HBO has optioned h3 contributor Domingo Martinez’s The Boy Kings of Texas (Lyons Press 2012). The coming-of-age memoir about growing up in Brownsville, Texas, in the 1980s was a finalist for the National Book Award in 2012; a Gold Medal Winner of the Independent Publishers Book Awards; and a Non-Fiction Finalist for The Washington State Book Awards.
From the press release:
“It’s beyond my comprehension that this book has drawn this level of attention and success, but I’m doing my best to absorb it and adjust,” said Martinez, who is currently working on his next book, My Heart is a Drunken Compass, which will be published by Lyons Press in November 2014. “I have to credit my agent, Alice Martell, and my editor, Lara Asher, for seeing the potential in the book in the first place, and all the support I’ve had at Lyons Press. It was my first book, and with nothing in the way of a publishing background, I was certainly a gamble. But to their credit, they saw what the book could be and what it’s done, and so here it is, making the leap from the literary to the cinematic—and on HBO, no less.”
Martinez will write the script; Salma Hayek and Jerry Weintraub are the executive producers on the project.
And to read Martinez’s Changes in Altitudes, check out our third issue.