This Black History Month, we’re honoring lineages, legacies, and heritages in the form of literary inspirations. As writers, and readers, and even just as people, we are constantly being influenced by those around us and those who came before us. Sometimes, when reading a really wonderful book, we can’t help but think of all the wonderful books it is in conversation with.
These are books that have made huge impacts on us as readers, many of which explore themes surrounding migration and U.S border relations. The list was immensely hard to narrow down, as there is no shortage of talented writers throughout Latin America and the Caribbean, who are writing vital Latinidad texts—so make sure to check out our full list here.
Our Reading Between the Headlines series looks at hot-button issues, people, and places ubiquitous in the news, and goes a little deeper. This week our bookseller & events coordinator Nika takes us into the world of Iranian literature.
Because I want to hurry and get to the books, I won’t stay here long, and I will not try to present an argument for why you should be reading Native authors widely or at all — simply because, if you are not already, that is very sad for you and your soul. Get with it!
When people ask me how many books I read, I hesitate before answering — it’s never enough to sound like a lot, as much as a person who owns a bookstore should read. But that’s only if you don’t count picture books, which I read zillions of times a day, as I have since my first child was born 6 years ago...