Claribel and Kat discuss current events including conversations around American Dirt. They also interview Literary Agent Quressa Robinson about her path to becoming an agent, what she thinks the industry should do to provide support to POC, and her MSWL!
Bio: Literary agent Quressa Robinson joined the Nelson Literary Agency in 2017 after working at a previous agency and as an editor for five years. She is originally from San Francisco, but has been living in New York City for over a decade. As a New York-based agent, she is eager to build her MG, YA, and Adult lists. When not curled on her couch reading, she plays video games, enjoys too much TV–mostly Sailor Moon and Harry Potter (Slytherin!), eats delicious things, drinks champagne, hangs out with her very clever husband, and adds another “dramatic” color to her lipstick collection. She is most drawn to literary voices in commercial packages, wonderfully realized characters, untold stories from underrepresented communities, immersive world building, and complex narrative approaches/plots. Also, she is most drawn to character-driven stories and love strong voice as well. She is a huge romantic and doesn’t mind romance subplots outside of the romance genre.
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‘American Dirt’ Isn’t Just Bad — Its Best Parts Are Cribbed From Latino Writers by David J Schmidt (Huffington Post)
Novels by Mexican and Latinx Authors to read:
Across a Hundred Mountains by Reyna Grande
Enrique’s Journey by Sonia Nazario
Across the Wire by Luis Alberto Urrea
By the Lake of Sleeping Children by Luis Alberto Urrea
A Cup of Water Under My Bed by Daisy Hernandez
Disappeared by Francisco X. Stork
I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erika Sánchez
We Are Not From Here by Jenny Torres Sanchez