Though nearly a quarter of Berks County’s population is of Hispanic/Latino origin, this demographic remains underrepresented in nearly every area of local society. As a response, Lizette Epps, a longstanding community leader and advocate, has authored a book dedicated to sharing the compelling stories of the Hispanic/Latino community within and beyond Reading.
The book “Our Voices: Little Stories through a Latina Lens,” shares a collection of poignant narratives. It invites readers on a journey that celebrates diversity, resilience, and the universal threads that bind us all. What began as a personal passion for collecting unique stories transformed into a book that launched on Amazon and Barnes and Noble in January. Epps’s unique perspective as a Latina author infuses each tale with authenticity and insight, creating a work that resonates across cultures and backgrounds.
“My inspiration for this book was to offer a glimpse into the lives of Latinos and Hispanics grappling with challenges, embracing triumphs, and discovering the beauty of their individual identities,” says Epps. “I wanted to capture the emotions and experiences of these characters, drawing readers into a world where the ordinary becomes extraordinary, and where every story is a testament to the power of the human spirit.”
Epps’s own background enriches the stories, as she seamlessly weaves her cultural heritage into the fabric of the narratives. From heartfelt family moments to tales of self-discovery and empowerment, “Our Voices” paints a vivid picture of life’s complexities and joys through the lens of a Latina storyteller.
Epps is a highly accomplished, award-winning business professional and community advocate. She is deeply committed to social causes, particularly as they impact the Latino and Hispanic communities. Her 28 years of business expertise and dedication to historically underserved communities have made a significant impact on the lives of individuals and communities, as she continues to drive positive change across the region.
“Creating this book was a major undertaking and emotional journey, but I felt called to bring these stories to life on a platform that could elevate and educate society on diversity and unity,” adds Epps. “This is about so much more than a book; it’s a bridge that spans cultures, generations, and experiences.”
The book is available through Amazon and Barnes and Noble in both English and Spanish. Epps has combined the power of the message within her book with professional speaking engagements that aim to address diversity, equity, and inclusion in corporate and nonprofit settings. She has collaborated with various organizations, including a Fortune 500 energy company, to share her message on the value of diversity and community with teams of all sizes and backgrounds. To learn more, please visit www.breadthofhope.com/ourvoices.