Tuesday, July 24, 2012

"An Evening of Mass Education" "¡Ban This!" Book Signing

       By now some of you have read or at least ordered Santino J. Rivera's latest book, "¡Ban This!: The BSP Anthology of Xican@ Literature". Those of you who have know the importance of not only the words on it's pages but the idea behind putting the book together in the first place. We hope you'll click on the link we've provided and well, let's just say, "We hope you're ready for what you're about to read and just like Levar Burton used to say,  " don't have to take our word for it". Check out a couple of reviews left on Amazon.

     Mr. Rivera enlisted the help of 38 other Xican@s, well known authors and new voices alike, to join him in fighting back against those who have set out to ban books and censor culture and edit history. 

     We've posted an interview (which you can read here) with Mr. Rivera to promote this amazing collection of but why stop there? 

     Nationally syndicated columist, and friend of the Cypress Park library, Gustavo Arellanosuggested we hold a "¡Ban This!" reading   here at the branch and see how many of the book's contributors we could gather on one night to show up, read the pieces they contributed and in turn spread the word further about this amazing book. 

   We couldn't agree with him more so our reading is scheduled for Sept. 11th from 5:00-7:30pm and so far our list of contributors/readers includes
                                              Rodolfo Acuña

Santino J. Rivera

Gustavo Arellano 

Lalo Alcaraz

Gina Ruiz

Karina Oliva-Alvarado

Jim Marquez

Frank Mundo

Annemarie Perez
                          Jessica Lopez Lyman 
Miguel Jimenez
Odilia Galván Rodríguez
Art Meza
Jonathan Gomez
                                                Matt Sedillo
David Cid
Alejandro Morales
Francisco X. Alarcon
Frank S. Lechuga
Adrianna Simone
Mario Barrera
Sara Inés Calderon

          It looks like the book's contributors are just as excited about this reading as we are. More are confirming almost every day and we'll add them to this post and let you know as they do. You can RSVP on our Facebook event page here.  

    You are not going to want to miss this event BUT just in case getting here is geographically impossible, remember you can still join us online at

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Stickers commemorating "An Evening of Mass Education" will be sold for $3 each or 2 stickers for $5. All proceeds from sticker sales will be donated to "The Friends of The Cypress Park Library" and will help fund future library programs. Stickers are approximately 4x6 inches. Buy some stickers and get them signed by as many of the event's readers as you can.


  1. This is a great line-up of readers for ¡BAN THIS! I look forward to this book signing/presentation/--Francisco X. Alarcon

    1. The online attention this program is receiving is incredible. We're really looking forward to it.Thank you for joining us. :)

  2. Ah, if only the banned-by-twitter Mexican Mitt makes an appearance as well!

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