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Lee Merrill Byrd

Robert Ardovino

Novelist and publisher Lee Merrill Byrd was born and raised in New Jersey but has spent most of her life in the Southwest, the last 40 years in El Paso. In 1985, with her husband, poet Bobby Byrd, she founded Cinco Puntos Press, a publishing house recognized for its bilingual and multicultural books for children, young adults and adults. Lee has published a collection of short stories, "My Sister Disappears," three children's books, "The Treasure on Gold Street," "Juanito Counts to Ten" and "Birdie's Beauty Parlor" and a novel, "Riley's Fire." Her latest is "Birdie's Beauty Parlor." In 1997, she was the recipient of the Dobie-Paisano Fellowship. In 2005, she and her husband received Cultural Freedom Fellowships from the Lannan Foundation. 

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Birdie's Beauty Parlor
Children / Teens
Cinco Puntos Press
September 2019
ISBN 9781947627284
32 pages
$15.95, NYP
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Everything you need to know to make your grandmother look like a queen!

Juanito Counts to Ten
Children / Teens
Cinco Puntos Press
October 2010
ISBN 9781933693125
32 pages
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Un libro biling├╝e para contar del uno al diez. Lo que Juanito cuenta son los besos.

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