Friday, July 25, 2008

¡Ay, Cisco! Libros y Música


Death and the American Dream
Daniel Cano

Daniel Cano is the author of Pepe Ríos (1990) and Shifting Loyalties (1995), and is a professor of English at Santa Monica College. Death and the American Dream takes place in 1915. Pepe Ríos lands a job as a Spanish-language reporter in Los Angeles, thanks to the wealthy husband of a former lover. The time is alive with political intrigue, as the news is filled with stories about Hearst, Darrow, Flores Magón and Zapata. Ríos wants to find the truth about his best friend's death, but can he deal with the threat to his new life and a possible revelation about his past life? The publisher says this is a "tantalizing and suspenseful" novel filled with journal entries about the character's former existence in Mexico and his dreams for the future.

The Captain of All These Men of Death
Alejandro Morales
Alejandro Morales, a novelist and professor of Chicano/Latino studies at the University of California, Irvine, and recipient of the 2007 Luis Leal Award for Distinction in Chicano/Latino Literature is the author of several biographical novels in which he tells the fictional story of a character's life using historical events. He has published a total of seven books. His newest is The Captain of All These Men of Death. The book is the story of Roberto Contreras, a victim of tuberculosis in the 1940s who is committed to a sanatorium. The publisher says: "Amid his relapses and recoveries he meets a series of women who have a profound effect on his life: a mysterious French doctor, a captivating patient, and a sinister acquaintance from a Los Angeles barrio. Meanwhile, a hospital newsletter delivers articles describing the various ways in which tuberculosis patients have been treated throughout history -- cared for humanely or ostracized, alienated, and administered barbaric medical treatments. The author equates these practices to heinous modern-day medical experimentation and the superstitious pagan practices of witchcraft and Satanism in California barrios."

The Cisco Kid: American Hero, Hispanic Roots
Francis M. Nevins and Gary D. Keller
The publisher says: "This book expands on Francis Nevins's 1998 book, The Films of The Cisco Kid. Retaining the original's thorough, chronological study of the filmic Cisco Kid cycle and its in-depth analysis of the Cisco phenomenon, The Cisco Kid adds a Hispanic sensibility to the history of the character in United States film. Despite the Cisco Kid's initial creation outside the Hispanic world by such mainstream writers and filmmakers as O. Henry and Webster Cullison, by 1929, with the first Cisco sound film In Old Arizona, this fictional character was endowed with a Latino persona that it has retained in mainstream American culture and in Hispanic culture within the United States and elsewhere. Including film stills, lobby cards, and posters, this lavishly illustrated coffee-table book is sure to delight anyone interested in the Cisco Kid."

The Rocky Mountain Chapter of the Society of Children's Books Writers and Illustrators is sponsoring its annual Manuscript Critique for authors of Young Adult & Children's literature.

Full details and instructions for formatting and submitting a manuscript for critique can be found on the Conference website at this link. Submissions must be received by July 30, 2008 for consideration. To participate, you must be a registered attendee of the Fall Conference.

Manuscripts will receive a written critique and a one-on-one appointment with a published author, an agent or an editor.

This event will be held September 20-21, 2008 at the Qwest Learning and Conference Center in Lakewood, CO. Please visit the website for the Conference details and schedule, and to register for the event.

August 7 - 10

This year’s lineup…

Aug 7—Noche Tradicional featuring Tony Silva and Trio Xochitl

Aug 8—Noche Alternativa featuring ¡FUGA! and Izcalli

Aug 9—Summer Pachanga featuring Nueva Sangre, Zydematics, and ¡FUGA!

Aug 10—Mariachi Tardeada featuring Mariachi Vasquez, Mariachi San Juan de Colorado, and Mariachi Real del Oro con Lazaro

Plus, exciting live and silent auctions every night, featuring hotel getaways, spa treatments, sports tickets, and the finest Chicano artwork from throughout the Southwest. Don’t miss the best party of the summer. Tickets are $10 – $18. Complete Festival Pass is only $35! Comadre group discounts available each night. Purchase in advance and save up to 15% on Saturday and Sunday tickets! Call us now: (303) 296-0219

El Centro Su Teatro: 4725 High Street, Denver


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