Celebrated from September 15 to October 15, Hispanic Heritage Month honors Hispanic and Latinx history, culture, art, popular and traditional foods, writing, and much more. Writer’s Relief has compiled a list of great books to read that are written by Hispanic authors and includes choices in mystery, fantasy, love, humor, and memoir.
7 Books To Read By Hispanic Authors
Caramelo by Sandra Cisneros
Lala Reyes explores the intergenerational stories of her family lineage while visiting her Awful Grandmother in Mexico City. Surrounded by boisterous brothers and all of her aunts, uncles, and cousins, Lala learns about the narratives that connect her family.
Olga Dies Dreaming by Xochitl Gonzalez
Olga and Prieto Acevedo are community leaders and siblings who are having trouble balancing their bustling careers and difficult private lives. Olga is a wedding planner for Manhattan’s power brokers, and Prieto is a congressman who represents the Latinx community in Brooklyn. Hurricane season sends their mother from Puerto Rico back into their lives, stirring up drama from when she abandoned them as children.
Afterlife by Julia Alvarez
Retired college professor Antonia Vega struggles to navigate her life when her husband suddenly dies, her sister goes missing, and an undocumented pregnant teen turns up on her doorstep.
My Broken Language by Quiara Alegría Hudes
In this memoir, Quiara tells her story of growing up in the Philadelphia barrio, sharing the stories of her family, culture, and history as an artist raised by strong women.
Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas
Yadriel, a transgender boy, wants to prove himself as a true brujo to his family. However, instead of summoning the ghost of his murdered cousin, he accidentally summons the ghost of a bully named Julian Diaz—and now can’t get rid of him.
Bless Me, Ultima by Rudolfo Anaya
Six-year-old Antonio Marez spends time with Ultima, who comes to stay with his family. She uses herbs and magic to heal others, and Tony learns about his own ties to magic and a pagan past within his family.
Trust by Hernan Diaz
The roaring ’20s bring success and wealth to the well-to-do couple Benjamin and Helen Rask. But there is mystery surrounding how this couple garnered such excessive riches. This novel investigates the puzzling truth behind the wealth of the Rasks.
For more great reads by Hispanic authors, check out this list: 10 Great Books To Read For Hispanic Heritage Month.
Question: Who is your favorite Hispanic author?