THE WAY OF THE JAGUAR
by Francisco X. Stork
SECOND PRIZE, CHICANO/LATINO LITERARY CONTEST, UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, IRVINE
On death row in a Texas prison, a wealthy lawyer is writing his memoirs and pursuing a course of physical and spiritual development called “the way of the jaguar.” He takes us back to the day when a seemingly harmless act- stamping out a neighbor’s spring-cleaning fire – leads to the loss of his career and marriage, the search for a lost love in his hometown of El Paso, and murder.
“…a splendidly intense debut, salted with irony and peppered with truly sexy sex- a blend of magical realism and gritty realism.”- Publishers Weekly
270 pp. paper. $15.00. ISBN 978-0-927534-93-2
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Mexican poet makes peace bid in El Paso
A well-known Mexican poet whose son was killed by drug gang members brought his call for peace to the U.S on Saturday June 11, 2011.
Javie Sicilia gathered about 1,500 followers during a weeklong peace march that ended in Ciudad Juarez, the most violent city in Mexico. He crossed into Texas on Saturday and spoke to hundreds of supporters at a park in downtown El Paso.
“The U.S. has a grave responsibility in all this, when its citizens remain silent, they are imposing war on us,” he said in a quiet voice barely amplified by a bullhorn.
Arizona Daily Star June 12, 2011
THE SMELL OF OLD LADY PERFUME
by Claudia Guadalupe Martinez. Cinco Puntos Press
“Chela’s hopes are high as she enters 6th grade. She’ll be in the ‘smart’ class with her best friend, her mean-girl nemesis has moved away, and popularity seems inevitable.
“Sometimes, though, the transitions we expect are not the ones we face. Friends betray us, mean girls (it seems) are forever, and the people we love, like Chela’s wonderful father, will not always be with us. Setting her story in El Paso, Claudia Guadalupe Martinez gives us the gift of a real world, filled with authentic kids and family dynamics. Though the going is rough, Chela succeeds, and learns to trust herself in the process. Martinez’s prose, always animated and descriptive, is frequently quite beautiful. She is an author to watch.” – Cathy Jacobus