Some new stuff posted. Click on "Articles" up above to read my favorite short story of all time "Addicted to Yahtzee." And then visit The Boogle where I'll be posting sample chapters of the forthcoming novel "Home to Nagasaki."
Reading at Altered Esthetics on March 2nd for the Belles Lettres opening.
Germ Warfare invades the Minneapolis Indie Xpo! Germ Warfare was release by Seventh Avenue Productions. An anthology of comics about germs and their generous human hosts features an army of Twin Cities-based cartoonists and the artwork of Ryan Dow, Andy Singer, Lance Ward, James Powell, Danno Klonowski, Vas Littlecrow, Nicholas Straight, David Cohen, Jon Sloan, Jeremy Olson, Mark McGinty, and Athena Currier. Edited by Lupi.
Germ Warfare is coming soon!
Seventh Avenue Productions announces the title and release date of Mark McGinty's next novel: Home to Nagasaki. A repentant Japanese doctor with a dreadful state secret attempts to flee Japan. His journey takes him through Hiroshima and towards his hometown of Nagasaki. Read an excerpt from Chapter 22
Home to Nagasaki is scheduled to be released on August 9th, 2012, the anniversary of the atomic bombing of Nagasaki.
Mark joins the cast of Stogie Guys. Check in frequently for regular articles, upcoming book excerpts and general wit.
The Cigar Maker wins the Bronze Medal at the 2011 Independent Publisher Book Awards, historical fiction category. The IPPY Awards are designed to bring increased recognition to the deserving but often unsung titles published by independent authors and publishers.
Mark wrote the forward for the sequel to Continuity Guy, Continuity Guy: Chrono Chaos by Bud Burgy and Danno Klonowski. It's coming out in print on May 14th but you can check it out online at Bud Burgy Ink.
The Cigar Maker is announced as a Finalist in the 2010 Book of the Year Awards in the Historical Fiction Category. From ForeWord Reviews, "these books are examples of independent publishing at its finest."
Winners to be announced in June!
The Cigar Maker is now available on Barnes and Noble Nook, or NOOKBook. It is available in the following formats: Nook, NOOKColor, Nook for iPad, Nook for iPhone, NookStudy, Nook for PC, and Nook for Android. Click here to download.
And The Cigar Maker has been available for Kindle for almost a year!
The Cigar Maker wins Honorable Mention for General Fiction at the DIY Convention. DIY = Do It Yourself, a convention that recognizes achievement in independent work.
The Cigar Maker mentioned in the Winter 2011 issue of SU Magazine (Stetson University). Flip to page 16 to see!
Mark's article on the state of the Cuban cigar industry will appear in the April 2011 issue of Maybourne Magazine. You'll find Maybourne Magazine in all suites and rooms at Claridge's, the Cannaught and the Berkeley.
The Cigar Maker wins Honorable Mention in the General Fiction category at the London Book Festival. That's two festival Hon Ments in the last two days!
A cool writeup by George at Stogie Guys who says "Just about anyone will enjoy The Cigar Maker. Cigar smokers should find it fascinating."
"We learn of the common people who never lead charges, build skyscrapers, or become captains of industry, and yet are quietly heroic as they sacrifice for their families and their children’s future."
5/15/10 Chapter 6 was published in the May/June 2010 issue of Tampa's Cigar City Magazine. You can read the online version here. The excerpt starts on page 28.
The Cigar Maker recently reached #1 on Amazon.com's Entertainment/Pop Culture/Cigars list. Pretty cool!
Official Press Release
Cuban Cigar Maker Becomes Tampa-Ybor City Labor Leader in Epic Novel
Written in the style of Mario Puzo, painstakingly researched and lovingly crafted, Mark McGinty’s The Cigar Maker blends fact and fiction and tells a little known tale of American history. Already reaching #1 on Amazon’s cigar best-sellers, this is Les Misérables meets the Buena Vista Social Club. In 1901 a group of cigar makers from Tampa were kidnapped and deported to a deserted stretch of beach somewhere in Central America. They were labor leaders, men who had pushed the tobacco industry into a long, crippling strike over workplace rights and were brandished as radicals by a group of concerned citizens. These men struggled to find their way in the hot, tropical jungles of Central American and somehow managed to return to Tampa, and were hailed as heroes by the local Latin-American community.
This is a story that has rarely been told. But now, Minneapolis-based award-winning Cuban-Irish author Mark Carlos McGinty and Seventh Avenue Productions present a fictionalized story of the turbulent cigar industry and the volatile Cigar City. The Cigar Makeris the story of a Cuban rebel who battles labor strife and vigilante violence in the Cigar Capital of the World, Tampa’s Ybor City. Based on true events and his family’s history, McGinty’s second novel celebrates the American family and the Cuban culture in a city made famous by hand-rolled cigars: Tampa, Florida’s Ybor City.
The Cigar Maker explores issues that Cuban Americans dealt with long before Fidel Castro was even alive.
“Many of the issues that were important to cigar workers in the early part of 20th Century are still relevant a hundred years later,” says McGinty. “Health care, immigration, unemployment, labor relations, workplace rights and safety, and America’s involvement in foreign wars were as much a part of the nightly dinner conversation in 1901 as they are today.”
A descendant of Cuban cigar makers, McGinty spent seven years writing The Cigar Maker. How does he know anything about the cigar industry in Tampa, having lived in Minnesota for most of his life? “Both of my great-grandfathers on my mother’s side were cigar makers who came from Cuba to Tampa in the early 20th Century. I grew up hearing stories of the challenges they experienced as immigrants, as cigar workers, and as fathers.” The Cigar Maker is a family saga that combines the revolutionary fervor of Les Misérables with the romance of the Buena Vista Social Club.
What People Are Saying
“Epic is perhaps the best word to describe this dense and moving novel, for it has both the multigenerational sweep of works like John Steinbeck’s East of Eden and the social awareness of John Dos Passos’ USA Trilogy. All of this is to say that for his sophomore literary outing, McGinty has done nothing short of producing the great American novel.”
-Marc Schuster, Small Press Reviews
“Equal parts history and fiction The Cigar Maker captures the true spirit of Ybor City. You can practically hear the crowds, smell the tobacco and taste the café con leche.”
-Rodney Kite-Powell, Curator, Tampa Bay History Center
“The Cigar Maker is a saga, a buddy picture with escapes on horseback and union riots and illegitimate children and even some illegal cockfighting. Despite being set in a time and place you've never been before--Tampa's Ybor City in 1899--you'll recognize sweet notes of George Lucas and dusky Mario Puzo undertones. But one thing is certain: Mark C. McGinty rolls his own.”
-Emmy Award winning writer Steve Marsh
“The story here is about a Cuban American family, but in a real sense, it is about every immigrant family that dared to risk everything in the hope of making a better life.”
-The Historical Novel Review
“McGinty’s story burns with the steady pace and smooth flavor of a Cohiba Siglo VI. His hand-rolled Cigar Maker bands an impressive blend of history and character in this unique window into America’s past.”
-Judd Spicer, veteran Twin Cities writer and author of Seven Days
“In basing a story on actual recorded historical incidents and real people, the reader is blessed with a narrative more incredible and fantastic than anything a writer could create of whole cloth.”
-Celia Hayes, Blogger News Network
“From the mountains of 19th century Cuba, where bandits and revolutionaries fought to overthrow Spanish dominance, to the floors of the cigar factories in Ybor City, Florida, where labor leaders sought to defend Cuban workers from exploitation by Spanish business owners, The Cigar Maker delivers a riveting, little-known chapter in the history of Latino-Americans in the US southeast.”
-Dianne K. Salerni, author of We Hear the Dead, SourceBooks
Mark Carlos McGinty is a descendant of Cuban cigar makers. He grew up on ropa vieja, Cuban sandwiches, café con leche, and fresh-squeezed OJ from his grandfather’s tree in West Tampa. His favorite cigar is the Arturo Fuente Flor Fina 8-5-8. Mark’s first novel Elvis and the Blue Moon Conspiracy (Beaver’s Pond Press, 2003) won an Eric Hoffer Book Award Honorable Mention for General Fiction. He graduated from Stetson University in DeLand, Florida and received his Master’s degree from Xavier University in Cincinnati. Mark lives in Minneapolis with his wife and daughter.
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