Top 7 Latino Authors to Explore
If you’re a book worm, then you may have heard some of the names on this list. If not, you’re surely going to enjoy discovering some of the books from these notable Latino authors. From older well known authors to the new, up and coming, here is our list of Latino authors you should explore.
1 Sandra Cineros
Cineros is a Mexican-American writer who began her career in the early 1980s. Her first book, The House on Mango Street is her most notable and established her as a writer. She has also written Woman Hollering Creek and Other Stories which is a collection of short stories.
2 Luis Alberto Urrea
Born in Tijuana, Mexico, Urrea later went on to get a degree in writing from the University of California. His first book, Across the Wire, was awarded New York Times Notable Book and won the Christopher Award. More recently, he was presented the Founders Awards at the 2019 Tucson Festival of Books.
3 Reyna Grande
Mexican-American author Reyna Grande wrote her first novel, Across a Hundred Mountains, which touched her experiences of growing in Mexico and as undocumented immigrant in the U.S. But her success didn’t end there, she continued to write stories such as Dancing with Butterflies and The Distance Between Us.
4 Julia Alverez
If you’re Latino who enjoys reading, you must know Julia Alvarez. This Dominican-American author has made her name through her prominent novels such as How the García Girls Lost Their Accents, In the Time of the Butterflies and Yo! Her most recent honor was in 2009 where she received the Fitgerald Award for Achievement in American Literature.
5 Junot Díaz
Dominican-American author Junot Díaz published his first book, Drown, in 1995 which was a short story collection. He later released, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, which won the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and the National Book Critic Circle Award for Best Novel of 2007 among other awards.
6 Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Not only has Colombian author Gabriel Garcia Marquez shown his talent through novels, he is also a screenwriter and journalist. Some of his best novels include One Hundred Years of Solitude, which led to his Noble Prize win, The Autumn of the Patriarch and Love in the Time of Cholera.
7 Julian Randall
Dominican and Black author Julian Randall caused noise all over the poetry world with his work entitled Refuse. Within the Cave Canem Poetry Prize winning book included poems of the black-Latino experience and his bisexual sexuality. This is an author you want to be on the lookout for.
Are you a book worm? Which one of these Latino authors are you familiar with? Have you read a book from any of the Latino authors listed? Let us know in the comments below!