The traditional publishing industry is still overwhelmingly white. As IndieReader has noted before, one of the greatest things about self-publishing is that it allows for a greater diversity of authors to get their voices heard and their stories read.
September is National Hispanic Heritage Month and we at IR thought we’d celebrate by sharing some of our favorite titles by self-pubbed (or previously self-pubbed), Hispanic authors.
Covered Paces by Luigi A. Juarez
They say that you can never return home, and many books have explored that notion. Covered Paces follows Linette, who leaves Los Angeles behind after a series of romantic frustrations and returns home to Miami to try and pick up the pieces of her life. Back with her family, Linette rekindles a fling with an old lover, only to have her heart broken yet again. Can she ever find happiness?
Juarez takes us on Linette’s journey from LA to Miami to Boston, each populated with rich characters who in their own ways goad Linette to break away from the past and look toward the future.
Hiatus by Belangela G. Tarazona
After Michael’s wife passes away from breast cancer, an old love interest returns to his life: Frank, whom he met and fell in love with at a summer camp long ago. While circumstances kept the two apart in their youth (Michael’s reticence to come out to his father, for example), the couple’s new hope for a life together seems dashed when Michael, too, receives a late-stage cancer diagnosis.
Written by Venezuelan author Belangela G. Tarazona, Hiatus is a heartbreaking novel of loss, and a deeply moving and rewarding story of love and family that shouldn’t be missed.
A Naked Singularity by Sergio de la Pava
Sergio de la Pava is an author of Colombian descent who exemplifies the indie author success story: A Naked Singularity, his first book, was originally self-pubbed by Xlibris.
The 688 page book tells the story of Casi, a child of Colombian immigrants who lives in Brooklyn and works in Manhattan as a public defender. A highly stylized read, in the vein of David Foster Wallace’s Infinite Jest, the title was ultimately picked up by The University of Chicago Press, where it nabbed a spot in The Wall Street Journal’s 10 best works of fiction for 2012. The book ultimately went on to win the PEN Prize for Debut Fiction in 2013.
Frequently hilarious, with a striking human empathy at its center, its panoramic reach takes readers through crime and courts, immigrant families and urban blight, media savagery and media satire, scatology and boxing, and even a breathless heist worthy of any crime novel.
Lil Shorties by Stephanie Rodriguez
Stephanie Rodriquez was born and raised in the “Boogie Down Bronx”. She graduated with a BFA in Illustration from the School of Visual Arts in 2011. Since then she’s been cranking out comics and illustrations and does a great job at showing her characters’ thoughts and feelings via facial expressions and body language.
In Lil Shorties, Rodriguez deftly portrays the inner turmoil of anxiety, shows how well-meaning comments can be slut-shamey and do more harm than good. She also muses on the TV reality show classic, The Bachelor.
Also check out Rodriguez’ No te Hagas la Pendeja (translation: Don’t Be a Dumbass), a fun autobiographical comic depicting the struggle of growing up with a strict Hispanic mother.
Good Night Captain Mama by Graciela Tiscareño-Sato and illustrated by Linda Lens
A bilingual (Spanish and English) children’s book, Good Night Captain Mama features a Latina military officer explaining to her son the significance of her uniform’s patches.
This mother isn’t shown taking on household chores; she’s preparing to embark on a mission while tucking her child into sleep. Tiscareño-Sato is herself a decorated veteran, and she published this book under her multicultural-oriented publishing company, Gracefully Global Group.
Good Night Captain Mama was a finalist for Best Educational Children’s Book (Bilingual) at the International Latino Book Awards.