A Latino oasis in a San Antonio book desert – Axios

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Texas State Sen. José Menéndez (D-San Antonio) poses with children at the Guadalupe Latino Bookstore in San Antonio, Texas, on Oct. 1. Photo: Courtesy of Tony Diaz
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 it matters: The bookstore is meant to address book deserts in low-income, Latino neighborhoods and the lack of representation of Latino authors in "existing bookstores across the state and the country," the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center said in a news release.
The big picture: In a 2016 study, researchers found substantial disparities in access to print material among those living in low-income neighborhoods in the United States.
What they're saying: "We are in a book desert and just the fact that book deserts exist is proof of structural discrimination," Diaz told Axios.
The intrigue: The Chicano and Nuyorican poets and writers of the 1970s strived to build a literary pipeline for Latinos by creating spaces to elevate their work, such as cafes and bookstores.
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