In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15-October 15), here are a few amazing Hispanic and Latinx authors and books to add to your list!
Adam Silvera, More Happy Than Not
Adam Silvera is one of my favorite writers. I love literally all his books, but More Happy Than Not is the first one I read and it therefore has a special place in my heart. It’s heartbreaking and brilliant and it’s mindblowing that this was a first novel. I’m really excited that everyone is discovering Silvera through They Both Die At the End nowadays, but I hope you won’t stop with just that book. It’s great, but Silvera has so much to offer in his other books as well.
Benjamin Alire Saénz, Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe is a mouthful of a title, and it takes a remarkable novel to stand up to it. This is a remarkable novel—poignant, heartbreaking, charming—and there’s an unexpected sequel coming out later this year!
Aiden Thomas, Cemetery Boys
Cemetery Boys is an amazing fantasy novel that beautifully winds identity and culture together with magic. Aiden Thomas is still a relatively new voice to fiction, but they’ve already definitively proven themself! Cemetery Boys was one of my favorite reads last year, and if you haven’t read it yet please correct that immediately. There won’t be a better time for this unique ghost story: it’s Hispanic Heritage Month now, and we’re approaching Día de Muertos (and Halloween).
Pam Muñoz Ryan, Esperanza Rising
I have a horrible memory, so it’s saying a lot that Esperanza Rising is one of the first books I remember reading. I read it back in elementary school for an English class that was run more like a book club, and I remember being absolutely struck by it. I suspect I owe some of my love of literature to Pam Muñoz Ryan.
Kirstin Valdez Quade, The Five Wounds
Quade is amazing writer. She took a wrote about religious extremism and teen pregnancy and made me love it. The Five Wounds is an intense read that incorporates a number of incredible, powerful storylines and sociopolitical elements but boils down to family. As far as I can tell, it hasn’t made as much of a splash as some of the other titles on this list, but it definitely deserves attention.
Lin-Manuel Miranda and Quiara Alegría Hudes, In the Heights: Finding Home
Okay, so this one isn’t a novel (and the third author, Jeremy McCarter, is not Hispanic), but I still wanted to include it because I love Lin-Manuel Miranda, I love In the Heights, and I’m reading this book now. It’s fascinating to read about the creative process, and it’s always cool to read all the lyrics to a musical, particularly one like In the Heights that has so many layered passages that it’s almost impossible to catch everything just by listening to it.
Give me your recommendations! Which Hispanic and Latinx writers should I read next?