Lila Quintero Weaver
Lila Quintero Weaver’s debut is her illustrated memoir, Darkroom: A Memoir in Black and White (University of Alabama Press, $24.95), in which she chronicles her struggle to fit in, as a young Latina, to the Jim Crow South of the 60s. In 1961, when Weaver was five, she and her family emigrated from Buenos Aires, Argentina, to Marion, Alabama, in the heart of Alabama’s Black Belt. Weaver, who was neither black nor white, observed very early on the inequalities in the American culture, with its blonde and blue-eyed feminine ideal. “A truly incredible look at the civil rights movement.”—Nikki Giovanni.