Junot Díaz Is Writing a Picture Book About the Dominican Republic

Junot Díaz Is Writing a Picture Book About the Dominican Republic

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Pulitzer Prize winner Junot Díaz’s next book might come as something of a surprise: it’s a picture book for children!    Image courtesy of The New York Times ‘Islandborn’ follows Lola, a child from Washington Heights, who is given a school assignment to draw a picture of where her parents came from. However, Lola left the Dominican Republic when she was still a baby, so she must assemble an image of her parents’ home from their memories. It’s not so simple though, as Lola discovers the Dominican Republic evokes something different for everyone she talks to.   The idea for the …

5 Books by Latinx Authors You Have to Check Out In 2017

5 Books by Latinx Authors You Have to Check Out In 2017

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When many of us take a look at our bookshelves, we might not see diversity in terms of the authors that write our favorite novels. There are so many great books coming out this year from diverse writers.   Here are just a few 2017 books from remarkable authors such as Carmen Maria Machado to Jenny Torres Sanchez.   1. Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado   Image Courtesy of Amazon   This debut collection includes a wild novella that reinvents Law & Order: SVU as a tale featuring ghosts and other fantastic creatures. From Graywolf Press, Machado’s first release has been long awaited, …

7 Books You Have to Check Out This Fall!

7 Books You Have to Check Out This Fall!

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Don’t worry, you still have time before the end of summer, but it’s never too early for book hype! Here are some bonkers-sounding page-turners coming to shelves in the next few months.   1. The Bedlam Stacks by Natasha Pulley, Aug. 1 Image courtesy of Bloomsbury   In 1859, Cornish smuggler Merrick Tremayne embarks on a journey into the Amazon to gather quinine. The thing is, every previous mission has met its end at the hands of something mysterious and possibly magical.   2. The Walls by Hollie Overton, Aug. 8   Image courtesy of Hachette Book Group   Kristy Tucker works on death row …