Born in Lima, Peru, Natalia Sylvester is an award-winning writer of novels, essays, and poetry. Chasing the Sun was named the Best Debut Book of 2014 by Latinidad Magazine and Everyone Knows You Go Home won an International Latino Book Award and the 2019 Jesse H. Jones Award for Best Work of Fiction from the Texas Institute of Letters. Her debut YA novel, Running, was a 2020 Junior Library Guild Selection and her sophomore YA, Breathe and Count Back From Ten, is a 2023 Pura Belpré Award honor book and a Schneider Family Award honor book. Her first picture book, A Maleta Full of Treasures, illustrated by Juana Medina, will be out in 2024 from Penguin Random House. Sylvester's essays have appeared in the New York Times, Bustle, Catapult, Latina magazine, and McSweeney’s Publishing, and have been widely anthologized. She received a BA in creative writing from the University of Miami and now lives in South Florida.
Breathe and Count Back From Ten