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COMING MAY 2022

Verónica, a Peruvian‑American teen with hip dysplasia, auditions to become a mermaid at a Central Florida theme park in the summer before her senior year, all while figuring out her first real boyfriend and how to feel safe in her own body, in this gorgeously written and authentic novel.

ABOUT

Natalia Sylvester is the award-winning author of several novels for adults and young adults. CHASING THE SUN was named the Best Debut Book of 2014 by Latinidad and EVERYONE KNOWS YOU GO HOME won an International Latino Book Award and the 2018 Jesse H. Jones Award for Best Work of Fiction from the Texas Institute of Letters.

 

Natalia's debut YA novel, RUNNING, was a 2020 Junior Library Guild Selection, and her next novel for young adults, BREATHE AND COUNT BACK FROM TEN, is forthcoming in May 2022 from Clarion Books/HarperCollins. A MALETA FULL OF TREASURES, Natalia's first picture book (illustrated by Juana Medina), will be published by Dial Books in 2024.

 

Natalia's non-fiction has appeared in the New York Times, Bustle, Catapult, Electric Literature, Latina magazine, and McSweeney's Publishing. Her essays have been anthologized in collections such as A MAP IS ONLY ONE STORY and A MEASURE OF BELONGING: WRITERS OF COLOR ON THE NEW AMERICAN SOUTH.

 

Born in Lima, Peru, Natalia came to the US at age four and grew up in Florida and the Rio Grande Valley in Texas. She received a BA in Creative Writing from the University of Miami, was a 2021 Visiting Associate Professor at the University of Texas at Austin, and was formerly a faculty member at the Mile-High MFA program at Regis University.

 

Photo by: Eric Sylvester

BOOKS
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Chasing the Sun a novel Natalia Sylvester
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In EVERYONE KNOWS YOU GO HOME...

"Sylvester memorably depicts the precarious existence and difficult choices that face undocumented immigrants to America." 

— PUBLISHER'S WEEKLY 

ABUELITOS

Natalia shares the story of her grandmother's poetic influence on her as a child with NPR's Latino USA.

3 QUESTIONS FOR NATALIA SYLVESTER REGARDING HER DEBUT NOVEL

 
EVENTS

All events are online.

WED. AUGUST 12

7 p.m. EDT

Natalia Sylvester presents RUNNING

hosted by The Astoria Bookshop

Attend

THUR. AUGUST 13

7:30 p.m. EDT

An Evening for Latinx Youth

feat. Lynda Lopez & Natalia Sylvester

hosted by Duende District & Greenlight Bookstore

Register

FRI. AUGUST 28

6 p.m. EDT

hosted by WordUp Books' Lo'Mas Lit Book Club

in conv. w/ Elizabeth Acevedo, Jennifer De Leon,

and Lilliam Rivera

Register

SUN. SEPTEMBER 13

2 p.m. EDT

Salem Literary Festival

a conversation with Brandy Colbert & Natalia Sylvester on Political Activism in YA novels

More info

 
CONTACT

FOR SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS AND AUTHOR VISITS:


Christie Hinrichs at Authors Unbound Agency
christie@authorsunbound.com, (541) 797-2217
View my speaking profile here.

For Book Clubs, download a discussion guide here. You can also schedule a virtual book club visit here.

FOR SPECIFIC REQUESTS ABOUT RIGHTS OR PUBLICITY:

Rights:

Laura Dail

Laura Dail Literary Agency

Publicity & Media for

 RUNNING

Tara Shanahan

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Publicity & Media for

 CHASING THE SUN and EVERYONE KNOWS YOU GO HOME:

Kristin Lunghamer

Amazon Publishing

 IF YOU’D JUST LIKE TO SAY HELLO (THAT’S ALWAYS NICE) CONTACT ME USING THE FORM BELOW

OR AT ME@NATALIASYLVESTER.COM

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