One Book

No really, this IS the last chance to vote!

Please vote for Luis in One Book, One San Diego! Voting closes tomorrow and the one thing he'd love for his birthday, is the chance to celebrate in his hometown!
It's easy to vote and you don't have to live in San Diego. Click here or go to to register and make your choice.
Thanks for your support and enthusiasm. It means so much to both of us!

Last chance to vote!

This is Cindy, hijacking Luis's blog before we head out for Squaw Valley in the morning.

Into the Beautiful North is one of three finalists for San Diego's One Book program. Right now, Luis is trailing in the voting, which seems unbelievable for a local boy who's written a book all about San Diego and Tijuana and the people who have most inspired his work. So I'm thinking maybe not everybody knows to vote!

To Fairfield, From Kankakee

Had no idea the amazing folks at the Kankakee Public Library wrote the sweetest letter in the world to the amazing folks at the Fairfield Public Library after Fairfield chose Into the Beautiful North for its One Book read.

This made me cry (again). Kankakee represents so much to me, as a writer and as a citizen of the world. And what I hoped to do with Into the Beautiful North was show what a small piece of America might hold for someone looking for hope and kindness.

Book club members have been some of my most enthusiastic and careful readers. I’m thrilled to share my work with you, answer your questions and tell you some of the stories behind the stories. This is our spot, just for us. Here, we can chat:  If I’m nearby, I’ll come and visit your club. Otherwise, we can Skype, talk over the phone or email. Sometimes, I’ll send surprises or hold contests.

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