Monday, March 28, 2011


Come meet Christopher Cardinale, Matt Dembicki, Michael Auger and members of the DC Conspiracy
Tuesday evening, 6:30pm @ Busboys and Poets, 14th & V (2021 14th St).

Teaching for Change is hosting Christopher Cardinale (graphic artist: Mr. Mendoza’s Paintbrush and the forthcoming Which Side are You On?) and Matt Dembicki, editor of, and Michael Auger, contributor to, Trickster: Native American Tales: A Graphic Collection. Auger is also a member of DC Conspiracy, an artist activist collective. Meet the artists, talk comic and graphic novels, eat some food, have a beer.

The cherry blossoms must be blooming.

Besides, Teaching for Change (“Teaching for Change provides teachers and parents with the tools to transform schools into centers of justice where students learn to read, write and change the world”) and Busboys and Poets (“a restaurant, bookstore, fair trade market and gathering place where people can discuss issues of social justice and peace) are both great organizations, a true collaboration between a very hip and fun for-profit restaurant and a non-profit bookstore.

Mr. Mendoza’s Paintbrush graphically depicts the small town of Rosario, where dead corpses rise up out of the cathedral when it floods; where vast silver mines beneath the town occasionally collapse, causing a whole section of the village to drop out of sight; and where the town’s walls are decorated with cryptic messages painted by Mr. Mendoza, self-proclaimed graffiti king of all Mexico. He paints the town's ugly truths…and there's nothing his paintbrush hasn't touched, from a dead monk to a peeping Tom! According to Publisher’s Weekly, Mr. Mendoza’s Paintbrush, written by acclaimed Latino writer Luis Alberto Urrea and illustrated by Christopher Cardinale, is “the ideal way to present magical realism graphically,” while The Bloomsbury Review says “Mr. Mendoza’s Paintbrush is a rich gift…Urrea and Cardinale are a match made in heaven.”

Trickster: Native American Tales, A Graphic Collection is the first graphic anthology of Native American trickster tales. Over twenty Native storytellers and carefully selected illustrators cleverly tell the tales of the trickster—a crafty creature who uses cunning to get food, steals precious possessions, or simply causes mischief—in the hijinks of “How Wildcat Caught a Turkey,” an ego-driven social misstep in “Coyote and the Pebbles,” the hilarity of “Rabbit’s Choctaw Tail Tale,” and many more. Each tale has a unique and powerful voice and look, from serious and dramatic to funny and sometimes downright fiendish and is wonderfully entertaining for readers of all ages and backgrounds. Library Journal said, “[Trickster is] done in such a way that kids will find themselves enthralled. When was the last time a book of folktales enthralled one of your kids anyway? It’s remarkable.” Editor Matt Dembicki is the founder of DC Conspiracy, a comic creators’ collaborative in DC, and Mr. Big fame, his nature graphic novel. Visit his author blog at

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Cinco Puntos: East Coast, West Coast, Babies Everywhere

Please welcome to the world Esme Kingston Frame, baby daughter of Elena Marinaccio and Andy Frame. Elena worked for Cinco Puntos for several months, end of 2010, but alas, husband Andy left the army and the family moved back to New York so Elena could have this marvelous baby. Not to worry, Elena did so well, we opened up our East Coast office where Elena works for us in her home, Baby Esme at her side. Elena is our IT Administrator and Assistant Editor. Baby Esme is simply happy.

Which reminded us: Cinco Puntos never announced our West Coast office, likewise staffed by an in-house CPP alum with baby, Jessica Powers (aka J.L. Powers, her nom de plume, a phrase I’ve never used). Jessica worked for us several years in the early 2000s, helping us wander into the strange territory of Young Adult literature. She went off to Stanford to study for her PhD in African studies, went to Africa pursuing her studies living with a family there and getting a foothold in the Zulu language, decided what she really wanted to do was to be a writer for young adults. She wrote The Confessional (Knoph, 2007). Her next novel came to us. We loved it. This Thing Called the Future--a coming of age story of a young woman growing up in South Africa is being shipped to book stores right now. In the process, Jessica fell in love with publishing again, and she’s working as Senior Editor for Cinco Puntos in the Bay Area. Thus, our West Coast Office! Technology is so cool. Jessica and her husband Chris Gibson are the proud parents of Nesta, a baby boy, now six months old. They named him Nesta to honor Bob Marley, a hero of husband Chris and to many others the world round. Nesta was Marley’s first original name. Don’t worry about a thing cause every little thing is going to be alright. That's what Nesta says. He's got those big brown eyes.

Monday, March 7, 2011

Tucson Book Festival This Weekend!

Saturday and Sunday, March 12th & 13th, 2011
Joe Hayes, Ben Saenz, JL Powers, 
Luis Alberto Urrea, Tom Miller and Others
Including Johnny Byrd and Bobby Byrd!!


Signing @ Booth 446 @ 10:00 am - Noon, 1:30 - 1:45 & 3:15 - 5 pm

Southwest Story Fiesta
Entertainment / Sat 12:30 PM - 01:00 PM
Story Telling Stage
La Llorona, El Cucuy, Y Mas! Mexican-American Ghost Stories and Folklore

Panel / Sat 2:30 PM - 03:30 PM
Student Union - Tucson Room
Joe Hayes
Solo Presentation / Sun 11:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Story Blanket

Signing @ Booth 446 @ 10:30 to 11 am & 11:30 to 2 pm

Joe Hayes
Solo Presentation / Sun 2:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Story Blanket

Pass It On: Creating Community Through Storytelling
Two Joes: Joe Hayes and Joe Bruchac. Three things are needed to build a community: a teller, a listener and a story. Children are hungry for a sense of belonging, and they feel held and comforted by the flow of a well-told tale. Participants in this session will explore the power of storytelling and build greater confidence in their own skill as tellers.
Panel / Sun 4:00 PM - 05:00 PM
Education Building - Room 353


Signing @ booth 446 @ 12:45 - 2 pm

Benjamin Aire Sáenz 
Solo Presentation / Sat 4:00 PM - 04:30 PM
Teen Authors Lounge

Kids in the Crossfire: Border Politics in Literature
Two authors discuss the cultural traditions and languages of our “border” relationships with Mexico, Latin America, and Native American tribes as reflected in the stories, poems, songs and plays that communicate historical and present-day knowledge that helps us appreciate each others' communities.
Panel / Sat 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Education Building - Room 349

Signing @ Booth 446 @ 10am to 11am

Becoming Unstuck: Young Latinos Moving Forward

Poets Benjamin Aire Saenz, Sandra Lopez, Malin Alegria
Panel / Sun 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Student Union - Tucson Room

Poesía and Prose: The Spoken Palabras from Two Very Diverse Poets
Ben Saezn with Acoma Poet Simon Ortiz
Nuestras Raices
Workshop / Sun 1:00 PM - 02:00 PM
Integrated Learning Center - Room 119


Sunday Only

Signing @ Booth 446 @ 1pm to 2 and 4 to 5pm

Knowing the Ropes: Getting Your Young Adult Novels Published
Whether you are an experienced writer of young adult fiction or just getting started, this panel of successful YA authors will answer your questions about getting published. They will discuss current YA writing trends, how to attract the attention of agents and editors, and resources for younger writers.
Workshop / Sun 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Education Building - Room 333

Taking a Stance: Social Justice and Literature for Children and Teens
Two authors share how they explore social issues through their books for children and young adults. Whether you are a young adult who likes to read and has a passion for social justice, a parent or teacher concerned about introducing social issues, or a writer wondering how to be both substantive and entertaining, come participate in this interactive panel.
Panel / Sun 2:30 PM - 03:30 PM
Education Building - Room 349



A Conversation with Luis Alberto Urrea
Nuestras Raíces
Solo Presentation / Sat 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Nuestras Raíces Performance Stage

"Border Crossings": Luis Urrea and T. Jefferson Parker in Conversation with Scott Simon
Panel / Sat 4:00 PM - 05:00 PM
Student Union - South Ballroom


The Graphic Novel: Is a Picture Really Worth 1,000 Words?
Panel / Sun 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
UA Mall Tent


Signing and Event times to be announced.