The last few years have been fantastic for works translated into English from writers all over Latin America. Between Valeria Luiselli, Alejandro Zambra, and the resurgence of Roberto Bolaño, there hasn’t been a better time to find new authors from Latin America. 2016 is no exception. Laia Jufresa, Álvaro Enrigue, and Daniel Saldaña Paris all had big first-time English releases this year after gaining followings abroad.
Not only that, but the ability of small presses to take risks on new authors, the current publishing-industry interest in translation, and the discoverability of rad Latinx poets and writers on Twitter, Tumblr, and the rest of the internet means that we’re in a golden age for finding incredible new writers.
The list below is 15 of the best books published in the U.S. by Latinx writers this year — it includes books in translation (so many books in translation!) Latin-American writers, and a lot of debut authors. A problem inherent in lists like these mean that not every book can be on it — although having too many great Latinx-penned books is not a bad problem to have.
If you didn’t catch these this year, make sure to add them to your reading list.