Inkwater Press Author Steve Marantz’s New Book Coming in May 2013

Steve Marantz, author of Sorcery at Caesars, Sugar Ray’s Marvelous Fight, has another book in the works. His new book takes place in Fenway High School in urban Boston. The book, Next Up, Marcos Baez, focuses on the challenges Latino students face, and how one high school created a model that is inspiring changes in the education of Latinos in Massachusetts.  Here is an excerpt from the prologue:

In the spring of 1998 Massachusetts administered its first standardized tests to students in fourth, eighth and tenth grades. Latinos in Boston failed the 10th-grade math exam at a rate of 86 percent, twice the failure rate of whites.  A report by the Mauricio Gaston Institute for Latino Community Development and Public Policy at the University of Massachusetts-Boston concluded, “In every grade and across every area of knowledge, Latino students rank lower than other racial/ethnic groups.”

For Fenway High the results were sobering. Just 12 percent of Fenway’s sophomores were proficient in English, compared to 34 percent statewide.  Math performance was worse, at one percent, compared to 24 percent statewide. But something amazing happened at Fenway over the next decade.

In May 2008, the Gaston Institute singled out Fenway High as one of five Boston schools “where Latinos succeed”.   The authors wrote,  “We observed Latinos speaking with strong, articulate voices about their experiences and their future. Latino students feel ownership of their school and their education… They referred to teachers as part of their families and as their friends. As one Latino student told us,
a teacher was his “first friend at Fenway,” which resulted in his positive transition from middle school. Mothers spoke of teachers as members of their extended families. For example, a mother told us that a teacher “lo quiere como a su hijo” (“loves him like her son”). Another summarized the relation by telling us that students receive “mucho amor y mucho apoyo” (much love and support).”

In 2009, when Fenway sophomore Marcos Baez took the tests, Fenway’s ‘proficient’ figures for Latinos were 92 and 88 percent. The ‘proficient’ figures for Latinos district-wide, by comparison, were 51 and 56 percent.

The book is due out in May of this year.  We are excited for its release!


A 21st Century Campaign!

Get an inside look at the people behind the scenes, running national campaigns at a local level. Nancy Webber shows how ordinary people contribute in a wide variety of ways to get the word our about their candidate. Webber’s book sheds light on the myth, that it takes a certain type of person to get involved in campaigning, and encourages people to get more involved in helping shape the future. Ground Game is available here!


Take a trip to Asia with John Rydzewski!

 John Rydzewski follows up his hilarious photo journey of China’s food offerings, with an in-depth look at the culture and society of present-day China in his book China Diaries & Other Tales From the Road.  Written with wit, humor and a keen eye for details that may slip by the average traveller, Rydzewski entices the reader to get a ticket and experience China and all that it offers.

The book is available in both paperback and eBook, and a glimpse inside the book on Amazon.com will give the reader a little taste of this incredibly engaging book.




Domestic abuse survivor says Jerk Radar is an effective resource

A domestic abuse survivor, currently residing in Australia, had this to say about Stephen McCrea’s new book Jerk Radar: How to Stop a Bad Relationship Before it Starts: “I have read, in fact read it in under 24 hours, it is such an easy read. Jerk Radar is well written, easy to understand. The information and tips are simple to transfer into real life. For me it was a sobering read as I saw the ex right throughout the book, it brought so much back to me. I continually thought ‘yes that was him’. It will be so useful if/when I meet the next man I want to bring into my life. I think ‘Jerk Radar’ is a must to be given as a birthday present for every girl turning 13, a coming of age read. I know my life would be different if it had been given to me.” AS. Abuse survivor who’s story is in the book.      


Stephen McCrea’s book Jerk Radar is reviewed in The Oregonian!

Journalist Katy Muldoon wrote a an article on Stephen McCrea’s book Jerk Radar:  How to Stop a Bad Relationship Before it Starts, highlighting McCrea’s Top 10 ways to “avoid a jerk.”  McCrea’s background as a teacher and counselor dealing with family and domestic abuse gives him critical insight into potentially bad relationships.

Click here to read the full article.


Author Ken Koopman and Bob Moore interviewed on KEX 1190 AM

Ken Koopman, the author of People Before Profit: The Inspiring Story of the Founder of Bob’s Red Mill, was interviewed on the radio show The Morning Update! with Paul Linnman and Scott Lynn. The morning radio show also featured Bob Moore, the subject of Koopman’s book. The interview aired on Tuesday, April 10th. Listen to the entire interview here. On the heels of the interview Clackamas Review posted an article on Koopman’s book about Bob Moore in their April 10th issue. Read the article in its entirety here. Find out what the buzz is all about, and buy the book yourself!