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12 Must-Read Latino Authors

The works of these writers open a window into the U.S. Hispanic experience

collection of books by Latin American authors

GRAND CENTRAL PUBLISHING; VINTAGE ESPAÑOL; SIRUELA; ALIANZA EDITORIAL; BALLANTINE BOOKS; VINTAGE ESPAÑOL

En español | Books written by Latino authors in the United States offer us a wide range of voices, themes, and styles — from magical realism to the starkest urban reality. With varying degrees of familiarity in both languages, these writers no longer hide their bilingualism, blending Spanish and English seamlessly, shamelessly and often without quotation marks. And their talents have been amply recognized — Pulitzer Prizes, MacArthur fellowships, Guggenheim fellowships and presidential medals.

Among so much talent, we have focused on 12 writers who have broken barriers, opened doors, raised bars or continue to explore the vexing issues that Latinos face in the 21st century. This list serves as a starting point for the uninitiated, and as a reminder for those who have already lost themselves in the magical worlds these authors have created over the years.​ Writers are listed in chronological order according to birthdate.​ ​


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Mirta Ojito is a contributing writer who covers literature and books. A former professor of journalism at Columbia University, Ojito has also worked at El Nuevo HeraldThe Miami Herald and The New York Times. The author of Finding Mañana: A Memoir of a Cuban Exodus and Hunting Season: Immigration and Murder in an All-American Town, she counts Pulitzer and Emmy awards among her many recognitions.

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