Taco USA Author Gustavo Arellano to Visit Cypress Park Library

A social media interaction lured the bestselling author to Cypress Park.

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

Arellano's column has a weekly circulation of over 2 million and in 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 works as the editor the OC Weekly, an alternative newspaper. In 2006 and 2008, ¡Ask a Mexican! won the Association of Alternative Weeklies award for Best Column.

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 6-7:30 p.m. For those who cannot attend in person, the event will be streamed live at livestream.com/cypressparklibrary.

Susan R May 22, 2012 at 05:35 AM
Strange, there no mention that Greater Cypress Park Neighborhood council is paying this guy to come to the library. I think it is $1,500 but could be wrong with the exact amount. That is one figure I saw that was approved to have 4 different authors speak at the library. Not sure how much each one is getting. And again and again, no diversity how who they support. No multi-culturalism, no diversity. Diversity is dead in Cypress Park.
Susan R May 22, 2012 at 05:38 AM
Four different author's being paid, not one Chinese, Korean, White, Black, Armenian, ect. Look at the minutes of the Greater Cypress Park NC. Shame on Greater Cypress Park NC for no diversity. Susan Rocha Board Member of Greater Cypress Park NC Speaking only on my own behalf.
R Ramirez May 22, 2012 at 02:30 PM
Susan, Gustavo Arellano will be appearing at the Cypress Park library located in northeast Los Angeles, California!!!!
Ryan S May 22, 2012 at 02:31 PM
I'm excited to attend this event, and don't care if 4 out of 4 guests are Latino in this neighborhood. Anyone complaining about a lack of diversity in Los Angeles is blind or nitpicky. Many thanks to the library for providing an author as interesting and culturally stimulating as Gustavo Arellano. See you on June 7th!
Ryan S May 22, 2012 at 02:33 PM
[she doesn't mean Cypress Park North Carolina, she means Cypress Park Neighborhood Council....but I can see how that could be confusing]
Susan R May 22, 2012 at 02:46 PM
Nitpicky? Sounds like you like segregation. Lack of diversity is lacking in Cypress Park and some other parts of Northeast. It is not lacking in Atwater Village, Los Feliz or some Northeast areas. There is a SERIOUS lack of diversity in Cypress Park. The Greater Cypress Park Neighborhood Council is paying this guy to come talk. No freebie here. Why not have some different races come in so the 99% can learn of other cultures? That would promote diversity. Diversity is dead in Cypress Park. (I didn't say all of Los Angeles.)
Susan R May 22, 2012 at 02:48 PM
Stop racism. Promote diversity.
Ryan S May 22, 2012 at 02:54 PM
Susan, I'm afraid you are only reconfirming that 'nitpicky' was the perfect word choice.
Susan R May 22, 2012 at 03:08 PM
Ryan, I don't think you live in Cypress Park. And, I respectfully I don't think you have seen the things that I see. And, I don't think you have been taken to court by a priest, Father Marco Ortiz, for no good reason. (He lost, I won.) You have to look at a big picture which is too much info to post here.
krd May 22, 2012 at 03:12 PM
I think it's perfect b/c I've been saying for YEARS that Cypress Park should be re-named Taco Town (not having anything to do with describing the residents, but the fact that you can't throw a rock without hitting a Mexican restaurant of some sort).
Susan R May 22, 2012 at 03:25 PM
Funny, I agree. I am all for mexican restaurants as along and they have a business license and pay their taxes.
Hector Huezo May 22, 2012 at 03:35 PM
Arrrggghhhh sort of bummed that I'm gonna have to miss it. Who are the other authors, Susan R.?
Art Meza May 22, 2012 at 05:32 PM
Hey, Ryan. My name is Art Meza and I work at the library. I'm glad to hear you'll join us for this event. I'm working hard to meet and invite guests to join us at the branch and it's support like yours that makes it worthwhile. We've got another great guest lined up for the 28th. We're all over the web promoting our events and services. You can follow us on Twitter at @CypressParkLAPL. We're also on FB and we post all upcoming events on our blog www.cypressparklapl.blogspot.com. Thanks for your support, Ryan.
Art Meza May 22, 2012 at 05:37 PM
HectorSkeltor, Bummed that'll you'll miss it but I appreciate your interest. This program will be streaming live at www.livestream.com/cypressparklibrary. If you can't join us that night you can always watch later. Follow us on Twitter at @CypressParkLAPL for the updates on future guests. Thanks!
Art Meza May 22, 2012 at 07:22 PM
Susan R. It's not strange. There is no mention because the GCPNC was not asked to pay for Mr. Arellano's visit. He himself did not asked to be paid. Diversity? I guess you missed the two authors we had at the library last Friday.
Alice M. May 22, 2012 at 07:40 PM
This library has one of the coolest community rooms. Take a big look at the mural up by the ceiling.
Alicia Mindiola May 22, 2012 at 08:08 PM
Very excited for all that is happening in our Library at Cypress Park! Also look out for Author Xavier Garza author of Maximilian and the Mystery of the Guardian Angel. Winner of the 2012 Pura Belpre award. He will join us June 22nd at 10am! All Lucha Libre fans welcome!
Alicia Mindiola May 22, 2012 at 08:12 PM
Hi Ryan, I'm the children's librarian here at Cypress Park Branch. Glad you will be joining us. We are doing out best to promote our programs and most importantly promote literacy! Thank you for your support.


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