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Library News: What's the Chisme?


Dear ISD Community,

There are so many fun things to share with you this Latinx Heritage Month. I worry that I can’t fit in all that Azúcar! (as Celia Cruz says). The magnetic pull of Latinx novels moves me the way a bachata seduces the hips. Come sift through the stacks and let your spirit climb Kukulkán or tread the banks of the sacred Putumayo River on your way to Machu Picchu. Let your fingers serendipitously land on the colorful birds of the Amazon. But then stop. Pause. Cock your head just so and listen. The ear canal takes in that pulsing vibration of sound. It is the guira guiding you to Islandborn, a Dominican tale of whales, monsters, mangos, agua de coco, heroés, and migration. The library has multiple windows into a wealth of Latinx cultures. And I can’t wait for you to take a look inside where you will find a goldmine of Mayan science, sabiduría, architecture, poesía, and fantastic tales of witches, gods, and monsters.

Un Poco de Chisme:

Gabriel Garcia Marquez, author of One Hundred Years of Solitude, will have his work adapted as a Netflix series. This news makes me want to read his book again. And who doesn’t love the first line of this novel? “Many years later, as he faced the firing squad, Colonel Aureliano Buendía was to remember that distant afternoon when his father took him to discover ice.” If you are not familiar with Magical Realism or The Boom in Latin America - the literary boom that is - come to the ISD library and check out his works. Check out the list of other Latinx Heritage authors whose works have already been turned into movies:

In The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende

Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel

Superman by Matt de la Peña

Pablo Escobar My Father by Juan Pablo Escobar

More Chisme:

Sandra Cisneros won the Pen Nabakov Award for Achievement in International Literature. Her works have been translated into numerous languages, and critics wax rhapsodic in their reviews of her work. Her writing is described as “essential” and is of “enduring originality and consummate craftsmanship” by the Pen Nabakov judges. In Cisneros' acceptance speech, she lauded the efforts of librarians: “I dedicate this award especially to the librarians and book sellers, patron saints in the age of distraction, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are they for being the peacemakers.” Put that in your pipe and smoke it. Or, as Pitbull would say, Dale! Or, just come to the library and check out Cisneros' works.

Chisme y un Cafecito:

If Oprah recommends a collection of books for Latinx Heritage Month, then the list is definitely essential reading, right? Right. So get comfy, put your feet up, and peruse this list put together by Stephanie Castillo. The ISD library has some of the works on this list, so come on in and check out The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo, or The Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora by Pablo Cartaya.

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