Joining the fray of movements aimed at increasing diversity and multiculturalism in publishing, Latinx in Publishing have launched their official website. The group will celebrate the launch with a reading at Solas, a bar in New York City's East Village.
Latinx in Publishing (LxP) are "[a] network of book professionals committed to supporting and increasing the number of Latinx in the publishing industry, as well as promoting literature by, for, and about Latinx people." Members hail from all areas of the publishing industry, and the organization provides professional "resources, support, and mentorship," and "members are available for outreach and participation in school career fairs and for partnership with organizations and publishers that seek to promote diversity." The organization is the latest in a series of new diversity-in-publishing movements that includes We Need Diverse Books and #OwnVoices.
LxP steering committee member Pablo de la Vega says the official website launch "invite[s] the larger community to get involved" in the mission to promote and publish Latinx literature. The launch party at Solas will include readings by Unger and poet Nancy Mercado, as well as Zoraida Córdova (Labyrinth Lost), Theresa Valera (Covering the Sun with My Hand), and Lori Carlson Hijuelos, who will read for late husband Oscar Hijuelos (Twain & Stanley Enter Paradise).
The Latinx in Publishing official website launch party will be held from 6 to 9 P.M. on Thursday, Oct. 13 at Solas, 232 E 9th Street, New York, New York 10093.