Thursday, November 8, 2018

PW names A Song for the River A Best Nonfiction Book of the Year


PW names A Song for the River A Best Nonfiction Book of the Year




“This powerful work belongs with the classics of the nature writing genre and is equally important as a rumination on living and dying.” —Publishers Weekly, Starred Review





The Gila River and Wilderness are the heart and soul of A Song for the River. Every summer since 2002, Philip Connors has been perched in a tower 50 feet above the Gila Wilderness, watching for fire. His first book, Fire Season (30,000 sold), recounted the deep lessons learned about mountains, wilderness, fire, and solitude. A Song for the River, its sequel, updates and deepens the story: the mountain he loves goes up in flames; a lookout on another mountain whom he has come to love as brother dies in a freak accident; and three high school students he admires die tragically in an airplane crash while researching the wilderness and the wild river they wish to save. Connors channels their voices in a praise song of great urgency and makes a plea to save a vital piece of our natural and cultural heritage: the wild Gila River, whose waters are threatened by a potential dam.




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A Stream of Rave Reviews and Awards

“It is no ordinary song and no ordinary river.” —Albuquerque Journal

“Readers who enjoy personal narratives and nature writing will be drawn to this book, which is a nice companion to the author's earlier work, Fire Season.” —Library Journal, Starred Review

“A heartfelt, well-written volume of vignettes and reflections of a man who—much like his long lineage of fire lookout forebears—gladly chooses to escape civilization for the natural world.” —Kirkus Reviews


AWARDS
• 2018 Publishers Weekly: A Best Nonfiction Book of the Year

• Best Books for the Summer 2018, Publishers Weekly


Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Folly Cove





Folly Cove
By Kermit Schweidel

A Smuggler’s Tale of the Pot Rebellion

Once-errant stoners score the biggest load of Colombian pot that had yet to reach our shores. A true tale.

Against a 1970s backdrop of Vietnam, political corruption, and radical activism, comes the true story of a loose confederacy of thrill-seeking opportunists and disaffected veterans who pulled off the largest, most audacious pot smuggle yet attempted—over twenty-eight tons of primo Colombian headed for the densely populated coast of Massachusetts in a rusty shrimp boat at the height of hurricane season. From the borderland of El Paso to the High Sierra of Mexico to the coast of South America and back, this is how they parlayed their first puff into truckloads, planeloads, and ultimately, the mother lode. Folly Cove is a high-spirited tale of the early days, when the business of pot was a benign crusade to keep America high.

“A lot of people got high, a few people got rich, and nobody got hurt. As far as we were concerned, we broke a law that was already broken.”

Kermit Schweidel, co-founder of a successful Dallas advertising agency, grew up in El Paso, the site of a brief but eventful detour that would bring him face to face with the Department of Justice and result in a felony conviction. It is a label he has worn without regret: “I am troubled only by the chronically painful regret of a screaming lower lumbar. An illicit toke or two in the evening helps dull the pain and remains the organic remedy for a restless mind and the perfect way to laugh, to live, and to never take yourself more seriously than a fart in the wind.”

Folly Cove: A Smuggler’s Tale of the Pot Rebellion
978-1-941026-82-3 $16.95
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Monday, October 15, 2018



“A Powerful Debut.”

A river runs through young Manny Maldonado Jr.’s life, heart and imagination. Sometimes at night it even shoots through his brain like a bullet. But this river isn’t water, it’s iron—the tracks and trains of the Southern Pacific railroad that pass along his tight-knit neighborhood in the San Gabriel valley just ten miles east of L.A. The iron river is everything to Man-on-Fire, Man for short to his friends, Little Man to his uncles and cousins. He watches it, he waits for it, he plays nears its tracks, he listens for the weight of its currents (strong currents flowing east pulling two hundred boxcars, light current going west with less than fifty cars), he whiles away long summer days throwing rocks and bricks at it with his friends Danny, Marco and Little. They line up cans and bottles in mock battles to try to throw it off track. But nothing derails the iron river, and nothing stops the vicious stinking cop Turk from trying to pin a man's murder on the four young boys.

Starred Reviews

“A dense story with rich associative leaps, the novel will prompt discussions about race, class, sexuality, and gender.” —Kirkus Reviews

"An essential title for any library." —School Library Journal 

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Wednesday, October 3, 2018

GÜERO ROKS Y ROLS



Margarita Engle, 
Our Young People's Poet Laureate
and School Library Journal
Celebrate
With Accolades 
and Stars

Young People's Poet Laureate Margarita Engle selects They Call Me Güero as the perfect book for this second half of Hispanic/Latinx Heritage Month.

About They Call Me Güero, Margarita says:

In this lively Spanglish verse novel, David Bowles introduces readers to middle school life in a border town. It’s a story about everything from bullying to belonging, family, and friendship. It’s also about poetry:

     My mind and heart swell with all the things
     I need to say, and one day it just happens:
     I put pen to paper, and my soul
     comes rushing out in line after line.

Rich in storytelling, culture, and immigration issues, the book has enough humor and romance to keep the plot moving quickly. One of my favorite stanzas is about Spanglish:

     I hear the echo of their calls
     when I speak.
     My own tongue
                                                                  is an aviary.

―Margarita Engle, YPPL, The Poetry Foundation

Margarita Engle is the Poetry Foundation’s Young People’s Poet Laureate, serving from 2017 to 2019. Awarded by the Poetry Foundation for a two-year term, the Young People’s Poet Laureate aims to raise awareness that young people have a natural receptivity to poetry and are its most appreciative audience, especially when poems are written specifically for them.

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September 26, 2018    

David Bowles. They Call Me Güero: A Border Kid’s Poems. 160p. glossary. Cinco Puntos. Sept. 2018. Tr ISBN 9781947627062.

"Vibrant and unforgettable, this is a must-have for all middle grade collections." 

Gr 5-8–Güero is a Mexican American border kid with nerdy tastes, pale skin, and red hair. Wishing he had been born with a darker complexion so no one would question his Mexican American heritage, Güero’s family tell him to be grateful for the advantages his lighter hair and skin afford him and to use it to open doors for the rest of his family. Güero’s voice carries this novel through a playful array of poetic forms, from sonnets to raps, free verse to haiku. VERDICT Vibrant and unforgettable, this is a must-have for all middle grade collections. Pair with both fiction and nonfiction books on immigration, forced cultural assimilation, and stories about contemporary Mexican American life.–Melissa Williams, Berwick Academy, ME

Friday, September 7, 2018

A SONG FOR THE RIVER, by Philip Connors

A SONG FOR THE RIVER
Philip Connors

The river that runs through the wilderness opens his heart: the mountains burn, friends die, and green shoots sprout from the ashes. 

The Gila River and Wilderness are the heart and soul of A Song for the River. Every summer since 2002, Connors has been perched in a tower 50 feet above the Gila Wilderness, watching for fire. His first book, Fire Season (30,000 sold), recounted the deep lessons learned about mountains, wilderness, fire, and solitude. A Song for the River updates and deepens the story: the mountain he loves goes up in flames; a lookout on another mountain whom he has come to love as a brother dies in a freak accident; and three high school students he admires die tragically in an airplane crash while researching the wilderness and the wild river they wish to save. Connors channels their voices in a praise song of great urgency and makes a plea to save a vital piece of our natural and cultural heritage: the Gila River, whose waters are threatened by a potential dam.

Praise for A SONG FOR THE RIVER:

This powerful work belongs with the classics of the nature writing genre and is equally important as a rumination on living and dying. —Publishers Weekly, STARRED REVIEW & Best Books for the Summer 2018!

 “In the literary tradition of Gary Snyder and Edward Abbey, Philip Connors climbs down from his fire lookout to tell his story of love and loss along the sacred waters of the Gila River, the heart of the Gila Wilderness, a place of rock and ruins, juniper and pine. Lyrically paced and a real pleasure to read.” —Doug Peacock, legendary naturalist and mountain man, protector of Wilderness, and author of Grizzly Years: In Search of the American Wilderness.

“Nothing short of spectacular. With deep, clear-eyed honesty, Connors weaves the tragic story of friends gone too soon within the tale of a region, its haunting wilderness, and a meandering river. He sets out on a quest for answers, only to remind us of our common humanity. Beautifully nuanced, this is a necessary read.” —Alfredo Corchado, Mexico Border correspondent, The Dallas Morning News; and author of Homelands and Midnight in Mexico.

 “Everything that is absent in the current political crises of this nation is abundantly present in Philip Connors’ A Song for the River: humility, quietude, forgiveness, and gratitude. His writing is pure, exact, compassionate, and often elegaic...I loved this book.”—Benjamin Alire Sáenz, winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction, Everything Begins and Ends at the Kentucky Club.

PHILIP CONNORS,  a Wall Street Journal copy editor in a previous life, grew up on a farm in Minnesota and studied print journalism at the University of Montana. In 2002, he left New York and the WSJ to become a fire lookout in New Mexico’s Gila National Forest. He’s been there every summer since. That experience became the subject of his first book, Fire Season: Field Notes from a Wilderness Lookout, which won him national acclaim.  Fire Season won the National Outdoor Book Award, the Sigurd Olson Nature Writing Award, the Reading the West Award for non-fiction, the Grand Prize from the Banff Mountain Book Competition, and the Best Nature Book of the Year from Amazon. His second book, All the Wrong Places, a memoir of life in the shadow of his brother’s suicide, was published in 2015. He has published essays in The London Review of Books, The New York Times Magazine, the Paris Review, and N+1. He lives in the Mexican-American borderlands. 

A SONG FOR THE RIVER
ISBN 978-1-941026-91-5 / $16.95 / Paper / 256 pages
ISBN 978-1-941026-90-8 / $22.95 / Cloth

 
 
Phillip Connors, author, 
and editor and co-publisher, Lee Byrd
on the way up the mountain

Thursday, September 6, 2018

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