Feelin’ Hot, Hot, Hot! – Summer 2021 Latinx Book Releases

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Hello! Hope you’re staying healthy and if not vaccinated by now, on your way to being vaccinated (I received my second shot this week!). Today, I present the SUMMER READ LATINX LIST, this time with May releases and summaries/blurbs!

This post encompasses books being released by Latinx writers and/or illustrators between May 1st, 2021 and August 31st, 2021. There are almost 200 books in this list, which is divided by age range (Picture Books, Middle Grade, YA, Adult) and genre (Contemporary, SFF/Speculative Fiction, etc.) and organized by release date. Each book entry has its title (which is linked to Indiebound, Goodreads, or the Publisher’s website), author and/or illustrator, release date, and a short blurb about it either written by yours truly or directly from the jacket copy. A Huge thank you to Latinx in Kidlit, their 2021 releases list for kidlit was incredibly helpful. Make sure to give them a follow as well.

I’ve added a TABLE OF CONTENTS to this version of the post, which is fun! If you wish to find out whether your book is in the list, you should press CTRL+F or use to “Find on page” function on your preferred electronic device before asking me where your book is. If you can’t find it still, contact me and I’ll edit the post at my discretion.

Disclaimer: This compilation is by no means exhaustive or comprehensive; it only contains titles I’ve been able to find through extensive research. If you know of a book I didn’t list, or have a correction to make, don’t hesitate to let me know. I also add books at my own discretion, as I have no intention of boosting sexual harassers, racists, homophobes or transphobes, but if you noticed I slipped and added a book by someone who shouldn’t be here, let me know so I can take them out of the list. This list is in no way an endorsement of the contents of each book, as I don’t have the knowledge of what is in each and every book. Almost all links lead to indiebound.org, as I am an Indiebound affiliate. Support your local bookstore or request them from your local library if possible!


Picture Books 

Animals

  • Are You a Cheeseburger? written and illustrated by Monica Arnaldo (6/1/21) – A lonely racoon stumbles upon a seed waiting to be planted. The question is: what will this seed grow to be?
  • Moth & Butterfly: Ta-Da! by Dev Petty, ill. by Ana Aranda (6/8/21) – Two friendly caterpillars rejoice in their similarities and the changes brought by metamorphosis.
  • Rat Fair by Leah Rose Kessler, ill. by Cleonique Hilsaca (6/15/21) – A nearly wordless stoy about a community of rats decides to hold their own Rat Art Fair after humans unknowingly destroy the rats’ fair.
  • The More the Merrier by David Martin, ill. by Raissa Figueroa (6/15/21) – A group of animals celebrates their individuality through dance.
  • The Foodie Flamingo by Vanessa Howl, Ill. by Pablo Pino (6/22/21) – Frankie the Flamingo teaches readers to expand their palate by trying new foods.
  • The Night Baafore the First Day of School by Dawn Young, ill. by Pablo Pino (6/22/21) – Bo is nervous about his first day of school, which is why he counts sheep in order to go to sleep… Except the sheep come to life and start running amok and creating chaos!
  • My Book of Butterflies written and illustrated by Geraldo Valério (8/3/21) – Brazilian artist Geraldo Valério invites readers to learn more about butterflies.

Biographical/Historical

Board Books 

  • C is for City by Ashley Marie Mireles, ill. By Volha Kaliaha (5/11/21) – An ABC for city-dwellers!
  • F is for Farm by Ashley Marie Mireles, ill. By Volha Kaliaha (5/11/21) – An ABC for rural areas!
  • The Itsy Bitsy Spider by Joe Rhatigan, ill. Carolina Farias (6/1/21) – Originally published as a picture book, now available as a board book, the classic tale of the itsy-bitsy spider.
  • Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star by Jo Rhatigan ill. Carolina Farias (6/1/21) – The classic nursery rhyme is now in board book form.
  • 100 First Words for Little Californians by Ashley Marie Mireles, ill. by Kyle Kershner (8/3/21) – Are you in California? Are you proud to be from the Golden State? Maybe you want to teach a baby in your vicinity or family circle a sense of superiority that can only come from being born and/or raised in California? I think this might be for you.

Cultural/Family 

  • Strollercoaster! by Matt Ringler, ill. Raúl the Third and Elaine Bay (5/4/21) – A father and child go on a stroll around their neighborhood turning an everyday occurrence into an adventure.
  • Oliver’s Lollipop by Allison Wortche, ill by Andrés Landazabal (5/4/21) – Oliver must decide where his attention must be spent: with his delicious, colorful lollipop, or the vibrant zoo he’s visiting with his family.
  • What Will You Be? | ¿Qué serás? by Yamile Saied Méndez, ill. by Kate Alizadeh (5/4/21) – A companion to Where Are You From?/¿De dónde eres?, a child and their grandmother discuss the people they could be, while dwelling on the generations that came before them and what will come afterwards.
  • How Can I Wait When There’s a Treat on My Plate? by Dan Graham, ill. by Teresa Martínez (5/25/21) – This book teaches kids about impulse control and delayed gratification through food.
  • I Wish You Knew | Ojalá supieras by Jackie Azúa Kramer, ill. by Magdalena Mora (5/25/21) – Estrella’s dad is deported due to his immigrant status in this lyrical story about families and the ways in which community gets together to help.
  • Un tren llamado Esperanza / A Train Called Hope by Mario Bencastro, ill. by Robert Casilla (5/31/21) – A young boy relates his journey to the Mexico-US border to find his family.
  • Maxy Survives the Hurricane / Maxy sobrevive el huracán by Ricia Anne Chansky and Yarelis Marcial Acevedo, ill. by Olga Baranova (5/31/21) – Relating the trauma of hurricane Maria through the eyes of a dog named Maxy, he and his owners work to rebuild their community while overcoming their fears.
  • Paletero Man by Lucky Diaz, ill. by Micah Player (6/1/21) – A young boy races to meet the community’s paletero, hoping to score a sweet treat.
  • The Cot in the Living Room by Hilda Eunice Burgos, ill. by Gaby D’Alessandro (6/1/21) – “A young Dominican American girl in New York City moves from jealousy to empathy as her parents babysit children whose families work overnight shifts.”
  • What Do You Know? by Aracelis Girmay, ill. by Ariana Fields (6/1/21) – A lyrical love letter to curiosity and nature.
  • Small Nap, Little Dream by Talia Aikens-Nuñez, ill. by Natalia Colombo (6/15/21) – Nap time story for the kid learning Spanish.
  • Sleepy Stories by Mario Levrero, ill. Diego Bianki (7/6/21) – A dad who’s falling asleep has to tell a bedtime story to his child… But the story only grows more and more grand as they collaborate to create a fantastic world.
  • Bella’s Recipe for Success by Ana Siqueira, ill. by Geraldine Rodriguez (7/13/21) – Bella can’t stick to anything, so she’s trying everything and along the way learning she doesn’t have to get it right on the first attempt.
  • Isabel & Her Colores Go To School by Alexandra Alessandri, ill by Courtney Dawson (7/15/21) – Isabel must learn how to share the colors of language with new kids in school.
  • What Does it Mean to be Green? by Rana DiOrio, ill. by Addy Rivera Sonda (8/3/21) – This new edition of the book features new artwork and updated facts for the kids wishing to learn how to become more eco-friendly.
  • A Song of Frutas | Un pregón de frutas by Margarita Engle, ill. by Sara Palacios (8/3/21) – A young girl relates her time helping her abuelo sell fruits in Cuba in this rhythmic picture book.
  • Alejandria Fights Back! / ¡La lucha de Alejandria! by Leticia Hernández Linares, ill. by Robert Liu Trujillo (8/10/21) – Alejandria is witnessing rises in rent around her neighborhood, leading to many having to leave, but she’s not about to stop fighting for her friends and family.
  • Boogie Boogie, Y’all by C.G. Esperanza (8/10/21) – “Author-illustrator C. G. Esperanza delivers a celebratory ode to graffiti and the Boogie Down Bronx through an infectious read-aloud beat and colorful illustrations that leap right off the page!”
  • My Two Border Towns | Mis dos pueblos fronterizos by David Bowles, ill. by Erika Meza (8/23/21) – A young boy narrates the custom of traveling along the Mexico-US border with his father.
  • Tomatoes for Neela by Padma Lakshmi, ill. by Juana Martinez-Neal (8/31/21) – In this celebration of intergenerational cooking, Juana Martinez-Neal brings to life this colorful family created by famed author and host of Top Chef, Padma Lakshmi.

Friendship 

  • Thoughts are Air by Michael Arndt, ill. by Irena Freitas (5/11/21) – In this tale, a group of friends get together to decipher how the water cycle works and how even the simplest idea can become something that matters.
  • Zuri Ray Tries Ballet by Tami Charles, ill. by Sharon Sordo (6/15/21) – Zuri and her best friend sign up for ballet classes at the community center… but Zuri can’t get the moves right. She’s going to have to find a way to make ballet work for her style.
  • El Cucuy is Scared Too! by Donna Barba Higuera, ill. by Juliana Perdomo (7/13/21) – Ramón is scared for his first day of school… which is how he ends up befriending the scared Cucuy living in a cactus pot as the two relate to being scared of new things and changes.

Myths/Legends/Fables

  • Kuan Yin: The Princess Who Became the Goddess of Compassion by Maya van der Meer, ill. by Wen Hsu (5/4/21) – “Two sisters discover the power of love and the true meaning of compassion in this princess-adventure story based on an ancient Chinese tale.”
  • Goddesses and Gardens adapted by Valerie Tripp, ill. Teresa Martinez (7/6/21) – The stories of Persephone and Demeter, Narcissus and Echo, and Circe, brought to life for young readers.
  • The Nightmare Before Christmas ill. Jeannette Arroyo (7/13/21) – The classic Tim Burton movie retold for young readers in this Little Golden Book adaptation.  
  • Skeletina and the In-Between World by Susie Jaramillo (8/3/21) – Skeletina and her friends explore the In-Between World in this Día de los Muertos inspired tale.
  • The Sleeping Beauty adapted by Ursula Jones, ill. by Paola Escobar (8/10/21) – The classic fairytale is revamped with colorful illustrations from Paola Escobar.
  • Brains! Not Just a Zombie Snack by Stacy McAnulty, ill. Matthew Rivera (8/31/21) – “A zombie chef who has sworn off eating brains salivates over this super powerful organ in this funny and fact-filled picture book.”

Middle Grade

Chapter Books 

  • Juan Hormiga by Gustavo Roldán (5/4/21) – Argentina’s laziest ant becomes the subject of an anthill’s worry when a torrential rain threatens him on the day he’s supposed to go off on his own adventure.
  • Hand-Me-Down Magic: Perfect Patchwork Purse by Corey Ann Haydu, ill. by Luisa Uribe (5/4/21) – Alma needs to trackdown a magical purse that was bought by a friend in the third installment of this series.
  • The Invincible Girls Club: Home Sweet Forever Home by Rachel Alpine, ill. by Addy Rivera Sonda (5/4/21) – Lauren and her friends decide to hold an adoption rally for the older animals in the shelter, with lots of resulting shenanigans.
  • The Invincible Girls Club: Art with Heart by Rachel Alpine, ill. by Addy Rivera Sonda (5/4/21) – “Emelyn and her three BFFs spread positive messages to fight back against bullying.”
  • Ignacio Zaragoza Seguín: My Story of Cinco de Mayo / Mi versión del Cinco de Mayo by José Ángel Gutiérrez (5/31/21) – This biographical story introduces readers to a Commander of the Mexican armed forces who led soldiers to victory in the Battle of Puebla.
  • She Persisted: Sonia Sotomayor by Meg Medina (6/1/21) – Chapter book biography about Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor.
  • Twins vs Triplets #1: Back to School Blitz by Jennifer Torres, ill. by Vanessa Flores (6/1/21) – David Suárez is stuck in the middle of a prank war between a pair of twins and some triplets who aren’t just his neighbors but his classmates.
  • Las princesas se rebelan by Amaranta Leyva, ill. by Ilaria Ranauro (6/22/21) – In this Spanish language chapter book, two superheroínas rebel against the wishes of their family to become princesses and instead travel to Unicorn Island to learn more about their own super powers.
  • Drill Team Determination text by Cindy L. Rodriguez (8/1/21) – Aniyah must overcome her fears of being under the spotlight in order to become a new member of her family’s legacy with drill teams.
  • Gymnastics Payback text by Cindy L. Rodriguez (8/1/21) – Mia Hernandez and her gymnastics teammates are nervous about their upcoming meet, especially as strange things (like itching powder in the chalk) begin ocurring to sabotage their chances.
  • Meg and Greg #3: The Bake Sale by Elspeth Rae and Rowena Rae, ill. by Elisa Gutiérrez (8/17/21) – Meg and Greg are on summer vacation so they’re going on adventures around the neighborhood in this story designed for struggling readers.
  • Definitely Dominguita (#3): All For One by Terry Catasús Jennings (8/17/21) – Dom and co. are on the case when the butcher shop can’t find the order for a quinceañera party. 
  • 13th Street #6: Fight with the Freeze-Ray Fowls by David Bowles (8/17/21) – An evil queen threatens to destroy the cousins, so they must put on a brave face in order to shut down 13th Street.
  • Twins vs Triplets #2: Prank-or-Treat by Jennifer Torres, ill. by Vanessa Flores (8/31/21) – David is once again enduring his neighbors’ pranks, but this time they’re competing for the scariest Halloween display!

Contemporary

  • Swimming with Sharks by Melissa Cristina Márquez (6/1/21) – In the second installment of the Wild Survival series, the Villalobos family is off to Sri Lanka (yeah I’m in a Tonka, color of Willy Wonka) to save an endangered shark.
  • Wish Upon a Stray by Yamile Saied Méndez (8/3/21) – María Emilia has just immigrated from Argentina to the US, and though she’s struggling with her Spanish, a little neighborhood dog is sure to help her feel like she has a new home.
  • Tia Lugo Speaks No Evil by Danette Vigilante (8/17/21) – Tia Lugo is sure she witnessed a murder. She hides in her grandma’s botánica, hoping she can stay while knowing that the killer knows where she lives.
  • Neverforgotten by Alejandra Algorta, trans. Aida Salazar (8/31/21) – A young boy in Bogotá starts forgetting everything about his life.

Comics/Graphic Novels 

  • Star Wars: The High Republic Adventures #4 by Daniel José Older, ill. by Harvey Tolibao May 2021 – What used to be called Project Luminous is now the High Republic, and Daniel isn’t wasting his time creating content for Star Wars. This is the fourth entry in the Adventures comics. 
  • Home #1 by Julio Anta (5/12/21) – This is a 2nd Variant/Print of the first issue in Anta’s new comic series, where a young asylum seeker is separated from his mom, only to start developing superpowers.
  • Home #2 by Julio Anta (5/19/21) – In the second issue of the series, Juan is on the run, trying to find his aunt in Houston.
  • Miles Morales: Shock Waves by Justin Reynolds, ill. by Pablo León (6/1/21) – Miles Morales is raising money for Puerto Ricans affected by an earthquake when a new classmate’s father goes missing. Miles must uncover whether these things are linked or lose the fight on two fronts.
  • Home #3 by Julio Anta (6/16/21) – Juan finds his aunt and some self-control just in time to learn that his mother is being deported.
  • Chunky by Yehudi Mercado (6/22/21) – A graphic novel memoir about the author’s young life as a fat, Jewish-Mexican boy in a working-class family…and his imaginary friend, Chunk. 
  • ParaNorthern and the Chaos Bunny A-Hop-Calypse by Stephanie Cooke, ill by Mari Costa (7/13/21) – Abby lives in a supernatural town, but when she accidentally unleashes a burst of power that opens up a portal for chaos bunnies to invade the town, she must work with her friends to banish them or reverse the effects of her portal.
  • Hicotea by Lorena Alvarez (8/3/21) Paperback edition of Lorena Alvarez’s graphic novel centering Sunny and her magical adventure into a magical world.
  • Big Apple Diaries by Alyssa Bermudez (8/17/21) – Did you know that 2000 and 2001 happened 20 years ago? Follow a young Alyssa who’s not just going through change but witnessing how her classmates and the city she lives in changes.
  • Soupy Leaves Home by Cecil Castellucci, Jose Pimienta (8/17/21) – Set in 1932, two wayward souls wander into a train and become each other’s companion in this journey.

Non-fiction 

  • Hurricane: My Story of Resilience by Salvador Gómez-Colón (8/3/21) – A young man’s story of how he helped his community in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria.
  • Stolen Science by Ella Schwartz ill. by Gaby D’Alessandro 8/10/21 – Thirteen scientists whose stories were erased from history books are brought to the forefront of this book.

SFF

  • Pages & Co.: The Map of Stories by Anna James, ill. by Paola Escobar (6/1/21) – In the third installment of the Pages & Co. series, the protagonists travel to Washington DC to venture into the Library of Congress’ books in the hopes of saving the British Underlibrary.
  • Curse of the Forgotten City by Alex Aster (6/8/21) – Tor is adjusting to his newfound powers but when a girl from an underwater city find him and his friends, they must go to save Tor’s town from pirates.
  • Star Wars The High Republic: Race to Crashpoint Tower by Daniel José Older (6/29/21) – Ram Jomaram is a Jedi Padawan who ventures out to Valo after a security alarm lets him know that the communications tower has been disabled, which points to the Republic Fair being in danger and in need of protection.
  • Time Villains by Victor Pineiro (7/6/21) – Which historical figure would you invite to dinner? When Javi Santiago and his friends accidentally summon Blackbeard the Pirate at dinner, and what was supposed to be homework and a meal, turns out to be a chase for a pirate intent on summoning his crew.
  • Muse Squad: The Mystery of the Tenth by Chantel Acevedo (7/6/21) – Six months after the first book, Callie is ready for new adventures, but maybe discovering that there is a tenth muse and that she has to go to an arts camp in New York proves to be too much. 
  • Casi hermanas by Ana Romero (7/20/21) – Lara and Sara live in boring and exciting homes respectively, and they’re tired of it. Which is why they decide to switch lives, hoping to experience something different. (Spanish language)
  • Paola Santiago and the Forest of Nightmares by Tehlor Kay Mejia (8/3/21) – Paola must venture into a scary forest in her search for her father and a way to cure Dante’s abuela’s mysterious illness.
  • The Last Cuentista by Donna Barba Higuera (8/17/21) – Petra Peña is on a journey to a new planet after a comet destroys Earth, and upon waking up 100 years into her travels, she finds out she’s the only one who still remembers Earth.

Young Adult 

Anthology

Contemporary 

  • Meet-Cute Diary by Emery Lee (5/4/21) – Noah has been crafting fake trans love stories on his blog, and when a troll threatens to expose the fiction, he decides to fake-date Drew in order to stage the romance happening on his website. You know Noah’s gonna end up falling for Drew, right?
  • Indivisible by Daniel Alemán (5/4/21) – Mateo and his sister’s lives are upturned when they return home only to find out that ICE have deported their parents and now they must figure out how to stay alive and if they can keep their parents in the US.
  • On the Hook by Francisco X. Stork (5/18/21) – Hector, a good student and son, soon is pulled into a world of violence and revenge when the leader of a gang paints a target on his back and Hector’s brother becomes the victim of this gang.
  • Perfectly Parvin by Olivia Abtahi (5/18/21) – Parvin has just been dumped by her brand-new boyfriend, so she, nerdy and awkward Parvin, decides to become a rom-com girl in order to attract the attention of the hottest guy and make her ex jealous… But what about the cute boy she’s befriended at her family’s mandated Farsi lessons?
  • Reservations Required by Estela Bernal (5/31/21) – When Lucy’s grandmother dies and the dysfunctional situation at home worsens, she decides to run away to become a chef. Spotting a Help Wanted sign at a restaurant in Arizona, Lucy resolves to make her way up the ladder, if only she can ignore her disturbing co-workers and as well as pass her community college classes.
  • Simone Breaks All the Rules by Debbie Rigaud (6/1/21) – Senior year is here and Simone Thibodeaux is ready to tackle it headfirst (despite her parents’ strict rules), especially after she and her friends draft up a bucket list they have to fulfill– which includes prom their way as the end-goal.
  • Fifteen Hundred Miles from the Sun by Jonny Garza Villa (6/8/21) – Julián Luna’s life definitely isn’t perfect (he’s a closeted gay Mexican-American teen going to a private Catholic school in the South and living with a homophobic and abusive dad), so when it’s suddenly thrown into chaos by accidentally coming out, he must confront his fears while holding onto love and hope.
  • Like A Love Song by Gabriela Martins (8/3/21) – A Brazilian popstar named Natalie must fake-date an indie actor named William in order to regain her status and popularity… if only she hasn’t started falling for swoon-worthy William.
  • How Moon Fuentez Fell In Love with the Universe by Raquel Vasquez Gilliland (8/10/21) – Moon is travelling as a “merch girl” with a drove of beautiful influencers– and grumpy Santiago. As she gains more confidence and discovers more about herself, she starts falling for Santiago.
  • Dímelo Bajito by Mercedes Ron (8/24/21) – Kamila’s life is turned upside down upon the return of the Di Bianco brothers, both of whom she has a romantic history with, and now she must confront these feelings once more. (Spanish language)

SFF 

  • Illusionary by Zoraida Córdova (5/11/21) – In the thrilling conclusion of the Hollow Crown duology, Renata and Castian are on the run and searching for the Knife of Memory in hopes of bringing peace to a nation that wants to see them dead.
  • Nobody’s Pilgrims by Sergio Troncoso (6/1/21) – Three teenage runaways seeking to find new opportunities instead stumble upon illegal operations that involve a drug cartel chasing them, the release of a deadly virus, and a society breaking down along their path.
  • Thirty Talks Weird Love by Alessandra Narváez Varela (6/8/21) – Thirteen-year-old Anamaría is visited by a 30-year-old version of herself in this low-YA novel in verse about the violence of girlhood in Ciudad Juárez of the 90’s.
  • Fire With Fire by Destiny Soria (6/8/21) – “Raised to be fierce dragon slayers, two sisters end up on opposite sides of the impending war when one sister forms an unlikely, magical bond with a dragon.”
  • All These Warriors by Amy Tintera (6/13/21) – “In the highly anticipated conclusion to the All These Monsters duology, Clara and Team Seven’s quest to expose the truth behind the scrab menace has them facing their biggest threat yet: their own demons.”
  • The Betrayed by Kiera Cass (7/6/21) – Hollis is grappling with her exile from Coroa in her new home with the Eastoffe family, all the while tensions back home are rising and people are looking at her for answers.
  • Fuego by Ana Coello (7/20/21) – The third chapter in this cross-genre love story, wherein a human girl in Guadalajara named Sara is in love with a boy from a different planet named Luca. (Spanish language) 

Adult

Fiction

Comics/Graphic Novels

  • The Black Ghost by Monica Gallagher and Alex Segura (5/4/21) – Collecting issues 1-5 of Black Ghost, Lara Domínguez is on the verge of uncovering who the mysterious vigilante known as Black Ghost is, but at the cost of navigating through the city’s corruption as well as facing her own demons.
  • Onion Skin by Edgar Camacho (5/4/21) – Rolando is struggling to find meaning to his life while Nera is looking for something to excite her life, which is why when their paths cross at a rock show and they decide to fix up a food truck, their adventure is only beginning.
  • La Mano del Destino by J. Gonzo (5/25/21) – Collecting issues 1-6 of La Mano del Destino, this pulpy fantasy story of a once-champion Luchador who agrees to a Faustian bargain in order to exact revenge on his betrayers.
  • El olvido que seremos / Forgotten We’ll Be by Héctor Abad Faciolince, Tyto Alba (8/24/21) – Graphic novel adaptation Héctor Abad Faciolince’s 2018 novel talking about the writer’s relationship with his father. (Spanish language)

Crime/Mystery/Noir/Thriller

  • The Transparency of Time by Leonardo Padura (6/15/21) – Mario Conde is facing his sixtieth birthday and all his regrets and melancholies when he’s approached about tracking down a statue that has a vast history spanning back to the Crusades.
  • Ella entró por la ventana del baño by Elmer Mendoza (6/22/21) – Zurdo/Lefty Mendieta is in charge of tracking down the leader of a drug-trafficking ring who recently was let out of prison and is intent on exacting revenge. Meanwhile, Mendieta also has to track down the past lover of a dying businessman.
  • Suburban Dicks by Fabian Nicieza (6/22/21) – From the cocreator of Deadpool comes a crime novel that “examines the racial tensions exposed in a New Jersey suburb after the murder of a gas station attendant.”
  • Velvet Was the Night by Silvia Moreno-Garcia (8/17/21) – In this 1970s noir, Mexico City secretary Maite becomes embroiled in the search for a missing neighbor, delving deeper into the lives of political dissidents and attracting unwanted attention from certain criminal entities.

Literary/Commercial/“Women’s” Fiction

  • Tears of Amber by Sofía Segovia (5/1/21) – A tale of war in Eastern Europe, family, and the impact of stories in the face of despair and displacement.
  • Monkey Boy by Francisco Goldman (5/4/21) – “A sweeping story about the impact of divided identity– whether Jewish/Catholic, white/brown, native/expat–and one misfit’s quest to heal his damaged past and find love.”
  • The Guardian of Amsterdam Street by Sergio Schmucler (5/4/21) – “A novel of rare humanity and grace, The Guardian of Amsterdam Street is a stunning portrait of a neighbourhood where the whole of the twentieth century comes alive and a moving inquiry into how we shape the world, and how it transforms us in turn.”
  • The Most Beautiful Girl in Cuba by Chanel Cleeton (5/4/21) – Three women’s lives join when Grace Harrington, newly minted journalist, and Marina Perez, a secret courier, attempt to free eighteen-year-old Evangelina Cisneros against the backdrop of what would become the Spanish-American-Cuban War of 1898.
  • Fate by Jorge Consiglio (5/18/21) – A couple on the verge of dissolving their marriage, while another on the verge of starting one, Consiglio focuses on the inner lives of everyday characters and people in this novel.
  • Nervous System by Lina Meruane (5/18/21) – A novel about past, present, and future pains, Meruane delves into the everyday traumas that chip away at our characters until leaving them examining the ways in which they still need to heal. 
  • Loop by Brenda Lozano (6/15/21) – “Loop is a love story told from the perspective of a contemporary Penelope who, instead of weaving and unravelling her shroud, writes and erases her thoughts in her ‘ideal’ notebook.”
  • The Playwright’s House by Dariel Suarez (6/15/21) – A story about family and the lengths you’d go to save them despite your histories, and what we do in order to receive closure.
  • El tiempo de las Amazonas by Marvel Moreno (6/22/21)  – “The time of the Amazon runs along three decades in the life of three cousins —Gaby, Virginia, and Isabel— living in Paris in the sixties. Their relentless exploration of desire will lead to decisions that will exact a heavy toll on their lives.” (Spanish language)
  • Esa gente by Chico Buarque (6/22/21) – A writer past his peak is attempting to write his newest novel in the midst of a violent Rio de Janeiro under Bolsonaro’s control. (Spanish language)
  • Los peones son el alma del juego by Homero Aridjis (6/22/21) – “The Pawns Are the Soul of the Game, a work that began as the author’s private diary, is the living portrait of Mexico of a past era. It is also a playful novel in which chess functions as a metaphor for life.” (Spanish language)
  • The Woman from Uruguay by Pedro Mairal (7/6/21) – A man doesn’t know what to write next and his melancholy leads him to revisit his attraction towards a wayward woman he met in Uruguay. 
  • Elena Knows by Claudia Piñeiro (7/13/21) – A mother is in search of answers after news that the investigation into her daughter’s death is closed.
  • Donde cantan las ballenas by Sara Jaramillo Klinkert (7/20/21) – Candelaria lives in a mythical home in the mountains with her eccentric mom and brother, her father, who sculpts whales, having abandoned them. With a cast of colorful characters, Candelaria will search for her father and her journey will unravel how complex life is. (Spanish language)
  • El sonido de las olas by Margarita García Robayo (7/20/21) – Collecting three short books, García Robayo delves into the lives of three young women with something to discover, whether in their lives or outside of their daily existence. (Spanish language)
  • Ladrilleros by Selva Almada (7/20/21) – Almada puts displays of masculinity under a microscope as two men raised in machista families find each other and collide. (Spanish language)
  • Mejor el fuego by Jose Carlos Yrigoyen (7/20/21) – “The rite of sexual and emotional passage of a young homosexual man highlights dramatic tensions in the repressive and discriminatory Liman society of the nineties.” (Spanish language)
  • Nosotras que nos queremos tanto by Marcela Serrano (7/20/21) – “Four Chilean women, at the gates of maturity and on the shores of a lake, narrate, without any inhibitions, the passionate accounts of their personal stories.” (Spanish language)
  • I Was Never the First Lady by Wendy Guerra, trans. by Alicia “Achy” Obejas (8/3/21) – Nadia feels unfulfilled in Cuba working as a DJ censored by the government. Frustrated, she seeks an opportunity to go to Russia, and along the way her story becomes entwined with that of a Cuban revolutionary in the past.
  • The President and the Frog by Carolina De Robertis (8/3/21) – The former president of an unnamed Latin American country relates to a journalist his rise from poverty to confinement for his radical proclamations to a leader known the world over.
  • The Luminous Novel by Mario Levrero (8/3/21) – “A writer attempts to complete the novel for which he has been awarded a big fat Guggenheim grant, though for a long time he succeeds mainly in procrastinating.”
  • Occupation by Julián Fuks (8/17/21) – “Fuks returns to his auto-fictional alter ego Sebastián in a narrative alternating between the writer’s conversations with refugees occupying a building in downtown São Paulo, his father’s sickness, and his wife’s pregnancy.”
  • Diez mujeres by Marcela Serrano (8/24/21) – Nine Chilean women are gathered at the behest of their therapist in the hopes that their stories help the others. (Spanish language)
  • El aroma de los anhelos by Mónica Castellanos (8/24/21) – Set during a time before the Mexican Revolution, a young, privileged girl named María has lofty goals of achieving women’s suffrage despite the traditional roles set for women. However, her destiny will be thrown into chaos when she meets a young doctor named Daniel Chapman. (Spanish language)
  • La mitad fantasma by Alan Pauls (8/24/21) – A sedentary man in his fifties comes across a woman in her thirties who doesn’t settle and is adventurous. (Spanish language)
  • Simpatía by Rodrigo Blanco Calderón (8/24/21) – I honestly don’t understand what this book is about except a house being on the line for being inherited, a dog shelter, and a woman from the MC’s past coming back to haunt him. (Spanish language)

Romance 

  • Prize Money by Celeste Castro (5/11/21) – A rodeo princess and a stuntwoman have a chance encounter when a bull is let loose in the arena, putting them on a path to friendship and falling in love in the process.
  • Summer in the City contribution from Priscilla Oliveras (5/25/21) – A collection of three connected rom-coms, Oliveras’ follows two childhood rivals who are stuck in an apartment during a blackout.
  • To Tempt a Scandalous Lord (Scandal #4) by Liana de la Rosa (6/21/21) – (Description and link to come)
  • One Week to Claim it All (Sambrano Studios #1) by Adriana Herrera (6/29/21) – Esmeralda Sambrano unexpectedly inherits her family’s media empire, which doesn’t sit well with Rodrigo Almanzar, her past lover and a protégé of her dad’s.
  • What Happens in Miami… by Nadine Gonzalez (6/29/21) – Alessandro Cardenas is on the hunt for a forged painting of his grandfather’s when he stumbles upon Miami gallerist Angeline Louis, who may be keeping secrets of her own.
  • Remission (Heartland #1) by Ofelia Martinez (6/30/21) – Seven years after a disastrous affair, Dr. Hector Medina is back in Dr. Carolina Ramirez’s life, and feelings might still be lingering despite all the hurt. (Links to Nook/Barnes and Noble)
  • Hot Under His Collar by Andie J. Christopher (7/20/21) – It’s a priest and a woman who helps him guarantee funding for a community program, why else would you look for a priest romance?
  • What the Hex by Alexis Daria (summer 2021) – An Audible Original about witchy rivals who need to save their families and fall in love in the process. (Link and date to come)

Short Story Collections

  • The Rock Eaters by Brenda Peynado (5/11/21) – “With elements of science fiction and fantasy, fabulism and magical realism, Brenda Peynado uses her stories to reflect our flawed world, and the incredible, terrifying, and marvelous nature of humanity.”
  • Las Biuty Queens by Iván Monalisa Ojeda (6/1/21) – “Drawing from his/her own experience as a trans performer, sex worker, and undocumented immigrant, Iván Monalisa Ojeda chronicles the lives of Latinx queer and trans immigrants in New York City.”
  • The Divorce by César Aira (6/1/21) – A collection of interweaved tales, “stories of chance meetings, bizarre circumstances, and even stranger visions of alternate realities.”
  • Variations on the Body by María Ospina (7/6/21) – “A constellation of short stories illustrates the complex, interrelated lives of women in and around Bogotá, Colombia.”
  • Trayéndolo todo de regreso a casa by Patricio Pron (7/20/21) – “This volume is a collection from the author in which, along with some of his most celebrated pieces, there are little known titles and more than ten of his recent unpublished stories.” (Spanish language)
  • Songs for the Flames by Juan Gabriel Vásquez (8/3/21) – “The characters in this collection are men and women touched by violence—sometimes directly, sometimes only in passing—but whose lives are changed forever, consumed by fire and by unexpected encounters and unyielding forces.”
  • Gordo by Jaime Cortez (8/17/21) – “Written with balance and poise, Cortez braids together elegant and inviting stories about life on a California camp, in essence redefining what all-American means.”

Speculative

  • Broken Sword by Jameson Rivera (5/1/21) – “Ruiz Gravenor longs to destroy the Kingdom of Lygos, to finally revenge himself on the imperialist regime that subjugates his homeland, the island of Fieroe.”
  • The Beautiful Ones by Silvia Moreno-Garcia (5/11/21) – A re-release of Moreno-Garcia’s novel of manners; “a charming tale of love and betrayal, and the struggle between conformity and passion, set in a world where scandal is a razor-sharp weapon.”
  • The Return of the Sorceress by Silvia Moreno-Garcia (6/30/21) – “Yalxi, the deposed Supreme Mistress of the Guild of Sorcerers, is on a desperate mission. Her lover and confidant seized her throne and stole the precious diamond heart, the jewel that is the engine of her power.”
  • The Queen of the Cicadas by V. Castro (6/22/21) – In the 1950s, a farmworker named Milagros is murdered and her death ignored. In 2018, Belinda Alvarez is in Texas for a wedding, and the venue, a farm, was the site of the murder. Now, Belinda and the farm’s owner are faced with a spirit intent of vengeance.
  • Sword Stone Table: Old Legends, New Voices ed. by Swapna Krishna and Jenn Northington, contributions form Alex Segura, Silvia Moreno-Garcia (7/13/21) – “Brave, bold, and groundbreaking, the stories in this anthology will bring fresh life to beloved myths and give long-time fans a chance to finally see themselves in their favorite legends.”

Non-fiction

Academic/History 

Anthology

  • Fat and Queer: An Anthology of Queer and Trans Bodies and Lives ed. Bruce Owens Grimm, Miguel M. Morales, and Tiff Joshua TJ Ferentini, contributions from Eddy Francisco Alvarez Jr, C. Adán Cabrera, Roy G. Guzmán, Carmen Maria Machado, Ninamarie Ochoa, Dan Vera (5/21/21) – “This one-of-a-kind collection of prose and poetry radically explores the intersection of fat and queer identities, showcasing new, emerging and established queer and trans writers from around the world.”
  • Pussypedia: A Comprehensive Guide by Zoe Mendelson, ill. Maria Conejo (8/3/21) – “A rigorously fact checked, funny, accessible, gender-inclusive and fully illustrated guide to the anatomy, history, and sociology of the pussy, written by the creators of the popular website.”
  • Antología feminista ed. by LasTesis (8/24/21) – From the originators of “Violador en tu camino” comes a compilation of seminal feminist texts that have helped shape this collective in not just its theoretical but practical framework. (Spanish language)

Biography/Essays/Memoir 

  • Sobremesa: A Memoir of Food and Love in Thirteen Courses by Josephine Caminos Oría (5/4/21) – First generation Argentine-American Josephine Caminos Oría writes a multi-generational memoir around food, family, traditions, and conversations had at the dinner table. 
  • Crossing Borders: My Journey in Music by Max Baca with Craig Harris (5/15/21) – One of the foremost artists in Tex-Mex music offers his tale of falling into music and examines the art created in the borderlands.
  • ¡Hola Papi! How to Come Out in a Walmart Parking Lot and Other Life Lessons by John Paul Brammer (6/8/21) – Described as a “memoir-in-essays,” Brammer brings advice wrapped up in humor and heartfelt sentimentality for queer and non-queer folks alike, all while eamining his own upbringing and identities. 
  • Migratory Birds by Mariana Oliver (6/8/21) – “Mexican essayist Mariana Oliver trains her gaze on migration in its many forms, moving between real cities and other more inaccessible territories: language, memory, pain, desire, and the body.”
  • Flamin’ Hot: The Incredible True Story of One Man’s Rise from Janitor to Top Executive by Richard Montañez (6/15/21) – “The unforgettable true story of how a janitor struggling to put food on the table invented Flamin’ Hot Cheetos in a secret test kitchen, breaking barriers and becoming the first Latino executive at Frito-Lay.” 
  • Trejo: My Life of Crime, Redemption, and Hollywood by Danny Trejo with Donal Logue (7/6/21) – “For the first time, the full, fascinating, and inspirational true story of Danny Trejo’s journey from crime, prison, addiction, and loss to unexpected fame as Hollywood’s favorite bad guy with a heart of gold.”
  • La memoria vegetal by Umberto Eco (7/20/21) – Eco writes an ode for books, the process of making them, its production, and their lovers. (Spanish language)
  • Mala lengua: Un retrato de Pablo de Rokha by Alvaro Bisama (7/20/21) – Chronicling the life of Chilean writer Pablo de Rokha. (Spanish language)
  • ¡Ándale, Prieta!: A Memoir by Yasmín Ramírez (8/3/21) – “A beautifully open coming-of-age memoir by a Mexican American woman that doubles as a love letter to the tough grandmother who raised her.”
  • We’re Not Broken: Changing the Autism Conversation by Eric Garcia (8/3/21) – “In We’re Not Broken, Garcia uses his own life as a springboard to discuss the social and policy gaps that exist in supporting those on the spectrum.”

Poetry

  • Banana [   ] by Paul Hlava Ceballos (Summer 2021) – A chapbook to be released in conjunction with Quenton Baker’s we pilot the blood, Ceballos details the history of the banana in the americas and its significance culturally and politically. (Date to be added soon)
  • Even Shorn by Isabel Duarte-Gray (5/4/21) – “Duarte-Gray’s poetry mines local orature, family history, and folklore for the music of Western Kentucky, creating the sparse line breaks and the harsh syntax of the present.”
  • The Vault by Andrés Cerpa (6/15/21) – “The Vault is a quiet and vulnerable sequence of ethereal fragments, letters, and poems that trace a narrative of love and healing in the afterlife of a parent’s death.”
  • American Quasar by David Campos, art by Maceo Montoya (6/22/21) – A collaboration between artist and poet, this collection “addresses personal and political trauma, the emotional craters left by family, and the ways in which one learns to love not only as son, brother, student, or lover, but from the space one occupies as ‘citizen.’”
  • Aquí era el paraíso / Here Was Paradise: Selección de poemas de Humberto Ak’abal / Selected Poems of Humberto Ak’abal by Humberto Ak’abal, art by Amelia Lou Carling (8/3/21) – Ak’abal’s collection brings translations of his poetry exploring the Maya K’iche community in Guatemala, paired with illustrations from Guatemalan-American artist Amelia Lou Carling. 

Thus concludes this list! 

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