Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month

By Julianne Jones | August 3 2020 | Holidays

Hispanic Heritage Month—also called Latinx Heritage Month to recognize a broader spectrum of identities relating to gender, language, and origin—will be celebrated in the US from September 15th through October 15th.

Started in 1968 by President Lyndon B. Johnson as a week-long commemoration, the event was expanded to a month-long span by President Ronald Reagan in 1988. Its mid-month starting point coincides with the anniversary of independence for several Latin American countries: Costa Rice, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua (all on September 15th); Mexico (on September 16th); and Chile (on September 18th).

The holiday began as a way to center and celebrate the contributions of this community in the United States, but has since broadened into an opportunity to center the experience of today’s Latinx peoples in a variety of conversations and activations. Today, the U.S. Hispanic population totals over 60 million, with significant growth in Southern states and a strong influence on younger consumer buying power in the country.

Celebrate the month by encouraging accounts to stock up on top-selling fiction and nonfiction titles that focus on Latinx stories, including Spanish-language titles. For more information on the holiday, visit https://hispanicheritagemonth.gov/about/.

To see the full list of titles on the Backlist Vault, click here.

To see this collection on Edelweiss, click here.

The House on Mango Street
The bestselling coming-of-age classic, acclaimed by critics, beloved by readers of all ages, taught in schools and universities alike, and translated around the world from the winner of the 2018 PEN/Nabokov Award for Achievement in International Literature. The House on Mango Street is the remarkable story of Esperanza Cordero, a young Latina girl growing up in Chicago, inventing for herself who and what she will become. Told in a series of vignettes-sometimes heartbreaking, sometimes deeply joyous-Sandra Cisneros' masterpiece is a classic story of childhood and self-discovery. Few other books in our time have touched so many readers.
$11.95 US
Apr 03, 1991
US, Canada, Open Mkt

Next Year in Havana
A REESE WITHERSPOON BOOK CLUB PICK "A beautiful novel that's full of forbidden passions, family secrets and a lot of courage and sacrifice."--Reese Witherspoon After the death of her beloved grandmother, a Cuban-American woman travels to Havana, where she discovers the roots of her identity--and unearths a family secret hidden since the revolution...
$15.00 US
Feb 06, 2018

La Casa En Mango Street
Elogiado por la crítica, admirado por lectores de todas las edades, en escuelas y universidades de todo el país y traducido a una multitud de idiomas, La casa en Mango Street es la extraordinaria historia de Esperanza Cordero. Contado a través de una serie de viñetas —a veces desgarradoras, a veces profundamente alegres— es el relato de una niña latina que crece en un barrio de Chicago, inventando por sí misma en qué y en quién se convertirá. Pocos libros de nuestra era han conmovido a tantos lectores.
$11.95 US
Oct 18, 1994
Vintage Espanol
US, Canada, Open Mkt

Chronicle of a Death Foretold
A man returns to the town where a baffling murder took place 27 years earlier, determined to get to the bottom of the story. Just hours after marrying the beautiful Angela Vicario, everyone agrees, Bayardo San Roman returned his bride in disgrace to her parents. Her distraught family forced her to name her first lover; and her twin brothers announced their intention to murder Santiago Nasar for dishonoring their sister. Yet if everyone knew the murder was going to happen, why did no one intervene to stop it? The more that is learned, the less is understood, and as the story races to its inexplicable conclusion, an entire society--not just a pair of murderers—is put on trial.
$14.00 US
Oct 07, 2003
US, Canada, Open Mkt

A Mexican Kitchen [A Cookbook]
A collection of 100 recipes for anyone who wants to cook traditional Mexican food in all its surprising freshness and variety, ranging from the simplest dishes to more complex ones, and including both the classic and the lesser-known regional gems of this cuisine.
$30.00 US
Apr 11, 2017
Ten Speed Press

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