|Lee with BRLA Proclamation for Excellence in Publishing.|
She couldn't be at the banquet, but she's still excited.
We thank the BRLA!
Saturday night, February 23rd, 2013, the Border Regional Library Association invited Cinco Puntos to their annual Southwest Book Awards Banquet. The reason?! The BRLA gave us their EXCELLENCE IN PUBLISHING AWARD. And this is the 2nd one we’ve received. That’s the first time that’s happened! My gosh we were honored. And still are. ¡Muchisimas gracias a la BRLA!
Once again proving the librarians rock n’ roll.
The BRLA is made up of wonderful librarians who go about their daily duties of promoting literacy, reading books, serving the public by answering questions, keeping books on the shelves, navigating the new world of e-technologies, lobbying politicians who just don’t understand and keeping the doors open—among their other jobs. Special thanks to Lisa Weber and Claudia Rivers who wrote and read the proclamation! It was a great evening! Good food, good talk and laughter, the celebration of wonderful books which won the annual Southwest Book Awards.
The only disappointment of the evening was that Lee couldn’t be there because she was out of town. But Susie Byrd and Ed Holland were there—both of whom worked with us six years or so beginning in 1996 until Susie became a politician and Ed a high school teacher; Johnny’s wonderful wife Ailbhe Cormack, and the irreplaceable long-time employee and close friend, Cactus Mary Fountaine. And in fact, Mary, who as a cottage industry entrepreneur makes the incredible hand-crafted and totally natural Cactus Mary’s Soap, inspired our favorite line from the Proclamation:
Whereas, the Press has supported hygiene in the borderlands by selling Cactus Mary soap at their headquarters…
But, please read the whole proclamation. It’s serious and fun at the same time.
A Resolution of the Border Regional Library Association
Whereas, the Border Regional Library Association is an organization dedicated to the promotion of libraries and literacy in the American Southwest; and
Whereas, Cinco Puntos Press has performed many acts in support of libraries and librarians since its founding in 1985; and
Whereas, the Press has brought fame and credit to the borderlands by publishing outstanding works by regional authors such as Dagoberto Gilb, Joe Somoza, Joe Hayes, and Benjamin Saenz; and
Whereas, the Press has promoted literacy by publishing outstanding children’s books in bilingual format; and
Whereas, Bobby and Lee Byrd themselves have written books of great merit; and
Whereas, Lee Byrd so dedicated herself to libraries that she even attended Library Science courses; and
Whereas, the Press has published controversial books by revolutionaries that received national press coverage and revocation of grant funding; and
Whereas, the Press has nurtured talented artists and designers by commissioning them to illustrate and design books; and
Whereas, the Press has supported hygiene in the borderlands by selling Cactus Mary soap at their headquarters; and
Whereas, representatives of the Press have braved long airline flights and international tensions to carry books from the U.S.-Mexico borderlands to far-away book fairs; and
Whereas, the Press has been the recipient of seven individual Southwest Book Awards for books they have published and one award from the Border Regional Library Association citing its encouragement of new literary talent; and
Whereas, after twenty years since the last award for Excellence in Publishing given to the Cinco Puntos Press, it is now time to recognize its continuing record of achievement.
Now therefore be it resolved, that the membership of the Border Regional Library Association at its gathering for the Awards Banquet on this 23rd day of February, 2013 of the Common Era do hereby express our unreserved appreciation of Cinco Puntos Press, and
Grant, to Cinco Puntos Press the honor of an unprecedented second BRLA award for Excellence in Publishing.