living at the intersection of violence and poverty. Lovato weaves the personal with the political in this incredible memoir. He recounts a childhood marred by intergenerational trauma and gang violence and his own journey towards activism, growth and a flourishing career in journalism.
Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas
A young brujo struggling to prove himself to his family leads him to summoning a spirit. Only it turns out to be the wrong spirit. Combine a unique and intricate fantasy setting, murder and hijinks, and great queer and trans rep and you have yourself one of the most anticipated YA releases of the Fall.
Furia by Yamile Saied Mendez
A contemporary YA set in Argentina, we follow Camila Hassan, also known as La Furia on the fútbol field. When her team qualifies for the South American tournament the possibility of getting an athletic scholarship to a North American is suddenly in the cards, but her family, who don’t know about her passion for fútbol, and an old love from her past will not make it easy for her to pursue her dream.
Never Look Back by Lilliam Rivera
In Never Look Back, Rivera gives us a fresh take on the Greek myth of Orpheus and Eurydice with Afro-Latinx protagonists, but it’s also so much more. It is a love letter to summer, Bachata and young love but it is also a beautiful, haunting and fantastical examination of colonialism and trauma in the context of the aftermath of Hurricane Maria.
Once I Was You by Maria Hinojosa
In this illuminating memoir, Hinojosa brings us at once a deeply personal and meticulously researched look at immigration policy in the United States. As a journalist who has spent years covering immigration news for major outlets, Hinojosa tackles difficult topics with a nuanced, discerning and humanizing eye that only she can bring in this must-read memoir for anyone who wants to understand the urgent and far reaching implications of our current immigration policies.
Miss Meteor by Anna-Marie McLemore & Tehlor Kay
In this powerful collaborative novel written by two titans of queer Latinx YA lit, two girls team up to win their town’s beauty pageant. Full of southern, small town charm, Selena references, and stardust, this delightful novel manages to explore serious topics like racism and homophobia but also give you
The Low, Low Woods (Bind up of issues 1-6) by Carmen Maria Machado
What Fall season would be complete without a dash of spooky? Carmen Maria Machado has made a name for herself with her delightfully macabre short story collection: Her Body and Other Parties. Now she turns her talents to a different medium in this bind up of The Low, Low Woods, a horror story, featuring two best friends, missing memories and a creep-tastic, surrealist mystery.
Blazewrath Games by Amparo Ortiz
Puerto Rican Dragons. That’s it. That’s the blurb. Set in an alternative contemporary world, Lana Torres is given the chance to live out her dream: representing her country in the international Blazewrath World Cup but dragons, dangerous and magical terrorists lurk around each corner in this thrilling YA debut.
Grieving: Dispatches from a Wounded Country by Cristina Rivera Garza (Author), Sarah Booker (Translator)
From one of Mexico’s more illustrious contemporary authors comes a look at the violence on the Mexican American border. Told through a collage of different approaches; short essays, journalism, literary theory and more, this unique and captivating exploration of grief and resilience is a must read for anyone looking to understand the current social and political state on both sides of the border.
Eartheater by Dolores Reyes, translated by Julia Sanches
This surreal, haunting and widely acclaimed Argentine debut novel hit shelves for English speaking audiences this winter. We follow the story of a woman who finds herself compelled to eat dirt which gives her visions she’d rather keep to herself, but when she strikes an unlikely friendship with a withdrawn police officer, she realizes that her compulsion could be the key to aiding families learn about their lost ones.