Hispanic Heritage Month: Sept. 15-Oct. 15

According to the U.S. Census Bureau’s Facts for Features Special Edition, National Hispanic Heritage Month “celebrates the culture and traditions of those who trace their roots to Spain, Mexico and the Spanish-speaking nations of Central America, South America and the Caribbean.” September 15th was chosen as the commemorative date because five nations——Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua——celebrate their independence on this day. Mexico’s and Chile’s independence days also aren’t far off——September 16th and 18th, respectively. It began in 1968 as a week-long celebration and was expanded in 1988 to a whole month.

The Brown Library has many books and resources by Latino, Latin American, and Hispanic authors, including:

  • Allende, Isabel. The House of the Spirits. Circulating collection, call number PQ8098.1.L54 C313 1985
  • Cortázar, Julio. Hopscotch. Circulating collection, call number PQ7797.C7145 H7 1966
  • García Márquez, Gabriel. Love in the Time of Cholera. Circulating collection, call number PQ8180.17.A73 A813 1989
  • Nin, Anaïs. The Diary of Anaïs Nin. Circulating collection, call number PS3527.I865Z5
  • Williams, William Carlos. The Collected Poems of William Carlos Williams. Circulating collection, call number PS3545.I544 A17 1986
  • Neruda, Pablo. 100 Love Sonnets (Cien Sonetos de Amor). Circulating collection, call number PQ8097.N4 C513 1986

LOCAL EVENT: Come celebrate the culture and contributions of the Latino community at the 5th Annual Festival Latino de Roanoke in Elmwood Park on Sunday, October 12th, from 12 noon to 6pm.


Hispanic Markets in Roanoke and the NRV

Hispanics and Latinos in Virginia

U.S. Latino Authors by Ethnicity

U.S. Latino History and Culture in the Encyclopedia Smithsonian

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