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An excerpt from <i>Out of Their Minds - The Incredible and (Sometimes) Sad Story of Ramon and Cornelio</i>
An excerpt from Out of Their Minds - The Incredible and (Sometimes) Sad Story of Ramon and Cornelio
August 16, 2012

God's favorite music is norteño corridos? A rockin' novel about Mexico, music and the rock-star lifestyle.
an excerpt from <i>Conquistador of the Useless</i>
an excerpt from Conquistador of the Useless
August 16, 2012

Sex is fun, but a baby? Why climb a mountain? What’s your favorite band? A Generation X+Y novel of answers.
an excerpt from <i>Maximilian and the Bingo Remach - A Lucha Libre Sequel</i>
an excerpt from Maximilian and the Bingo Remach - A Lucha Libre Sequel
August 16, 2012

Maximilian’s old aunts battle for the Queen Bingo trophy while his sweetheart and the “new girl” battle for Max's heart.
an excerpt from <i>Remember Dippy</i>
an excerpt from Remember Dippy
August 16, 2012

Between helpings of mouthwatering shortcake, mysterious ferret disappearances, and a romance that misfires, twelve-year-old Johnny discovers an unexpected, improbable friendship.
an excerpt from <i>la Familia - A Mexican Folk Art Family in English and Spanish</i>
an excerpt from la Familia - A Mexican Folk Art Family in English and Spanish
August 16, 2012

Welcome to la familia! Father, mother, abuelita. The fifties kitsch of Familia introduces readers to a family just like theirs.
an excerpt from <i>Long Fall From Heaven</i>
an excerpt from Long Fall From Heaven
August 8, 2012

Is a killer born or made? The place to find out--the seedy but exotic heart of Galveston, Texas.
Last Night I Sang to the Monster by Benjamin Alire Sáenz
October 13, 2009

Critics are raving about Last Night I Sang to the Monster, the new young adult novel by LA Times Book Prize finalist Benjamin Alire Sáenz. Both Publishers Weekly and School Library Journal awarded the book with STARRED REVIEWS.

Want to learn more about the book? Click on the video to the left to watch Ben read the first section of Last Night I Sang to the Monster.

Enter our drawing to win one of ten signed, first-edition copies of the book by sending an email to info@cincopuntos.com. Make sure to send your email by Wednesday, October 28, 2009. And don’t forget to include your mailing address and tell us where you heard about the contest.

Here’s what the critics are saying:
Publishers Weekly, STARRED REVIEW: "I don’t like remembering. Remembering makes me feel things. I don’t like feeling things,” writes Zach as a homework assignment from his therapist at the outset of this psychologically intense novel. Tracing 18-year-old Zach’s somewhat disjointed but utterly candid monologue during his stint at an institution, readers will feel his fear as he remembers the events leading to his hospitalization and meet his “monster,” the unnamed force that appears in his dreams.

But breaking through the chaos of Zach’s internal world are two remarkable individuals: his fatherly roommate, Rafael, and therapist, Adam, whose determination to make Zach whole again never falters. Zach’s progress advances in small steps, and there are plenty of setbacks. Fellow patients who have become his friends leave suddenly, and the sadness of other lost souls is nearly too much for Zach. However, the good that comes from his struggles far outweighs the dark moments.

Offering insight into addiction, dysfunction and mental illness, particularly in the wake of traumatic events, Sáenz’s (He Forgot to Say Goodbye) artful rendition of the healing process will not soon be forgotten.
Last Night I Sang to the Monster cover
School Library Journal, STARRED REVIEW: At 18, Zach finds himself in a therapeutic residential program as both an alcoholic and a post-traumatic-stress patient. In evocative and compelling language, Sáenz allows an at-first barely articulate, almost amnesiac Zach to show his progress toward remembering and integrating his past into a present with which he can cope. He is guided along the way by a sympathetic and wise therapist, a middle-aged roommate whose own recovery is on an arc ahead of the youth’s, and several credible and interesting minor characters. The techniques and realities of such a facility are realistic and fully drawn: addicts who gather for cigarettes, nightmares, group sessions, breathing therapy. Sáenz weaves together Zach’s past, present, and changing disposition toward his future with stylistic grace and emotional insight.

This is a powerful and edifying look into both a tortured psyche and the methods by which it can be healed.

Kirkus Reviews: Zach is full of words: An artist lives inside him. He loves reading, and some time ago he wished to be a good student, but now he only knows silence. Zach is brilliant, but he is confused, lonely and hopeless. He did not choose his alcoholic father, his depressive mother and his abusive brother. He wanted to escape from a house that was not a home anymore, from the monster that appears in his dreams, from his memories, nightmares and imaginary conversations. One day Zach wakes up in Cabin 9, bed 3, at a rehabilitation center. He does not want to remember how he got there; he just wants to forget. Zach's first-person voice is compelling and heartbreaking. 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.

Click here to learn more about Last Night I Sang to the Monster.

Click here to learn more about Benjamin Alire Saenz and his other books.
Last Night I Sang to the Monster by Benjamin Alire Sáenz
October 12, 2009

Critics are raving about Last Night I Sang to the Monster, the new young adult novel by LA Times Book Prize finalist Benjamin Alire Sáenz. Both Publishers Weekly and School Library Journal awarded the book with STARRED REVIEWS.

Want to learn more about the book? Click on the video to the left to watch Ben read the first section of Last Night I Sang to the Monster.

Enter our drawing to win one of ten signed, first-edition copies of the book by sending an email to info@cincopuntos.com. Make sure to send your email by Tuesday, October 20, 2009. And don’t forget to include your mailing address and tell us where you heard about the contest.

Here’s what the critics are saying:
Publishers Weekly, STARRED REVIEW: "I don’t like remembering. Remembering makes me feel things. I don’t like feeling things,” writes Zach as a homework assignment from his therapist at the outset of this psychologically intense novel. Tracing 18-year-old Zach’s somewhat disjointed but utterly candid monologue during his stint at an institution, readers will feel his fear as he remembers the events leading to his hospitalization and meet his “monster,” the unnamed force that appears in his dreams.

But breaking through the chaos of Zach’s internal world are two remarkable individuals: his fatherly roommate, Rafael, and therapist, Adam, whose determination to make Zach whole again never falters. Zach’s progress advances in small steps, and there are plenty of setbacks. Fellow patients who have become his friends leave suddenly, and the sadness of other lost souls is nearly too much for Zach. However, the good that comes from his struggles far outweighs the dark moments.

Offering insight into addiction, dysfunction and mental illness, particularly in the wake of traumatic events, Sáenz’s (He Forgot to Say Goodbye) artful rendition of the healing process will not soon be forgotten.
Last Night I Sang to the Monster cover
School Library Journal, STARRED REVIEW: At 18, Zach finds himself in a therapeutic residential program as both an alcoholic and a post-traumatic-stress patient. In evocative and compelling language, Sáenz allows an at-first barely articulate, almost amnesiac Zach to show his progress toward remembering and integrating his past into a present with which he can cope. He is guided along the way by a sympathetic and wise therapist, a middle-aged roommate whose own recovery is on an arc ahead of the youth’s, and several credible and interesting minor characters. The techniques and realities of such a facility are realistic and fully drawn: addicts who gather for cigarettes, nightmares, group sessions, breathing therapy. Sáenz weaves together Zach’s past, present, and changing disposition toward his future with stylistic grace and emotional insight.

This is a powerful and edifying look into both a tortured psyche and the methods by which it can be healed.

Kirkus Reviews: Zach is full of words: An artist lives inside him. He loves reading, and some time ago he wished to be a good student, but now he only knows silence. Zach is brilliant, but he is confused, lonely and hopeless. He did not choose his alcoholic father, his depressive mother and his abusive brother. He wanted to escape from a house that was not a home anymore, from the monster that appears in his dreams, from his memories, nightmares and imaginary conversations. One day Zach wakes up in Cabin 9, bed 3, at a rehabilitation center. He does not want to remember how he got there; he just wants to forget. Zach's first-person voice is compelling and heartbreaking. 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.

Click here to learn more about Last Night I Sang to the Monster.

Click here to learn more about Benjamin Alire Saenz and his other books.
Mayan Women Dreaming the Book
Mayan Women Dreaming the Book
June 22, 2009

In Incantations, Mayan women dream and sing magical sacred female poems. Incantations—a powerful collection of poems, spells, and chants with stark, vivid illustrations—is a book rooted in the female soul of indigenous Mexico. The poets and the artists are the Tzotzil women of the Chiapas Highlands. Ambar Past, who collected the poems and drawings, has written a moving essay about their poetics, beliefs and history. The words, the images and the essay are an important addition to our understanding of the poetics and culture of the indigenous Americas.

Poet, ethnographer and anthologist JEROME ROTHENBERG, calling the book a major contribution to poetry in general and to ethnopoetics in particular, says of Incantations:
“There has to my mind never been a project quite like this: a collective body of poetry – and women’s poetry at that – coming directly out of an indigenous culture and gathered as a deliberate work of poetry and art by the women themselves. The poems…show how deeply rooted language traditions can transform into vehicles of personal as well as collective expression."
Available soon at your local and internet bookstores, you may now purchase copies from Cinco Puntos Press. For more information, visit the Cinco Puntos Press blogspot and the Cinco Puntos Facebook page.
SPUR AWARD for What Men Call Treasure
SPUR AWARD for What Men Call Treasure
May 6, 2009

What Men Call Treasure: The Search for Gold at Victorio Peak, by David Schweidel and Robert Boswell was selected as one of the finalists for a prestigious Spur Award for Best Contemporary Non-Fiction. These awards are given by the Western Writers of America.
Xavier Garza on Latino USA
Xavier Garza on Latino USA
December 15, 2008

Listen to Latino USA on National Public Radio, Friday, December 19, to hear Maria Hinojosa’s great interview with Charro Claus & the Tejas Kid author Xavier Garza. Then order your own copy of this soon-to-be Christmas classic from south Texas.
Little Zizi
Little Zizi
March 25, 2008

The newly released Little Zizi was reviewed in Kirkus: "the frankness and humor with which author and illustrator address [the subject] will draw a …swelling audience."

Little Zizi is available now!
 Soldaderas among the most favored
Soldaderas among the most favored
February 27, 2008

Las Soldaderas by Elena Poniatowska has been chosen as one of the "Top 23 Hits by Readers" of RALPH Magazine!
Jessica Powers Reading Tonight!
Jessica Powers Reading Tonight!
August 15, 2007

Please join us on Wednesday, August 15, at 6 pm, for a reading and reception for our friend and former employee Jessica Powers to celebrate the publication of her first novel THE CONFESSIONAL, a Young Adult murder mystery set in El Paso. In a starred review, Publisher's Weekly called The Confessional "ambitious" and Kirkus Reviews called it "compelling" and "convincing."

Celebratory Reception and Reading for
Jessica Powers at Cinco Puntos


When: Wednesday, August 15, 6 pm

Where: 701 Texas Avenue, El Paso, TX (offices of Cinco Puntos Press)
Call 838-1625 for directions or more information


A small number of copies of the book will here in the Cinco Puntos Press store for purchase. (We will not be selling the book online, only in the store.)

Additional copies can be purchased at the Barnes and Noble on the Westside, where Jessica will be signing books at 2 pm on Saturday, August 18.
Summertime Sales!
Summertime Sales!
June 13, 2007

In addition to our everyday 15% discount on all orders over $20, we're now offering weekly discounts on our popular books!

This week is history week and we're offering two of our best sellers:

Ringside Seat to a Revolution by David Romo

Crossing Bok Chitto by Tim Tingle

Don't miss out! This sale ends soon.
The Mexican Card Game, Loteria
The Mexican Card Game, Loteria
February 19, 2007

We hope you’ll enjoy our new bilingual early reader, The King of Things/El rey de las cosas by Artemio Rodríguez. In this bilingual early reader, little Lalo receives inspiration from the famous Mexican game, Loteria. Since he is the King of Things and of his Mexican game Loteria—and three years old besides—he plays with the Mexican cards, counting as his possessions the sun, the moon, a lion, a fish, a clown, a train, the crown on his head. Each Mexican card in Lalo’s kingdom has its own page, illustrated with a playful brightly colored Loteria woodcut by L.A.-based artist Artemio Rodríguez.

Loteria is an old Mexican game of chance played throughout Mexico. It first became popular in the last half of the eighteenth century and is still widely played at festivals, fairs and carnivals. Despite its name, the Mexican card game loteria most resembles a form of bingo using pictures instead of numbers. Lotería cards—along with lucha libre masks, Our Lady of Guadalupe, Dia de los Muertos, Che Guevara and countless other imported images—are synonymous with Latino culture which has been exuberantly embraced by Mexican card game loving Latinos and Anglos alike in this country.

Born in Tacámbaro, Michoacán, printmaker Artemio Rodríguez is a well known engraver-printer in Los Angeles, California. As a printmaker Artemio works primarily in black and white, Rodríguez’s signature style emphasizes simplicity and clarity. European medieval woodcuts and the great Mexican print artists such as Jose Guadalupe Posada have been influential in Rodríguez’s print making career. His strong black and white woodcuts have been called an integral part of two books: Woodcuts of Women (Grove Press) by Dagoberto Gilb, and Loteria Cards and Fortune Poems, A Book of Lives (City Lights) by Juan Felipe Herrera. Artemio, along with his compañera Sylvia, is the owner of La Mano Press and exhibits his work extensively in California and Mexico.
Ringside Seat keeps the awards coming!
Ringside Seat keeps the awards coming!
September 15, 2006

Ringside Seat keeps the awards coming!
David Romo's illustrious Ringside Seat to a Revolution has won the 2006 Writers' League of Texas Violet Crown Award for best work of nonfiction!

All winners of the Violet Crown Award will be featured authors at this year's Texas Book Festival. On Saturday, October 28, there will be a ceremony and panel discussion with the winning authors at the State Capital Building in Austin, Texas.

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