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W2W – Writers To Watch - At The San Diego Central Library

Dominic Carrillo will discuss his book "The Improbable Rise of Paco Jones," Saturday, July 15, 1 - 2:30 p.m. in the Jaffe room on the fifth floor. This program is part of the Friends of the Central Library’s Writers to Watch program.

Paco Jones is a teen stuck between two worlds and doesn’t fit into either one. As a half-white, half-Mexican boy attending an elite private school his parents sacrifice to send him to, Paco is bullied because of his race, clothes, and food and is quite the loner. Until one day, a note is passed and an unlikely friendship is formed with a girl and her boyfriend. They take Paco from social outcast to stud status in an evening, and during this transition he sees the truth about those around him, and this in turn helps him realize who he wants to be. In the spirit of S.E. Hinton’s The Outsiders and John Green’s Looking for Alaska, this is a coming-of-age story about a young man who has been given an opportunity and almost loses it by caving in to peer pressure. Paco has no real friends at this school and takes a dare, which comes with consequences. Paco not only faces them head-on but also builds his self-confidence. The secondary characters of importance are the adults in this story—his principal, his teacher Mr. Holliday, and his parents—yet Naomi, his crush, and Trent impact Paco’s life in ways that will forever change him.” – School Library Journal

Dominic Carrillo is a teacher and freelance writer from San Diego, California. He earned both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from UCLA. Dominic has taught a variety of levels between 4th and 10th grade since 1999. Between 2005 and 2011, he also worked as a professor of history at Grossmont College and Southwestern Community College. He began creative and journalistic writing during graduate school. His stories have since been published in a variety of print and online magazines, and he’s a regular contributor to San Diego Reader magazine. Dominic has written a travel memoir, "Americano Abroad," and two novels: "To Be Frank Diego" and "The Improbable Rise of Paco Jones." Because Dominic’s novels are used in some classrooms, he occasionally speaks at libraries, schools, and education conferences. Dominic is currently teaching English/Language Arts at the Anglo-American School of Sofia and is working on his next novel.

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