SHAKING OFF THE DARK
by Tino Villanueva
Clasicos Chicano/Chicano Classic
First publish in 1964, this new corrected edition features a section of haiku and tanka not included in the first edition. The poems journey between the work of the self and the world of social conflict, embracing such topics as art, time, love, discrimination, oppression, and ostracism. Includes an afterward and a bibliography of works by and about the author. Some poems are in Spanish.
96 pp paper $10.oo ISBN978-0-927534-73-4
Bilingual Review Press
THE SWASTIKA TATTOO
by Geraldine Birch
Geraldine Birch’s YA historical novel, THE SWASTIKA TATTOO, is the story of Rudolf Meier, a young German prisoner of war whose love for Nazi Germany is as visible as the swastika tattoo on his forearm. After Rudolf and his U-boat (submarine) crew mates are captured by an American destroyer, Rudolf is sent to a POW camp in Arizona where he labors picking cotton for a Jewish farmer. It is there that he comes face-to-face with the bigotry and intolerance he learned as a Hitler Youth. Through long months of internment, his only joy is his friendship with the farmer’s son who shows him the real meaning of humanity, individualism and democracy. Then, just as his repatriation to Germany is in sight, a murder in the camp makes Rudolf realize he may be the next target of the hard-core Nazis who really control the Arizona prison camp.
THE SWASTIKA TATTOO is published by Silverlake at ebooks.com and selling well in the U.K. thanks to a U.K. tweeting service.
Visit Geraldine’s website at http://theswastikatattoo.com
Taken from THE WRITE WORD, the newsletter of The Society of Southwestern Authors Vol. 42, No. 4 August/Sept. 2013