Letisha Marrero for SALSA MAGIC *IN-PERSON*

Join Loyalty Bookstores on Tuesday, September 26th at 7 PM ET for a live and in-person meet & greet happy hour with author Letisha Marrero to celebrate the launch of her new book Salsa Magic!

This is event is taking place in our Silver Spring location after hours—please RSVP below. Drinks and light snacks will be provided. Masks are strongly encouraged when not eating or drinking. You can email Loyalty's events team at events@loyaltybookstores.com with any questions.


Thirteen-year-old Maya Beatriz Montenegro Calderon has vivid recurring dreams where she hears the ocean calling her. Mami’s side of the family is known as “Los Locos,” so maybe she actually is going crazy. But no time for that; the family business is where it’s at. Whenever Maya, her sister Salma, and her three cousins, Ini, Mini, and Mo, aren’t at school, you can usually find three generations of Calderones at CaféTaza, serving up sandwiches de pernil, mofongo, and the best cafés con leche in all of Brooklyn.

One day, an unexpected visit from the estranged Titi Yaya from Puerto Rico changes everything. Because Yaya practices santeria, Abuela tells Maya and the other Calderon children are told to stay away from her. But If la viejita is indeed estranged from the family, why does Maya feel so connected to this woman she has never met before? And who is this orisha named Yemaya? On top of figuring all this out, Maya has a budding soccer career to consider, while fending off the local bully, and dealing with nascent feelings toward her teammate. But through it all, there’s that alluring connection to a forbidden ancient practice–filled with a pantheon of Yoruban gods and goddesses–that keeps tugging at her, offering her a new perspective in life, tying her past to her present and future. Which path will Maya choose to fulfill her destiny?


Letisha Marrero has been a writer and editor for more than 20 years across all media and genres. As a culture critic and entertainment journalist, she has written for Latina magazine,The Source, Vibe, NBC, Nickelodeon, and more. Of Puerto Rican and Black Dominican descent, Letisha hails from New York City by way of Southern California. Mom to a super dope human teenager and a majestic but moody blue-eyed dog, Letisha currently lives in Maryland. This is her first novel.

Please note Loyalty has a zero tolerance policy for harassment or intimidation of any kind during this event. 


Event date: 
Tuesday, September 26, 2023 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
823 Ellsworth Dr.
Silver Spring, MD 20910
Salsa Magic By Letisha Marrero Cover Image
ISBN: 9781646142606
Availability: On Our Shelves Now - Click on the title to see which location!
Published: Levine Querido - September 26th, 2023

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