...una biblioteca es un gabinete mágico en el cual hay muchos espíritus hechizados. Despiertan cuando los llamamos; mientras no abrimos un libro, ese libro, literalmente, es un volumen, es una cosa entre las cosas.      - Emerson

Public Libraries Using Spanish


Here's a handsome flyer by a Los Angeles library that's doing Day o' the Dead in style.  The skeleton on the left is reading a book that shows Pikachu as a calavera . . . a cultural melange if ever there was one. ¡Ayyyyy, calacas! 
Best birthday wishes to Rudolfo Anaya, venerable Chicano author born October 30, 1937. Gift suggestion: buy his latest book. Item #3 tells you how.
SOL 39 Contents:

October 22 , 2000
1. A cheap airfare to FIL in Guadalajara? 
2. Some non-Mexican sites for Día de los muertos

3. New books from a fine, fine publisher


1. Low-cost last-minute fares to Mexico

The peripatetic travel writer Arthur Frommer recently passed along a tip for those seeking good deals on flights to Mexico.  He says, "Watch the weekly Internet specials provided my Aeromexico and Mexicana."  Aeromexico's 'Faresavers' program posts a new set of fares every Thursday at and Frommer reports that Guadalajara appears there frequently.  Mexicana's 'Mex-e-savers' at is updated every Tuesday, and according to Frommer offers more flexibility.  Departure dates are usually between one and two weeks in advance.  Mr. Let's-Take-a-Trip reports that the downside of both sites is the inability to book more than a couple weeks ahead of time, but "the chance to find a real bargain should keep interested travelers logging on."  

2. It's not just a Mexican thing
The Day of the Dead sites listed in SOL 38 is an admittedly Mexi-centric list, even though the celebration is important in many other countries. The vast majority of Día de los muertos material on the Web focuses on Mexico, in part because of that nation's proximity to the U.S., and also because the artist whose work is emblematic of the holiday, engraver José Guadalupe Posada, was born in Aguascalientes and worked in Mexico City.

Sites focusing on other parts of the world are hard to find. Here are a few, and perhaps you have some others to share:
Traditional Day-of-the-Dead recipes from Guatemala, from fiambre to empanadas de ayote, are available at under the heading 'PLATOS TRADICIONALES DEL DIA DE LOS MUERTOS.' A timely feature on fiambre from the Guatemalan newspaper Prensa Libre is on view at   An English-language description, ALL SAINTS DAY IN TODOS SANTOS, HUEHUETENANGO, is posted at   and a brief item about the same town is at  

Read about the take several Nicaraguan writers and artists take on Day of the Dead, death, and 'Jalogüín' in El Nuevo Diario of Managua:

For an explanation of the importance of the All Saints' Day flower trade in the Philippines, check out

3. Brilliant books from Cinco Puntos Press
Contact: Susie Byrd

Out in the West Texas town of El Paso is a family-owned publishing house that has steadily built up a magnificent catalog of works dealing with the border, the American Southwest, and Mexico. It was Cinco Puntos Press that published Subcomandante Marcos's children's book The Story of Colors/La historia de los colores, despite the NEA's withdrawal of grant funding (and thanks in part to timely intervention from the Lannan Foundation).

Cinco Puntos has recently released books by several of Flaco's favorites. Elegy on the Death of César Chávez by Rudolfo Anaya (Bless Me, Ultima; for more on Anaya) is his poetic tribute to the admirable UFW leader.

The award-winning 1986 Paco Ignacio Taibo II novel De paso is finally out in translation as Just Passing Through. And the amazing Luis Alberto Urrea (Across the Wire, Nobody's Son, By the Lake of Sleeping Children: The Secret Life of the Mexican Border) has a new book available from Cinco Puntos: Vatos, a collaboration with photographs by José Galvez.

If you'd like to know more about this iconoclastic publisher, see what Utne Reader has to say at$search?db=dArticle.db&eqheadlinedata=Cinco%20Puntos%20Press


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