Some Latina Authors to Read Instead of That Guy

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Kristina Pino

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In response to recent allegations against Junot Díaz and others, I thought I’d follow Monica Castillo’s lead and share some love for Latina authors. We can never read too many rad Latina authors at any rate, so it’s just another day at Book Riot. Here’s the original thread that sparked it:

Some suggestions by fellow Rioters:

Rebecca Renner suggests picking up some Patricia Engel and Chantel Acevedo ASAP.

Jamie Canaves recommends The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo, and on audio at that.

Danika Ellis adds Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado, Painting Their Portraits in Winter by Myriam Gurba, Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Cordova, and Juliet Takes a Breath by Gabby Rivera.

Jessica Pryde recommends Take the Lead by Alexis Daria.

Some suggestions from Twitter (some are threads and you’ll totally win if you click through):

Some suggestions by yours truly:

Me, Frida, and the Secret of the Peacock Ring by Angela Cervantes is a delightful mystery starring Paloma Marquez, who goes to Mexico with her mom in hopes of enjoying her late father’s culture, and finds the mystery of one of Frida Kahlo’s missing pieces of jewelry instead.

Fat-positivity in Children's and YA LitGabi, A Girl in Pieces by Isabel Quintero tells the story of Gabi’s senior year in high school, in bits and pieces like a diary, but also with art and poetry and other lovely bits.

Love Sugar Magic by Anna Meriano is about a young girl who finds out she comes from a family of brujas who use their magic to bake delicious goods for their community.

In the Country We Love (and adapted for youth: My Family Divided) by Diane Guerrero tells the real story of how her Colombian parents and brother were taken away from her and she was left behind in America.

Who did we miss? Let’s keep it going.