A Latin oasis in a San Antonio desert of books
Novelist Tony Diaz and the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center are bringing books to one of the poorest zip codes in San Antonio, Texas with the launch of a bookstore.
Why is this important: The bookstore is intended to address the book deserts in low-income Latino neighborhoods and the lack of representation of Latino authors in “existing bookstores across the state and country,” the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center said in a statement. Press.
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Aside from the recently opened Guadalupe Latino Bookstore, Southwestern San Antonio does not have any bookstores.
Be smart: A book desert is a geographic region where reading materials are difficult to obtain.
The big picture: In a 2016 study, researchers found substantial disparities in access to print materials among people living in low-income neighborhoods in the United States.
The general lack of reading materials coupled with the high poverty rate in these communities has had “profound” educational consequences for the children within them, according to the report.
The problem is magnified in low-income areas of Texas, where there is only one age-appropriate book for every 300 children, according to San Antonio Youth Literacy.
What they say : “We are in a desert of books and the mere fact that deserts of books exist is evidence of structural discrimination, ”Diaz told Axios.
“I think a lot of us grow up in this framework, and some of us end up finding books that reflect our history later,” he added.
“I think it would be nice if we could all come together to pass this on to our young people from the start and at all levels. We want children to grow up thinking that it is raining Latin poets and writers.”
The plot: Chicano and Nuyorean poets and writers of the 1970s strove to create a literary pipeline for Latinos by creating spaces to elevate their work, such as cafes and bookstores.
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