As the Occupy OC movement began their rally on Saturday afternoon from SanTana's Santora Building, the legendary Libreria Martinez across the street hosted author Victor Villaseñor. The small store was close to capacity--about 150 people--and as soon as Villaseñor entered the room, the large crowd erupted into thunderous applause.
That so many people showed for Villaseñor was impressive, given he spoke at the Fullerton Library just a couple of weeks earlier.
As Villaseñor began to speak, his lively and positive character embraced the room. He briefly touched on memories of living in Carlsbad as a child as he faced language and cultural barriers, heavy discrimination, and a reading problem that caused him to drop out of high school. "These are all of the things that have made me who I am," he said. It was after moving to Mexico that he discovered a wealth of Mexican art, literature and music that helped him recapture and understand the richness of his heritage.
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