Thursday, April 24, 2008
Martinez Bookstore needs your support!
One of Orange County's last independent bookstores is threatened with closure. As you know, it's difficult for independents to make a go of it in today's market of online bookstores and mega chains but Libreria Martinez is much more than a bookstore, it's a community resource and treasure. You don't see the kind of programming they offer at the big chains: bilingual storytimes for children, free creative arts workshops for young people, free ESL classes for the community, an impressive array of local, national and international writers...and much more. Check out their website for more information: click here.
The online bookstores and mega-chains don't contribute to the community the way this man and his staff do. What is convenient is not always what is best. Martinez Bookstore is what is best.
They've supported folks so much in the past - now is the time to support them.
On The Blotter, Gustavo "Ask a Mexican" Arellano reports:
You know we live in dark times when a Macarthur Genius-winning mensch like Rueben Martinez has to close his legendary Libreria Martinez, the country's premier Latino-themed bookstore visited by every author from the legendary (Carlos Fuentes) to the terrible (yours truly). Am about to board a flight to Kansas City, so much more to come. Just two thoughts for y'all: hey, Santa Ana Mayor Papi Pulido: instead of allocating $1 million for a FREAKING ANTEATER EXHIBIT at the Santa Ana Zoo, howzabout helping Mr. Martinez? And Martinez landlord Mike Harrah: instead of building your Moby Dick of a phallic symbol of a 37-story skyscraper, howzabout helping out your best tenant? I ain't holding my breath...
**UPDATE: Just got off the phone with a Libreria Martinez worker. Store is selling some books at 40% off in the hopes of staving off a closure. There's still hope that Martinez doesn't shut down, but people need to start buying books--and fast.
Gustavo will be reading at the bookstore next Friday May 2 at 7 pm. Drop by then if you can or before would be even better.
Give them a call and instead of ordering your next book on Amazon, order it through them.
Spend the money you would spend this weekend at the LA Times Festival of Books at Martinez instead.
This is an opportunity to make a real difference.
Libreria Martinez is located at: 1110 N. Main St.
Santa Ana, CA 92701