Our Friend is Here! – A Story with Raquel Vasquez Gilliland, Author of Sia Martinez and the Moonlit Beginning of the Universe; On Ghosts, Día de los Muertos and Sia Martinez

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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.

Earlier this year, as we were planning our Latinx Heritage Month at the Pond event, Skye mentioned that she really wanted the author of Sia Martinez and the Moonlit Beginning of Everything, Raquel Vasquez Gilliland, to visit us. Curious, I went ahead and picked up a copy of Sia Martinez and the Moonlit Beginning of Everything, not really knowing what to expect – but goodness, I have absolutely no regrets going into it without reading the blurb, because I thought Sia Martinez was spectacular.

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Our Friend is Here! Latinx Heritage Month – An Interview with Adri, the Booktuber Behind perpetualpages; On The Evolution of Booktube, Queer Sports Books, and Celebrating Latinx Lit

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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 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.

Adri is one of my favorite Booktubers. They have introduced me to so many books that are not frequently seen on Booktube, and new thoughts and insights on books that appear more often. I have especially appreciated their recommendations of Ownvoices queer and Latinx books, and queer sports contemporary books (!!!).

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Our Friend is Here! Latinx Heritage Month – An Interview with Karina, the Book Blogger Behind 24hr.YABookBlog; On Growing as a Blogger and How It Shaped Her Identity

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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 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.

Our Latinx Heritage Month at the Pond series may be coming to an end, but we have two more guests to go and I’m so excited for them both! In particular, today’s guest is a book blogger who I admire and I feel like I’ve walked my book blogging journey with them – both of our book blogs have grown over the years, and I’m delighted that they could visit us at the Pond today. 

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Our Friend is Here! Latinx Heritage Month – An Interview with Adriana, the Creator Behind Boricua Reads and #ReadLatinx; On Being a Latinx Books Advocate and Supporting Afro-Latinx Creators

Our Friend is Here! Latinx Heritage Month - An Interview with Adriana, the Creator Behind Boricua Reads and #ReadLatinx; On Being a Latinx Books Advocate and Supporting Afro-Latinx Creators

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.

For Latinx Heritage Month at the Pond, we’ve had the honour of hosting several amazing Latinx content creators as they talk about the amazing events they’ve put together to discussing their favourite author. Today, I am so delighted to have Adriana from Boricua Reads visit us at the Pond today. Adriana is one of the most passionate advocates for Latinx literature and a content creator and person that I look up to.

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Our Friend is Here! Latinx Heritage Month – An Interview with Carmen, the Fashion Bookstagrammer; On Her Bookstagram Inspirations and How It Shaped Her Identity

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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 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.

I’ve been having so much fun hosting Latinx Heritage Month guest series – and I hope that you are all enjoying our posts! One of my favourite things about hosting these Our Friend is Here: Latinx Heritage Month guest series, like our Asian Heritage Month and Pride Month, is having the honour and privilege to have some incredibly cool people visit us here at the Pond. On a more personal note, I’m so happy with the wonderful guests we have had for Latinx Heritage Month, as many of the guests we have had are shining lights in the book community, especially for their advocacy for Latinx literature.

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