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Discover Great Books for Hispanic Heritage Month by Authors in Every Genre

Hispanic Heritage Month
Every year, readers around the world celebrate work by Latinx authors for Hispanic Heritage Month, an opportunity to spotlight all the Hispanic American writers who have championed diverse stories. Author Anna-Marie McLemore (they/them) writes magical realism and fairy tales "that are as queer, Latine, and nonbinary as they are." In an interview, they stressed why representation is so important for readers of all ages:

"Without diverse books, all readers have a diminished experience of the world. If we do not see ourselves reflected in books, we begin to believe that others do not see us. And if we do not see in books those who are different than us, the world stays as small as our view of it."

Publishing needs diverse voices

September gives us an opportunity to celebrate a community of diverse ethnicities and cultures, but we should be reading Latin American and Latino literature all year long.Puerto Rican novelist Adam Silvera put it another way:

"Problem One we face without diverse books: we're stuck labeling great stories as "diverse books." Problem Two: without enlightenment we expect all Hispanic characters to speak Spanish for their future jobs in kitchens when we're so much more than that. Some might be so bold to say we're regular people." 

This month, we rounded up book recommendations from Latin American and Latinx authors, activists, entrepreneurs, and readers. These books highlight Hispanic heritage and voices, opening new horizons and empowering new voices. 

Explore authors from the Latin American and Latinx community

There are hundreds of great books by Latinx authors in our genre pages and Fable bookstore. To help you find your next great read, we've rounded up some of our favorite books for Hispanic Heritage Month from every genre.
Infomocracy by Malka Olde digital book - Fable

Infomocracy

By Malka Olde

It's been twenty years and two election cycles since Information, a powerful search engine monopoly, pioneered the switch from warring nation-states to global micro-democracy.

Ambassador by William Alexander digital book - Fable

Ambassador

By William Alexander

Gabe Fuentes is reading under the covers one summer night when he is interrupted by a creature who looks like a purple sock puppet. The sock puppet introduces himself as the Envoy and asks if Gabe wants to be Earth’s ambassador to the galaxy.

More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera digital book - Fable

More Happy Than Not

By Adam Silvera

Aaron considers turning to a revolutionary memory-alteration procedure to straighten himself out, even if it means forgetting who he truly is.

The Weight of Feathers by Anna-Marie McLemore digital book - Fable

The Weight of Feathers

By Anna-Marie McLemore

The Palomas and the Corbeaus make their living as traveling performers in competing shows-the Palomas swimming in mermaid exhibitions, the Corbeaus, former tightrope walkers, performing in the tallest trees they can find.

Pride by  Ibi Zoboi digital book - Fable

Pride

By Ibi Zoboi

In a timely update of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, National Book Award finalist Ibi Zoboi skillfully balances cultural identity, class, and gentrification against the heady magic of first love in her vibrant reimagining of this beloved classic.

Rio Grande Fall by Rudolfo Anaya digital book - Fable

Rio Grande Fall

By Rudolfo Anaya

A PI with deep cultural roots in his native New Mexico, Sonny Baca is guided by his intuition and guardian spirit, the coyote—but is that enough to stop a cult leader’s murderous rampage?

Silent City by Alex Segura digital book - Fable

Silent City

By Alex Segura

When a co-worker he barely knows asks Pete to locate a missing daughter, Pete finds himself dragged into a tale of murder, drugs, double-crosses and memories bursting from the black heart of the Miami underworld - and, shockingly, his father's past.

Land of Careful Shadows by Suzanne Chazin digital book - Fable

Land of Careful Shadows

By Suzanne Chazin

A Latino detective in upstate New York must turn to an immigrant rights activist to solve a murder in “this timely and engrossing” crime thriller.

A Spy in the Struggle  by Aya De León digital book - Fable

A Spy in the Struggle

By Aya De León

A thrilling and timely story of feminism, climate, and corporate justice—as one successful lawyer must decide whether to put everything on the line to right the deep inequities faced in one under-served Bay Area, California community.

For All of Us, One Today by Richard Blanco digital book - Fable

For All of Us, One Today

By Richard Blanco

a fluid, poetic story anchored by Richard Blanco’s experiences as the inaugural poet in 2013, and beyond. He shares his journey as a Latino immigrant and openly gay man discovering a new, emotional understanding of what it means to be an American.

My Beloved World by Sonia Sotomayor digital book - Fable

My Beloved World

By Sonia Sotomayor

The first Hispanic and third woman appointed to the United States Supreme Court, Sonia Sotomayor has become an instant American icon. In this story of human triumph, she recounts her life from a Bronx housing project to the federal bench,

Spare Parts by Joshua Davis digital book - Fable

Spare Parts

By Joshua Davis

Four undocumented Mexican American students, two great teachers, one robot-building contest . . . and a major motion picture

I Am Diosa by Christine Gutierrez digital book - Fable

I Am Diosa

By Christine Gutierrez

psychotherapist Christine Gutierrez welcomes women to join her in healing the wounds from past hurt or trauma to reclaim their worth and come back home to their true self and soul.

The Likeability Trap by Alicia Menendez digital book - Fable

The Likeability Trap

By Alicia Menendez

An award-winning journalist examines this fundamental paradox and empowers readers to let go of old rules and reimagine leadership rather than reinventing themselves.

Stef Soto, Taco Queen by Jennifer Torres digital book - Fable

Stef Soto, Taco Queen

By Jennifer Torres

A heartwarming and charming debut novel about family, friends, and finding your voice all wrapped up in a warm tortilla.

Gabby Garcia's Ultimate Playbook by Iva-Marie Palmer digital book - Fable

Gabby Garcia's Ultimate Playbook

By Iva-Marie Palmer

If life were a baseball game, all-star pitcher Gabby Garcia would be having her Best. Season. EVER! Until she’s suddenly sent to another school and her winning streak is about to disappear—both on and off the field.

Woven in Moonlight by Isabel Ibañez digital book - Fable

Woven in Moonlight

By Isabel Ibañez

Ximena is a stand-in for the last remaining Illustrian royal. Her people lost everything when an usurper used an ancient relic to summon ghosts. Now Ximena’s motivated by her insatiable thirst for revenge and ability to spin thread from moonlight.

Last Shot  by Daniel José Older digital book - Fable

Last Shot

By Daniel José Older

With the assistance of a young hotshot pilot, an Ewok slicer prodigy, the woman who might be the love of Lando’s life, and Han’s best and furriest friend, the two most notorious scoundrels in the New Republic are working together once more.

If you want even more books to read, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite lists of AAPI authors in different genres. Share links to your favorite lists on social media and we’ll add them to our list of lists!5 Books by Latino Authors for Sci-Fi Junkies50 Must Read Romance Novels by Latinx AuthorsCrime novels by Latinx authorsNonfiction for Latinx Heritage Month15 Latinx Memoirs To Add To Your TBR List13 Latina Fantasy Books For the Sci-Fi Lover in Your Life10 Exciting New Middle Grade Books with Latinx Main CharactersPicture Books by Latinx Authors and IllustratorsThese Self-Help Books by Latinxs Are the Best Guides for Your Wellness Journey

Hate crimes against Latinos and Latinas are increasing

According to an FBI report on hate crimes in 2019, nearly 56 percent of all reported hate crime incidents cite bias against race, ethnicity or ancestry as the root of the problem. Reports of hate crimes against Latinos rose that same year, with "the overall number of reports of hate-motivated killings hit its highest level since data began being collected in the early 1990s."You can help the Latinos and Latinas in your community during this difficult time. Most importantly, you can report incidents of hate, helping to prevent future attacks. Even as we celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, don't forget to consider the diverse characteristics and struggles of their different lands and cultures. We hope these stories shine even more light on these diverse perspectives!

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