Please forward to fellow writers, both published and pre-published. Thanks!
Books make great gifts: they're cheaper than iPods, smarter than video games, and are more thoughtful than gift cards. Take The Latinidad List, a roundup of 2007's best Latino books, with you as you shop for the holidays. To nominate a book for next year's list (one you wrote or read) please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Helping Latino writers get published, Marcela Landres, email@example.com, http://www.marcelalandres.com/
2. The Latinidad List
Literary Fiction - The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz. Doesn't just raise the game, but changes it.
Short Story Collection - Dahlia Season by Myriam Gurba. Leaves you hungry for her first novel.
Historical Fiction - The Mapmaker's Opera by Bea Gonzalez. Theatre, ornithology, and cartography set amidst the backdrop of nineteenth-century Seville and pre-revolutionary Mexico.
Poetry - Amor y Salud by Micaela Valdez. Not your mother's love poems.
Chick Lit - Midnight Brunch by Marta Acosta. Intelligence and fabulosity mixed into a delicious cocktail.
Thriller - The Devil's Mambo by Jerry Rodriguez. Bruce Willis would star in the film adaptation if he were Latino and younger.
Current Events - Antonio's Gun and Delfino's Dream by Sam Quinones. Journalism that is as spellbinding as fiction.
Self-Help - The Little Black Book of Style by Nina Garcia. No closet - or bookshelf - is complete without it.
Cookbook - Elsie's Turkey Tacos and Arroz con Pollo by Elsie Ramos. Real Latin dishes that can be cooked weeknights by even the most tired mom.
Young Adult - Graffiti Girl by Kelly Parra. Teen artist discovers her talent and finds herself.
"If there's a book you really want to read, but it hasn't been written yet, then you must write it." -- Toni Morrison
The Latinidad?« Newsletter ?® 2003 by Marcela Landres
Marcela Landres is an Editorial Consultant who specializes in helping Latinos get published. She was formerly an editor at Simon & Schuster and has acted as a judge for the Beyond Margins Award/PEN. For more info visit http://www.marcelalandres.com/.