Mary Platt
Director of Communications and Media Relations
Chapman University

Giselle BlondetORANGE, Calif. – 
Giselle Blondet, popular Latina actress, TV host and author, will give a talk based on her new book, “Tengo 50…Y que?” (“I’m 50…So What?”) at Librería Martínez de Chapman University on Thursday, December 11 at 5 p.m., followed by a book signing. Her book will be on sale at the bookstore beginning December 9 and at the event, which is free and open to the public with book purchase.

Librería Martínez de Chapman University is located at 216 N. Broadway in Santa Ana. For more information, the public can call the bookstore at (714) 973-7900.


Giselle Blondet was born in New York City but was raised and studied in Puerto Rico.  After working throughout the late 1980s as an actress on various television series, soap operas and mini-series, Blondet achieved worldwide fame as co-host of Univision’s international morning show, “¡Despierta America!,” starting in 1997.  In 2007, she became the host of Univision’s “Nuestra Belleza Latina,” a hit reality show she stayed with for seven years.  The entrepreneurial Blondet also has a line of popular jewelry and a designer bedding collection sold through Walmart in Puerto Rico.  She has published an autobiography; “Tengo 50…Y que?” is her second book.


The day that Giselle Blondet became 50, she vowed that she would not only confess her age, but that she would share the secrets that allowed her to assert the following: 50 is the new 30. In this book Blondet, one of the most beloved women in the Hispanic world, takes us through the highlights of her life and the lives of powerful Latinas age 50 and older who have not only achieved success but have enjoyed the luxury of finding true love in mid-life. Fun, human, inspiring and full of anecdotes, “Tengo 50…Y que?” is a shot of energy for young women, and it is also a support for women who, at this midpoint of their lives, can start anew.


Libreria Martinez de Chapman University, located in downtown Santa Ana, Calif., is a vibrant learning location where Chapman University faculty and students and community members engage in learning and working together.  The bookstore was founded by education activist, Chapman Presidential Fellow and MacArthur “genius grant” recipient Rueben Martinez — whose legacy carries on with the help of Dr.  Anaida Colón-Muñiz, who now runs the bookstore and promotes the community education goals of Chapman’s College of Educational Studies.  Librería Martinez is a non-profit that uses 100% of all net proceeds to support educational efforts on behalf of the community of Santa Ana for preschoolers, school-age children, adolescents, parents and families.  The store’s shelves offer an impressive array of children’s books, including Spanish, bilingual and multicultural books aligned to literacy formation.  The store also carries bestsellers in English and Spanish, artwork, prints and gifts. The bookstore also features author and artist events where presenters come to talk about their work. Libreria Martinez de Chapman University now has premium coffee available for late-morning readers and book-worms who need a little java in the afternoon.


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