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'Taco USA' Author Gustavo Arellano to Visit Cypress Park Library

A social media interaction lures the bestselling author to Cypress Park Thursday.

Award-winning Chicano author Gustavo Arellano, whose work includes the nationally syndicated column ¡Ask a Mexican! and a book that has the same title, will visit the on Thursday, June 7, to discuss his latest book, Taco U.S.A.

Arellano's column has a weekly circulation of more than 2 million and it appears in 39 publications nationwide. Taco U.S.A. looks into how Mexican food rose to prominence in the United States.

A native of Orange County, Arellano is the editor the OC Weekly, an alternative newspaper, as well as a lecturer of Chicana and Chicano Studies at California State University, Fullerton. In 2006 and 2008, ¡Ask a Mexican! won the Association of Alternative Weeklies award for Best Column. Topics for the column typically include such tongue-in-cheek questions as "Why do Mexican Men Love Their Mothers so Much" and "Why do Mexicans Like Roses so Much?"

Cypress Park Library staff member Art Meza told Patch that he persuaded Arellano to come to the area after he Tweeted a picture of a box filled with copies of Taco U.S.A.

"He tweeted, 'What should I do with this box of my new book?' I replied 'donate one to Cypress Park,'" Meza said. "He said 'have me speak there and I will.'"

Arellano is scheduled to appear at the library, located at 1150 Cypress Ave., on Thursday, June 7 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The event will also be streamed live at livestream.com/cypressparklibrary.

Ajay Singh May 22, 2012 at 06:07 AM
Thanks, Robert. I recall reading Arrellano's back and forth with a particularly nasty right-winger whose last name was Savage in the L.A. Weekly around the mid-2000s. It was a fascinating and instructive exchange in which Arrellano always came out on top. Would you know if the questions put to him come from actual readers?
Art Meza May 22, 2012 at 03:34 PM
Susan, The GCPNC was never asked for money to pay for Mr Arellano's visit because he never asked for any. I am a clerk at the library and I'm trying to do whatever I can to help the community I work in and for.
Art Meza May 22, 2012 at 03:41 PM
Hey, Robert, I hope you'll join us June 7th. It should be a lot of fun.
Susan R May 22, 2012 at 05:57 PM
Alexis who is a board member did ask for money and it was approved. So, is this guy getting paid or not?
Elijah H May 22, 2012 at 10:48 PM
Given that you have contacts on the council, why are you asking us? Perhaps it was for refreshments? Who knows! And really, Susan, be careful, your bias is showing.

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