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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Our Friend is Here! Lauren Shares Her Experiences as a Multi-Ethnic Reader

Our Friend is Here! Lauren is here; experiences of a multi-ethnic reader. Art depicts Xiaolong the pink axolotl showing off a kitsune (nine-tailed fox) with red-tipped tails.

You take your first step into the Pond and, right on time, you hear —


Right on cue as well, Xiaolong comes dashing towards you. You can feel her almost vibrating from excitement. It looks like something fun is going to happen at the Pond today!

“Friend, come quick! We have a friend visiting us today!”

lauren_oficsA visitor! You think back to the time when Sprout invited Christina Soontornvat to the Pond and smile a little bit to yourself.

You follow Xiaolong to the heart of the Pond and over by the water is a beautiful kitsune, her nine tails sway gently around her. You can feel something ethereal and powerful about her, and when she turns to look steadily at you, the red markings on her face seem to glow faintly.

“Friend, this is Lauren!” says Xiaolong, her arms wide by way of showing off her visiting friend. “Lauren is visiting to tell me a little bit about her experiences. Do you want to join us?”

Our Friend is Hereis a guest feature at The Quiet Pond, where authors, creatives, and fellow readers, ‘visit’ the Pond with their very own unique character and we talk about anything related to books or being a reader.

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