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National Hispanic Heritage Month Sale!

Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15, by celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America.

Akashic Books joins the celebration by offering these classic titles from our list at a 50% discount until the end of October!


  • The Mastermind by David Unger. Based on a true, ripped-from-the-headlines story, a voyage into the noir heart of present-day Guatemala.

“The corruption and hopelessness of modern Guatemalan politics interfere in the life of a womanizing lawyer in this engaging novel . . . Through the lens of Guillermo’s doomed relationship, Unger successfully evokes the tragedy and futility of life in Guatemala in a raw and unforgettable novel.”
Publishers Weekly

  • Ruins by Achy Obejas. A true believer is faced with a choice between love for his family and the Cuban Revolution.

A Selection of the Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers program

“Daring, tough, and deeply compassionate, Achy Obejas’s Ruins is a breathtaker. Obejas writes like an angel, which is to say: gloriously . . . one of Cuba’s most important writers.”
—Junot Díaz, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction

  • Havana Lunar by Robert Arellano.A literary crime novel on the last island of socialism, during a period of intense desperation.

A Selection of the Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers program

“A sad, surreal, beautiful tour of the hell that was Cuba in the immediate aftermath
of the collapse of the Soviet Union. The writing is hypnotic, the storytelling superb.
Havana Lunar is perfect.”
Tim McLoughlin, author of Heart of the Old Country, editor of Brooklyn Noir

  • American Visa by Juan de Recacoechea. Bolivia’s #1 novel is finally translated into English. Translated by Adrian Althoff, with an afterword by Ilan Stavans..

“American Visa, which won Bolivia’s National Book Prize in 1994 and was made into a movie in 2005, is both dark and quirky, a revealing excursion to a place over which ‘the gringos’ to the north always loom.”
New York Times Book Review

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SanJuanNoir-Spanish_currentSanJuanNoir-English_currentIn other news, Tuesday, October 5th is also the official publication date of San Juan Noir, edited by Mayra Santos-Febres, which is available from Akashic Books in both English-language and Spanish-language editions.

Featuring Brand-new stories by Wilfredo J. Burgos Matos, Ernesto Quiñonez, Mayra Santos-Febres, José Rabelo, Luis Negrón, Yolanda Arroyo Pizarro, Ana María Fuster Lavín, Janette Becerra, Manolo Núñez Negrón, Tere Dávila, Edmaris Carazo, Alejandro Álvarez Nieves, Charlie Vázquez, and Manuel A. Meléndez, San Juan Noir provides an insider’s view of the streets of Puerto Rico’s capital from our signature Noir Series perspective.

The Spanish-language edition launches at the Festival de la Palabra (Oct 13-16) in Old San Juan (full details TBD). New York residents can join us for the domestic launch on October 28 at the Loisaida Center, 710 E 9th St, New York, NY as a part of the Festival de la Palabra’s New York festivities.

Please follow this link for more information on National Hispanic Heritage Month.

Posted: Oct 5, 2016

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