Verdict in the Desert


Race and class are on trial in this courtroom battle rife with murder, love and betrayal

by Patricia Santos Marcantonio

Publication Date: April 30, 2016
Bind: Trade Paperback
Pages: 342

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Desert Blood: The Juárez Murders

An incisive mystery that delves into the violent deaths of young women plaguing the U.S. / Mexico border.

by Alicia Gaspar de Alba

ISBN: 978-1-55885-446-8
Publication Date: March 31, 2005
Format: Trade Paperback
Pages: 288

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Desert Passage

Two boys learn about independence and responsibility during a cross-country journey.

by P.S. Carrillo

ISBN: 978-1-55885-517-5
Publication Date: October 31, 2008
Format: Trade Paperback
Pages: 160
Imprint: Piñata Books
11 and up

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The Desert Is My Mother / El desierto es mi madre

A beautiful bilingual picture book for children that illustrates the relationship between people and nature.

by Pat Mora
Illustrated by Daniel Lechón

ISBN: 978-1-55885-121-4
Publication Date: November 1, 1994         
Format: Hardcover
Imprint: Piñata Books
Ages: 3-7

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Mystery, Thrillers and Suspense!

Stay on the edge of your seat with these Latino crime thrillers and mysteries!   Trust Me By Richard Z. Santos Charles O’Connell is riding an epic losing streak. Having worked in politics since college, he is used to losing races, but he never imagined that his most recent candidate would end up in jail and that he would also need an attorney. His euphoria at not joining his boss in prison is short-lived—no one will hire him now, his credit cards are maxed out and his marriage is on the rocks. An unexpected offer to work in Santa Fe, New Mexico, doing public relations for a firm building the city’s new airport feels like an opportunity to start fresh and make connections with powerful people out west. But when the construction crew unearths a skeleton, Charles’ fresh start turns into another disaster. Soon, a group of Apache claims the …

Women’s History Month–Fiction Titles

A useful guide to woman-centric novels, poetry collections and short stories for librarians, readers and teachers alike! Create a shelf display or find your next read. Secrets of the Casa Rosada Sixteen-year-old Martha and her mother move constantly, never staying anywhere for long. So she knows better than to ask if they’ve been evicted again when her mom says they’re going on a “vacation” to Laredo, Texas, to meet the grandmother Martha didn’t know existed. At her Abuela’s pink house, Martha’s shocked and hurt when her mom abandons her, even though a part of her had been expecting it. Suddenly, Martha must deal with a lifestyle that is completely foreign. And it turns out that her grandmother is revered as a healer, or curandera. Meanwhile, at Martha’s new school, she can’t be anonymous because everyone knows she’s Doña González’s granddaughter, and a girl named Marcella has it out for her. …

Audio & Video

Audio & Video Author Date Length of interview URL Book discussed Alicia Gaspar de Alba 4/10/08 27:10:00 Desert Blood Javier O. Huerta 5/2/08 24:58:00 Some Clarifications y Otros Poemas Carlos Cisneros 6/11/08 27:58:00 The Case Runner Victor Villaseñor 9/4/08 45:54:00 Crazy Loco Love Rolando Hinojosa 1/21/09 53:34:00 We Happy Few John Lantigua 2/24/09 43:48:00 The Lady from Buenos Aires: A Willie Cuesta Mystery Graciela Limón 4/15/09 48:21:00 The River Flows North Sarah Cortez 5/4/09 33:43:00 Hit List: The Best of Latino Mystery Lucha Corpi 8/24/09 72:17:00 Silvio Sirias 11/25/09 46:49:00 Meet Me under the Ceiba Stephanie Fetta 2/8/10 88:24:00 The Chicano/Latino Literary Prize: An Anthology of Prize-Winning Fiction, Poetry, and Drama Stella Pope Duarte 3/16/10 60:40:00 Women Who Live in Coffee Shops and Other Stories Dr. Marion Oettinger Jr. 4/21/10 30:48:00 Folk Treasures of Mexico: The Nelson …

Author on the Airwaves: Patricia Santos Marcantonio

Santos Marcantonio chosen as April 2016’s “Author of the Month” on Houston Public Media Houston Public Media radio host Eric Ladau interviewed Santos Marcantonio for its website’s “Arte Público Press Author of the Month” feature, and along with the transcript, their conversation is available to listeners on the station’s interactive site through on-demand audio streaming here. Click here to see all Arte Público authors featured on Houston Public Media. About the Author: PATRICIA SANTOS MARCANTONIO is the author of Red Ridin’ in the Hood and Other Cuentos (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2005), a Book Sense Children’s Book favorite. She lives and works in Twin Falls, Idaho. About her first novel, Verdict in the Desert In the summer of 1959, everyone knows his place in Arizona. Michael Shaw is an alcoholic lawyer struggling with his reputation as the son of one of Mitchell County’s wealthiest, most successful attorneys. Toni Garcia, the first in her family to obtain …

Viento, Vientito / Wind, Little Wind

This trilingual picture book written in verse recounts the
rejuvenating force of wind from the point of view of one little breeze.

by Jorge Argueta
Illustrations by Felipe Ugalde Alcántara

ISBN:  978-1-55885-945-6
Publication Date:  May 31, 2022
Format:  Hardcover
Pages:  32
Imprint: Piñata Books
Ages: 5-10

Zakiya’s Enduring Wounds (Roosevelt High School Series)

New installment in series for young adults
examines grief and the contemporary issue of self-harm.

by Gloria L. Velásquez

ISBN:  978-1-55885-943-2
Publication Date:  May 31, 2022
Format:  Trade Paperback
Pages:  161
Imprint: Piñata Books
Ages: 14-18