Xlibris Releases El Barrio by Humberto Cintron

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Society, morality, and culture captured in a collection of poems and short stories

From published author Humberto Cintron comes another book that touches on society, morality, and culture. El Barrio, his new book released through Xlibris, presents a collection of his selected poems, essays and short stories, all written with the author’s usual prowess with the English language.

“El Barrio” (1969), the essay that lends its name to the book title, takes readers inside the New York City neighborhood where many Puerto Ricans first got their taste of America. From a young man who expresses his rights in the streets, to a politician who hands out leaflets, to a young woman who works hard to make her apartment a better place to live in, to an entrepreneur extraordinaire who buys and sells everything and anything, to a diminutive nun whose political views lean toward Puerto Rican nationalism. The story portrays how they challenge their destinies in this foreign land; how they try to fulfill their dreams of prosperity; how they ply their trades and test their mettle against fate; how they forge their futures; how they seek and conquer new worlds.

Along with this compelling story are other tales that capture the soul of a Puerto Rican living in America, one who has visions of soaring high yet also seeks the comfort of his hometown. Peppered between these stories are poignant, riveting, and striking poems both in English and in colloquial Spanish. Wrapped with a sundry of emotions, El Barrio is a literary masterpiece that will engage readers with every turn of the page.

This book will be featured at the 2011 Bologna Book Fair in Bologna, Italy, on March 28-31, 2011. For more information on this book, interested parties may log on to http://www.Xlibris.com.

About the Author
Humberto Cintron was born and raised in El Barrio, East Harlem, New York City, where he currently resides. He was educated in the public school system at PS 107, PS 83, Brooklyn Tech High School, and Samuel Gompers High School. He served four years in the U.S. Air Force, where he taught electronics at the Guided Missiles School in Denver, Colorado. He took a BA in Sociology at Hunter College, New York, in 1963, an MA in Urban Studies at Occidental College, Los Angeles, in 1970, and his JD at New College of California School of Law in 1990 at age fifty-four. He has been a pioneering advocate, executive, television producer, journalist, community organizer, fundraiser, trainer, and institution builder throughout his adult life. His previous publications include a novel, Frankie Cristo, Vantage Press, 1970; a teleplay, No Orphans for Tia, awarded the silver medal at the New York International TV and Film Festival (WNBC, 1971); an essay, “Across 3rd Avenue: Freedom,” published in the book Puerto Rican Perspectives by Edward Mapp (1972); and various scripts for the television series Realidades, WNET, channel 13, New York City (1971–1977). He is best known for his role as host, writer, and executive producer of Realidades, the first national Latino public affairs television series in the history of public television in the United States, produced at WNET, channel 13, in New York City.

El Barrio * by Humberto Cintron
Publication Date: October 28, 2010
Trade Paperback; $19.99; 173 pages; 978-1-4535-6407-3
Trade Hardback; $29.99; 173 pages; 978-1-4535-6408-0
eBook; $9.99; 978-1-4535-6384-7

Members of the media who wish to review this book may request a complimentary paperback copy by contacting the publisher at (888) 795-4274 x. 7879. To purchase copies of the book for resale, please fax Xlibris at (610) 915-0294 or call (888) 795-4274 x. 7879.

For more information on self-publishing or marketing with Xlibris, visit http://www.Xlibris.com. To receive a free publishing guide, please call (888) 795-4274.

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