For Hispanic Heritage Month, consider these books


Hispanic Heritage Month runs from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15.  To get into the mood, please consider these books.

VeVERDICTrdict in the Desert

Race and class are on trial in this courtroom
battle rife with murder, love and betrayal.

A detail-rich novel about an Arizona murder trial, prejudice,
and American culture in the late 1950s.

Kirkus Review

An exceptionally well written, complex and riveting novel from beginning to end, “Verdict in the Desert” reveals author Patricia Santos Marcantonio as an
impressively gifted writer able to engage and consistently compel her reader’s attention
from beginning to end. Simply stated, “Verdict in the Desert” is unreservedly
recommended for personal reading lists, as well as both community and university
library Literary Fiction collections.
Midwest Book Reviews

Published by Arte Público Press, the nation’s largest and most established publisher of contemporary and recovered literature by U.S. Hispanic authors.

Red Ridin’ in the Hood and Other Cuentos

A retelling of familiar fairy tales with Latino flavor

(Farrar, Straus and Giroux)

Red Ridin’ in the Hood and Other Cuentos earned a Anne Izard Storyteller’s Choice Award and was Red Ridin in the Hoodnamed an Americas Award for Children’s and Young Adult Literature Commended Title and one of the Wilde Awards Best Collections to Share, as well as a Starred review from the American Library Association. Stories from the book are included in the National Geographic School Publishing “Inside Language, Literary and Content” textbook and were made into a children’s play by the University of Arizona’s Educational Theatre Company in Tucson. The book is also on the reading list of many school districts.

The Weeping Woman


When children begin disappearing, San Antonio Detective BLUE RODRIGUEZ is assigned to investigate because the kidnappings took place in her old neighborhood. Beautiful and driven, Blue has an ability she hates, that is ­­­to WeepingCoverflatWEB (1)see the last moments of the dying. After hitting dead ends, she finds the kidnappings echo an old Mexican ghost story, which leads her to a suspect who is evil and with powers of her own. Blue must confront her own troubled past and come to term with her visions to find the stolen children

“The Weeping Woman has it all: a gritty, smart-mouthed, street-smart cop; a crime you’re slammed with on page one, amazingly detailed characters, and superb writing …Santos Marcantonio knows how to tell a story and knows how to write it well.”

Rachel Bennett, Books Addicts


“… an excellent tale that masterfully combines horror and mystery.”


“While horror of a specific sort, The Weeping Woman is also an entirely human—and humane—novel about rescue and redemption.”

Michael R. Collings, Collings Notes



Quizlet features story from ‘Red Ridin’ in the Hood’


Quizlet, an online learning site, is featuring “The Three Chicharonnes” from my book, “Red Ridin’ in the Hood and Other Cuentos” (Farrar, Straus and Giroux).


According to its website, Quizlet is “the world’s largest student and teacher online learning community. Every month, over 20 million active learners from 130 countries practice and master more than 140 million study sets of content on every conceivable subject and topic.”

The site offers study of characters and plot in the story, which is a retelling of the three little pigs with plenty of Latino flavor, as well as vocabulary, flashcards, games and other study tools.

Thank you, Quizlet.







Write something beautiful



When exercising in the morning, I watch TV because it makes exercise tolerable.

This morning, “The Hours” was on. The movie is based on the magnificent and Pulitzer Prize winning novel by Michael Cunningham. The movie is also wonderful with Nicole Kidman in her Oscar winning role as Virginia Woolf, and a cast of fantastic actors, from magical Meryl Streep to Julianne Moore to Ed Harris.

Needless to say, I stopped exercising and watched because it is such a damn good movie with screenwriter David Hare adapting Cunningham’s novel.

The language in the novel and the film is beautiful, poignant, and heartbreaking. But it is also hopeful and complete with truth. I cried at the end of the film because of that hope, truth and the beauty of what I had seen and heard. The message about what makes our lives rich and worth living. Even though we experience with loss and pain, it makes us what we are.

As a writer the film inspired me want to write something as beautiful. Granted, I may never be a Michael Cunningham or Virginia Woolf, but I can be me and write my own message of hope. My own beauty. It may be a long journey, a journey of a lifetime. But that is what makes life worth living doesn’t it?

For all those other writers out there, may you find your own version of beauty, truth and hope.

The internet is a wonderful thing


On the internet, I happened to stumble upon two sites that I had never seen before.

Five years ago, the National Geographic School Publishing “Inside Language, Literary and  Content” book included the story “The Three Chicarrones” from my book, “Red Ridin’ in the Hood and Other Cuentos.”

Anyway, I just happened to notice today these two web items that I hadn’t seen before related to that.

The internet is wonderful and full of surprises. Heck, it made my day.

Las Comadres Teleconference features ‘Verdict in the Desert’


Mark your calendars for January 30  for Conversations with Las Comadres Teleconference interviewing Zoraida Córdova author of Labyrinth Lost, published by Sourcebooks Fire, and Additional Conversation with Patricia Santos Marcantonio, author of Verdict in the Desert published by Arte Publico Press.