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“There are five challenges for the Latinx-a-thon: Voices, Latinidad, Roots, Heritage, and a group book, The Grief Keeper by Alexandra Villasante. These prompts aren’t only to encourage you to read more Latinx authors, but to also think more about intersectionality. By design, the ‘x’ in Latinx is a more inclusive, gender-neutral alternative to Latino or Latina, but the read-a-thon’s other prompts consider the identities and experiences we don’t hear as much about. The Voices challenge, for example, encourages readers to pick up a book written by an Indigenous or Afro-Latinx author; the Roots challenge is about reading a book that’s been translated, and the Heritage challenge invites readers to discover an author from a non-Spanish speaking, Latin American country like Brazil.”
“’Located in the heart of west Edmonton, Variant Edition provides a comic shop experience unlike any other, perfect for those looking to discover or rediscover the joys of sequential storytelling,’ the Joe Shuster Awards said on its website. ‘Variant Edition prides themselves on their inclusive environment and innovative recommendation system, which will help you find books you didn’t even know you loved.'”
“Of course, the podcast appeals to authors for other reasons, too. Weiner, who went on Moms this summer to promote Mrs. Everything, says Owens ‘is hitting this sweet spot of women who are the right age, who are at the right place in their lives … and those women buy books.’ In a landscape with at least a hundred literary-podcast options, Zibby is locking down heavy hitters. ‘For all the podcasts there are, only a few actually move product,’ a senior books publicist told me. ‘Zibby can move product.’ As Weiner explains, ‘Her audience are influencers, to use a really overused term.’ Which makes Owens the Über-influencer — and an energetic one. ‘She’s a centralized, all-purpose book maven,’ says Jamie Brenner, a novelist and 23-year publishing-industry veteran. ‘She’ll moderate your event, she does the podcast, she gets your book in front of people at her book fair. She’s like the Oprah of books in New York.’”