Mary Platt
Director of Communications and Media Relations
Chapman University

ORANGE, Calif. Author Juan B. Guerrero Ávila will speak and sign books at Librería Martínez de Chapman University this Saturday, February 8 at 4 p.m.   He’ll be talking about his novel Mi Amigo el Flamboyan (My Friend the Flamboyan Tree).  Set during the tyranny of Trujillo in the Dominican Republic,  it’s the touching story of a family where the father’s absence is overcome by the mother’s wishes of progress for her children.

Professor Guerrero has taught in several North American universities and in the Dominican Republic.   He graduated from Pedro Henriquez Ureña National University in the Dominican Republic, and completed master’s degrees at Oswego College (NY) and Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary.  He received his Ph.D. from Biola University’s (CA) School of Intercultural Studies.   He is currently a professor in the Department of Modern Languages at Azusa Pacific University.

The event is free and open to the public.   Librería Martínez de Chapman University is located at 216 N. Broadway in Santa Ana – call 714-973-7900 for more information.  Sales of this book (and all items in the store) benefit the educational programs of Librería Martínez de Chapman University.

Librería Martínez de Chapman University is, first and foremost, a lively bookstore, art gallery and community gathering place in Santa Ana, founded by Orange County literacy activist Ruebén Martínez and devoted to offering the best in teens’ and children’s literature in both Spanish and English.   It is also a nonprofit community educational initiative, developed and run in partnership with Chapman University’s College of Educational Studies.  Programming includes literacy and academic counseling programs, reading clubs, book discussions, author signings and more.  Ruebén Martínez is a Distinguished Presidential Fellow at Chapman University and a winner of the MacArthur Foundation Fellowship (the “genius grant”).

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