2023 FOLD Challenge - October - The FOLD

2023 FOLD Challenge — October

A title featuring magic by a Latine/Latinx author

By Ardo Omer and Jonisha Lewinson

This month the spotlight is on books by Latine/Latinx authors that feature magic. While efforts have been made to uplift the Latine/Latinx community, there is still an overwhelming lack of representation of them in the publishing industry. With disparities in access to networking spaces and publishing professionals, the struggle for these authors is very real. This is why we wanted to celebrate stories of magic within this community that touch on themes of identity, love, and family.

Book cover of Signal to Noise by Silvia Moreno Garcia. Dark purple and pink illustration of a table with various items on it, like a guitar, books, lit candle, and paper.
Signal to Noise by Silvia Moreno Garcia – Available on Audible Canada

A beautiful new edition of Moreno-Garcia’s stunning debut, featuring an illustrated cover by legendary artist Jim Tierney

Mexico City, 1988. Long before iTunes or MP3s, you said “I love you” with a mixtape. Meche, awkward and fifteen, discovers how to cast spells using music, and with her friends Sebastian and Daniela will piece together their broken families, and even find love…

Two decades after abandoning the metropolis, Meche returns for her estranged father’s funeral, reviving memories from her childhood she thought she buried a long time ago. What really happened back then? Is there any magic left?

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Book cover for Bindle Punk Bruja by Desideria Mesa. Illustration of a white woman with short dark hair wearing a black dress with her hand out. Floating in her hand is a small glowing tree.
Bindle Punk Bruja by Desideria Mesa – Available on Audible Canada

Yo soy quien soy. I am who I am.

Luna—or depending on who’s asking, Rose—is the white-passing daughter of an immigrant mother who has seen what happens to people from her culture. This world is prejudicial, and she must hide her identity in pursuit of owning an illegal jazz club. Using her cunning powers, Rose negotiates with dangerous criminals as she climbs up Kansas City’s bootlegging ladder. Luna, however, runs the risk of losing everything if the crooked city councilmen and ruthless mobsters discover her ties to an immigrant boxcar community that secretly houses witches. Last thing she wants is to put her entire family in danger.

But this bruja with ever-growing magical abilities can never resist a good fight. With her new identity, Rose, an unabashed flapper, defies societal expectations all the while struggling to keep her true self and witchcraft in check. However, the harder she tries to avoid scrutiny, the more her efforts eventually capture unwanted attention. Soon, she finds herself surrounded by greed and every brand of bigotry—from local gangsters who want a piece of the action and businessmen who hate her diverse staff to the Ku Klux Klan and Al Capone. Will her earth magic be enough to save her friends and family? As much as she hates to admit it, she may need to learn to have faith in others—and learning to trust may prove to be her biggest ambition yet.

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Book cover for One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez. Illustration of greenery, a yellow snake, and magenta bird.
One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez – Available on Audible Canada

One of the most influential literary works of our time, One Hundred Years of Solitude remains a dazzling and original achievement by the masterful Gabriel Garcia Marquez, winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature.

One Hundred Years of Solitude tells the story of the rise and fall, birth and death of the mythical town of Macondo through the history of the Buendiá family. Inventive, amusing, magnetic, sad and alive with unforgettable men and women—brimming with truth, compassion, and a lyrical magic that strikes the soul—this novel is a masterpiece in the art of fiction.

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Book cover for Eartheater by Dolores Reyes. Illustration of a dripping painted bouquet of flowers. Grey background.
Eartheater by Dolores Reyes, translated Julia Sanches – Available on Audible Canada

Electrifying and provocative, visceral and profound, a powerful literary debut novel about a young woman whose compulsion to eat earth gives her visions of murdered and missing people—an imaginative synthesis of mystery and magical realism that explores the dark tragedies of ordinary lives.

Set in an unnamed slum in contemporary Argentina, Eartheater is the story of a young woman who finds herself drawn to eating the earth—a compulsion that gives her visions of broken and lost lives. With her first taste of dirt, she learns the horrifying truth of her mother’s death. Disturbed by what she witnesses, the woman keeps her visions to herself. But when Eartheater begins an unlikely relationship with a withdrawn police officer, word of her ability begins to spread, and soon desperate members of her community beg for her help, anxious to uncover the truth about their own loved ones.

Surreal and haunting, spare yet complex, Eartheater is a dark, emotionally resonant tale told from a feminist perspective that brilliantly explores the stories of those left behind—the women enduring the pain of uncertainty, whose lives have been shaped by violence and loss.

Translated from the Spanish by Julia Sanches

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