Ernesto Quiñonez

Ernesto Quiñonez

Ernesto Quiñonez is an American novelist born in Ecuador in 1969. He was raised in Spanish Harlem, New York City, by a communist father from Ecuador and a Jehovah’s Witness mother from Puerto Rico. He is a product of public education from kindergarten to his Masters at the City College of New York where he studied under the American novelist Walter Mosley. Quiñonez’s debut novel, Bodega Dreams, was published in 2000, which the New York Times declared “a New Immigrant Classic”. In an interview with Publisher’s Weekly, Quiñonez said “My goal, in all three of my books, including Chango’s Fire, is to bring magical realism to the barrios, make it more urban.” His work has received the Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers designation, the Borders Bookstore Original New Voice selection, and was declared a “Best Book” by the New York Times and the Los Angeles Times. He is currently an Associate Professor at Cornell University where he teaches Narrative Writing and Honors Essay Tutorial courses.

OPEN: Bodega Dreams by Ernesto Quiñonez

Open Host Rhina Valentin sits down with acclaimed Novelist Ernesto Quiñonez to discuss the significance of his book “Bodega Dreams” and the impact it has had on individuals over the years. Posted on Youtube in 2018.

Ernesto Quiñonez, fiction writer, reads from selected works

Posted to Youtube on the Cornell University channel in 2009.



  • Bodega Dreams (2000)
  • Chango’s Fire (2004)
  • Taina (2019)


  • “The White Baby”, The New York Times, June 6, 2000
  • “Dog Days”, The New York Times Magazine, November 26, 2000
  • “Counting The Ways”, The New York Times Magazine, November 11, 2001
  • “Y Tu Black Mama, Tambien, Newsweek, June 12, 2003
  • “Catcalling”, Newsweek, August 14, 2001
  • “The Fires Last Time”, The New York Times; December 18, 2000.
  • “The Diaper Caper and Small Dog Scam”, The New York Times, July 8, 2007
  • “The Black and Brown Divide”, Esquire, July 2008

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