Tuesday September 15th begins the celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month. Hispanic Culture will be celebrated here in America until October 15th. Obviously, a month is never a long enough time to honor any ethnic group’s contribution to American society. I will leave that to others who are more qualified than me to write and discuss the wide ranging contributions of Hispanics in the Americas.
I’m a writer, reader, and book review blogger. I want to use my platform to highlight the contributions of Hispanic Literature in celebration of this holiday. I have read numerous authors from Brazil’s Jorge Amado to Colombia’s Gabriel Garcia Marquez to Peru’s Mario Vargas Llosa to Chile’s Isabel Allende to name a few. Their influence on contemporary fiction can not be overstated. Beyond the simplistic term of magical realism, the stories from North, Central, & South America as well as Spain and Portugal have brought a much needed freshness to World Literature.
In honor of this holiday, I have chosen to read three novels during the month.
- Alburquerque by Rudolfo Anaya
- Signs Preceding the End of the World by Yuri Herrera
- Shadowshaper by Daniel Jose Older
I will post full reviews on this blog for each novel. Stay tuned.
Also, I want to acknowledge the three novels at the bottom of the image. I have read these novels earlier in the year and thought they should be included in the celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month. Actually, I re-read Eva Luna by Isabel Allende and Face of An Angel by Denise Chavez a few months ago. Good books are worth re-reading. I read Woven in Moonlight by Isabel Ibanez most recently and just loved the story.
If you have not read any of these novels, I would recommend that in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month will be a good time to give them a try. Hispanic Literature has a long history here in America and their stories just as important to the American experience.