Monday, January 24, 2011


J.L. Powers visited our booth at the Mid-Winter American Library Association Conference in San Diego earlier in January. It was a busy time, but we were able to talk about her new coming-of-age novel This Thing Called the Future about 14-year-old Khosi growing up in post-apartheid South Africa during the time of HIV. Good book, good interview, good person. You'll enjoy this little video.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

MidWinter ALA San Diego Roundup

CPP was proud to share a booth with Theatre Communications Group
Here we are with good friend Terry Nemuth, Publisher
Forgive how we look. We'd been on the concrete for three days.

Oh, wow, we came back from the Mid-Winter ALA in San Diego with good news, good memories and good feelings for the year in front of us. We hosted J.L. (aka Jessica) Powers whose new YA novel This Thing Called the Future we will be publishing in April; and the Mexican (Tijuana) artist Esau Andrade, the illustrator for Ben Saenz' Perfect Season for Dreaming. All of us had great talks with wonderful librarians. We also talked to distributors and other publishers, we ate good food and marveled at the San Diego Bay and we took copious notes of things to do in the year ahead. And we came home with some very good news, which may be old news to many of our fans, especially to those who get our emails--Cinco Puntos Press books received two prestigious awards:

Last Night I Sang to the Monster by Benjamin Alire Saenz was honored by being named one of the Top Ten Books for Young Adults by the YALSA Committee; and Tim Tingle's Saltypie, A Choctaw Journey from Darkness into Light was honored as a ALSC Notable Book for Non-Fiction. Congratulations to both Ben and Tim and to Karen Clarkson, the wonderful illustrator of Saltypie.

Of course, we're never 100% happy. We expected the graphic novel collaboration Mr. Mendoza's Paintbrush (Luis Alberto Urrea and Christopher Cardinale) to receive equivalent recognition from the Graphic Novel committee. Already Kirkus Reviews had listed it in its 2010 Top Ten List of Graphic Novels, and it had been glowingly reviewed from Kirkus, PW, Library Journal and others, but, alas, the committee went in other directions. They had their own druthers. Oh well. The publishing animal, although luminous, is a peculiar and diverse beast. But we wouldn't trade Mr. Mendoza for the others. It's a remarkable and important graphic novel, the product of two wonderful artists.

Here are some more photographs.

JL Powers with Lee showing off the sampler
for Jessica's new young adult novel
a coming of age story of  Khosi,
a 14-year old girl in South Africa. 
Esau Andrade and Bobby in Little Italy, San Diego.
We'd just eaten too much Italian food and Byrd had two beers. Egad.
With our good friend Fred Horler of Groundwood Books. 
Great people, great books make for great friends!

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Artemisa (Arte) Salinas, 1932-2011

Artemisa (Arte)  Salinas
September 25, 1932 – January 17, 2011

Arte, the beloved waitress at the legendary H&H Carwash on Yandell Street in El Paso, died in her sleep Monday morning. She was 79. She left behind three children, six grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren. She bequeathed us the memory of her remarkable smile, a tough & wicked sense of humor, a pride in her work and a passion and joy in serving others. She had friends and admirers all across the city and the country who knew her as one of the brightest and most beautiful faces in that luminescent and beloved diner on Yandell that we all want to claim as if we’d discovered it ourselves. Before we opened our mouths, she knew what we were going to order. / Lee