Monday, August 29, 2011

From Laos, With Love

We just received a wonderful and touching note from a CP devotee 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.

Mali Under the Night Sky is the true story of Laotian-American artist Malichansouk Kouanchao, whose family was forced by civil war to flee Laos when she was five. Before the war began, Mali lived in a beautiful community where she felt safe and was much loved. But the coming war caused her family to flee to another country and a life that was less than ideal. What did she carry with her? She carried her memories. And they in turn carried her across the world, sharing where she is from and all that she loves with the people she meets.

Friday, August 26, 2011

Rick Riordan, James Patterson & Pamela Paul vs Reluctant Readers

Rick Riordan is granddaughter Emma Birdie Byrd's favorite, so we were delighted to see him talking with James Patterson and Pamela Paul about reluctant readers, especially boys. Good stuff.

Crowdsourcing the Kentucky Club

Have you ever been to the Kentucky Club on Avenida Juarez?

We are looking for images of the world famous bar to use as the cover for Benjamin Alire Saenz' latest collection of short stories about what else... The Kentucky Club.

Photo contest ends Friday, September 16! Send photos to

[Image via Daniel Huggard]

Monday, August 8, 2011

Publishing Workshops for Kids

A Workshop and Field Trip for Students of All Ages

Teachers, Librarians, Parents--school is about to start again. If you're in El Paso or the surrounding area, remember that Lee Byrd, the co-publisher of Cinco Puntos, gives a wonderful workshop for kids of all ages during the school year and the summer too. It's a great field trip for kids. Below is our description of the workshop.

A group of kids from El Paso Northeast 
sponsored by the Girl Scouts
Thanks to Sandra Iturbe and her team!

El Paso’s Cinco Puntos Press presents a Publishing Workshop and Field Trip that will introduce students to the world of publishing. The hour-long workshop includes a tour of Cinco Puntos offices at 701 Texas Avenue. Students will find out that a book doesn’t just get written (that might even be the easy part!): it needs to be edited, translated, designed, illustrated, shipped and distributed, advertised and marketed. And they’ll get to meet the people who actually do these jobs.

After the tour, we’ll show them how a book goes from manuscript to final copy, using samples of the beautiful bilingual children’s books that we have produced ourselves. These questions and more will be answered:

•    How do we decide what books to publish?
•    How do we pick an illustrator?
•    How much do writers make for a published book?
•    Who puts the illustration and the text together?
•    Where do the books get printed?
•    What happens once the book is finished?
•    How do we decide what a book costs?

Students will then have an opportunity to ask their own questions. We can talk about the publishing business and the business of writing from almost any perspective—we’ve been publishing books for the last 18 years.

After this, we’ll have a story time, using a book appropriate for the age of the students. And then—at the end of the question-and-answer period, every student will be able to choose a book to take home!
Workshop costs: $20 per student. Minimum number of students is 25; maximum is 40. We can customize the workshop for a variety of different needs—elementary, middle school, high school, creative writing students, students of the border, newcomers who speak very little English, and more. Call Lee Byrd at 915-838-1625 or email Lee at to book your publishing workshop.

For adults--especially teachers and librarians--we do the workshop free of charge. It's our way to saying hello and introducing our books to future customers. We think you'll like what you see!