Meet five Latina authors using their stories to claim joy and power for their communities. These members of Las Musas Latina authors collective will discuss the process of bringing their life journey and cultural experiences into their books. They will also open up about crafting stories that are as quirky, complex and colorful as they are.
Laura Taylor Namey is a Cuban-American and the author of the young adult novel Library of Lost Things, about a literary genius who uses books to escape the crushing reality of her mother's hoarding.
Mayra Cuevas is Puerto Rican and the author of the young adult romcom Salty, Bitter, Sweet, about a tricultural girl trying to win a culinary apprenticeship in Lyon, France while learning for about loss and love for the first time.
Adrianna Cuevas is Cuban-American and the author of the middle grade novel The Total Eclipse of Nestor Lopez, about a boy with a secret ability to speak to animals who must use his gift to save his town.
Natalia Sylvester is a Peruvian-American author of two novels for adults, most recently Everyone Knows You Go Home, and her upcoming debut YA novel Running, about a Cuban-American teenager whose father is running for president.
Anna Meriano is the Mexican-American (Tejana) author of the Love Sugar Magic series, about the youngest sister in a family of baking brujas whose tasty spells cause problems in their small Texas town.