Connecting Latinas All Over the World through Literature

August 2015 Teleconference: Graciela Limón, Adam Silvera

August 2015: Graciela Limón author of The Intriguing Life of Ximena Godoy published by Cafe con Leche and Additional Conversation with Adam Silvera, author of More Happy Than Not published by SoHo Teen

Listen to the Podcast
Read More Outside Links: Book Author Publisher
Read More Outside Links: Book Author Publisher


About the Book:


The Intriguing Life of Xiema Godoy

By Graciela Limón
Published by Cafe con Leche
ISBN-13: 978-1633930001 Soft cover
ISBN-13: 978-1-33930018 Ebook

Revenge and murder define Ximena Godoy’s story. Her lifetime spans the first half of the 20th century, a transformative time of revolution, economic depression, uprooting and migration. During that time, she witnesses and participates in an era of revolution, bootlegging, dance halls, as well as evolving rules that determine women’s lives in both Mexico and America. Never a traditional or conventional woman, Ximena Godoy shatters rules that govern her Mexican heritage, and even those of a wider world. Her story portrays an ever-changing woman who morphs from sheltered child into a complex, deeply flawed human being, passionate and independent, quick to love unconditionally, but just as ready to cling obsessively to revenge, a flaw that leads her into the murky world of murder and criminal justice.

About the Author:


Graciela Limón

Graciela Limón is the author of eight widely read novels: In Search of Bernabé, The Memories of Ana Calderón, The Song of the Hummingbird, Day of the Moon, Erased Faces, Left Alive, The River Flows North, and The Madness of Mamá Carlota. Her writing has received reviews from Publishers Weekly, library journals and scholarly journals. The Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, Houston Chronicle and other leading newspapers have reviewed her work, as well as several anthologies. She was the recipient of the prestigious award for U.S. Literature: The Luis Leal Literary Award. The Los Angeles Times listed her as a notable writer for 1993. She lives and works in Simi Valley, California.

SoHo Teen

About the Book:

More Happy Than Not

More Happy Than Not

By Adam Silvera
Published by SoHo Teen
ISBN-13: 978-1616955601

Part Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, part Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, Adam Silvera’s extraordinary debut novel offers a unique confrontation of race, class and sexuality during one charged near-future summer in the Bronx.

The Leteo Institute’s revolutionary memory-relief procedure seems too good to be true to Aaron Soto—miracle cure-alls don’t tend to pop up in the Bronx projects. Aaron could never forget how he’s grown up poor, how his friends aren’t there for him, or how his father committed suicide in their one-bedroom apartment. Aaron has the support of his patient girlfriend, if not necessarily his distant brother and overworked mother, but it’s not enough.

Then Thomas shows up. He has a sweet movie-watching setup on his roof, and he doesn’t mind Aaron’s obsession with a popular fantasy series. There are nicknames, inside jokes. Most importantly, Thomas doesn’t mind talking about Aaron’s past. But Aaron’s newfound happiness isn’t welcome on his block. Since he can’t stay away from Thomas or suddenly stop being gay, Aaron must turn to Leteo to straighten himself out, even if it means forgetting who he is.

About the Author:


Adam Silvera

Adam Silvera grew up in a one-bedroom apartment in the Bronx. After high school he worked at Figment, Barnes & Noble, and Paper Lantern Lit. He is now an indie bookseller in New York City and reviews children’s and young adult novels for Shelf Awareness. He walks to everyone’s left, prefers even numbers, and is tall for no reason. More Happy Than Not is his debut novel.

Visit Us On FacebookVisit Us On TwitterVisit Us On YoutubeVisit Us On Pinterest