Hispanic Heritage Month
September 15 - October 15, 2014
Mario Vargas Llosa
“Reading good literature is an experience of pleasure… but it is also an experience of learning what and how we are, in our human integrity and our human imperfection, with our actions, our dreams, and our ghosts, alone and in relationships that link us to others, in our public image and in the secret recesses of our consciousness.”
— Mario Vargas Llosa
The Peruvian writer Mario Vargas Llosa – novelist, critic, journalist, screenwriter, and essayist – is the recipient of the 2010 Nobel Prize in Literature as well as almost every other literary award.
Gabriel Garcia Marquez
“What matters in life is not what happens to you but what you remember and how you remember it.”
— Gabriel Garcia Márquez
Colombian author Gabriel Garcia Marquez made his living as a journalist until the success of his first novel, One Hundred Years of Solitude, when he focused on his own writing full time.
“At the most difficult moments of my life, when it seemed that every door was closed to me, the taste of those apricots comes back to comfort me with the notion that abundance is always within reach, if only one knows how to find it.”
— Isabel Allende, Paula
Isabel Allende is the recipient of 50 awards in more than 15 countries, including the Lawrence Sanders Award in Fiction from the Florida International University English Department’s Creative Writing Program.
“What is a teacher? I'll tell you: it isn't someone who teaches something, but someone who inspires the student to give of her best in order to discover what she already knows.”
— Paulo Coelho, The Witch of Portobello
Brazilian author Paolo Coelho wrote The Pilgrimage based on his experience walking the 500-mile historic pilgrimage route along the road to Santiago de Compostela.
Carlos Ruiz Zafon
“That book taught me that by reading, I could live more intensely. It could give me back the sight I had lost. For that reason alone, a book that didn't matter to anyone changed my life.”
— Carlos Ruiz Zafón, The Shadow of the Wind
Spanish novelist Carlos Ruiz Zafon’s books, both for adults and teens, have been published in 45 countries and translated into more than 40 languages.
Jorge Luis Borges
“Leaving behind the babble of the plaza, I enter the Library. I feel, almost physically, the gravitation of the books, the enveloping serenity of order, time magically desiccated and preserved.”
— Jorge Luis Borges, Dreamtigers
Argentine author Jorge Luis Borges, once a librarian and public lecturer, only wrote essays, short stories and poetry, never novels.
“It appears these days I don't have much of a life because my nose is often stuck in a book. But I discovered that reading builds a life inside the mind.”
— Gary Soto
Although Mexican‑American author Gary Soto writes poetry for adults, his main focus in recent years has been stories, poetry and novels for children and teens.
“I learned you pay for your happiness. That's why I don't expect to be happy all the time. I'd rather be surprised by one moment every so often to remind me that joy is possible, even if I have to pay for it later.”
— Esmeralda Santiago, Conquistadora
Esmeralda Santiago began her writing career as a screenwriter of documentary and education films, but has gone on to become a journalist, memoirist and novelist.