As the Occupy OC movement began their rally on Saturday afternoon from SanTana's Santora Building, the legendary Libreria Martinez across the street hosted author Victor Villaseñor. The small store was close to capacity--about 150 people--and as soon as Villaseñor entered the room, the large crowd erupted into thunderous applause.
That so many people showed for Villaseñor was impressive, given he spoke at the Fullerton Library just a couple of weeks earlier.
As Villaseñor began to speak, his lively and positive character
embraced the room. He briefly touched on memories of living in Carlsbad
as a child as he faced language and cultural barriers, heavy
discrimination, and a reading problem that caused him to drop out of
high school. "These are all of the things that have made me who I am,"
he said. It was after moving to Mexico that he discovered a wealth of
Mexican art, literature and music that helped him recapture and
understand the richness of his heritage.
giving a brief introduction about who he is, Villaseñor spoke about his
latest book, Lion Eyes. The book is based on a true story of a
love-deprived boy named Jan Milburn, who comes face to face with his
totem and becomes transformed. Jan Milburn got lost in a snowstorm in
the Santa Cruz Mountains of California and a huge mountain lion led him
safely home, which sets him on a course for a miraculous life. The book
advocates the idea that "our global future not only lies in our politics
and religious beliefs, but also in our unwavering love and our
forgotten native wisdom that once we find our totem, everything falls
into place, even amidst chaos."
also discussed his very productive 2011. Not only has he been busy
traveling to promote his newly published book, but he has also received
offers from HBO to make a miniseries on his trilogy of memoirs, Rain of
Gold, Wild Steps of Heaven, and Thirteen Senses. Villaseñor's inspiring
discussion also touched on the power of language, the strength of
family, pride of heritage, the importance of education and world
harmony. It was yet another great book signing at Libreria Martinez, but
not the last: next up is author Luis Rodriguez, scheduled for Nov. 5. See you there!