Librería Martínez de Chapman University presents three more free author talks and book-signings this summer in the famed Santa Ana bookstore founded by Orange County cultural and literacy activist Ruebén Martínez.

Visiting authors include:

SATURDAY, JULY 6 at 6 p.m. – Luis J. Rodriguez is an award-winning author of 15 books in poetry, children’s literature, novels, short stories, nonfiction and memoir. He is perhaps best known for his international best-seller Always Running: La Vida Loca, Gang Days in L.A, a memoir about a young Chicano gang member struggling to survive the dangerous streets of East Los Angeles and his quest to free himself from this seemingly all-encompassing gang culture.

SATURDAY, JULY 13  at 6 p.m. – Roberto Cintli Rodriguez.  Dr. Cintli is an assistant professor in the University of Arizona’s Mexican American and Raza Studies Department.  He is a longtime award-winning journalist and columnist, with many awards for his work in the defense of the First Amendment as well as human rights. His current field of study is the examination of maiz (maize), culture, migration and the role of stories and oral traditions among indigenous peoples, including Mexican and Central American peoples.

SATURDAY, AUG. 10 at 2 p.m. — El Sol Science and Arts Academy Study Poetry Book Launch. Celebrate the release of Journey Work of Stars, the latest collection of poetry written by the student poets of El Sol Academy in Santa Ana and edited by Sue Cronmiller. Activities will include guest speakers, readings, a book signing and a casual, fun poetry-writing workshop for the whole family.

THURSDAY, AUG. 22 at 6:30 p.m. – Alfredo Corchado with CNN reporter and journalist Ruben Navarrete. Alfredo Corchado, Mexico bureau chief for the Dallas Morning News, is a noted expert on immigration, drug violence and foreign policy between the U.S. and Mexico. He has reported on everything from the disappearance of women in Juarez to the exodus of Mexico’s middle class to the United States. Over the years, Corchado has exposed government corruption and the reach of Mexican drug traffickers into U.S. communities, receiving numerous death threats – including a threat to kill an “American journalist” within 24 hours.

Librería Martínez de Chapman University is located at 216 N. Broadway in Santa Ana (map and parking). The authors’ books will be available for purchase at the store.  Seating is limited and reservations by phone or online are required by calling 714-973-7900 or emailing

For more information regarding this event, please view the event flyer.

To learn more about the authors, please visit the June 27th edition of the Chapman University Happenings web blog.