I think it was about a decade ago that I first encountered the work of UCLA professor Otto Santa Ana--how else do you explain how I was able to obtain a galley of his excellent Brown Tide Rising: Metaphors of Latinos in Contemporary American Public Discourse, which was finally published in 2002? I m ... More >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
Strange rumblings are emanating from downtown SanTana, where the perpetually squabbling merchants of Fourth Street seem to be sobering up to the reality that a new wave of invading immigrants--hipsters, artists, and young professionals with disposable incomes--is nibbling away at their bit of the mo ... 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 >>
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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 >>