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Posted on November 24, 2008

Charro Claus and the Tejas Kid coverCharro Clause and the Tejas Kid

Fiction by Xavier Carza

Cinco Puntos Press, November 2008

ISBN-10: 193369324X

ISBN-13: 978-1933693248

Hardcover: 40pp; 17.95

All Christmas Eve, Vincente and Pancho deliver toys to the boys and girls on the border. Neither rain, cloudy skies, wire fences, or concrete walls keep them from covering every inch of their newly assigned territory. And they don't forget a single town or city. How could they? The border is their home.


Drinks at the Stand-Up Tragedy Club coverDrinks at the Stand-Up Tragedy Club

Poetry by Jim Crenner

Hobart & William Smith Colleges Press, 2008

ISBN-13: 978-1606431764

Hardcover: 109pp; $20.00

A collection of poems spanning about a 10-year period with 11 dramatic monologues scattered throughout, spoken by such odd narrators as Melpomene, the muse of tragedy, and the hare in Zeno's paradox.


The End of a Good Party coverThe End of the Good Party

Stories by Jean Ross Justice

University of Tampa Press, December 2008

ISBN-10: 159732048X

ISBN-13: 978-1597320481

Paperback: 224pp; $14.00

Jean Justice is a writer's writer who enjoys a long-standing literary reputation among readers and fans who have followed her work for decades. This is her first book-length collection.


Labor Pains and Birth Stories coverLabor Pains and Birth Stories

Essays Edited by Jessica Powers

Catalyst Book Press, January 2009

ISBN-10: 0980208114

ISBN-13: 978-0980208115

Paperback: 228pp; $18.00

The majority of men and women in the world have given birth or supported their partners through that beautiful and terrifying experience. Giving birth is a time when one’s best dreams and ideas — and worst fears and nightmares — coalesce into a single moment of anticipation. Out of such moments come stories that reach into the deepest place of what it means to be human, what it means to be a spiritual being, what it means to love and be loved. Labor Pains and Birth Stories is a collection of stories written by ordinary men and women about the transformation, joy, hilarity and pain of childbirth.


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November 24, 2008



Between Desert Seasons, Ellen Waterston (Wordcraft of Oregon) 

Drinks at the Stand-Up Tragedy Club, Jim Crenner (Hobart & Williams Smith College Press) 

Estuary, Barbary Chaapel (Lost Hills Books) 

The Imagist Poem: Modern Poetry in Miniature, Ed. William Pratt (UNO Press)

The Next Country, Idra Novey (Alice James Books)

Staying Blue, Gibbons Ruark (Lost Hills Books)

Tinderbox Lawn, Carol Guess (Rose Metal Press)

23rd Street Poets (Haight Ashbury Literary Journal Press)



The End of a Good Party and Other Stories, Jean Ross Justice (University of Tampa Press)

I Smile Back, Amy Koppelman (Two Dollar Radio)

Mad to Live: A Collection of Very Short Fiction, Randall Brown (Flume Press) 

Our People Stories, Ian MacMillan (BkMK Press)



Charro Claus and the Tejas Kid, Xavier Carza (Cinco Puntos Press) 



Against Joie de Vivre, Phillip Lopate (University of Nebraska Press)

The Katrina Papers: A Journal of Trauma and Recovery, Jerry W. Ward, Jr. (UNO Press)

Labor Pains and Birth Stories, Ed. Jessica Powers (Catalyst Book Press) 

Light of Fearless Indestructible Wisdom, Khenpo Tsewang Dongyal (Snow Lion)

Yantra Yoga: The Tibetan Yoga of Movement, Chogyal Namkhai Norbu (Snow Lion)