Latinx Heritage Month & Latinx Bookstagram Tour Chat with Natalia Sylvester
Join us for a special event for Latinx Heritage Month and the Latinx Bookstagram Tour! Author Natalia Sylvester will be in conversation w/ Lupita of @lupita.reads (creator of the Latinx Bookstagram Tour) and Karen of @idleutopia_reads (co-host of this year's Latinx Bookstagram Tour). We'll be chatting about favorite books, Natalia's newest book Running, reading Latinx authors all year, and more. This event is free, but you must RSVP via the button below to receive the login link and password for our Crowdcast event. Please note the link and password will be in your confirmation email!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Natalia Sylvester is the author of two novels for adults, CHASING THE SUN and EVERYONE KNOWS YOU GO HOME, which won an International Latino Book Award. RUNNING, her debut novel for young adults, is a 2020 Junior Library Guild Selection. Born in Lima, Peru, Sylvester grew up in Florida and Texas and received a BFA in Creative Writing from the University of Miami. nataliasylvester.com | Twitter/Instagram: @nataliasylv.
ABOUT THE BOOK
When fifteen-year-old Cuban American Mariana Ruiz’s father runs for president, Mari starts to see him with new eyes. A novel about waking up and standing up, and what happens when you stop seeing your dad as your hero—while the whole country is watching.
In this authentic, humorous, and gorgeously written debut novel about privacy, waking up, and speaking up, Senator Anthony Ruiz is running for president. Throughout his successful political career he has always had his daughter’s vote, but a presidential campaign brings a whole new level of scrutiny to sheltered fifteen-year-old Mariana and the rest of her Cuban American family, from a 60 Minutes–style tour of their house to tabloids doctoring photos and inventing scandals. As tensions rise within the Ruiz family, Mari begins to learn about the details of her father’s political positions, and she realizes that her father is not the man she thought he was.
But how do you find your voice when everyone’s watching? When it means disagreeing with your father—publicly? What do you do when your dad stops being your hero? Will Mari get a chance to confront her father? If she does, will she have the courage to seize it?
ABOUT THE IN CONVERSATION PARTNERS
Lupita Aquino is a clinical research professional by day and bookstagrammer by night. She is the co-founder and current moderator for LIT on H St Book Club at Solid State Books. She is a passionate reader amplifying and highlighting books written by authors of color through her Instagram and blog. When she’s not reading, you can find her spending the day with her wife and son at a local independent bookstore. She currently lives in Maryland, and you can find her on Instagram at @lupita.reads, on twitter at @Lupita_Reads, or catch her column over at Washington Independent Review of Books.
Karen Salgado wakes up every morning thinking about books and goes to sleep dreaming of them. She has found an online community that introduced her to Latinx readers, and writers. She's there to uplift others that gift her with their words and insights. The boring bits is that she works in higher ed (a job she loves and helps pay for books!) and that she's a Chicana (Mexican-American). You can find her on Instagram at @idleutopia_reads.
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