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BSP set to hit Tucson Festival of Books for another dose of literary resistance & Chicano soul!

It will be an honor to represent independent publishing in Tucson, AZ for the second year in a row! I’m headed out there this week with along with Mr. Chicano Soul himself Art Meza, for the 2014 Tucson Festival of Books to help bring another dose of literary resistance and Chicano soul to inspire the kids to keep fighting and feeding their minds.

You can ban our books but you cannot ban our hearts. BSP is also proud to do a fundraiser for the John A. Valezuela Youth Center on Friday, March 14th. Don’t miss it!

We are set to bring Lowriting to Tucson! Boom! See you soon!

Santino J. Rivera, Owner - Broken Sword Publications

Santino J. Rivera, Owner – Broken Sword Publications

Scheduled Events

Friday March 14th: Lowriting Benefit for the John A. Valenzuela Youth Center

Join Art Meza, Lowriting photographer and Santino J. Rivera, publisher and owner of Broken Sword Publications, and many more for an evening of Chicana/o art, spoken word, food and a free car show.

The benefit will be a precursor to the Tucson Festival of Books, complete with a car show, food and a DJ.

The new book, Lowriting: Shots, Rides & Stories from the Chicano Soul, will be on sale at the event and a portion of the proceeds will be donated to the John A. Valenzuela Youth Center.

John A. Valenzuela Youth Center
1550 S. 6th Ave, South Tucson, Arizona 85713
Friday Mar. 14th 5-9 p.m.

There is a public Facebook invite for the event. You can check it out here and let us know you will be attending. MORE DETAILS & FLYER HERE!

Art Meza, Photographer - Lowriting: Shots, Rides & Stories from the Chicano Soul

Art Meza, Photographer – Lowriting: Shots, Rides & Stories from the Chicano Soul

A panel discussion of the diverse landscape of the lowriding culture. Panelists will provide perspectives from the academic, author, artist, feminist, and film making lenses.Nuestras Raíces – Presentation Stage (Seats 150)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sat, Mar 15, 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Nuestras Raices
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area #6 – Koffler Patio (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival mapPanelists: Ben ChappellArt MezaGloria MoránSantino Rivera
Moderator: Ernesto Portillo Jr.
The good news about self-publishing? You can do what you want. The bad news? You can do what you want. This isn’t so bad in and of itself… unless you want to produce a commercial product that competes with those already for sale in the marketplace: then you need to make informed decisions to be successful. Discover what hurdles you’ll face when self-publishing, and how to navigate them like an experienced pro.Integrated Learning Center Room 150 (Seats 155, Wheelchair accessible)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sun, Mar 16, 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Book/Movie Biz
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area #4 – Integrated Learning Center (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival mapPanelists: James BestRoberta GrimesSantino Rivera
Moderator: Grael Norton
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Lowriting’s Art Meza interviewed by KCRW: Low riders and Chicano soul

Art Meza - Photo by KCRW

Art Meza – Photo by KCRW

Recently, Art Meza, the photographer behind Lowriting: Shots, Rides & Stories from the Chicano Soul was interviewed by KCRW’s Which Way, L.A.? program. You can listen to the interview and read the article below.  If you click through to the article, you can see some of Meza’s stunning photos, including his “6th Street Bridge” photo (also in Lowriting), which now graces L.A.’s City Hall.

Librarian by day, social media aficionado the rest of the time, Art Meza, who was born in Echo Park before it became a paradise for artists and hipsters, started posting pictures to Instagram, often of snazzy cars called low riders. Next thing you know, he’s being published, and having his work hung in City Hall.

“I still don’t consider myself a photographer,” he said modestly as we sat in a cafe on Figueroa Street in another gentrifying neighborhood near his workplace to talk about Lowriting: Shots, Rides and Stories from the Chicano Soul. The book is out from Broken Sword Publications and it’s a collection not just of Meza’s photographs, but of essays by the likes of Luis J. Rodriguez, Luis Alberto Urrea, Lalo Alcaraz, and Gustavo Arellano.

“A big part of lowriding is pride,” Meza explained — not just in one’s car, but in one’s history. Here’s our frank conversation about the incursion of outsiders into neighborhoods like Echo Park and Boyle Heights, that whole Eastside/Westside debate, and the switch from iPhone photography to a “real” camera.”

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Lowriting benefit for the John A. Valenzuela Youth Center

Join Art Meza, Lowriting photographer and Santino J. Rivera, publisher and owner of Broken Sword Publications, and many more TBD, for an evening of Chicana/o art, spoken word, food and a free car show.

The benefit will be a precursor to the Tucson Festival of Books, complete with a car show, food and a DJ.

The new book, Lowriting: Shots, Rides & Stories from the Chicano Soul, will be on sale at the event and a portion of the proceeds will be donated to the John A. Valenzuela Youth Center.

There is a public Facebook invite for the event. You can check it out here and let us know you will be attending.

Scheduled to speak at the event are:

Santino J. Rivera – author/publisher
Art Meza – photographer will have his photos from the book for sale!
Robert Flores – poet
Steven Alvarez – poet
Gloria Moran – filmmaker and she will be screening her film The Unique Ladies!
Roberto “Dr. Cintli” Rodriguez – author/professor

 Here is the schedule for the benefit. Things begin at 5 p.m.!

  • CeremonyCalpolli Teoxicalli
  • IntroductionGloria Hamelitz
  • Paula Maez: Nuestras Raices
  • Manuel Guzman -
  • What is Lowriting/Chicano Lit & Banned Books/readingSantino J. Rivera
  • Indie Photography/Lowriting/readingArt Meza
  • Steven Alvarezreading
  • Youth Group Dance
  • Dr. Cintlireading
  • Robert Floresreading
  • The Unique Ladies - Gloria Moran
  • Q/A
  • Book signing
  • Invitation to Guero Canelo’s

Come out and enjoy an evening of shots, rides and stories from the Chicano soul and support your community!

Please feel free to print out these flyers and share or post them on your social media of choice! Flyers by muyCreative!

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Photos from the Lowriting book signing at Mi Vida Boutique

If you missed the Lowriting book signing event at Mi Vida Boutique in Los Angeles last month, you can check out some dynamite pictures from the event here. These pictures (with the exception of one) were taken by Emilio Medina of muyCreative.  muyCreative is also responsible for the Lowriting book cover design.

The event saw standing room only with people lined up out the door. There were lowrider cars lined up and down the boulevard and even Hollywood came out to pay homage to Lowriting with people like Richard Yniguez, Alvaro Rodriguez, Danny De La Paz and Daniel Villarreal.  And of course, Luis J. Rodriguez, the legend himself, read his piece from the book.

As an independent publisher, this event was a dream come true. Much thanks to Noelle Reyes for hosting us at her beautiful shop. Please visit her shop and help support her business! This was truly a grassroots event and the Highland Park community and greater Los Angeles area came out to support this book. I was both humbled and honored.

This is what indie publishing is all about and I’m proud to provide books that inspire these kinds of things. This was something you would never see at Barnes & Noble or some snooty upscale bookstore and you can take that to the bank!

Here’s to many more indie events and here’s to independent publishing, artists, writers, photographers, actors and businesses!

Thank you!

- S|J|R

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Photo by Emilo R. Medina of muyCreative

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Photo by muyCreative

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Photo by muyCreative

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Ricky Luv – photo by muyCreative

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Lowriting photographer, Art Meza. Photo by muyCreative

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Danny De La Paz, Mayra Hellabreezy Ramirez, Daniel Villarreal – Photo credit Mayra Ramirez

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Felix El Gato – Photo by muyCreative

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Photo by muyCreative

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Danny De La Paz – photo by muyCreative

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Jim “The Beast” Marquez – photo by muyCreative

 

Lowriting in stock! While supplies last!

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Lowriting: Shots, Rides & Stories from the Chicano Soul by Art Meza is back in stock! Get your copy while supplies last! Books are $35 each (shipping included), they come signed & with a limited edition BSP print. PayPal & USA only! Details here! 

 

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