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Saturday, September 6, 2008

Monday, September 8 - Gustavo "Ask a Mexican" Arellano

Monday at noon: Gustavo Arellano’s previous book, Ask a Mexican, was a bestseller based on his syndicated column of the same name, a funny, arch, politically instructive take-off on Miss Manners or Dear Abby, a tongue-in-cheek primer for knuckleheads which appeared originally in the alternative OC Weekly. Born in Anaheim, California, to a tomato canner and an illegal immigrant, his "¡Ask a Mexican!" column won the 2006 Association of Alternative Newsweeklies award for the best column in a large circulation weekly. He’s now a contributing editor to the Los Angeles Times and has appeared on many news shows with a sense of humor, including "The Colbert Report." His new book Orange County: A Personal History, further explores and reveals life in that strange, dear world of suburban retreat, institutional racism, mega-churches, orange groves gone under the dozer, and a rich and often ignored history of Mexican migration. In this political, sociological, cultural autobiography of the county and of Arellano himself, we see a young man reconcile with and even thrive in the place Ronald Reagan said good Republicans go to die, and get city profiles and restaurant reviews too!

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