Tuesday, January 31, 2012

SALTYPIE named Honor Book by American Indian Library Association

Congratulations to Tim Tingle and Karen Clarkson! The American Indian Library Association named SALTYPIE: A CHOCTAW JOURNEY FROM DARKNESS INTO LIGHT a 2012 Honor Book. This is special for Cinco Puntos. We've been fans of the story ever since we first heard Tim tell it. Besides, it's an important story about contemporary Native America which goes a long way in helping the over-culture resolve the deeply held stereotypes about contemporary indigenous peoples and their cultures. Tim wrote an essay as an afterword to the story which speaks of these issues--an essay for young and old alike. Please, take a couple of minutes and listen to Tim celebrate his award.

Monday, January 30, 2012

Xavier Garza does Maximilian & the Mystery of the Guardian Angel

Last week at the American Library Association's Midwinter Convention in Dallas, the Pura Belpre Committee named Xavier Garza's bilingual middle-reader MAXIMILIAN AND THE MYSTERY OF THE GUARDIAN ANGEL as Honor Book for 2012. We are proud and happy for Xavier and his work. Besides writing the book, Xavier did the illustrations and cover which wonderfully match Max's journey into the land of Lucha Librfe! Xaiver is a good-hearted man and a good good friend. Here's a video of Xavier talking about the book. And it was the next day, after he had made the video, that we all learned the good news.

The good news is that Maximilian will be a series of bilingual mysteries for middle-readers. Xavier is currently working on the sequel.

Friday, January 27, 2012

Helen of Troy and the Literacy Triangle

Books are windows, Books are mirrors. 

Cinco Puntos is honored to have participated with El Paso's own Helen of Troy Corporation in providing books for children in El Paso's south side. We call this "The Literacy Triangle." Cinco Puntos partners with a corporation and an institution to give books to children, thereby providing relevant books to young readers.

Four school libraries--Aoy Elementary, Douglas Elementary, Guillen Middle School and La Fe Preparatory Charter School--received gifts certificates of $250 each. Librarians, and in one case the school principal and four exceptional reading students--came down to our offices and selected from our array of bilingual and multicultural titles.

Many thanks to Helen of Troy and, in particular, to President and CEO Jerry Rubin who grew up not far from where these kids go to school.

 Librarian Carol Gonzalez, Aoy Elementary

Librarian Sandra Byer, Douglas Elementary

Librarian Brenda Marin, Guillen Middle School

School Principal Karina Silva along with exceptional readers Bruno Sotelo (5th Grade), Leila De Pasavale (3rd Grade), Gabriel Scott (4th Grade) and Liliana Dominguez (2nd Grade).

Friday, January 20, 2012

Lone Star Ramble: James Carlos Blake Book Tour

Cinco Puntos is all over the Texas map this weekend! While John Byrd mans the store back in El Paso, Lee and Bobby Byrd are hitting up ALA Midwinter Meetup in Dallas and James Carlos Blake kicks off his three-day Country of the Bad Wolfes book tour across the Lone Star State. Catch the acclaimed author tonight in Houston at Murder by the Book. The great reviews for this book just keep rolling in!

Country of the Bad Wolfes Texas Book Tour:

Friday, Jan. 20 | Murder by the Book | 6:30 p.m.
2342 Bissonnet Street | Houston, TX 77098

Saturday, Jan. 21 | Gemini Ink | Class from 1-3 p.m., reading at 3:30 p.m.
513 S. Presa | San Antonio, TX 78205

Sunday, Jan. 22 | Bookpeople | 3 p.m.
603 North Lamar Boulevard | Austin, TX 78703

Planning on going? We'd love to see your photos and video from the event! Send 'em this-a way and we'll share 'em here on the blog!

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Goin' Down to Dallas

This weekend is the American Library Association's Midwinter Meetup and we're gearing up for a dusty road trip east, through the sprawling heart of Texas, to Dallas. We'll be in booth #1645, and we're giving away free copies of Joe Hayes' classic tall tall, The Lovesick Skunk to anyone who makes a purchase! Authors at our booth this year include Choctaw storyteller Tim Tingle and the lucha libre lovin' author/illustrator Xavier Garza. Plus, we're spotlighting James Carlos Blake's newest novel, Country of the Bad Wolfes—a new historical novel about Mexico and Texas during the Díaz Regime. It’s already been well received by the Texas Observer and will be the lead review in the January Texas Monthly.

Here are all the details:

Friday, January 20 | 5:30p-7:30p: Choctaw author Tim Tingle, author of Crossing Bok Chitto and Saltypie, will be in our booth.

Saturday, January 21: Meet Xavier Garza, author of Lucha Libre - The Man in the Silver Mask. He'll be signing copies of his latest book, a bilingual lucha libre thriller, Maximilian & the Mystery of the Guardian Angel, a book sure to please the young adult patrons at your libraries—especially the boys.

Sunday, January 22: Tim Tingle returns to hang out in our booth!

Remember to stop by booth #1645 and say "hi." We're looking forward to seeing you!