For a long time I kept going back and forth about the content that Peralta House will be executing. I know that I was 21 years old when I finally immersed myself into literature that held stories that looked like my cousins and me. I know that I don’t want my children or yours to have to wait that long. Many of these written stories and other art forms were published before I was even born but they were never accessible to me. When the work of authors like Ntozake Shange and Sandra Cisneros were finally in my life it changed everything for me.
What is largely considered the Canadian identity hardly if ever actually looks like me or the people I love. That is the problem and Peralta House is the solution. While I believe it is important that we tell our stories I also find it very crucial that immigrants and children of immigrants get to talk about and create things outside of that. We don’t always want to talk about how hard it’s been nor do we only want to be hired based on those hardships. What we do want though is representation.
I want my children and your children to pick up a book designed and written by people that look like us. When it’s time to buy another notebook that you need but don’t really need I want that notebook to be design by someone that looks like us. I want that thank you note you’re writing to be on a card whose texture and design was picked and crafted by someone that looks like us. More importantly, I want you to have clear access to all these things.
So what’s next? Lots of great stories and to die for sationary. We’re working really hard to create these products and we can’t wait to leave our mark in the bookish world with your help.