The Cigar Maker – Official Release Date

Mark McGinty’s second novel The Cigar Maker will be released nationwide June 1, 2010 by Seventh Avenue Productions.

The 466 page historical epic tells the story of Salvador Ortiz, a Cuban cigar maker who battles labor strife and vendetta in Ybor City, Florida in the early 1900’s. Read more about the book:

The Cigar City. The year is 1898. Young Cuban rebel Salvador Ortiz and his family have escaped the hardship of war-torn Cuba, but the union halls, cigar factories, and dark alleys of Tampa are filled with violence and vendetta. Salvador must defy constant labor strife and deadly corruption in a one-industry town filled with backroom cockfights, street thugs, late-night abductions and mass production of the world’s best hand-rolled stogies. An ideological battle for control of the cigar industry tests Salvador’s self-respect and love of hard work as he fights to abandon his rambunctious, outlaw past and lead his proud Cuban family through a colorful immigrant society. His wish for a peaceful life as a husband, a father, and a man of dignity is threatened by a lawless underworld and a cultural conflict with a dangerous, bloody history.

Dianne Salerni, author of We Hear the Dead, has saidFrom the mountains of 19th century Cuba, where bandits and revolutionaries fought to overthrow Spanish dominance, to the floor 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.

“Salvador Ortiz, a young man orphaned by violence in his homeland of Cuba, joins a group of bandits as a ‘torch and machete’ man, terrorizing a Spanish plantation owner by kidnapping his daughter, but grows into a husband, a father, a community leader, and a man of honor and dignity in this novel of labor movements and corruption in turn-of-the-century Florida.”

The book’s cover will be released in February. You can preview The Cigar Maker here, where the first three chapters are available. The interior maps will also be released in the coming months along with the official website.

To request a review or schedule an interview, please contact Mark McGinty at

Specs below the fold…

Paperback: 466 pages, historical fiction

Publisher: Seventh Avenue Productions (June 1, 2010)

Language: English

ISBN: 978-0-615-34340-2

Price: $19.95

Available through Ingram, reseller discounts and returns available

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