Man, Chapman University (the school from where I got my BA and where I currently teach) never ceases to surprise. The same university that once employed a Neanderthal as its head of the law school, homophobic John Eastman, also employs crazy-ass lefties. The same school that has busts of Ayn Rand an ... More >>
The Bibliofella (see photo, right) never passes up even the least opportunity to invoke his earliest literary heroes, writers whose work helped transform the goofy adolescent I once was into, well, the adult goof I am today, a person for whom the truth-telling of novels, short stories, essays and po ... More >>
As Santa Ana celebrated Dia de los Muertos, Libreria Martinez hosted author Luis Rodriguez. Rodriguez, of course, is best known for the 1993 memoir of gang life, Always Running: La Vida Loca Gang Days in L.A., which discusses his early years of living in East Los Angeles as a gang member. Having ... More >>
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 cr ... More >>
Written by new OC Weekly intern Mary Carreon. Hola, Mary!Beloved Mexican-American author Sandra Cisneros graced Libreria Martinez this past Saturday afternoon, with the legendary bookstore filled with over 250 Cisneros fans. Store owner Rueben Martinez stated that he had seen his store so full be ... More >>
HightowerUPDATE: A wonderful time was had by all, according to Felicity Figueroa, a longtime activist and one of the volunteers at the event. It turns out that there are more than 36 progressives in OC--yay!"It was great!" she told us via email. "We had about 300 people total, 46 exhibitor booths ... More >>
More than 100 people in attendance last night...With apologies to Orange County Register sports genius Randy Youngman, notes, quotes and observations from last night's epic town hall on SanTana gentrification wars held by KPCC-FM 89.3's AirTalk with Larry Mantle. *More than 100 people attended la ... More >>
UPDATE: All seating for tonight's event is GONE; there is a waiting list, but the better bet is to show up and stand in the aisles to listen. Show up early--doors open at 6 p.m.Also, there are one-and-a-half replacements. Taking the place of Downtown Inc. is SanTana councilmember Busty Bustamante ... More >>
Victor Villaseñor was born in Carlsbad and lives on the ranch where he grew up in Oceanside, but he returns to his Santa Ana roots tonight. That's where his parents, Juan Salvador Villaseñor and Lupe Gomez, married, on Aug. 18, 1929.The author's local reading, from 7-9 p.m. at Librería Martine ... More >>
Updated throughout the day, with the freshest post on top. Click after the jump for vignettes on Barbara Coe, Loretta Sanchez, Meg Whitman, and Borat!Midnight. Drink of choice: Alka-Seltzer...my pockets hurt. Loretta Sanchez has pulled away by thousands of votes, but we'll wait until the official ... More >>
Flickr user Ben DayhoeDowntown SanTana, yesterday and today...Another person has entered the SanTana mayoral race this year--Charles Hart, a man I've never heard of, but who thinks he can take down Mayor-for-Vida Don Papi Pulido and challenger Alfredo Amezcua. I guess he'll be the candidate for r ... More >>
Don Papi Pulido: A knight in his chessboard?It's not uncommon for politicians to grandstand at any community event, but most of them make the token effort to relate their comments to the occasion at hand. That scenario happened again and again this Saturday, when secular saint Rueben Martinez re- ... More >>
Photo from the Santa Ana Business Bank website, where he sits on the board alongside a bunch of pendejos...The Friday night before Thanksgiving isn't exactly the best time to hold a kick-off for a political campaign, but that didn't stop an enthusiastic crowd of about 60 to cram into Libreria Mar ... More >>
Who says good things don't happen in SanTana? Mostly me, but I praise when need be, and much love toward a great event this Sunday at world-famous Librería Martínez. Over the summer, the bookstore hosted Barrio Writers, a group of about 30 local high schoolers who kept journals ala the Freedom Wri ... More >>
One good bit of news to report in this young year: Librería Martinez, the main stomping grounds for Macarthur Genius-winning barber-turned-bookstore owner Reuben Martinez isn't closing as previously feared, but moving next door from their current location. Over the New Year's Day weekend, Martinez ... More >>
Setting: West Hollywood Book Fair, 'round noon, Librería Martínez booth.
Protagonists: Me, Librería Martinez volunteer Jess Baudillo, and a gaggle of gals from the Mission VIejo Public Library.
Scene: They had just invited me to speak at some author's festival they're proposing for next year. I ... More >>
With apologies to Orange County Register sports genius Randy Youngman, notes, quotes and observations from my Sept. 18 book signing at the Yost Theater for my new book, Orange County: A Personal History:
*About 500 people showed up to hear my lecture! About 500! I add the qualifier because the Yost ... More >>
When I had my first book signing for ¡Ask a Mexican! at Librería Martinez last year, more than 300 people showed up, and many more were turned away because we crammed the store like illegals in a Chevy trunk. Let's hope as many people show up, if not more, on Sept. 18. That's when I have my first ... More >>
I never thought East LA boxer Oscar de la Hoya was a sellout like so many other wabs—not after he beat Mexican legend Julio Cesar Chavez, not after he recorded a fruity music album, not after he supposedly wore fishnet stockings, not after his career as a pugilist proved more unfulfilled promise t ... More >>
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You know we live in dark times when a Macarthur Genius-winning mensch like Rueben Martinez has to close his legendary Libreria Martinez, the country's premier Latino-themed bookstore visited by every author from the legendary (Carlos Fuentes) to the terrible ... More >>
With apologies to Orange County Register sports genius Randy Youngman, notes, quotes and observations from my first book signing at Librería Martínez last Thursday:
*Fliers for the event promised free tequila for adults courtesy of SanTana-based La Tequilera, but some pendeja called t ... More >>
Ponder this: Just behind world-famous authors Haruki Murakami and Stuart Woods and ahead of nonfiction giants Greg Palast and John Stossel is OC Weekly's own Gustavo Arellano.
Yesterday, Scribner published Gustavo's Ask a Mexican, and a mere day later, Amazon.com is ranking the book No. 81 in natio ... More >>