Congratulations Globe Pequot Press

Firebrand would like to congratulate Globe Pequot Press for the recent nomination of their New York Times Bestseller – Domingo Martinez’ The Boy Kings of Texas: A Memoir – as a National Book Award Finalist in the nonfiction category.

Globe Pequot have been a part of the Firebrand family for years; both as Title Management and Content Services users. We’re thrilled to have them aboard, and are elated to pass along our congratulations on this fine achievement.

First-time author Martinez is included alongside four renowned journalists in the nonfiction category. All four of Martinez’s fellow finalists are Pulitzer Prize winners: Anthony Shadid, House of Stone: A Memoir of Home, Family, and a Lost Middle East (Houghton Mifflin); past National Book Award winner Robert A. Caro, The Passage of Power: The Years of Lyndon Johnson, Volume 4 (Knopf); Katherine Boo, Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity (Random House); and Anne Applebaum, Iron Curtain: The Crushing of Eastern Europe, 1945-1956 (Doubleday).

Partly a reflection on the culture of machismo and partly an exploration of the author’s boyhood spent in his sister’s hand-me-downs, The Boy Kings of Texas: A Memoir delves into the enduring and complex bond between Martinez and his deeply flawed but fiercely protective older brother, Daniel, and features a cast of memorable characters—including his gun-hoarding former farmhand Gramma and “the Mimis,” two of his older sisters who for a short, glorious time, manage to transform themselves from poor Latina adolescents into upper-class white girls. In telling his story, Martinez provides a real glimpse into a society where children are traded like commerce, physical altercations routinely solve problems, drugs are rampant, sex is often crude, and people depend on the family witch doctor for advice. In short, there is never a dull moment within the covers of The Boy Kings of Texas: A Memoir. The book was published in July 2012.

“This award has given deserved exposure for such an eloquent writer, Domingo Martinez,” said Globe Pequot President, Jim Joseph. “The other finalists in the nonfiction category all have a Pulitzer Prize to their name and this is Domingo’s debut work. The book is so deserving of the attention and it’s great to see that others recognize it too. Having an author as a finalist in the National Book Awards is the highest honor for Globe Pequot Press. We have the most talented and committed people here. We’re excited that a piece of the fine publishing we do every day will be seen and recognized by so many others as a result of this.”

Commendable work, Globe! We’re happy for you in your achievement here, and are continually grateful and proud to be able to serve you.

For more information on The Boy Kings of Texas: A Memoir, and Domingo Martinez, click here.

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