Victor Martinez, Author of Parrot in the Oven, has passed away.

Sad news indeed. His novel for young adults, Parrot in the Oven, Mi vida, is among my favorites. It is heavy with theme and symbolism, and what an honest and harsh and beautiful story. Read it! Again and again. It's that good.

For a great personal write up, read Rigoberto Gonzalez's piece on his Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=625332529#!/note.php?note_id=10150180808038056&id=23653221870.

Another Great Review of A Good Long Way

From Midwest Book Review: http://www.midwestbookreview.com/lbw/feb_11.htm (this'll get you to the whole page on which you'll find a ton of reviews; either click on the Fiction Shelf link in the table of contents, or scroll way way way down until you get to Fiction Shelf titles, and you'll find mine there. Or, here's the individual review:

A Good Long Way
Rene Saldana
Pinata Books
c/o Arte Publico
452 Cullen Performance Hall, Houston, TX 77204-2004
9781558856073, $10.95

Adulthood comes at many kids like a pile of bricks. "A Good Long Way" follows three teenagers as they come to terms with their lives. Beto leaves home after clashing with his father one too many times and looks to Jessy for guidance on living on his own, no longer caring for school. Roel, Beto's brother, struggles with the conflicts of his father and trying to make his own way in the world. A story of growing up all too quickly, "A Good Long Way" is a solid and very highly recommended read (emphasis mine).


Cover Art for Great Antho: You Don't Have a Clue

Anthologist/Poet Sarah Cortez has edited a book of detective/mystery stories for teens called You Don't Have a Clue. I've got a story in it titled "Right Size," and it's due out in April. Check out the cover:


Down Home Coverage of A Good Long Way

So it's not the La Joya/Penitas Times, nor the Monitor, but it is a Valley paper (the Brownsville Herald). Thanks for it, Travis. Nice meeting you by phone a couple weeks back: