He’s back! Orange County native, Chapman alumnus and celebrated author Gustavo Arellano is joining the already stellar lineup at the Big Orange Book Festival. When you talk about individuals who have made their mark in Southern California, the list most definitely will include this often controversial and always funny journalist and book author.
If you don’t know him by name, then most likely you know him by his highly acclaimed column, “¡Ask a Mexican!”, which has a viewership of 2 million in 39 newspapers nationally. Arellano will be a featured speaker at the Festival, talking about his work with the OC Weekly, Mexican-American culture and his two books, Orange County: A Personal History and Taco USA: How Mexican Food Conquered America. We are truly excited to have Arellano back on the Chapman University campus.
Currently, Arellano is editor and a contributing author of the OC Weekly, an alternative newspaper in Orange County, California. While his writings have a humorous side, Arellano is not afraid to tackle contiversal topics and dig deep into the seedy side of the OC. As a voice for Mexcian-Americans, Arellano has been the subject of press coverage in national and international newspapers, The Today Show, Hannity, Nightline, Good Morning America and The Colbert Report. His commentaries regularly appear in Marketplace and the Los Angeles Times. He is also a known lecturer with the Chicana and Chicano Studies department at California State University, Fullerton.
The Big Orange Book Festival would not be complete without an appearance of this highly entertaining native son.