BOOK READING: NYT Phoenix bureau chief Fernanda Santos presents “The Fire Line,” a tragic, inspiring tale of 2013 Arizona wildfire

First-time author and Phoenix bureau chief for The New York Times, Fernanda Santos, reads from her powerful new book, “The Fire Line,” on Wednesday, May 18 at Barnes & Noble in the Grove.

Santos tells the captivating story of a band of elite firefighters who nobly battled against one of the deadliest wildfires in the country. Her meticulous research and  prose is already garnering praise.

The Associated Press  said: “The product of [Santos’] efforts is a gripping account of one of the nation’s most deadly wildfires and an inspiring look atsantos the men who put their lives on the line and the loved ones they left behind.

People magazine described it like this:

“Santos’ account of the 2013 Arizona wildfire that killed 19 firefighters will keep you on the edge of your seat and break your heart.”

From Héctor Tobar, author of Deep Down Dark:

“In Fernanda Santos’ expert hands, the story of 19 men and a raging wildfire unfolds as a riveting, pulse-pounding account of an American tragedy; and also as a meditation on manhood, brotherhood and family love.”

Go check it out. 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 18, 2016 at 189 the Grove Drive, Los Angeles.

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“News For All The People: The Epic Story of Race and the American Media”

“News For All The People: The Epic Story of Race and the American Media” by Juan Gonzalez and Joseph Torres: A sweeping narrative history of American news media that puts race at the center of the story – from the earliest colonial newspapers to the Internet Age, America’s racial divisions have played a central role in the creation of the country’s media system, just as the media has contributed to – and every so often, combated – racial oppression.

Based on years of original archival research and up-to-the-minute reporting, the book is written by two veteran journalists and leading advocates for a more inclusive and democratic media system.

Verso Books. 453 pages. $29.95

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“The Barbarian Nurseries” by Hector Tobar

51v57MmwSkLThe Los Angeles Times columnist’s latest novel explores beyond the glimmer of Hollywood and deeper than the tabloid crime stories to reveal Southern California life as it is really lived, across its sunshiny sprawl of classes and languages, dreams and ambitions.

The story follows housekeeper Araceli, who one morning finds herself alone in a Westside house with two small children, and sets out by bus to central Los Angeles to find the boys’ grandfather.

Farrar, Straus and Giroux. 432 pages. $27.

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“Frank del Olmo: Commentaries on His Times”

DelOlmoBookCoverAs a Los Angeles Times columnist, Frank del Olmo was known for his clear-headed analysis of hardball issues: politics, education, labor, immigration, as demonstrated in this book. Then, in the final decade of his life, a new dimension emerged in his columns: The compassionate father of a young son, Frankie, dealing with autism.

Del Olmo, a CCNMA founder and a board member for more than 30 years, died of a heart attack in 2004. In addition to his role as a columnist, he was the first Latino to be promoted to the Times’ masthead. This book offers 90 of his most memorable columns,  including his 1994 commentary in which he dissented from the Times’ reelection endorsement of Pete Wilson, citing the governor’s “cynical” use of divisive Proposition 187. A selection of photos features some early CCNMA events.

Through a generous donation by the Los Angeles Times of the remaining books, the book is now available through the CCNMA office. Proceeds of sales benefit the Frank del Olmo Memorial Scholarship Fund. Your donation may be tax deductible. Donation: $30 hard cover, $20 soft cover.

Call (213) 821-0075 or download an order form.

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