Arte Público Press is the nation's largest and most established publisher of contemporary and recovery literature by U.S. Hispanic authors. Publishing twenty five to thirty books each year, Arte Público Press is David to New York publishing industry Goliaths. However, because of its cultural sensitivity to its writers and the experiences they write about, along with a vision for the role of Hispanic literature in the United States, Arte Público Press has demonstrated that size (or lack of it) is not proportionately related to success in the commercial book market.
Hispanic topics appropriate for Elementary students, written in bilingual format with English and Spanish in the same book.
El monstruo en el colchón y otros cuentos
Children take the lead in these amusing and entertaining stories as they try to solve mystifying puzzles that occur in daily activities. Accompanied by line drawings, these conundrums are sure to grab the interest of early readers. (In Spanish.)
Kid Cyclone Fights the Devil
Popular kids' author Xavier Garza returns with more stories featuring spooky characters from Mexican-American folklore. These hair-raising stories are sure to lure even the most reluctant readers into their pages.
El caso de la pluma perdida
When Toots approaches P.I. Mickey Rangel at school, he knows something is up. Rumor has it that Toots stole a valuable pen, and she needs Mickey to prove her innocence. But as Mickey begins his investigation, all clues point to Toots and her newly ex-boyfriend as the primary suspects. (In Spanish.)
Ruido de cadenas
Based on the tradition and superstitions of a previous generation, these stories will send shivers up kids' spines while capturing the essence of New Mexican folklore. (In Spanish.)
Adapted by celebrated author Judith Ortiz Cofer, these Puerto Rican folktales will delight young readers. Available in both English and Spanish, these stories featuring a variety of animals share lessons that will appeal to kids who enjoy animals and storytelling.
English titles with Hispanic topics and culture.
The Truth about Las Mariposas
This entertaining mystery novel follows sixteen-year-old Carolina “Caro” Torres, who is spending six weeks of her summer vacation with her aunt, the owner of a small bread and breakfast called Las Mariposas. But the mayor is determined to run her aunt out of business, and Caro and her new-found friends are determined to find out what’s going on. “Staying true to the young Latina’s viewpoint, the story offers a lively mix of work, friendship, family, and romance that add texture to the gripping, surprising mystery.”–Booklist
The Summer of El Pintor
The small shops and battered houses of Lucia Street are a far cry from the upper crust neighborhood and the posh boarding school Monica Ramos left behind when she moved to the barrio. She doesn’t realize that the miserable summer she expects will be quite an adventure. From the moment she discovers a mysterious letter in a musty hiding place forgotten since her mother’s death, she is drawn into a web of questions surrounding the disappearance of her neighbor, El Pintor. Why did he live on her grandparents’ property free of charge? Why did he paint portraits of her mother and the ruins on Chimney Hill? Why are all the young people in the barrio so intrigued by him? Monica is soon drawn into the search for El Pintor, the mysterious man she believes holds the secret to her mother’s past.
Down Garrapata Road
In this tender debut novel, a medley of young voices bring to life a small Mexican-American community in South Texas during the 1940s and 1950s. Each of the characters plays out in the shadows of the world outside their small community and reflects the awakening of a generation of young Mexican Americans raised with their lives bridging two cultures. Anne Estevis brings to life the voices of young people on the brink of change and conflict, and the coming of age of a traditional community in the modern world.
Two Badges: The Lives of Mona Ruiz
This engrossing memoir charts Ruiz’s journey toward self-identity, tracing the tortuous path of her life—a life in which Ruiz assumed contradictory roles: gang chola, high school drop-out, disowned daughter, battered wife, welfare mother, student, and policewoman. At each step in the journey, Ruiz faced violence, ridicule, and skepticism. She nevertheless prevailed in exchanging her badge of social defiance for one of protecting her community.
Orange Candy Slices and Other Secret Tales
In this collection of coming of age stories, Canales introduces the reader to the cultural traditions and activities of her Mexican-American community. Canales' robust tales inhabit the mysterious and secret land that lies between the United States and Mexico, between child and adulthood, reality and the imagination, and between life and death. And through it all, with the passage of time the narrator discovers changes within herself and the community around her.
Hispanic topics appropriate for MS and HS students, written in bilingual format with English and Spanish in the same book.
Lorenzo and the Turncoat
The third book featuring Lorenzo Bannister finds him aligned with the Spanish Army against the British Red Coats.
This collection gathers the complete short fiction of the late Tomás Rivera. Framed within the Odyssean cycle of migratory farmworkers, Rivera's stories are myths and parables that relate the universal themes of alienation, love and betrayal, man and nature, death and resurrection and the search for community. (In Spanish.)
Bailando con el diablo y otros cuentos del más allá
This story collection features supernatural beings and elements rooted in Latino folklore.
Bailando en silencio
This Spanish translation of Ortiz Cofer's collection of essays recalls her childhood spent in Puerto Rico and New Jersey.