Welcome to the Intralingo SPOTLIGHT series, shining a light on authors and translators from around the globe.
Silvia Moreno-Garcia is a Mexican-Canadian author of six critically-acclaimed novels. We spoke about her most recent release, Untamed Shore. It is an artful, nuanced, suspenseful crime novel with a cinematic feel.
Our conversation meandered into a discussion about diversity – or the lack thereof – in publishing. Silvia shared her own personal challenges in getting even this novel published, and offered insight into the larger systemic issues that result in the same old stories being told.
I wanted to know what we could do as readers, how we could make our appetite for diversity known. Silvia put the power square in our hands and offered a number of ways we can contribute.
"One important thing readers can do is request books that they think might diversify the collection in their library. If it's not in the collection, nobody can read it."
Silvia encouraged us to actively look in the stacks for something unexpected, to find hidden literary gems, and share what we find with others. I couldn’t agree more.
Silvia Moreno-Garcia is the author of the novels Signal to Noise, Certain Dark Things, The Beautiful Ones; and the science fiction novella Prime Meridian. She has also edited several anthologies, including the World Fantasy Award-winning She Walks in Shadows (a.k.a. Cthulhu's Daughters). Gods of Jade and Shadow is her latest fantasy novel. Untamed Shore is her first crime book.
Enjoy and thanks for listening!
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