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Fresh Voices from Cinco Puntos
Fresh Voices from Cinco Puntos
April 4, 2017

CBCBook’s Hot Off the Press for April features Ahgottahandleonit by debut author Donovan Mixon.
Eileen Cronin's Sit Down with Dagoberto Gilb Gets to the Heart of His Work
Eileen Cronin's Sit Down with Dagoberto Gilb Gets to the Heart of His Work
February 14, 2017

“Today it seems particularly relevant to sit down with a writer who worked in construction, who built a career of exploring the everyday life of East Angeleno men struggling to build their version of the American Dream, and who now physically struggles to read and write,” writes Eileen Cronin in the introduction to her long-form interview with Dagoberto Gilb. The two talk about his work, his experience with disability, and the new anthology, The Right Way to be Crippled and Naked.

Cynthia Weill's Board Book Collection Has Arrived
Cynthia Weill's Board Book Collection Has Arrived
January 22, 2017

Get Cynthia Weill's award-winning series in this bundle of board books, all with rounded corners!

First Concepts in Mexican Folk Art includes five paperback board books in Cynthia Weill's series of bilingual picture books. Featuring images of beautiful and bright woodcuts made by some of the greatest artisans in the world, the books teach little ones the alphabet, opposites, animal sounds, colors and numbers—in English and Spanish.
Listen to a New Tall Tale from Joe Hayes
Listen to a New Tall Tale from Joe Hayes
November 28, 2016

Lucky us! Lucky you! We get to send you another one of Joe Hayes’ really tall tales. Remember The Gum-Chewing Rattler? My Pet Rattlesnake? The Love-Sick Skunk?—those wonderful stretched-out stories that came straight up from Joe’s owl-eyed kid days in Arizona.
Lisa Sandlin’s Debut Novel Wins Shamus and Hammett Prizes
Lisa Sandlin’s Debut Novel Wins Shamus and Hammett Prizes
October 30, 2016

Lisa Sandlin’s debut novel “The Do-Right” won The Hammett Prize from the International Association of Crime Writers, on the heels of her Shamus Award win for Best First Private Eye Novel from the Private Eye Writers of America.
Sonia Patel Chews On Her Personal Experience with Head-Shaving in new YA Open Mic
Sonia Patel Chews On Her Personal Experience with Head-Shaving in new YA Open Mic
October 6, 2016

Sonia Patel, author of Rani Patel in Full Effect, has been included in a collection of thoughtful pieces by recently published YA authors, with topics touching on homophobia, trans issues and head-shaving.
Paul Spike’s Touching Memoir Now Available as an Audiobook
Paul Spike’s Touching Memoir Now Available as an Audiobook
September 30, 2016

Fifty years ago this month, Paul Spike’s life changed forever with the mysterious death of his father, Rev. Robert W. Spike. His father’s impact on the Civil Rights movement comes to life in Photographs of My Father, now available as an audiobook.
Joe Hayes Shares All His Stories Free Online
Joe Hayes Shares All His Stories Free Online
September 26, 2016

Storyteller Joe Hayes has put all of his stories on video in the Joe Hayes YouTube Channel, totally free, just for the clicking!
MUST READ: Sheila Black's moving essay, “Passing My Disability on to My Children”
MUST READ: Sheila Black's moving essay, “Passing My Disability on to My Children”
September 11, 2016

From New York Times Opinion Section, Sheila Black's moving essay, "Passing My Disability on to My Children,” shows she is a wise and wonderful woman. Cinco Puntos is honored to be among her friends and publishers. Sheila is the co-editor, and the mover & shaker, of Beauty is a Verb, The New Poetry of Disability, and The Right Way to Be Crippled and Naked.
<i>Crane Boy</i> Named A Highly Commended Book Title By The South Asia Book Award Committee
Crane Boy Named A Highly Commended Book Title By The South Asia Book Award Committee
July 15, 2016

Crane Boy has been honored by the South Asia Book Award jury, which selected Diana Cohn’s story of Bhutan’s annual Crane Festival as a Highly Commended Book Title for the 2016 SABA Award for Children’s and Young Adult Literature. Illustrator Youme Landowne was also credited for pictures that “beautifully captivated the scenery and location of the story.”
<i>The Do-Right</i> Nominated for Best First Private Eye Novel
The Do-Right Nominated for Best First Private Eye Novel
June 11, 2016

The Do-Right made the list of Shamus Award Nominees for 2016. Lisa Sandlin’s debut novel has been nominated for the Best First Private Eye Novel from the Private Eye Writers of America.
<i>My Tata’s Remedies</i> Wins Consortium of Latin American Studies Programs Award
My Tata’s Remedies Wins Consortium of Latin American Studies Programs Award
May 31, 2016

Roni Rivera-Ashford and Antonio L. Castro’s “beautifully constructed book” won an Américas Award for its authentic and engaging portrayal of multicultural life. In My Tata’s Remedies, the topic of traditional natural medicine takes center stage and shows a loving intergenerational relationship between Tata Gus and Aaron, one in which wisdom and knowledge are patiently passed down from grandfather to grandson.
Skipping Stones Honors <i>Crane Boy</i> and <i>My Tata’s Remedies</i>
Skipping Stones Honors Crane Boy and My Tata’s Remedies
May 25, 2016

Congratulations to Crane Boy and My Tata’s Remedies/Los remedios de mi tata, named 2016 Skipping Stones Award winners. The books are being honored for encouraging ecological richness, respect for multiple viewpoints and closer relationships within human societies.
Rani Patel Steals the Mic—and the spotlight—at BEA
Rani Patel Steals the Mic—and the spotlight—at BEA
May 18, 2016

The story of a “nerdy, flat-chested Indian teen in Hawaii who wants to be a kickass M.C.” made a big splash at the YA Editor’s Buzz Panel at BEA. Hear from Lee Byrd of Cinco Puntos on the impact of Sonia Patel’s new novel, and read why Entertainment Weekly calls it one of the “11 best things we saw at BookExpo America 2016.”
Cinco Puntos In Full Effect at BEA
Cinco Puntos In Full Effect at BEA
March 10, 2016

Book Expo America will be buzzing about Sonia Patel's debut YA novel, Rani Patel In Full Effect. Editor Lee Byrd discusses the book during the BEA YA Editors' Buzz Panel. And keep the buzz going by visiting the #BEASPEAKFREASY that same afternoon.
Moms and Daughters: Read Body-Positive ‘Gabi’
Moms and Daughters: Read Body-Positive ‘Gabi’
February 19, 2016

BuzzFeed included Isabel Quintero’s edgy novel “Gabi, a Girl in Pieces,” on a list of “19 Body-Positive Books You’ll Want To Read With Your Daughter.”
<i>The Do-Right</i> Shortlisted for the Hammett Prize
The Do-Right Shortlisted for the Hammett Prize
January 30, 2016

Lisa Sandlin's debut mystery novel The Do-Right was nominated with four others contending for the Hammett Prize from the International Association of Crime Writers. Stay tuned for the winner (fingers crossed) in October.
<i>My Tata’s Remedies</i> Illustrator Honored At ALA
My Tata’s Remedies Illustrator Honored At ALA
January 19, 2016

Antonio Castro Lopez won a Pura Belpre Award for his work on My Tata’s Remedies / Los remedios de mi tata, by Roni Capin Rivera-Ashford. The Illustrator Honor Book Pura Belpre Award was announced by Reforma at the ALA Midwinter conference in Boston. Congratulations to Antonio, who has done so many great books for Cinco Puntos!
Give the Gift of Story!
Give the Gift of Story!
December 8, 2015

Everybody loves a good story. Little kids, big kids, teenagers, big people, old people—we all love a good story! So this Holiday Season, give a good book to your little gal​, or your jumping nephew​​, ​your wild ​auntie​, your adventurous tío, ​your ​husband, ​your book-reading ​wife, ​your nerdy ​brother, ​your loving grandpa or your very best friend.
Kirkus Names <i>The Do-Right</i> One Of 2015’s Best Books
Kirkus Names The Do-Right One Of 2015’s Best Books
November 18, 2015

Lisa Sandlin joins authors Sue Grafton and Paula Hawkins on Kirkus Reviews' list of Best Mysteries and Thrillers for 2015. Sandlin’s debut novel, The Do-Right, was also named one of Kirkus’s Top 100 Best Books of 2015.
Critics Love Lisa Sandlin’s Debut: Starred Reviews For <i>The Do-Right</i>
Critics Love Lisa Sandlin’s Debut: Starred Reviews For The Do-Right
October 8, 2015

Lisa Sandlin flips the script on the detective story in her critically acclaimed novel, set in the dark corners of Beaumont, Texas.
'Gabi' Named A Top Romance for Teens
'Gabi' Named A Top Romance for Teens
September 18, 2015

Love is complicated, especially for teens. Isabel Quintero’s “Gabi, A Girl in Pieces” was just named to Booklist Online’s Top 10 Romance Fiction for Youth: 2015.
'Sofrito' Author Phillippe Diederich Talks to NBC About  Cuba, Family Secrets and Identity
'Sofrito' Author Phillippe Diederich Talks to NBC About Cuba, Family Secrets and Identity
August 28, 2015

NBC touches on all the themes of "Sofrito," which the LA Times calls one of the "23 fiction books you'll want to read — and share — this summer."
The Great & Mighty Nikko Is A Hit In Seattle!
The Great & Mighty Nikko Is A Hit In Seattle!
August 12, 2015

Walk into the famed Elliott Bay Book Company and BAM! There's Nikko, Xavier Garza's colorful bilingual counting book, recommended by the store's expert bookworms.
GABI, A GIRL IN PRIZES
GABI, A GIRL IN PRIZES
July 24, 2015

Congratulations to Isabel Quintero! “Gabi, A Girl in Pieces” is a finalist for the Amelia Elizabeth Walden Award, celebrating books that exemplify literary excellence, widespread appeal and a positive approach to life in young adult literature.

Stay tuned: Winners will be announced July 28.


CINCO PUNTOS: TWO BOOKS ON L.A. TIMES BEST SUMMER READING LIST!
CINCO PUNTOS: TWO BOOKS ON L.A. TIMES BEST SUMMER READING LIST!
June 1, 2015

Xavier Garza's counting book THE GREAT AND MIGHTY NIKKO and Phillippe Diederich's novel SOFRITO on Prestigious Summer Reading List.
PIG PARK wins 2015 Texas Institute of Letters Award
PIG PARK wins 2015 Texas Institute of Letters Award
April 29, 2015

Claudia Guadalupe Martinez scores again at the Texas Institute of Letters Young Adult Awards! Her novel PIG PARK.
TUCSON BOOK FESTIVAL, BOOTH 184
TUCSON BOOK FESTIVAL, BOOTH 184
March 12, 2015

Cinco Puntos is BIG this year at Tucson Book Festival. Five authors will be presenting. Isabel Quintero, Claudia Guadalupe Martinez, Desiree Zamorano, Roni Capin Rivera-Ashford and Bobby Byrd. See the Cinco Puntos Press Facebook page for event and autographing times! And come visit us at Booth 184.
'Gabi' Wins the Morris Award for Best Debut Novel
'Gabi' Wins the Morris Award for Best Debut Novel
February 3, 2015

Exciting news from ALA Midwest: GABI, A GIRL IN PIECES by Isabel Quintero won the 2015 ALA Morris Award for best debut novel of the year. Congratulations to Isabel!
Bringing the Sun from El Paso to Chi-City
Bringing the Sun from El Paso to Chi-City
January 31, 2015

This announcement just in: National Association of Chicano Studies Tejas just awarded Pig Park by Claudia Guadalupe Martinez its Young Adult Fiction Award. Perfect timing!

During ALA, we'll be broadcasting #PanDulce live from our booth #4129 on Saturday, January 31. The ALA episode features Claudia Guadalupe Martinez, author of Pig Park and The Smell of Old Lady Perfume, and author, presenter and literary advocate Pat Mora (Bravo, Chico Canta! Bravo! Groundwood Books). Watch the live webcast in Booth #4129 at 1 p.m. on Saturday.


Meet Your Favorite CPP Authors in Booth #4129

Claudia Guadalupe Martinez: Saturday, 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Tim Tingle: Saturday, 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.
Isabel Quintero: Sunday, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Additional signing: Children’s Plus Booth, 2 p.m.
J.L. Powers: Saturday, 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Isabel Quintero a Finalist for Morris Award
Isabel Quintero a Finalist for Morris Award
December 9, 2014

Isabel Quintero, author of GABI, A GIRL IN PIECES is one of five finalists for Debut Young Adult Author of the Year, also known as the Morris Award.

The accolades keep coming in for Isabel Quintero's GABI, A GIRL IN PIECES. And now the Young Adult Library Services Association has nominated Isabel as one of its five finalists for the Morris Award which honors the Best Debut Author of the Year. YALSA will announce the Morris Winner February 2 at the ALA Mid-Winter Convention in Chicago. Isabel's GABI has already received STARRED reviews from Kirkus, Booklist and Publisher Weekly, and has been listed as one of the Best Books of the Year by Kirkus, Booklist, and the New York Public Library. Felicidades to Isabel! And to the great young lady Gabi too! As the Kirkus Review said, "Readers won't soon forget Gabi, a young woman coming into her own in the face of intense pressure from her family, culture and society to fit someone else's idea of what it means to be a ‘good’ girl. A fresh, authentic and honest exploration of contemporary Latina identity."
Boo! Up to 25% Off Halloween!
Boo! Up to 25% Off Halloween!
October 7, 2014

Take 10% off our spooky selection of bilingual Halloween and Dia de los muertos books, now through the end of October. Plus—get an extra 15% off when you spend $20 or more. From ghost stories for the older kids, a lovable skeleton family for early readers, a little-bitty book of celebrating calaveras (complete with sugar skull recipe!) and, of course, the legend that started it all, La Llorona, we've got your Day of the Dead reading list covered!

Shop the collection here.
Kirkus Reviews gushes for Diane Lawson's debut
Kirkus Reviews gushes for Diane Lawson's debut
August 27, 2014

Kirkus Reviews published a gushing review of Diane Lawson's debut mystery—A Tightly Raveled Mind—on its website this week. The review will also be featured in the September 15, 2014, print issue.

The review reads: "A cunning, elegantly written comedy of manners in the form of a murder mystery in which a psychoanalyst finds her wealthy clientele dropping. Literally… The police believe these deaths to be accidents or coincidences; and since Nora, being a dedicated Freudian, believes in neither, she seeks help from an ex cop–turned–private detective named Mike Ruiz, whose sneering contempt for Freud seems to be shielding his own private demons. You’d think being in a world populated by such tightly wound neurotics would get dreary or annoying, or both. But Lawson, herself a San Antonio–based psychoanalyst making her publishing debut, makes the journey a pleasant one with a witty, assured narrative style that renders both physical and emotional scenery with economical astuteness and grace… Remember how amazed Norman Mailer was after reading George V. Higgins’ first novel that a member of 'the fuzz' could write so well? Well, let it likewise be asserted of Lawson: This shrink can really throw it down."
<i>Publishers Weekly</i> Soapbox Features Désirée Zamorano
Publishers Weekly Soapbox Features Désirée Zamorano
June 19, 2014

Which is worse: to be invisible or to be made into a cardboard construct?

The Amado Women author Désirée Zamorano is featured in Publishers Weekly's Soapbox, where she discusses what she perceives as the Latina superpower: invisibility.

We are invisible in the fictional worlds of movies, TV shows, and books. When we do appear, our roles are limited for the most part to those given to us in the mental landscapes of producers and authors. We tend to be hot and sexy temptresses or struggling and victimized immigrants (or both). The nation was shocked when Sonia Sotomayor called herself a “wise Latina” during her Supreme Court nomination hearings. We knew what she meant. Those who didn’t were appalled that she had the temerity to step out of the construction that society foisted upon her—and others.

Read the entire PW piece here.

Click here to read more about The Amado Women, due out this summer.
<i>Skipping Stones</i> Honors <i>Remember Dippy</i>
Skipping Stones Honors Remember Dippy
May 12, 2014

Remember Dippy, Shirley Reva Vernick's YA novel about a a 13-year-old boy's unlikely friendship with his autistic cousin, just won the Skipping Stones Honor Award!

"An enjoyable and provocative exploration of the clash between 'normal' and 'different' and how similar the two really are."—Kirkus Reviews

For a short time you can grab the hardcover edition for almost 20% off here.

And check out Vernick's newest story for teens (a ghost story with a romantic twist!) The Black Butterfly coming this spring.
Award-Winning PIcture Books
Award-Winning PIcture Books
April 16, 2014

Two of our most recent picture books are getting lots of notice! Have you read them yet?



Don't Say a Word, Mama/No digas nada, Mama
by Joe Hayes, illustrations by Esau Andrade Valencia
-Kirkus Best Children's Books of the Year
-Tejas Star Reading List Selection, 2014-15

Maximilian and the Bingo Rematch: A Lucha Libre Sequel
written and illustrated by Xavier Garza
-Tejas Star Reading List Selection, 2014-15
-NACCS-Tejas Foco Young Adult Fiction Book Award
-Texas Institute of Letters H-E-B Award for Best Children's Book
TKO! <i>Maximilian</i> Wins Best Youth Fiction
TKO! Maximilian Wins Best Youth Fiction
February 28, 2014

Congratulations to author/illustrator Xavier Garza on winning the NACCS-Tejas Youth Fiction Award for his bilingual book Maximilian and the Bingo Rematch. The illustrated middle-reader story follows the misadventures of luchador-obsessed Maximilian as his old aunts battle for the Queen Bingo trophy, while his sweetheart and the “new girl” battle for Max's heart.

Maximilian and the Bingo Rematch is available in paperback and hardcover.

Check out more from Xavier Garza here.

"This bilingual sequel avoids formulaic trappings and can be readily enjoyed as a stand-alone novel while artfully setting up the next installment…Garza employs plenty of humor and a first-person voice that rings true to Maximilian’s character. The story includes enough action to satisfy most fans while broadening its focus to reflect the increasing complexities in the boy’s life…an outstanding choice."
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20% Off for Valentine's Day
February 10, 2014

We're feeling the love! Check out our picks for Valentine's Day—on sale now! Enjoy 20% off these books, all perfect for snuggling up with your one-and-only:

My Marriage A to Z - A Big-City Romance
A prose poem written in dictionary form, My Marriage A to Z is a unique chronicle of life within marriage.
"A charming and very much recommended pick for those who are exploring the nature of their own relationships, highly recommended."—Midwest Book Review

White Panties, Dead Friends
Poems about love, death and the beauty in everyday moments.
"this whimsical, irreverent, haunting voice [is] compulsively readable."—Powell's Books


Lover Boy/Juanito el Cariñoso - A Bilingual Counting Book
Johnny is 4 years old and loves to dish out kisses!
"The story rings true and brims with warmth." —Criticas

The Lovesick Skunk
Is it true that skunks fall in love? Joe Hayes is glad you asked.
"This story celebrates the best of childhood: playful adventures, best friends, and unlikely tales that parents just never understand."—New Mexico Magazine
Find Us At ALA Midwinter Meeting
Find Us At ALA Midwinter Meeting
January 20, 2014

We're hoping to bring some sunny El Paso weather to Philadelphia this Friday when we arrive at the ALA Midwinter Meeting! Find us at booth 411 (Consortium aisle).
Join us for a wine and cheese reception Friday night! Then meet author (and Philly native) Joshua Isard at our booth on Saturday from 1-2PM. He'll be signing copies of his debut novel Conquistador of the Useless.
Be the first to get your hands on Tim Tingle's debut adult novel House of Purple Cedar ("superb storytelling and unforgettable characters"—School Library Journal). Available in both hardcover and paperback at a steep discount, featuring the author's signature on a lovely bookplate.
Autographed copies of House of Purple Cedar now available for pre-order
Autographed copies of House of Purple Cedar now available for pre-order
January 9, 2014

Autographed copies of Tim Tingle's novel House of Purple Cedar are now available for pre-order!

"I love this book. I think of it as a potential classic." — Joseph Bruchac, author of Code Walker

$16 a copy! 25% discount with free shipping!
Daily Deal + Holiday Discount Included!
December 3, 2013

We're kicking off the holiday shopping season with 15% off of two of the year's best-loved, bestselling books! Today only, save on

Don't Say a Word, Mama / No digas nada, Mama by Joe Hayes, illustrated by Esau Andrade Valencia
starred review from Kirkus Reviews, voted one of Kirkus' Best Children's Books of 2013
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Everything Begins and Ends at the Kentucky Club - short stories by Benjamin Alire Saenz
2013 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction, Lambda Literary Award

Big Savings for the Holidays!
Big Savings for the Holidays!
November 20, 2013

Commit to giving books this holiday season and save big on the Cinco Puntos website. The more you buy, the more you save!

        Save 20% on orders of $20 or more.
        Save 25% on orders of $50 or more.
        And save 30% on orders of $100 or more.


Enjoy these same great savings, plus a cup of coffee, at our World Headquarters in Downtown El Paso.
Luis Humberto Crosthwaite on Breakthrough Radio
Luis Humberto Crosthwaite on Breakthrough Radio
November 11, 2013

"When I think of a higher being, a god, whatever you call it...I always think of him writing songs."

Take a listen to Out of Their Minds author Luis Humberto Crosthwaite chat about his love of music, finding inspiration through his remote control, and urging readers to vandalize his books on Breakthrough Radio's Book Talk. Bonus: The too-cool musings of Antonio Carlos Jobim accompany the interview.

Listen to the interview here.

Click here for more on the long-awaited English translation of this Mexican cult classic!
25% Off Dia de los Muertos Books!
25% Off Dia de los Muertos Books!
October 17, 2013

What a spooky sale! Just in time for Halloween and Dia de los Muertos, enjoy 25% off all of our bilingual scary stories, including the classic Joe Hayes' retelling of La Llorona and Mi familia calaca/My Skeleton Family—a fun, new book about family for early readers.

Click here to see our Dia de los Muertos collection. Sale runs until November 2.
<i>The New York Times</i> recommends Joe Hayes
The New York Times recommends Joe Hayes
October 1, 2013

Harvest time. The perfect time of year for Joe Hayes' newest bilingual tale Don't Say A Word, Mamá / No digas nada, Mamá— at least that's what The New York Times thinks!

"Hayes balances humor with sentiment, and abundance with a concern for privation in a way that imbues the notion of harvest with a sense of real value … Perfect for readers of either language, or for language learners." [Read more here]

This beautiful story of sisterly love and sharing is a wonderful autumn read. A story to make your heart swell and your tummy grumble!

Available now in paperback, and coming soon in hardcover!
<i>Conquistador</i> Interview and Dates
Conquistador Interview and Dates
September 19, 2013

"This turned out to be much more of life imitating art than the other way around.” That's Joshua Isard talking about his debut novel Conquistador of the Useless.
After all, it's not every day that a writer relocates from the urban landscape to a suburban house just like the one he describes his main character as living in. But that's just what happened--after Isard wrote about it in Conquistador. For more insight into Isard (who runs the low-residency Creative Writing MFA program at Arcadia University) and his "sort of alter-ego" Nathan Wavelsky read the Montgomery News interview here.

Upcoming Tour Dates for Conquistador of the Useless:

Friday, Sept. 20 | Visiting Writers Series at Arcadia University
7PM | Grey Towers Castle, Rose Room
Arcadia University | Philadelphia, PA

Saturday, Sept. 28 | Conversations & Connections Conference
Craft Session: Contractions, Slang, and Profanity: Writing Effective Dialog
University of the Arts | Philadelphia, PA

Buy Conquistador of the Useless here.
Here We Are Now Entertain Us
May 31, 2013

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'Enchanting' News! Another Win For Benjamin Alire Sáenz
'Enchanting' News! Another Win For Benjamin Alire Sáenz
May 31, 2013

On the heels of his big PEN/Faulkner win for his collection of short stories, Everything Begins and Ends at the Kentucky Club, Benjamin Alire Sáenz has just been awarded the Land of Enchantment Book Award for The Dog Who Loved Tortillas. "A universal message with a Latino flavor" (Kirkus Reviews), The Dog Who Loved Tortillas is a bilingual tale of family love, new puppies and, of course, tortillas! Illustrated by Geronimo Garcia, who created the characters of Little Diego and Gabriela first introduced in Sáenz’s early best-selling title A Gift from Papá Diego.

To read reviews, view illustrations and buy The Dog Who Loved Tortillas click here. Also available in paperback.
Next by Kevin Waltman
Next by Kevin Waltman
May 22, 2013

Next is the first novel in Kevin Waltman's four-part D-Bow Hoops series. The series follows basketball prodigy Derrick Bowen — D-Bow to his friends — through his high school career. D-Bow is impatient to start his freshman year, but his old-school coach favors a senior for a guard spot. Meanwhile, pressure at home builds for D-Bow to transfer from his neighborhood school to an exclusive prep school.
House of Purple Cedar by Tim Tingle
House of Purple Cedar by Tim Tingle
May 22, 2013

Remember Dippy by Shirley Vernick
Remember Dippy by Shirley Vernick
May 22, 2013


Remember Dippy is the second novel by YA author Shirley Vernick. Shirley's first novel — Blood Lie — was chosen by the American Library Association for its 2012 Best Fiction for Young Adults list and won the Simon Wiesenthal Once Upon a World Children's Book Award.

Kirkus Review says Shirley's latest book is "an enjoyable and provocative exploration of the clash between 'normal' and 'different' and how similar the two really are.
Benjamin Saenz wins the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction!
March 19, 2013

The PEN/Faulkner Foundation awards author Benjamin Alire Sáenz the 2013 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction for his book Everything Begins and Ends at the Kentucky Club!

In the words of judge A.J. Verdelle, “In Everything Begins & Ends at the Kentucky Club, his twentieth published book, Benjamin Alire Sáenz shows how decades working at your craft gives birth to might and mastery … He presents a rendering of reality that is lush, tender, expansive, inclusive and profound. The author takes stunning care with language—English, Spanish, and the languages of sunlight, daylight, dimlight, night light—twisting and tumbling with the whispered language of the human heart. Sáenz also devotes impressive attention to rendering communities on the borders of the United States and Mexico, on the boundaries of sensual and sexual expression, on the edge of despair, and on the cusp of redemption.”

Read more about the award in the El Paso Times.
Benjamin Alire Sáenz wins big at ALA Midwinter 2013!
Benjamin Alire Sáenz wins big at ALA Midwinter 2013!
January 28, 2013

The American Library Association showered author Benjamin Alire Sáenz with awards at its Mid-Winter 2013 conference. His latest young adult novel — Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, published by Simon and Schuster — won the Pura Belpré Award for the best YA novel to celebrate the Latino cultural experience , the Stonewall Award for the best book depicting the gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender experience, and an Honor Book listing from the Printz Award.

For a look at the rest of Ben's oeuvre, click here.
Shelf Awareness gives Make It, Take It a starred review!
Shelf Awareness gives Make It, Take It a starred review!
January 15, 2013

The January 15, 2013 of Shelf Awareness for Readers carried a starred review for Make It, Take It, the debut novel from Rus Bradburd: "Ex-coach Rus Bradburd crafts a spare and intriguing story that illuminates the complex machinations required to stay afloat in the unforgiving world of this high-stakes "amateur" sport. Ironic, acerbic and often distressing, Make It, Take It is fiction, but it feels more authentic than any ESPN documentary … With an ear for the music of leather on hardwood, Bradburd is a fan, no question--but Make It, Take It is both a crisply sardonic tale of frustration and a blistering indictment of the sickness inherent in the business of college basketball."
it's a <i>Make It, Take It,</i> Merry Christmas Party!
it's a Make It, Take It, Merry Christmas Party!
December 7, 2012

Join us December 20 for a Make It, Take It Christmas Party @ Cinco Puntos World Headquarters!

Author Rus Bradburd will be signing copies of his witty new novel, Make It, Take It. Buy Rus' book and get it signed, buy great children's books for the kids and the grandkids, talk with friends, drink some wine or beer, eat the cheese and snacks, and the best part? Nearly everything at the store is on sale at 25% off for the holidays!

When: December 20 | 5-7PM
Where: CPP World HQ (701 Texas Avenue in downtown El Paso, TX)

Hot damn! Hot punch! And blessings to all!
LaVerne Clark's <i>Keepers of the Earth</i> featured in exhibit at Texas State History Museum
LaVerne Clark's Keepers of the Earth featured in exhibit at Texas State History Museum
November 14, 2012

The Bullock Texas State History Museum in Austin is unveiling a new exhibit called "Women Shaping Texas in the 20th Century." The exhibit seeks to examine the critical role that women played in the state's development. The exhibit highlights the work of women like Barbara Jordan, Babe Didrikson Zaharias, Clara Driscoll, and Juanita Craft while also shining a spotlight on books by sixteen Texas authors. One of those books is Keepers of the Earth by the late LaVerne Harrell Clark.


The exhibit runs from December 8, 2012 to May 19, 2013.

<i>Which Side Are You On?</i> wins the Aesop Prize
Which Side Are You On? wins the Aesop Prize
November 1, 2012

We're so happy to announce that Which Side Are You On? The Story of a Song has won the American Folklore Society's prestigious 2012 Aesop Prize! Congrats to author George Ella Lyon and illustrator Christopher Cardinale. Here's what the American Folklore Society has to say about Which Side Are You On?:

The urgency and bravery described in Which Side Are You On? is at once both historic and contemporary ... Author George Ella Lyon, and illustrator Christopher Cardinale, do a masterful job of portraying the historic setting and the unsung heroes of the coal miners’ strikes in the 1920’s and 30’s. And yet, by bringing this era into sharper focus, Lyon and Cardinale bring the realization that folk song is ever relevant in contemporary society. This book showcases a classic example of folk song, while simultaneously providing the context in which this song for social change took root. Social unrest, and the desire for justice, provide fertile ground for the flourishing of folk music as the voice of the oppressed. By describing the development of this song, Lyon and Cardinale remind us of its relevance today.


To read more about Which Side Are You On? The Story of a Song, check out reviews or order your copy today, click here.
Texas Book Festival
Texas Book Festival
October 24, 2012

We're Austin-bound this weekend for the 2012 Texas Book Festival! Stop by and visit us at booth 310 in the exhibitor tents, located along the west side of the Texas State Capitol on Colorado Street. We'll be there Saturday 10-5 and Sunday 11-5 with lots of new books to share!
Author Brett Hartman Launches Website!
Author Brett Hartman Launches Website!
October 23, 2012

"...there's clearly a shortage of realistic "boy books." Sometimes it feels as if the biggie publishing houses have given up on the coming-of-age male reader."

That's one of CPP's newest authors, Brett Hartman, discussing YA books on his brand-spankin-new website. Click on over to find upcoming book tour dates, read Brett's bio and check out more of the excerpted Q&A.

Click here to visit Brett's website.
El Paso Read-Along
El Paso Read-Along
August 17, 2012

For the next six weeks, the people of El Paso will be reading Rudolfo Anaya's seminal coming-of-age tale, Bless Me, Ultima, and we want you to join along! The community-wide reading event culminates in the world premiere of the novel's long-awaited film adaptation at the famous Plaza Theatre in downtown El Paso on September 17.

To encourage participation, the El Paso Public Library will be raffling off a brand new e-reader every week through the end of September.

You can also check out Anaya's Elegy on the Death of César Chávez here (hardcover) and here (paperback).
Join Us Online at SummerTeen This Thursday
Join Us Online at SummerTeen This Thursday
August 6, 2012

Three of our YA authors will be speaking at the School Library Journal's one-day SummerTeen online conference this Thursday, August 9. You can find them at the Perseus Booth from 3:30-4:30 (EST). To take a sneak-peak at Cadillac Chronicles, the debut novel from Brett Hartman that we'll be discussing, click here.

Author Presentations at the Perseus Booth:

J.L. Powers (This Thing Called the Future) 3:30pm-3:50pm
Xavier Garcia (Maximilian and the Mystery of the Guardian Angel) 3:50pm-4:10pm
Shirley Reva Vernick (The Blood Lie) 4:10pm-4:30pm

Beat the summer heat by staying indoors and watching the conference from your home, library or mobile device! Panels include topics like Graphic Novels, Multicultural Reads, and Rockin' Women of YA Lit. Click here to view the full program.

Registration is still open, and the price for students is only $9.95! Click here to register.

Remember to follow along on twitter at: #sljSummerTeen
Dark Stories in a Dark Bar
Dark Stories in a Dark Bar
August 1, 2012

In the search for the perfect book cover, Benjamin Alire Sáenz, Bobby Byrd and designer Antonio Castro walked across the bridge to the one and only Kentucky Club on Avenida Juárez to find some inspiration. And to down a Bohemia or two. Check out the video below, shot at the famous watering hole, to hear what Ben has to say about the dark nature of the stories in his upcoming collection, Everything Begins and Ends at the Kentucky Club.

Which Side Are You On, Wisconsin?
Which Side Are You On, Wisconsin?
July 23, 2012

Author George Ella Lyon and illustrator Christopher Cardinale will be on hand at the Wisconsin Book Festival to present their book, Which Side Are You On? The Story of a Song this November. A free, five-day program held annual in Madison, it's the state's largest literary festival and draws thousands of book-lovers each year.

For more on the critically acclaimed picture book Which Side Are You On?, click here.

Click here for more info on the Wisconsin Book Festival.
NBC News features Lucha Libre
NBC News features Lucha Libre
July 13, 2012

NBC Latino features Xavier Garza's Lucha Libre as one of five extraordinary Latino-inspired books for boys. We are reminded, "This is a really fun book for little lucha libre fans."
Joe Hayes Celebrates 30 Years of Storytelling at the Wheelwright
Joe Hayes Celebrates 30 Years of Storytelling at the Wheelwright
July 3, 2012

New Mexico’s favorite storyteller brings his bilingual blend of ghost stories, coyote yarns, and tall tales back to the Wheelwright Museum! Joe has delighted Santa Fe families for a generation with imaginative journeys through the Native American, Hispanic and Anglo cultures of the Southwest. If you're in the Santa Fe area this summer we highly recommend celebrating Joe's 30th year telling tales at the Wheelwright.

Joe will be sharing some of his most beloved stories every Saturday and Sunday evening starting at 7pm, from July 21-August 12. Admission is FREE!

For more about the Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian, click here.

Click here to buy Joe's latest collection of bilingual folk tales, The Coyote Under the Table.
We're at ALA Annual This Week
We're at ALA Annual This Week
June 20, 2012

Lee and Bobby have stacks of new books at ALA Annual in Anaheim this week! Find them at booth #2567. Author and illustrator Xavier Garza will also be on hand to celebrate his Pura Belpré Honor Book Maximilian and the Mystery of the Guardian Angel.

From book signings to panel discussions to the big Pura Belpré Celebratiòn, check out this blog post for all Cinco Puntos events at ALA.
What Happened, Wisconsin?
What Happened, Wisconsin?
June 8, 2012

On the heels of this week's recall election in Wisconsin, we invite Governor Scott Walker to read Which Side Are You On? — the story of a song which was written in 1931 by Florence Reece in a rain of bullets. It has been sung by people fighting for their rights all over the world.

Come on all you good workers!

For more on Which Side Are You on? The Story of a Song click here.
Beto Wins the Primary!
Beto Wins the Primary!
May 30, 2012

CPP author Beto O'Rourke unseated 8-term incumbent Silvestre Reyes in the 16th Congressional District primary Tuesday night here in El Paso. The race was called at 12:45 a.m., with Beto bringing in 50.4 percent of the votes.

The media has been touting Beto's pro-legalization stance...but don't take it from them, read the book from us!

Beto is co-author, with Susie Byrd, of Dealing Death and Drugs - The Big Business of Dope in the U.S. and Mexico, an intelligent argument for the end of marijuana prohibition. You can follow Beto's run for congress here.
Reyes VS O'Rourke
Reyes VS O'Rourke
May 24, 2012

"El Paso will make what many believe is one of the most important decisions in borderland political history: Reyes or O'Rourke" —Darren Hunt, KVIA

CP author Beto O'Rourke goes head-to-head with incumbent Sylvestre Reyes in this Congressional debate via ABC 7 (watch the video here. They discuss Beto's take on ending marijuana prohibition, and his book, Dealing Death and Drugs, at 14:30).

The 16th Congressional district primary is just days away (May 29) and right now the race is looking close, with recent polls showing Beto in the lead. If you live in El Paso, remember to get out and VOTE!

Beto O'Rourke is co-author, with Susie Byrd, of Dealing Death and Drugs - The Big Business of Dope in the U.S. and Mexico, an intelligent argument for the end of marijuana prohibition. You can follow Beto's run for congress here,.
Happy Birthday Florence Reece!
Happy Birthday Florence Reece!
April 12, 2012

Were she alive today, songstress and activist Florence Reece would be turning a grand 112 years old!

The Zinn Education Project honors her memory today with two wonderful posts—click here to check out their facebook page and to view an amazing image of Reece singing on stage with folk legend Pete Seeger.

To learn more about Reece and the book Which Side Are You On? The Story of a Song based on the classic folk tune she penned while under a hale of bullets, click here.
El día de los niños / El día de los libros 2011
El día de los niños / El día de los libros 2011
April 1, 2012

Cinco Puntos Press is proud to honor the work of El día de los niños / El día de los libros, its founders and supporters, by discounting our children’s books for libraries throughout the country who are participating in this important program. Our catalog is filled with books, many in English and Spanish, that have the potential to delight, edify and entertain children of all ages, books that will give them a mirror into their own culture or a window into the cultures of other kids. All our books represent the work of dedicated authors, editors, and designers who have worked hard to make books that offer a combination of singular content, appealing presentation and lasting value.
<i>Beauty is a Verb</i> Editor Wins Prestigious Award
Beauty is a Verb Editor Wins Prestigious Award
March 12, 2012

Congratulations to Sheila Black, a recipient of the 2012 Witter Bynner Fellowship, selected by Poet Laureate Philip Levine. Commending Black on her work, Levine said, “She is a consummate poet of memory who seems able to inhabit all the various women she is and has been. The loves and losses of the child, the young woman and the mother are present in these rich lyrics and storied poems. Hers is a poetry of feeling, and the whole panoply of emotions—from love to rage—is present and earned.”

Shelia Black is co-editor of the ground-breaking anthology Beauty is a Verb - The New Poetry of Disability.
A Life Lived Underground: RIP Anthony Horton
A Life Lived Underground: RIP Anthony Horton
February 7, 2012

With heavy hearts we say goodbye to beloved artist and storyteller Anthony Horton, who spent the greater part of his life living and surviving in the secret underground tributaries of the NYC subway system. In 2008, we were lucky enough to publish his and Youme Landowne's graphic novel, Pitch Black - Don't Be Skerd, the story of Anthony's life underground. The New York Times wrote up a touching story on Anthony here: A Fiery End of a Life Lived Beneath the City. Rest in Peace, Anthony.
3 Cinco Puntos Books Awarded by American Library Association
3 Cinco Puntos Books Awarded by American Library Association
January 24, 2012

Just got back from a long weekend at the ALA's Midwinter Meetup in Dallas where Cinco Puntos authors were awarded three honors by the prestigious organization.


Beauty is a Verb - The New Poetry of Disability
2012 ALA Notable Poetry Book (one of only two poetry books on the whole list!)

Saltypie - A Choctaw Journey from Darkness into Light by Tim Tingle
American Indian Youth Literature Award, Picture Book category, Honor Book

Maximilian & the Mystery of the Guardian Angel written and illustrated by Xavier Garza
Pura Belpré Award, Honor Book
Rogue Librarian Picks for Best of '11
Rogue Librarian Picks for Best of '11
January 3, 2012

Three Cinco Puntos book have been chosen as the Rogue Librarian's Best of the Indies 2011!




For Young Readers:
Which Side Are You On? The Story of a Song by George Ella Lyon
A great story about Florence Reece...

For Older Readers:
This Thing Called the Future by J.L. Powers
A beautifully written, honest, engrossing story...

The Blood Lie by Shirley Reva Vernick
...a chilling story of anti-Semitism.

See the full list here.


Cinco Puntos Catalogs
Cinco Puntos Catalogs
December 6, 2011

Cinco Puntos Catalogs

NY Times Draws Attention to <i>Which Side Are You On?</i>
NY Times Draws Attention to Which Side Are You On?
October 26, 2011

"The story is a good and important one, and it is well told for an elementary-school audience...Cardinale’s folksy, woodcut-style paintings include several memorable images."

The New York Times Book Section is taking notice of George Ella Lyon's picture book about the 1931 pro-union anthem, Which Side Are You On? The Story of a Song. Check out the full article here.
"...the discourse between ability, identity & poetry will never be the same."
September 21, 2011

"[BEAUTY IS A VERB] is going to be one of the defining collections of the 21st century–and let’s hope it doesn’t take nearly half a century for us all to recognize it."—Ron Silliman, Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Yep, that's the inimitable Ron Silliman talking about Cinco Puntos' ground-breaking poetry anthology, Beauty is a Verb: The New Poetry of Disability, out now!

To read the full review on Silliman's blog, click here.

To read more reviews of Beauty is a Verb or to purchase a copy, click here.
From Laos, With Love
From Laos, With Love
August 29, 2011

Check out the great reader letter we just received about Youme Landowne's book Mali Under the Night Sky — A Lao Story of Home


"I have a four-year-old son who’s bi-racial (Lao-Ethiopian). I read him this book about Mali’s journey; and in a surprising & sweet, innocent way, my son started asking me about war, about why Mali had to leave her country. It was a special bonding moment for my son & me, for me to have the opportunity to educate/teach him about his daddy’s own journey to America. I was born in Vientiane, and spent 14 months in Nong Khai Refugee camp before coming to America."


For more on Mali Under the Night Sky click here.
Top Ten List
Top Ten List
June 30, 2011

The publishing world is already buzzing about our new poetry anthology, Beauty is a Verb: The New Poetry of Disability! Calling the collection, "unusual and powerful," Publishers Weekly gave the book a spot on its Top Ten list of Poetry Books for fall.

A ground-breaking anthology that brings fresh understanding to the American experience of disability and its poetry, these poems and essays reflect on the body’s fragility, the commodification of the body, and the very nature of beauty and function.

Edited by Jennifer Bartlett, Sheila Black and Michael Northen, Beauty is a Verb is due out this September, but you can get a first look at excerpts, hear from the writers and more when you follow the anthology's facebook page.

For the full list of contributors and to take a closer look at Susan Austin's magical cover art, click here.
Count On Us!
Count On Us!
June 3, 2011

Everyone's favorite counting book, Juanito Counts to Ten / Johnny cuenta hasta diez has been chosen as Library Media Connection's Editor's Choice 2011 in the Spanish Language/Bilingual category!

Written by Cinco Puntos' own Lee Byrd and illustrated by Francisco Delgado, follow along as Johnny counts the kisses he gives his loving family in this counting book for early readers.

Want to see more colorful illustrations and read more about the book Kirkus Reviews calls "a winning story of love of family and friends"? Click here.
New In Paperback!
New In Paperback!
May 18, 2011

Claudia Guadalupe Martinez's Patterson Prize-winning debut novel is the perfect summer read... and now it's beach-bag-ready in all its paperback glory!

Watch the beautiful new trailer for The Smell of Old Lady Perfume right here:



To read what the critics have to say about The Smell of Old Lady Perfume, and to order your copy, click here.
Follow Your Friends
Follow Your Friends
May 17, 2011

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fun photos from Cinco Puntos' travels,
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Oh, Baby! Win $500 Worth of Bilingual Books for Your School
Oh, Baby! Win $500 Worth of Bilingual Books for Your School
April 26, 2011

We've partnered with the good folks at SpanglishBaby to give away half-a-grand worth of bilingual books to one lucky elementary school with the My Bilingual School Library Contest.

Public school dual langage programs are notoriously under-funded, and with the 15th anniversary of El Día de los niños/El Día de los libros fast approaching, SpanglishBaby’s co-founder, Roxana A. Soto knew the perfect way to help. "We know of several Spanish teachers who have to bring books from their own home libraries to share with their students because they have no budget to grow their school's bilingual libraries. We want to try to change that."

Don't wait! The contest ends May 15th! For guidelines and rules, click here.

For more on SpanglishBaby, click here.
Event with Christopher Cardinale
Event with Christopher Cardinale
March 29, 2011

Tuesday, March 29th, 2011
6:30 to 8 PM
Busboys and Poets - 14th St.
Washington DC 20009

Teaching for Change's Busboys and Poets Bookstore welcomes Christopher Cardinale, illustrator of Mr. Mendoza's Paintbrush (written by Luis Alberto Urrea) and Matt Dembicki, editor of and a contributing illustrator to Trickster: Native American Tales: A Graphic Collection to discuss and sign their books, Mr. Medoza's Paintbrush and Trickster.

Dembicki and Cardinale will be joined by other contributors to Trickster. Co-sponsored by DC Conspiracy, Cinco Puntos Press, Fulcrum Pubishing and Teaching for Change.
What the Future Holds
What the Future Holds
February 10, 2011

In anticipation of J.L. Powers' newest YA novel, This Thing Called the Future due out this spring, we're releasing the first five chapters now! Set in modern-day South Africa, the story follows Khosi, a 14-year-old girl faced with a slew of extraordinary circumstances: from a supernatural stalking to losing a loved one to AIDS.

"A great achievement by J.L. Powers."—Deborah Ellis, The Breadwinner

To read the beginning of the book and learn more about This Thing Called the Future click here.
Let's Hear it for Storytellers!
Let's Hear it for Storytellers!
January 20, 2011

Storytelling World just announced that three of our books (OK, two books and a DVD) have received honors in their 2011 Storytelling World Resource Awards!

Tim Tingle's true story of growing up Choctaw, Saltypie, received an honor in the Stories for Pre-Adolescent Listeners category, while Joe Hayes' tall tale The Gum Chewing Rattler won an honor in the stories for Young Listeners category. In the Stories for Adolescent listeners, Joe's DVD version of the classic scary story La Llorona was honored.

Look for these stories (along with the rest of this year's winners and honors) in the April/May issue of Storytelling Magazine/Storytelling World.

Follow the links for more:
Saltypie: A Choctaw Journey from Darkness into Light
The Gum Chewing Rattler
La Llorona DVD
About Last Night...
About Last Night...
January 12, 2011

YALSA just awarded Benjamin Sáenz' novel Last Night I Sang to the Monster as one of the Top Ten Best Fiction Titles for Young Adults.

Congratulations to Ben! What an honor!

Click here to order your copy of Last Night I Sang to the Monster today.

<i>Las Soldaderas</i> back in stock!
Las Soldaderas back in stock!
January 3, 2011

Elena Poniatowska's iconic Las Soldaderas is now back in stock after a brief absence. Click here to order a copy.
Mali's Story Speaks a Potent Truth
Mali's Story Speaks a Potent Truth
December 7, 2010

Today, December 7, marks the 69th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, "a date which will live in infamy," ...Seven decades later infamy lives on, stealing childhoods, families, homes, lives. Now as another year comes to a close, we pray for peace... again and again... again and again... Mali Under the Night Sky is another hopeful, urgent prayer.

Terry Hong, writer for the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Program, gave Youme Landowne's Mali Under the Night Sky a rave review in today's Book Dragon. To read the rest, click here.

To find out more about Mali Under the Night Sky and order your copy today, click here.
Drug Lord in the News
Drug Lord in the News
December 2, 2010

"Poppa's access to the innermost circle of the drug trade then is simply not possible today."

Check out the story on Drug Lord in today's El Paso Times!

Get the scoop on the new edition, what award-winning journalist Terrance Poppa thinks about U.S. drug prohibition, and how he gained access to the most dangerous man in Mexico.

Click here for the Times story.

Click here to order your copy of Drug Lord.
<center>Visit our El Paso Storefront for all your Holiday Shopping!</center>
Visit our El Paso Storefront for all your Holiday Shopping!
November 30, 2010


Cinco Puntos Holiday Hours
(through December) :
9am to 5:30pm Mon - Fri
9am to 2pm on Saturdays
Closed Christmas Day &
New Year's Day

Still can't make it? Give Lee Byrd a call at 915-412-7349 and we'll try to work with your schedule to find a time for you to shop. We're located at 701 Texas Ave in downtown El Paso.

We'd love to see you this Holiday Season!
Publishers Weekly Reviews Mali Under the Night Sky
Publishers Weekly Reviews Mali Under the Night Sky
November 29, 2010

A Laotian girl's life takes a cruel turn in this haunting yet hopeful tale...

Congrats to writer and illustrator Youme Landown for the great review in Publishers Weekly. The magazine calls Mali's tale of growing up amidst civil war in Laos (based on the true story of artist Malichansouk Kouanchao) "a deeply felt and gently told story."

To read the full review or to find out more about Mali Under the Night Sky click here.
<i>Mr. Mendoza's Paintbrush</i> Awarded Best of 2010
Mr. Mendoza's Paintbrush Awarded Best of 2010
November 18, 2010

Kirkus Reviews recently chose Mr. Mendoza's Paintbrush as one of the best books of the year, including Luis Alberto Urrea's graphic novel on its 2010 Best Books for Teens list.

Set in Rosario, Mexico, this tale of a moralizing muralist was first published in Urrea's collection of short stories, Six Kinds of Sky, and was later adapted as a graphic novel with the help of illustrator Christopher Cardinale.

More on Mr. Mendoza's Paintbursh here
Cinco Puntos Authors at NCTE
Cinco Puntos Authors at NCTE
November 16, 2010

Cinco Puntos authors Joe Hayes and Benjamin Alire Sáenz will be in attendance at the 2010 NCTE Convention this weekend in Orlando.

Benjamin Sáenz will be on Saturday morning's Border Writers / Border Readers Panel from 8 to 9:15AM, while Joe Hayes will be telling tales on Saturday night, from 8 to 10PM at Swapping Ground: An Evening of Storytelling located in the Yacht & Beach Club / Hampton Room. Meanwhile you can find the folks from Cinco Puntos throughout the convention at booth 212.

This year's theme is Teachers and Students Together: Living Literate Lives. The National Council of Teachers of English Annual Convention runs from Thursday, November 18 to Sunday, November 21 in Orlando, Florida.

More on Joe Hayes and Benjamin Alire Sáenz

More on NCTE
California Readers Love Saltypie
California Readers Love Saltypie
November 9, 2010

Saltypie: A Choctaw Journey from Darkness Into Light, by Tim Tingle and illustrated by Karen Clarkson, has been put on the California Readers reading list.

California Readers is the state's premier reading and school library advocacy group. Saltypie is one of 41 books added to the list this year.


Each year a California Readers' committee reviews over 1,500 titles, selecting 100 fiction and nonfiction books that they believe will create balanced school library collections and support classroom curricula. The books are judged for general excellence in their genre and their appeal to children and young adults.

Click here to order your copy of Saltypie today!
True Grit, Extra Pulp: Noir Anthology Seeks Texas as its Muse
True Grit, Extra Pulp: Noir Anthology Seeks Texas as its Muse
November 3, 2010

Lone Star Noir, edited by Cinco Puntos’ own father-son team Bobby and John Byrd, is now available here. The Anthology features over a dozen hard-boiled noir tales (quite a few penned by Cinco Puntos alums) covering the dusty Texas landscape.

Click here to check out the reviews and order a signed copy today.
<i>Cesar Chavez: A Photographic Essay</i> featured on NPR blog
Cesar Chavez: A Photographic Essay featured on NPR blog
October 11, 2010

In May 2010, Cinco Puntos Press published Ilan Stavan's Cesar Chavez: A Photographic Essay, a book of photos depicting the life and work of labor leader Cesar Chavez. To accompany an excerpted group of photos from that book, NPR producer Felix Contreras conducted an interview with his father, Luis Contreras, about the elder Contreras’ early life as a member of a migrant farm worker family.

Read the interview here.

Benjamin Saenz is a finalist for a prestigious PEN Center USA Literary Award.
Benjamin Saenz is a finalist for a prestigious PEN Center USA Literary Award.
September 1, 2010

On September 1, 2010, PEN Center USA announced the results of its 2010 Literary Awards. Cinco Puntos is proud that the organization honored Benjamin Saenz as a finalist in the Children’s/Young Adult Literature category for his YA novel Last Night I Sang to the Monster. Other finalists were Kate DiCamillo and Liz Garton Scanlon. The category winner was Paul Fleischman.

Robert Boswell, another author with Cinco Puntos connections, was also honored as a finalist in the Fiction category for his recent collection of short stories, The Heydey of the Insensitive Bastards (Graywolf Press). In 2008, Cinco Puntos published What Men Call Treasure: The Search for Gold at Victorio Peak, which Robert co-wrote with David Schweidel.
Sweet Storytelling Sounds
August 18, 2010

We’re delighted that TeachingBooks.net, one of the most interesting and enterprising online educational programs that Cinco Puntos has collaborated with in the promotion of literacy, has featured Cinco Puntos Press authors JOE HAYES and TIM TINGLE. Do yourself a favor and take a free ride at TeachingBooks.net and listen to these two master storytellers.

Hear Joe Hayes introduce and read an excerpt from Dance, Nana, Dance / Baila, Nana, Baila.

Listen to Tim Tingle introduce and read an excerpt from Saltypie: A Choctaw Journey from Darkness Into Light,.
Mr. Mendoza's Paintbrush reviewed The Bloomsbury Review
August 5, 2010

The Bloomsbury Review features Mr. Mendoza's Paintbrush in a two-column call-out box in its Summer 2010 issue. Of the graphic novel, Bloomsbury says, "Mr. Mendoza’s Paintbrush is a rich gift…Urrea and Cardinale are a “match made in heaven.” Indeed.
Cinco Puntos at ALA Annual in D.C.
Cinco Puntos at ALA Annual in D.C.
June 21, 2010

Cinco Puntos is exhibiting at the American Library Association's Annual Convention in Washington, D.C. from June 25-28. If you are attending, please stop by the Cinco Puntos booth (#2833) to visit with authors Joe Hayes and Benjamin Alire Sáenz, artist Christopher Cardinale, and to nibble on a cookie from our favorite El Paso bakery, Gussie's Tamales.

Click here for a full schedule of Cinco Puntos events at ALA.
Mr. Mendoza's Paintbrush Release Party
Mr. Mendoza's Paintbrush Release Party
April 28, 2010

Here's a rare treat for New York fans. On April 28, Word Books in Brooklyn is hosting a release party for Mr. Mendoza's Paintbrush, the new graphic novel by Luis Alberto Urrea and artist Christopher Cardinale. In the years that Christopher and Luis have worked on this wonderful book, they have been in the same city at the same time exactly twice. The opportunity to have the two of them together to celebrate their book was so enticing that Cinco Puntos arranged to have an advance shipment of Mr. Mendoza’s Paintbrush available for Word. If you miss this event, there will not be another opportunity to buy this book until June. This really is a unique chance to meet the book’s collaborators.

El día de los niños / El día de los libros
El día de los niños / El día de los libros
March 23, 2010

Cinco Puntos Press is proud to honor the work of El día de los niños / El día de los libros, its founders and supporters, by discounting our children’s books for libraries throughout the country who are participating in this important program. Our catalog is filled with books, many in English and Spanish, that have the potential to delight, edify and entertain children of all ages, books that will give them a mirror into their own culture or a window into the cultures of other kids. All our books represent the work of dedicated authors, editors, and designers who have worked hard to make books that offer a combination of singular content, appealing presentation and lasting value.

To see a list of our titles and an order form, please click here. These specially discounted prices are only for libraries participating in the 2010 El día de los niños / El día de los libros and are not to be used for collection development. Quantity purchases of at least 75 books are required. If you have any questions, please contact us at (915) 838-1625 or fax to (915) 838-1635.

Lee and Bobby Byrd
Cinco Puntos Press

For more information about El día de los niños / El día de los libros, visit Pat Mora's website or the American Library Association's Día page.

¡Happy Diá!
Click the below link to view our catalog and order form.
Cinco Puntos Press at the Tucson Book Festival
March 10, 2010

Cinco Puntos will be attending the 2nd Tucson Festival of Books this weekend March 13th and 14th on the campus of the University of Arizona. Three CPP authors will be featured—Tim Tingle, Tom Miller and Luis Alberto Urrea—each with new titles from Cinco Puntos Press (see below). Please go to our blog or the Tucson Festival of Books site for more detailed information about performance times and places. Co-publisher Bobby Byrd will be at the booth with long-time CPP employee Mary Fountaine (aka Cactus Mary, the soapmaker).
Sydney Taylor Award
February 4, 2010

Benjamin Saenz Reads for Library Fundraiser
Benjamin Saenz Reads for Library Fundraiser
January 13, 2010

Poet and novelist Benjamin Alire Sáenz will be the guest speaker for the Friends of the El Paso Downtown Public Library at the Downtown Library, 501 N. Oregon. Ben will be reading from his latest YA novel Last Night I Sang to the Monster, a book which is receiving starred reviews and is being considered for prestigious national awards.


Poets and Writers Magazine recently named Sáenz one of the 50 Most Inspiring Writers of Our Time. He teaches at the University of Texas at El Paso. He has received the Wallace Stegner Fellowship, the Lannan Fellowship and an American Book Award. Still, with all this fanfare, he calls himself a fronterizo, a person of the border. The Border region is his home, the place where his imagination is rooted.
Christmas Time Hours
Christmas Time Hours
December 4, 2009

Cinco Puntos Press is open this holiday season from 9 am to 5 pm, Monday through Saturday. If you're in town and visiting, be sure to drop by our very colorful store at 701 Texas Avenue, just five blocks east of the heart of downtown. We've got great discounts on books, including the marvelous holiday classic, CHARRO CLAUS AND THE TEJAS KID, the wonderful story of Santa's Mexican cousin. It's bilingual! Cactus Mary and her desert-fragrant soaps are here too.

Joe Hayes’ Dance, Nana, Dance has won the 2009 Aesop Award!
Joe Hayes’ Dance, Nana, Dance has won the 2009 Aesop Award!
October 16, 2009

Joe Hayes’ Dance, Nana, Dance has won the 2009 Aesop Award! Given annually by the American Folklore Society, the coveted award recognizes outstanding new books of folklore for children and young adults.

In their award letter, the Aesop committee said, “…Please convey [the committee’s] congratulations to Joe Hayes and Mauricio Trenard Sayago on this outstanding bilingual work of Cuban folktales. With a style that captures the rhythmic pulse of the Cuban way of life, the vibrant storytelling in this collection of tales by Joe Hayes will delight Spanish-speaking and English-speaking children alike.

The accurate translation builds familiarity in reading and expressing ideas in a second language. The colorful illustrations reflect the warmth of Cuban folk art. We hope that this anthology will inspire young readers to gain great awareness of Cuban cultural sensibilities.”
Southwest Book Fair
Southwest Book Fair
October 14, 2009

The El Paso Public Library’s fourth annual Great Southwest Bookfair is happening on October 31st at the Main Library in downtown El Paso. This year, the festival features three Cinco Puntos authors—Joe Hayes, Xavier Garza and Claudia Martinez. The event is FREE and open to the public. Mark it on your calendar. It’s a wonderful chance to enjoy performances by these and other fine authors.

For more information: call 543-5466 or click here.
Teachers and librarians, send an email to info@cincopuntos.com to receive a full-color, printable event poster for your classroom or library.
Benjamin Sáenz
Benjamin Sáenz
September 14, 2009

Author Benjamin Saenz just launched his new website: www.benjaminaliresaenz.com. Fans of his books—including two recent hits with Cinco Puntos, The Dog Who Loved Tortillas and Last Night I Sang to the Monster—will enjoy a chance to learn more about the writer and read excerpts of his recent and upcoming books.
San Antonio Express-News reviews Cynthia Weill’s First Concepts in Mexican Folk Art series.
San Antonio Express-News reviews Cynthia Weill’s First Concepts in Mexican Folk Art series.
August 23, 2009

In an interview with Steve Bennett, Cynthia Weill (the author) said “The books are aimed at three audiences: kids, people interested in folk art and educators. I want a teacher to be able to use the books not only for concepts but also to educate about Mexican culture. I am also hoping that these books bring recognition to the artisans and Oaxaca's amazing folk arts. Handicrafts are an important livelihood for families in the poorest state in Mexico."

<i>Last Night I Sang to the Monster</i> just in from the printer!
Last Night I Sang to the Monster just in from the printer!
August 14, 2009

The latest novel from Benjamin Alire Saenz, Last Night I Sang to the Monster, is now available!

Watch Ben read the first chapter of the book here!

Kirkus Reviews gives it a glowing review in its August 15, 2009 issue:

"Sáenz' poetic narrative will captivate readers from the first sentence to the last paragraph of this beautifully written novel, which explores the painful journey of an adolescent through the labyrinth of addiction and alcoholism. It is also a celebration of life and a song of hope in celebration of family and friendship, one that will resonate loud and long with teens."
<i>Last Night I Sang to the Monster</i> reviewed in Kirkus
Last Night I Sang to the Monster reviewed in Kirkus
August 4, 2009

Kirkus gives Benjamin Alire Sáenz' upcoming YA novel Last Night I Sang to the Monster a glowing review in its August 15, 2009, issue. The novel publishes in September 2009.

"Sáenz' poetic narrative will captivate readers from the first sentence to the last paragraph of this beautifully written novel, which explores the painful journey of an adolescent through the labyrinth of addiction and alcoholism. It is also a celebration of life and a song of hope in celebration of family and friendship, one that will resonate loud and long with teens."
LA Times Reviews <i>Incantations</i>
LA Times Reviews Incantations
July 27, 2009

"These incantations were dreamed by Mayan women in the Highlands of Chiapas in southern Mexico," writes Ambar Past in her introduction. "The Tzotzil authors of this anthology claim their spells and songs were given to them by their ancestors, the First Fathermothers, who keep the Great Book in which all words are written down." Everything about this book is saturated; the ink is dark, the words look rich and thick on the pages. On the cover, the face of Kaxail, Mayan goddess of the wilderness, appears simple and complex, childlike and wise. An incantation for a newborn girl by Rosa Xulemho is characteristically simple and evocative: "When you grow up, / when you can speak, / you will work in the cornfield, / you will weave, / you will earn money / 'to buy your salt."

The baby is given the tools of women's work: a spindle, carding combs, weaving sticks, a grinding stone and a tumpline for carrying firewood. Weaving, cooking, making love and dancing are the most common subjects. "The force of the word can cure or kill," Past explains. The soul can be made to wander off from the body. There are portals to the Underworld. Each person has an animal companion, or "wayhel," "a word grown from the root (way) of the verbs to sleep and to dream." It's a witchy book. Be careful.
A Turn Around the Apple
A Turn Around the Apple
July 9, 2009

Rapping and Riffing is Bilingual Fun!

We’re pleased to present our latest book—a very hip ABC book by L.A. artist José Lozano—called Once Around the Block / Una vuelta a la manzana.

José Lozano’s cool alliterative riffs on the alphabet and his wacky drawings combine la cutura del barrio with Mr. Rogers smarts to make for a wonderful read-aloud ABC book in Spanish and English. So take a stroll around the block in José’s neighborhood—or, as they might say it in Spanish, una vuelta a la manzana, a turn around the apple. So, listen up to this little bit of gossip he has to say about Benito when he passes his house:
B is for Benito who loves baseball, bumblebees and big bean burritos. His Uncle Bobby gave Benito a bugle for his birthday. Benito blows his bugle so loud even Aunt Betty can hear it ten houses away.
This book is so cool it will make you want to practice the alphabet in your own ‘hood—in Spanish and English!
Awards Abound
Awards Abound
June 15, 2009

Sometimes we get so caught up in reading, designing, discussing, thinking about and producing new books that we forget to look back at what we’ve done. It’s a way of looking that we were taught called, “eating your work”—we chew over the highlights and heartbreaks in the production, and sometimes the heart failures that came with missed deadlines or a typo that wasn’t caught. Then we always think about how proud we are of each book, and of what the author accomplished in imagining and then writing that particular book. We do a little bragging, because we do so love to brag about the books that Cinco Puntos publishes.

And to add flavor to the eating, so to speak, so many of our books are receiving awards this year (Charro Claus & the Tejas Kid, Dance, Nana, Dance, A Perfect Season for Dreaming, Pitch Black, The Smell of Old Lady Perfume, and What Men Call Treasure). Delicious! To see these awards and to sit with us while we eat (and enjoy) our 2008 work, go to the Cinco Puntos Blog.


So, many thanks to all of you for your support of our books!
Lee Merrill Byrd
President, Cinco Puntos Press
We're hot!
We're hot!
May 28, 2009

Cinco Puntos Press is featured in Texas Monthly's article "Street Smarts: A Quickie Guide to Downtown El Paso" in the June 2009 issue.

"Since 1985, this family-owned and–operated indie publishing house has been churning out fiction, nonfiction, and children’s books on social justice issues around the world. The crayon-bright storefront has a stellar selection of hardbacks and paperbacks. Kiddos can learn the alphabet with ABeCedarios, a bilingual look at the ABC’s through Mexican folk art, and adults can brush up on U.S./Mexico relations with David Dorado Romo’s Ringside Seat to a Revolution." —Texas Monthly
Américas Award
Américas Award
May 12, 2009

The Américas Book Award committee chose three Cinco Puntos Press books for its 2009 Commended Titles list: The Smell of Old Lady Perfume; Dance, Nana, Dance; A Perfect Season for Dreaming. It's been a stellar year for all three books, each one gaining steam with each new recognition it receives.

The Américas Award seeks to bring attention to children's books that authentically portray the cultural heritage of Latin America, the Caribbean, and Latinos in the United States. The award is sponsored by the Consortium of Latin American Studies Programs.
Cinco Puntos at the LA Times Festival of Books
Cinco Puntos at the LA Times Festival of Books
April 23, 2009

Cinco Puntos is selling books at the LA Times Festival of Books this weekend. It should be a beautiful weekend at the UCLA campus. If you are in the neighborhood, come visit us at Booth #347.

The festival runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, April 25, and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, April 26. The festival is free, but you will have to pay to park on campus.
A Two-Fer!
A Two-Fer!
April 21, 2009

At the Texas Institute of Letters banquet on April 18, The Smell of Old Lady Perfume by Claudia Guadalupe Martinez received the Friends of the Austin Public Library Award for Best Book for Young Adults. At the same time, Benjamin Alire Saenz received the same award for the Best Book for Children for his beautiful A Perfect Season for Dreaming.

Both of these books will be for sale at the LA Times Festival of Books on the campus of UCLA—where we’re headed on Friday. It should be a beautiful weekend at the UCLA campus. If you are in the neighborhood, come visit us at Booth #347.

The festival runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, April 25, and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, April 26. The festival is free, but you will have to pay to park on campus.
The Smell of Old Lady Perfume
The Smell of Old Lady Perfume
April 20, 2009

The Smell of Old Lady Perfume by Claudia Guadalupe Martinez was chosen as one of the Southwest Books of the Year 2008. It’s also been selected as one of the Chicago Public Library’s Best of the Best for Kids.
Anne Izzard Storytellers' Choice Award
Anne Izzard Storytellers' Choice Award
April 9, 2009

Cinco Puntos Press just returned from the Texas Library Association where Joe Hayes was a featured speaker at the opening luncheon and told the wonderful story, “The Gift,” from Dance Nana Dance / Baila Nana Baila.

This new collection of Joe’s, collected from his many visits to Cuba, received the The Ninth Anne Izard Storytellers’ Choice Award! Another winning title from Joe Hayes!
Cinco Puntos On the Road
Cinco Puntos On the Road
March 20, 2009

We just got back from the first annual Tucson Book Festival. It was a huge success. We’re heading out to the Texas Library Association (TLA) in Houston April 1-3, where Joe Hayes will be presenting at the Opening Author Session Luncheon on April 1 with Attica Locke and Jon Scieszka. Come visit us in Booth 1652.
Vatos featured on the show Lie To Me
March 17, 2009

The new show Lie To Me on ____ has featured some images from our book Vatos! You can see the photographs from Vatos on the prison wall within the first few minutes of the show. You can watch it free here at hulu.com
El día de los niños / El día de los libros
El día de los niños / El día de los libros
February 16, 2009

Cinco Puntos Press is proud to honor the work of El día de los niños / El día de los libros, its founders and supporters, by discounting our children’s books for libraries throughout the country who are participating in this important program. Our catalog is filled with books, many in English and Spanish, that have the potential to delight, edify and entertain children of all ages, books that will give them a mirror into their own culture or a window into the cultures of other kids. All our books represent the work of dedicated authors, editors, and designers who have worked hard to make books that offer a combination of singular content, appealing presentation and lasting value.

To see a list of our titles and an order form, please click here. These specially discounted prices are only for libraries participating in the 2009 El día de los niños / El día de los libros and are not to be used for collection development. Quantity purchases of at least 75 books are required. If you have any questions, please contact us at (915) 838-1625 or fax to (915) 838-1635.

Lee and Bobby Byrd
Cinco Puntos Press

¡Happy Diá!
Click the below link to view our catalog and order form.
Top Ten Great Graphic Novels for Teens, 2008
Top Ten Great Graphic Novels for Teens, 2008
January 28, 2009

Congratulations to Youme Landowne and Anthony Horton! Their book PITCH BLACK: DON'T BE SKERD was selected as one of the Top Ten Great Graphic Novels for Teens in 2008 by the YALSA (the Young Adult Library Services Association) of the American Library Association at their annual Mid-Winter conference in Denver.

PITCH BLACK is a collaboration between Youme and Anthony, and is Youme’s second book.

To watch a video of Youme talking about Pitch Black, please go to our Cinco Puntos Press blog. Youme was at our booth at the 2009 Midwinter American Library Association Conference before we knew that her book was a prize-winner.
Críticas' Best Books of 2008: <i>Dance, Nana, Dance</i>
Críticas' Best Books of 2008: Dance, Nana, Dance
January 20, 2009

Dance, Nana, Dance / Baila, Nana, Baila has been chosen by Críticas as one of the Best Books of 2008. Congratulations Joe Hayes and Mauricio Trenard Sayago!

Gr 4-8–An excellent resource for storytellers, these 13 bilingual folktales by award-winning Hayes introduce readers to Cuban classics. [Críticas, 11/1/2008; STARRED]
Don't miss a spellbinding storyteller, Tim Tingle, this Sunday
Don't miss a spellbinding storyteller, Tim Tingle, this Sunday
January 20, 2009

Renowned Choctaw storyteller Tim Tingle will be telling stories at the Downtown Public Library in El Paso on Sunday afternoon, January 25 at 2pm. His visit is sponsored by the Friends of the Downtown Public Library and by Cinco Puntos Press.

This event is FREE and open to the public. Tim's books, Walking the Choctaw Road and Crossing Bok Chitto will be available for sale. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of Tim's books will go to the Friends of the Downtown Public Library.
How to say Christmas in Cinco Puntos
How to say Christmas in Cinco Puntos
December 2, 2008

Looking for unique gifts that will remind your friends and family of the Southwest and the U.S/Mexico border?

The books at Cinco Puntos will give your gift list all the savory flavors and colors of our part of the world. Guaranteed! Click on the news title or here for some suggestions.
NEA's Read Across America
NEA's Read Across America
November 11, 2008

Crossing Bok Chitto has been chosen by the National Education Association's (NEA) Read Across America program for American Indian Heritage Month. NEA has partnered with Kidthing to present a free book each month to readers. For November, Crossing Bok Chitto is available for FREE to download.

Visit kidthing.com/nea to find more information.

Just Released: Charro Claus and the Tejas Kid!
Just Released: Charro Claus and the Tejas Kid!
November 5, 2008

Cinco Puntos is proud to announce the release of Charro Claus and the Tejas Kid by writer and illustrator Xavier Garza. Xavier's artwork bubbles with kinetic excitement for the story of Vincent's wild Christmas ride.
Texas Book Festival
Texas Book Festival
October 24, 2008

Five authors published by Cinco Puntos Press will be at this year's Texas Book Festival in Austin, Texas.

Click on each individual author link to visit the Texas Book Festival website for more information about them and their schedule at the festival.

Benjamin Alire Saenz
Xavier Garza
Claudia Guadalupe Martinez
David Schweidel
Robert Boswell
Ben Saenz at the El Paso Museum of Art Store
Ben Saenz at the El Paso Museum of Art Store
October 11, 2008

The El Paso Museum of Art Store is hosting a book reading, reception and book signing for Ben Saenz. This event is celebrating Ben's newest bilingual children's book, A Perfect Season for Dreaming / Un tiempo perfecto para soñar.

When: Saturday, October 11 @ 2 PM
Where: El Paso Museum of Art Store
Dance, Nana, Dance
Dance, Nana, Dance
September 12, 2008

Just arrived from the printer: Joe Hayes' Dance, Nana, Dance / Baila, Nana, Baila. This beautiful collection of Cuban folktales will become a classic like his others: The Day It Snowed Tortillas and Watch Out for Clever Women.
Starred Reviews
Starred Reviews
August 28, 2008

The upcoming bilingual children's book, A Perfect Season for Dreaming, has received not one but two Starred Reviews!

"Young readers will enjoy its structure, numbers and playful dreams, while more sophisticated readers—and even adults—will find reasons to return to it again and again." —Kirkus Reviews
Claudia Martinez on the Radio
Claudia Martinez on the Radio
August 11, 2008

Claudia Martinez, author of The Smell of Old Lady Perfume, will be interviewed on Pacifica Radio’s Nuestra Palabra program. The interview will air live on Tuesday, August 19 at 7:30 pm CST. You can stream the interview here.
AILA Award for <i>Crossing Bok Chitto</i>
AILA Award for Crossing Bok Chitto
July 14, 2008

The American Indian Library Association (AILA) awarded Crossing Bok Chitto the 2008 American Indian Youth Literature Award for the Best Picture Book. Congratulations to Tim Tingle and Jeanne Rorex Bridges. Pictured with Tim are Sherman Alexie who received the YA award for his novel The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian and Chief Joseph Medicine Crow who received the middle-school award for his memoir Counting Coup: Becoming a Crow Chief on the Reservation and Beyond. The award ceremony took place at the annual American Library Association Convention in Anaheim.
Santa Fe Writers Conference
Santa Fe Writers Conference
June 13, 2008

Susan Gonzales Abraham and Denise Gonzales Abraham will be speaking at the 2008 Santa Fe Writers Conference. The conference is from July 21 to July 25 and features a variety of women writers. Don’t miss this great opportunity! You can find more information and sign up here.
Little Zizi in Publisher's Weekly
Little Zizi in Publisher's Weekly
May 19, 2008

Publishers Weekly follows Kirkus in giving a strong review to our latest hit, Little Zizi.

PUBLISHERS WEEKLY: Wry but always empathic, Lenain brings a novelistic depth to [the] story…for sheer storytelling talent, there's no doubt: Lenain and Poulin are definitely well endowed.
Ann Arbor Book Festival
Ann Arbor Book Festival
May 12, 2008

Co-author of The Bee Tree, Stephen Buchmann will be a featured guest author at this years Ann Arbor Book Festival. The festival will be held from Thursday, May 15 through Sunday, May 18, 2008. (Visit the festival's website for more details.)

Stephen is an expert in bee conservation and pollination and will be giving several talks, workshops and book signings at the festival. Don't miss out!
Skipping Stones Award
April 23, 2008

The Bee Tree has been chosen for a Skipping Stones Honor Book Award!
Cinco Puntos Press Goes Blogging
Cinco Puntos Press Goes Blogging
March 10, 2008

Please Visit the Cinco Puntos Blog at: cincopuntospress.blogspot.com

The blog will have news about our books and bring our readers general news and comments about the very interesting world of independent publishing. We hope you will read the blog and comment when you have the urge.
Southwest Book Award
Southwest Book Award
February 15, 2008

White Panties, Dead Friends & Other Bits & Pieces of Love
by Bobby Byrd has been awarded a Southwest Book Award!

"I find this whimsical, irreverent, haunting voice compulsively readable. In fact, I breezed through the whole book in one sitting, and then read parts of it again...Trust me: you're in for a treat."—Powell's Books blog
Read Aloud to Your Valentine!
Read Aloud to Your Valentine!
February 8, 2008

Valentine's Day is almost here and Cinco Puntos has just the book to surprise your little bilingual reader!

Lover Boy / Juanito el cariñoso by Lee Byrd and illustrated by Francisco Delgado
This bilingual early reader will bring joy to everyone's heart!

Don't miss out on our newly released bilingual artbook ABeCedarios!
The Resurrection of Harvey Goldner
The Resurrection of Harvey Goldner
February 4, 2008

Thurs Feb 7 ● Elliott Bay Bookstore ● 7:30 PM

Join publisher and poet Bobby Byrd, Harvey Goldner's two daughters Emily and Amy and Seattle poetry luminaries—Arnie Pihl, Chris Dusterhoff, Chrysta Casey, David Fewster, Brian McGuigan, Maged Zaher, J. Glenn Evans and others—to celebrate Harvey’s selected poems The Resurrection of Bert Ringold from Cinco Puntos Press.

For more information contact the Elliott Bay Bookstore at (206) 624-6600 or call Cinco Puntos at (915) 838-1625.

Click the headline to read a poem by Harvey.
New Year Brings New Awards for <i>Crossing Bok Chitto</i>!
New Year Brings New Awards for Crossing Bok Chitto!
January 13, 2008

The American Indian Library Association (AILA) is pleased to announce Crossing Bok Chitto as the recipient of its American Indian Youth Literature Award for best picture book!
New Year Full of Unusual Bilingual Books!
New Year Full of Unusual Bilingual Books!
January 7, 2008

Everyone loves a classic Joe Hayes' folktale! Check out his latest kids' book: The Gum-Chewing Rattler Who can resist this dangerous desert tale with an ending full of pink bubble gum?!!


Care for something older and more frightGhost Fever / Mal de Fantasma is a bilingual chapter book which won the Texas Bluebonnet award in 2007.

Try a look at our childrens and young adult bilingual books here.
Come Check Us Out, Unique Christmas Gifts Abound!
Come Check Us Out, Unique Christmas Gifts Abound!
December 18, 2007

Holiday Hours

Cinco Puntos Press will be open this Saturday, December 22, from 9 to 5 pm. In fact, we'll be open for business Monday through Saturday until Christmas! Check out this map for directions to our building.

ALL our titles are discounted! We offer gift wrapping and shipping to help you get your presents out on time.

Don't let stress or the mall do you in!
TLA names <i>Crossing Bok Chitto</i> to 2008-09 Bluebonnet Master List
TLA names Crossing Bok Chitto to 2008-09 Bluebonnet Master List
November 1, 2007

The Texas Library Association’s (TLA) Bluebonnet Selection Committee has just announced its Master List for 2008-09. And we are delighted that Crossing Bok Chitto—written by Tim Tingle and illustrated by Jeanne Rorex Bridges—is on that list. Such wonderful news for such a wonderful book. Please click here to find out more about Crossing Bok Chitto. To see the complete 2008-09 Master List, click here.

Bilingual books for a spooky season!
Bilingual books for a spooky season!
October 23, 2007

The skeletons of the dead are dancing all through Cinco Puntos' bilingual children's books...don't miss a fun scare!

Celebrate Día de los Muertos and Halloween with some classic folktales from the famous storyteller Joe Hayes or a charming Festival of Bones with Luis San Vicente.
Señor Caca is here!
Señor Caca is here!
August 13, 2007

Smells like BILINGUAL NON-FICTION to us!

Check out our exciting new bilingual kids' book:

The Long Journey of Mister Poop / El Gran Viaje del Señor Caca

by Angèle Delaunois and illustrated by Marie Lafrance
New book hot off the presses!
New book hot off the presses!
July 23, 2007

Cinco Puntos has a brand new book available now!

The Face of Pancho Villa, A History in Photographs and Words by Friedrich Katz with photographs from The Casasola Collection.
Harvey Goldner
Harvey Goldner
July 5, 2007

Harvey Goldner (1942-2007), known as “The Bard of Belltown" in Seattle, died early morning on July 4th in Seattle, WN.

Click here to read his obituary in the Seattle Post Intelligencer, and here to read Bobby Byrd's Blog about Harvey. Cinco Puntos is publishing his collection The Resurrection of Bert Ringold in October.

We are broken-hearted that he won't see his new book which we all love. May he rest in peace.
National Pollinator Week
National Pollinator Week
June 25, 2007

To raise awareness about pollinators and the important role they play, this week has been made National Pollinator Week (June 24-30).

In honor of the most famous pollinators, honey bees, we have made The Bee Tree on sale!
Could a book really win this <i>many</i> awards??!!
Could a book really win this many awards??!!
May 25, 2007

Of course! Great judges know a good book when they see it!
Crossing Bok Chitto

ALA (American Library Association) Notable Children's Book 2007
Jane Addams Peace Award Honor Book
Oklahoma Book Award for Best Illustrations, 2007
Oklahoma Book Award for Best Children's Book, 2007
Anne Izard's Storytellers' Choice Award
Paterson Prize
Skipping Stones Honor Book
Teddy Award, Texas Writers League, 2005
Texas Institute of Letters Best Children's Book of 2006
A literary evening with Bobby & Lee Byrd
A literary evening with Bobby & Lee Byrd
May 9, 2007

El Paso Public Library Association Presents
A literary evening with guest authors
Bobby & Lee Byrd


Thursday, May 10, 2007
6-9 PM at J.B.’s Café
5801 N. Mesa


Cost $25 per person, includes light dinner
Call 861-4633 or 541-5406 for more information
Crossing Bok Chitto wins over Oklahoma
Crossing Bok Chitto wins over Oklahoma
March 14, 2007

Crossing Bok Chitto won not one but TWO awards from the 2007 Oklahoma Book Awards!

Jeanne Rorex Bridges' haunting artwork in Crossing Bok Chitto won the 2007 Oklahoma Book Award for best illustrations! Congratulations Jeanne!

As the perfect companion award for best illustrations, Crossing Bok Chitto took home the 2007 Oklahoma Book Award for best children's book! Congratulations Tim Tingle!
Joe Hayes Wins the Bluebonnet Award
Joe Hayes Wins the Bluebonnet Award
February 6, 2007

Ghost Fever/ Mal de Fantasma chosen by Texas children as the 2007 Texas Bluebonnet Award Winner

The Texas Library Association has announced that Joe Hayes has won the 2007 Bluebonnet Award. Joe joins a prestigious pantheon of writers who have also received the Bluebonnet. Former winners include Kate DiCamillo, Judy Blume and Beverly Cleary.

Joe won the Bluebonnet with Ghost Fever/Mal de Fantasma, a bilingual middle reader which is written the same way he likes to tell his stories—in two languages.

This is the first time that a bilingual book has won the Bluebonnet.

Texas school children vote each year to select the winner of the Texas Bluebonnet award. This year 170,000 children participated in the voting; 23,580 of those children selected Ghost Fever/Mal de Fantasma as their favorite book.

Congratulations, Joe!
ALA Notable Children's Book
ALA Notable Children's Book
January 26, 2007

Congratulations to Tim Tingle and Jeanne Rorex Bridges!

The American Library Association has listed Crossing Bok Chitto on their Notable Children's Books list for 2007!

Other awards and starred reviews Crossing Bok Chitto has been awarded are:
Teddy Award, Texas Writers League, 2005
Starred Review, Publisher's Weekly
Starred Review, Booklist
Editor's Choice, The New York Times Book Review
Riley's Fire—PEOPLE Magazine Top Ten
Riley's Fire—PEOPLE Magazine Top Ten
December 21, 2006

Riley's Fire by Lee Merrill Byrd lands on PEOPLE Magazine's list of Top Ten Books of 2006!
Cinco Puntos gets a face lift!
November 11, 2006

We apologize for any inconveniences you may experience. Cinco Puntos is currently upgrading our website.

If you have ANY problems at all please email us at info@cincopuntos.com or call us at 1-800-566-9072. If you report a verified problem, we will gladly give you a deeper discount on your order.

Unfortunately we were not able to transfer our customer accounts to our new, upgraded website. All customers, as well as returning customers will need to create a brand new account and enter all their contact and billing information. We greatly apologize for the inconvenience.

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