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Saturday, September 18, 2010

Cinco Puntos Press to Receive EPCC’s “Community Spirit Award” today at EPCC Literary Festival


 Cinco Puntos Press to Receive EPCC’s “Community Spirit Award”
One of the Mainstays in publishing Chicano(a) Writers to Be Honored Today EPCC Literary Festival

by Raymundo Eli Rojas

It's been 25 years since Cinco Puntos Press opened it doors, except for a small press like this one, "opening your doors" meant walking in and out the front door of the Byrd family house.

Early publications included Dagoberto Gilb's first short story collection, Winner on the Passline. But through the years, the names of many of Chicano(a) Literature's prominent writers including Benjamin Alire Saenz, Luis Albert Urrea, David Romo, Rudolfo Anaya, among others.

Now with their own store/press building on Texas Street near Downtown El Paso, in an economy in which many small presses have shut down, we are thankful Cinco Puntos is still going strong.

See their website and book catalog at www.cincopuntos.com.

Literary Mercado events will include a children’s corner, storytelling, arts & crafts, face painting, free books to all children, book sellers and food vendors.
Literary Salon events on Saturday, September 18 include:
9:30-10:45 a.m.- “Women Voices Rooted in El Chuco” will include reading by local and area authors including Christine Granados, Claudia Guadalupe Martinez, Carolina Monsivais and Beatriz Terrazas.
11 a.m.-12:15 p.m.- Conversation with Pat Mora, a nationally-recognized poet, author and educator.
12:30-1:45 p.m.- “Community Stories from El Paso and Beyond” Panel include Selfa Chew, Sr. Maceo Crenshaw Dailey, Jr., Marcia Hatfield Daudistel and Lex Williford.
2:00-3:15 p.m.- Final Celebration: EPCC’s “Community Spirit Award” to Cinco Puntos Press for 25 years of publishing.

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