Coney Island Siren

Call it coincidence or call it fate when Maggie Fuentes, rummaging through a Coney Island flea market, stumbles upon a handwritten diary whose author, a young girl of the nineteenth century named Ellen, reveals dreadful secrets that parallel Maggie’s own. Maggie sinks deep into the sinister maelstrom of her lover, Police Officer, Frank Ramirez, until the stark urgency of lines written by a kindred spirit compel her to confront the reality of her- and their- lives. Far removed from each other in time but bonded by the white-capped ocean, amusement park locale, and converging torments, it seems particularly apt that the sleight-of-hand landscape of luck and chance provides the setting for Maggie’s harrowing and hypnotic encounter with turmoil, then kismet, and ultimately, clarity and reawakening.

2020 International Latino Book Award Winner

$16.99

ISBN-13 978-1-7327167-1-1

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Covering the Sun with My Hand

It’s the summer of 1979 and Julia Acevedo plans her escape to college; away from her ‘too traditional’ family. On her way to liberation, her twin brother, Rene, is stricken with mental illness. While accepting the sacrifices demanded of her, Julia searches for the happiness she feels she’s being denied. Going against the grain of her upbringing, Julia ultimately opens up to the incredible possibilities of life, deepening her relationship with her brother in the process.

2015 International Latino Book Award Winner

Second place for Best First Novel

$14.00

ISBN-13 978-1539122265

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Nights of Indigo Blue: A Daisy Muñiz Mystery

Daisy Muñiz is ready to embrace a fresh new start in her brownstone apartment in Park Slope, Brooklyn, when she is thrust into the midst of the mysterious murder of Windsor Medical Center’s most prominent surgeon, Arthur Campbell. As the secrets of the Campbell family are revealed, Daisy is forced to delve into her own troubled past and she becomes the unwitting ally to Detective David Rodriguez.

2016 International Latino Book Award Winner – Best Mystery First Place

$14.00

ISBN-13 978-1539071815

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Answered by Silence
a collection of poems

This collection of poems is gathered form the heart of the author’s child-self. It tells the story of her experience of the illness and ultimate loss of her older sister and breaks the silence that is often coupled with childhood grief. These verses are offered in plain, stark language that resonates with readers of all ages and are the elixir for a powerful alchemical process of collective healing.

$10.00

ISBN-13 978-1539371632

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What They Leave Behind, A Latinx Anthology
by Vanessa Ferreira (Author), Vanessa Chica Ferreira (Editor)

What They Leave Behind is a collection of over 50 Latinx poets whose work bridges past and present to embody a new reality that celebrates the diaspora and all its complexities. Whether it’s through reclaiming language and learning to roll the r’s in our words, or by tracing the lineage from mother to daughter through bowls of masa and dirt, these poems serve the strongest cup of café con leche and demand we see ourselves as proud remnants of strawberry pickers, lotería players, hood healers, barrio prophets, and dreamers. They are the voices of a people always revising the definition of homeland and belonging who use storytelling as sustenance for survival. These poets of varied ages, nationalities, genders, sexualities, and poetic preferences use all that was left behind adding their own dose of empathy, outrage, ecstasy, and agony to alchemize each new day. They bear witness, testify, whisper, and shout, demanding not only to be heard but to be given the space to thrive. This anthology traces an infinite poetic line between where we came from and who we are while making a passionate call for justice, reclaiming traditions, and reconciliation as healing, not only for those who made it but also for those who didn’t, and continue to signal What They Leave Behind.

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ISBN-13 978-0578947457

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Theresa Varela is a

contributing writer in this anthology.

Peinate:
Hair Battles Between Mothers & Daughters

"Hoisted onto the cosmetology throne at Blanca’s Beauty Salon on Fifth Avenue, I was still so short that they’d added a wooden slab on the seat for me to reach the mirror. My mother hovered at my side. Blanca, a large buxom woman whose blond hair was coifed into a French roll, lopped my braid off with a pair of sharp scissors...

SNIP...

I cried and everybody else in the room clapped. Through my tears in the mirror, I saw Blanca hand my braid over to my mother..."

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ISBN-13 978-1497486287

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Theresa Varela is a

contributing writer in this anthology.

New Voices Anthology
2014

The New Voices Reading Series, presented by La Plum y La Tinta contains a handful of talented-yet-unpublished writers. Since its inception, close to a hundred wordsmiths have stepped up to the mic, breaking in new pieces and gaining new fans, making this underground show a crowd favorite. Assembled here is a collection of the best works of the best performers to read at the New Voice Reading Series.

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ISBN-13 978-1497486287

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Theresa Varela is a

contributing writer in this anthology.