Our Friend is Here! Latinx Heritage Month – An Interview with Amparo Ortiz, Author of Blazewrath Games; On The Inspirations Behind Her Debut and Writing Personal Puerto Rican Protagonists

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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.

When Amparo announced that she was going to be publishing her debut book back in October 2019 – and I cannot believe so much time has passed! – you can imagine how elated and excited I was. I mean: (1) ‘How to Train Your Dragon meets Qudditch’, (2) Puerto Rican main character who represents Puerto Rico in a world competition, and (3) a story that blends contemporary and fantasy? I think we can all agree that Blazewrath Games sounds amazing.

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Our Friend is Here! Latinx Heritage Month – Interviewed by Anna Meriano, Author of This is How We Fly – In Which Anna Interviews the Pond Friends and Recommends Latinx Books!

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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.

Late last year, I had the absolute delight of coming across Love, Sugar, Magic: A Dash of Trouble by Anna Meriano and thought it was such a delightful book! If you haven’t read it, Love, Sugar, Magic is a lovely middle grade series about a Leo, a young Mexican girl whose family owns a beloved bakery – and finds out that the women in her family are brujas! This book is filled with so much goodness, magic, and hijinks and I had so much fun reading it. 

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Our Friend is Here! Latinx Heritage Month – An Interview with Nina Moreno, Author of Don’t Date Rosa Santos; On Writing for Cuban Readers and Herself, and Sophomore Books

Our Friend is Here! Latinx Heritage Month - An Interview with Nina Moreno, Author of Don't Date Rosa Santos; On Writing for Cuban Readers and Herself, and Sophomore Books. An illustration of Xiaolong the axolotl, with her arms out wide, gesturing proudly to Nina as a golden turtle wearing gold rim glasses.

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.

Last year, a group of wonderful Latinx book bloggers organised the book community to come together and celebrate the release of Don’t Date Rosa Santos by getting everyone to share pictures of us wearing yellow! The #YellowForRosa hashtag exploded, and it was so wonderful to see a community come together for the love of one book – which was very much in the spirit of Don’t Date Rosa Santos.

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Our Friend is Here! Latinx Heritage Month – An Interview with Racquel Marie, Author of Ophelia After All; On Writing While Queer, Crafting Characters, and Author Dreams

Our Friend is Here! Latinx Heritage Month – An Interview with Racquel Marie, Author of Ophelia After All; On Writing While Queer, Crafting Characters, and Author Dreams.

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.

Hello friends, and welcome back to Latinx Heritage Month at the Pond! Today’s guest is so very special; she’s an upcoming author and a well-loved bookish content creator in the community! I’m so thrilled to welcome Racquel Marie (also known as Rocky at Blonde with a Book!) to the blog today to talk about her forthcoming 2022 YA debut, Ophelia After All — a contemporary full of flowers and roses, Latine cultural heritage, and questioning queer girls blossoming into the people they want to be.

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Our Friend is Here! Latinx Heritage Month – An Interview with Romina Garber, Author of Lobizona; On Argentinian Folklore, Nuances of Ownvoices, and Experiences of Undocumented Immigrants

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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.

2020 has certainly been a year. In some ways, the occurrences have been moreso a set of consequences that we are enduring for a lack of government response to requests for systemic change and response to climate change, and less happenstance. It almost feels like an alternate reality, and here is when many readers turn to fantasy novels and stories to instill and explore ideas of hope, strategy, and compassion to continue fighting and moving forward. Lobizona by Romina Garber is by far one of my favorite books of 2020 for this reason. It is a mirror to the realities of our current world in a fantasy setting.

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