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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.

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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