For National Hispanic Heritage Month, September 15–October 15, we’re highlighting our Hispanic-owned member stores. Thank you to these amazing Hispanic bookstore owners who told us about their stores.
If you’re near any of these amazing stores this month, stop in and check them out!
The Book & Nook opened on August 23, 2023, in Warwick, New York. The Book & Nook carries new, used, antique, rare, signed, and first-edition books. They also carry new and vintage comics, as well as graphic novels.
Owner Candace Rivera is Puerto Rican and was born and raised in New York. She is the first person in her family to earn a Bachelor’s degree and to open a store. Having always loved books, she decided to take the leap and pursue her dream of running a bookstore and working for herself. Her past DEI work also informs her store’s mission — to carry books for all ages and backgrounds.
“As a millennial Hispanic woman bookstore owner,” said Rivera, “I know I am one of few. So, I am excited to have this unique opportunity to amplify the many voices and stories of authors in my community and around the world.”
Happy Medium Books Café is a used and new bookstore in the heart of Jacksonville, Florida’s historic district. Owned and operated by three generations of Hispanic women, Happy Medium Books Café is dedicated to enriching their community and providing a welcoming space for all.
The store features a Children’s Corner and a “Café & Libros” book section, displaying their Spanish, Hispanic, Latin American, South American, and Latinx authors. And the Lite Café offers many of their Spanish recipes and delicacies, including family recipes!
Happy Medium Books Café has pledged to donate part of their new book sales every quarter to local charities in Jacksonville, focusing on nonprofits that support families and individuals in need of homes, mental health care, health care, jobs, literary programs and more.
Medina Books and Coffee opened in December 2022 as an online store. With a forthcoming physical location, Medina offers both new and used books, as well as a subscription box.
Owner Agneris Medina was born in the Dominican Republic. She credits her love of books to her father, who gave her a Spanish copy of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s The Little Prince when she was young. Now, Medina hopes her shop will inspire others in the same way.
Whose Books is a social-impact bookstore in Dallas, Texas. They offer a thoughtfully curated selection for all ages. Some of their community programming this year includes Love & Letras — A Latina Romance Writer Showcase, Lotería Story Time & Play Date, Bilingual Story Time, and monthly community book clubs.
Founder Claudia Vega is a proud Latina, former school principal, and the author of two children’s books. With Whose Books, she’s on a mission to eradicate the book desert in Dallas' southern sector.
If you would like your store to be featured, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and tell us about your store.