¡Juventud! Growing up on the Border

¡Juventud! Growing up on the Border is an anthology of Young Adult short stories and poetry written by award-winning authors for Hispanic youth. Edited by René Saldaña, Jr., and Erika Garza-Johnson, the collection is slated for a March 10 release.

Book Description: Borders are magical places, and growing up on a border, crossing and recrossing that space where this becomes that, creates a very special sort of person, one in whom multiple cultures, languages, identities and truths mingle in powerful ways. In these eight stories and sixteen poems, a wide range of authors explore issues that confront young people along the US-Mexico border, helping their unique voices to be heard and never ignored.

¡Juventud! features the work of David Rice, Xavier Garza, Jan Seale, Guadalupe García McCall, Diana Gonzales Bertrand, and many others.

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Book Details
Paperback: 180 pages
Publisher: VAO Publishing (March 10, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0615778259
ISBN-13: 978-0615778259
Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.2 x 0.4 inches
Shipping Weight: 9.4 ounces


¡Juventud! to Feature Award-Winning Authors

In January 2013, VAO Publishing will release ¡Juventud! Growing up on the Border: Stories and Poetry. Edited by René Saldaña, Jr. (author of The Jumping Tree, The Whole Sky Full of Stars, A Good Long Way) and Erika Garza-Johnson, this YA anthology will feature work by notable authors David Rice, Xavier Garza, Álvaro Rodríguez, Diana López, and others.

Combustible Sinners and Other Stories

On March 27, VAO Publishing will release Combustible Sinners and Other Stories, a collection of Young Adult shorts by Myra Infante.

Book Description
Lissi Linares is a pastor’s daughter whose love for others contrasts with her fear of eternal damnation.  Little Jasmine “Jazzy Moon” Luna is determined to save Jesus from being crucified.  Naida Cervantes hides a brutal secret behind shapeless, florid dresses.  Hermana Gracie tries to set her son up with a good Christian girlfriend, only to make a surprising discovery. Zeke wants a new guitar and Ben wants a cool girlfriend, but what they find as migrant workers in Arkansas changes their desires. These individuals and others try to negotiate the often rocky intersection of faith and culture in seven independent but intertwining tales that explore life in an evangelical Christian, Mexican-American community.  Frank, funny and heart-breakingly real, this volume explores themes of identity, culture, religion and sexuality in the context of a little-known subset of Hispanic culture.

Book Details
Paperback: 182 pages
Publishing Date: March 27, 2012
Language: English
ISBN 10: 0615556701
ISBN 13: 978-0615556703
Product Dimensions: 5.25 x 8 inches
Shipping Weight: ? pounds

Book Availability
In addition to VAO Publishing’s own store, the novel will be available through Amazon.com as a trade paperback or an eBook. Additionally, eBook versions will be available through Barnes & Noble and the Apple iBookstore. Combustible Sinners will eventually be available for order at most national bookstores. To preview and purchase online, navigate to the book’s Amazon page by clicking here.

Combustible Sinners to Be Released March 2012

VAO Publishing is pleased to announce its first planned publication of 2012. Combustible Sinners and Other Stories is a collection of YA shorts by Myra Infante. The volume explores themes of identity, culture, religion and sexuality in the context of an evangelical Christian, Mexican-American community.

Myra Infante lives and teaches in South Texas. She received her MFA in Creative Writing at The University of Texas Pan American. Myra has traveled with the UTPA Study Abroad program to England, Spain, France, and Italy. She plans to spend her life teaching, writing, and traveling.