Top Ten Latino Latinx Authors

The Best New Latinx Latino Authors of 2022

The 2022 Top 10 list demonstrates why Latinx authors continue to thrive in various genres. We have no doubt that these stars will continue to shine for years to come.

Isabel Cañas, author of The Hacienda. The New York Times described it as, “A thing of uncanny, chilling beauty. Hauntings, exorcisms, incantations, forbidden love — The Hacienda transports one to a world where love triumphs over demons.”

Ruben Degollado, author of The Family Izquierdo. Set in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas, The Family Izquierdo is a generational story about a family curse and the power to overcome it. According to Kirkus, it is “an instant Tejano classic.”

Edgar Gomez. author of High Risk Homosexual. This debut memoir is a coming of age tale about queer Latinx masculinity. It is equal parts raw, vulnerable, and sharp.

Xochitl Gonzalez, author of Olga Dies Dreaming. This is the feminist Latina novel you’ve been waiting for. This well-crafted, tender narrative weaves in family storylines with Puerto Rican history. You will find yourself entertained and educated.

Katie Gutierrez, author of More Than You’ll Ever Know. This literary thriller promises to keep you up past your bedtime. This page-turner explores what it is to live a double life as a woman, mother, and wife.

Raquel Gutiérrez, author of Brown Neon. This ekphrastic memoir has been hailed by Vogue, Oprah Daily, and Today as one of the best and most anticipated Latinx books this year.

Cleyvis Natera, author of Neruda on the Park. The New York Times called this book, “poignant and perceptive as it is sexy and thrilling, the rare book that manages to be chilling and fun and profound all at once. . . . A remarkable feat of imagination from a wholly original writer.”

Danny Trejo, author of Trejo: My Life of Crime, Redemption, and Hollywood. This memoir by the legendary Treto is inspiring and reveals the softness and kindness of the man whose body and acting defined his toughness.

Alejandro Varela, author of The Town of Babylon. This is the funniest Latinx book of the year. Nominated for the National Book Award, Varela’s novel explores a facet of gay Latinx culture, what it means to go home to the suburbs, and Gen X life. Get ready to remember the 90’s.

Laura Villareal, author of Girl’s Guide to Leaving. 2019-21 National Book Critics Circle Emerging Fellow and  2020-21 Stadler Fellow, evokes Mexican folklore and investigates what it means to heal in this glorious poetry collection.

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