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Au­thor with Calex­ico ties to dis­cuss new book

- BY JULIO MO­RALES Staff Writer Calexico · Calexico · Calexico, CA · Belgium · Iceland · U.S. Chamber of Commerce · Anglo American · Bulgaria · Improbable · Quincy Jones · Mission · United States of America · Mexico · Sophia University

CALEX­ICO — Au­thor and ed­u­ca­tor Do­minic Car­rillo will be in Calex­ico on July 12 for a pre­sen­ta­tion and dis­cus­sion about his two most re­cent books.

Car­rillo is the nephew of for­mer Calex­ico Mayor Vic­tor Car­rillo and god­son and cousin of an­other for­mer Calex­ico mayor, John Moreno. He’s also the nephew of Calex­ico Cham­ber of Com­merce Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor Hildy Car­rillo.

For those who haven’t been fol­low­ing Car­rillo’s pro­gres­sion as a writer, his lat­est nov­els re­flect a tran­si­tion away from au­to­bi­o­graph­i­cal ma­te­rial.

Car­rillo’s four nov­els to date also stem from his hav­ing de­vel­oped a greater in­ter­est in read­ing and writ­ing only af­ter he left high school, dur­ing a brief hia­tus from col­lege.

“Most of my for­mer teach­ers would be shocked to know that I’m writ­ing,” he said.

As an eighth-grade English teacher at the An­glo-Amer­i­can School of Sophia in Bul­garia, Car­rillo now finds him­self pro­mot­ing the finer in­tri­ca­cies of the writ­ten word.

His cur­rent po­si­tion and 10 years as an ed­u­ca­tor have also pro­vided Car­rillo a van­tage point and plat­form from which to ob­serve and write about youthful be­hav­ior, in­clud­ing his own.

Most re­cently, those ob­ser­va­tions and per­sonal ex­pe­ri­ences have re­sulted in two young adult nov­els, 2016’s “The Im­prob­a­ble Rise of

Paco Jones” and this year’s “The Un­usual Sus­pects.”

“I feel like it’s a com­fort zone, and I like writ­ing at that level,” Car­rillo said. “I feel like that’s my thing.”

Au­di­ences ap­pear to have re­sponded fa­vor­ably to Car­rillo’s choice of lit­er­ary gen­res, judg­ing from the fre­quent speak­ing en­gage­ments and the work­shop pre­sen­ta­tion he has been in­vited to host.

His up­com­ing pre­sen­ta­tion at the Ca­marena Me­mo­rial Li­brary also co­in­cides with a book re­lease party in Mis­sion Val­ley for “The Un­usual Sus­pects.”

The novel is loosely based on an in­ci­dent that took place over­seas in­volv­ing a young fe­male stu­dent who de­cided to skip school one day,, set­ting off a panic among adults and the se­cu­rity per­son­nel that of­ten ac­com­pany the young well-to-do stu­dents.

Pre­vi­ously, Car­rillo had writ­ten about his own search for iden­tity as an in­di­vid­ual of mixed an­ces­try and grow­ing up on the U.S.-Mex­ico bor­der in “Paco Jones.”

It is th­ese last two books that have un­ex­pect­edly gen­er­ated the most sales and which will be on hand dur­ing Car­rillo’s pre­sen­ta­tion in Calex­ico.

“You never know if a good book re­view means a lot of peo­ple are go­ing to buy your book,” he said.

Car­rillo will ap­pear at 6 p.m. July 12 at the Ca­marena Me­mo­rial Li­brary. More in­for­ma­tion about him and his pub­li­ca­tions can be found at­minicv­car­

 ?? COUR­TESY PHOTO ?? Young adult au­thor Do­minic Car­rillo is com­ing to Calex­ico Thurs­day to dis­cuss his new book, “The Un­usual Sus­pects.”
COUR­TESY PHOTO Young adult au­thor Do­minic Car­rillo is com­ing to Calex­ico Thurs­day to dis­cuss his new book, “The Un­usual Sus­pects.”
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