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Latino/a Book Festival: September 15- 29

Xochitl Gonzalez
Author of "Olga Dies Dreaming"
Streaming Thursday, Sept. 15 at 2 p.m. on the PCCLD Facebook and YouTube page
Xochitl Gonzalez is the Brooklynite daughter of militant activists from the 1970s Chicano Power movement:
her mother Nuyorican (New Yorkers of Puerto Rican descent), and her father Mexican American.
She is a writer, screenwriter and producer.  

In 2022, she published her debut novel Olga Dies Dreaming, a New York Times Best Seller. Xochitl’s (pronounced: socheel) novel follows some of the contours of her life story — a past life as a wedding planner; humble roots and grand ambitions; an activist mother who abandoned the family. It’s also a larger story about resilient Latino communities that often go unseen — about class, identity, colonization, political power and the American dream.

Saraciea J. Fennell
Author of "Wild Tongues Can't Be Tamed"
Streaming Thursday, Sept. 29 at 2 p.m. on the PCCLD Facebook and YouTube pages

Saraciea J. Fennell is a Black, Honduran writer, publicist and social entrepreneur. She is a publicity manager for Tor/Forge Books, where she supports new and established authors. She runs The Bronx Is Reading, which includes several initiatives, such as the annual Bronx Book Festival, The Bronx Is Reading Literacy Program, a monthly book club and an online bookstore.

Despite keeping busy these last few years, Saraciea edited her first anthology, Wild Tongues Can’t be Tamed: 15 Voices from the Latinx Diaspora. This is a collection of stories that explore all facets of Latinidad, especially those commonly overlooked. Originally, Saraciea wanted to bring together Latinx authors who could write fiction about myths.