Friday, July 15, 2011

Hello New Orleans

Bobby and Lee


It was hot and muggy in the Big Easy for the ALA Annual— weather for morning mimosas, Po' Boys for lunch, and the hotel swimming pool in the afternoon. (We had to skip the mimosas but it *sounded* like a good idea). Cinco Puntos shared a booth with Fulcrum Publishing out of Colorado, publishers of Trickster, a graphic collection of Native American tales, including one by CPP's own Tim Tingle. J.L. Powers signed copies of This Thing Called the Future in the booth and Cinco Puntos hosted its first ALA Giveaway. Five librarians received a collection of three books (Colores de la Vida, This Thing Called the Future, and Walking Home to Rosie Lee).

Author Alan Cumyn with Groundwoods's Patsy Aldana and librarian Martha Walke 

On Saturday morning, Cinco Puntos and Groundwood Books hosted a breakfast at The Columns Hotel, an historic hotel built in 1883 and located in New Orleans' upper Garden District. We invited eighteen librarians to meet Groundwood's Alan Cumyn and Cinco Puntos' J.L. Powers.

 A Tim Tingle fan, Lee Byrd and Tim Tingle at the Cinco Puntos table


J.L. Powers with Groundwood's Fred Horler

Jessica (J.L.) talked about how she fell in love with Africa— there's a romantic version and a "real" version of how that happened— and why she wrote This Thing Called the Future, while Alan talked about his latest young adult novel, TILT, a wry coming-of-age story where the main character obsesses about basketball and, well, sex, even as his home life deteriorates around him. (It's a great read, by the way. Think wet dreams; dads who disappear and then reappear with half-brothers they've apparently kidnapped; and the shifting, awkward, sexy relationship between two teenagers trying to figure life out.)

Food was great, company was even better, and we hope to do it all again at a future ALA!

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Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Get 'Em While They're Hot!



Our good friend Dennis Maloney of the inimitable White Pine Press is selling his massive forty year collection full of autographed and first edition books from the likes of Robert Bly, Pablo Neruda and Michael McClure. Poetry, prose—even some magazines!— Maloney's personal bookshelves include collections from Gary Snyder, various Native American poets, Robert Creeley and so many others.

Dennis Maloney, like me, came to poetry and publishing through following those rabbit trails of poetics laid out for us by the New American Poets (and others) canonized by Donald Allen. Dennis also wandered off on his own into the Japanese and Chinese poets as a translator and a scholar. His library will be full of beautiful and important and collectable books. Besides, White Pine Press deserves our support. It's done the work, it's walked the walk, and our home libraries are peppered with that good work.
—Bobby Byrd

Click here to browse through the list of titles. Proceeds go to support White Pine Press.