Our Friend is Here! Latinx Heritage Month – An Interview with Natalia Sylvester, Author of Running; On Writing Vulnerability and Growth and Latinx Familial Dynamics

Our Friend is Here! Latinx Heritage Month - An Interview with Natalia Sylvester, Author of Running; On Writing Vulnerability and Growth and Latinx Familial Dynamics. Illustration of Xiaolong the axolotl, gesturing widely to Natalia as an alpaca wearing a wavy hoodie.

Our Friend is Hereis a guest feature at The Quiet Pond, where authors, creatives, and fellow readers, are invited to ‘visit’ the Pond! In Our Friend is Here! guest posts, our visitors (as their very own unique character!) have a friendly conversation about anything related to books or being a reader — and become friends with Xiaolong and friends.

Our Friend is Here: Latinx Heritage Month Edition is a month-long event at The Quiet Pond, where between September 15th and October 15th, Latinx authors and bookish content creators are invited to celebrate being Latinx and Latinx books. Find the introduction post for Latinx Heritage Month at The Quiet Pond here.

Have you ever read a book where, within the first few chapters, you knew that it’d be your new favourite book? That was how I felt when I read Running by Natalia Sylvester. I was blown away and amazed by how tightly all the different themes and ideas of the book were interwoven – and that’s why I knew that I absolutely had to invite Natalia Sylvester to the Pond so I could discuss with her how awesome and thoughtful her book was and her thought processes behind writing Running!

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Our Friend is Here! Latinx Heritage Month – An Interview with Paola, Organiser of the Latinx Heritage Month Book Fest!

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Our Friend is Hereis a guest feature at The Quiet Pond, where authors, creatives, and fellow readers, are invited to ‘visit’ the Pond! In Our Friend is Here! guest posts, our visitors (as their very own unique character!) have a friendly conversation about anything related to books or being a reader — and become friends with Xiaolong and friends.

Our Friend is Here: Latinx Heritage MonthEditionis a month-long event at The Quiet Pond, where between September 15th and October 15th, Latinx authors and bookish content creators are invited to celebrate being Latinx and Latinx books. Find the introduction post for Latinx Heritage Month at The Quiet Pond here.

A big and warm welcome to our very first day of Latinx Heritage Month at the Pond! For the next month, we at The Quiet Pond have the joy and honour of hosting some incredible Latinx voices to share their thoughts and experiences and talk with us about anything Latinx and Latinx literature. To welcome our first guest to Latinx Heritage Month at the Pond, I am so honoured to have the help of Maria!

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Welcome to Latinx Heritage Month at the Pond! Celebrate Latinx Voices and Literature With Us During Sep 15th – Oct 15th!

Our Friend is Here! Latinx Heritage Month Edition. A month celebrating latinx voices and literature.

An excited and warm welcome to the Pond, and an even more excited and happy Latinx Heritage Month to you all! One of our goals at The Quiet Pond is to uplift and celebrate the diversity of work, art, and voices in publishing and literature, and we are so thrilled to dedicate a month to celebrating Latinx voices and books. 

Following the really fun Our Friend is Here guest series that we did for Asian Heritage Month and Pride Month, we wanted to do our small bit and join in to celebrate Latinx Heritage Month! And with the help of a new and good friend of the Pond, we have some wonderful guests and features lined up for you (and I can’t wait for you all to meet her)!

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The Pond Book News #56 – Diverse Stories From Around the World: A Very Busy Week in Books

Welcome to Issue #56!

The trees are whispering…Xiaolong the axolotl, closing her eyes like she is listening, and holding a pen and paper.

Friends, welcome to another exciting week of The Pond Book News! Every Sunday, The Quiet Pond brings you a fresh issue of book news to catch you up on the week’s lineup of diverse book releases, cover reveals, book news, and sometimes more! This week Xiaolong and Sprout are excited to be teaming up to bring you a massive week of book news! Now, onwards to the brilliant books!

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Reading Romance While Demisexual

An illustration of Amina the hedgehog, reading a romance book with hearts on it, while under a snug demisexual flag blanket. Title: Reading romance while demisexual. A discussion about my experiences of reading romance, my struggle with connection, and why i love friends to lovers.

I love romance stories. I love the idea that people may cross paths with countless others in their lifetime, only to find someone (or someones!) who they grow to care for and love. I love the idea that people can grow a bond so intimate and so tender that they can build a bridge that crosses valleys of hurt and pain and loneliness. I love the idea that someone can grow to understand and accept you in ways that others may not, and to cherish you despite your flaws. I love love, and I love that love can feel so transcendent and beautiful.

But lately, I’ve been reflecting on my relationship with romance stories. I’ve felt that I often occupy this weird space of really enjoying romance stories whilst also struggling to connect with them. It sounds a little contradictory, right? You’d think that the romance is the highlight of a story – so why can’t I usually connect with the romance and the relationship? I never really interrogated this, but recently, I’ve been mulling over these feelings, trying to parse and explores these complicated thoughts that I have.

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