I’ll be hosting a new book group at the Center for Fiction: Latinx Crime Fiction with Richie Narvaez. Latinx fiction often delves into history and politics, and crime fiction has always dealt with power and the status quo. In this reading group we will focus on that intersection, looking at a wide-ranging but small selection of crime fiction novels (in English) by Latinx authors to discuss how their works explore issues of class, color, gender, identity, and more.

Session I: Bodega Dreams by Ernesto Quiñonez
Session II: A Crack in the Wall by Claudia Piñeiro
Session III: Four Hands by Paco Ignacio Taibo II
Session IV: Bloody Waters by Carolina Garcia-Aguilera

Meeting: March 29, April 6, May 24, and June 21

Register here: https://centerforfiction.org/…/latinx-crime-fiction…/

Admittedly, this is a tiny sample and a flawed and not completely representative selection. Not only did I have to whittle down from 18 to 33 (depending on what you’re counting) “Latinx” countries, I had to find a range of emblematic texts that spoke about history and culture that were available in English — and leave out some friends. But at the end of the group I hope to release a list of other recommended “Latinx” crime fiction books, so if you have suggestions, please DM them to me.