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The genius that is Rueben Martinez

November 15, 2010

He’s the first bookseller to be awarded one of those MacArthur Foundation “genius grants.” He turned his barbershop into a bookstore. He wrote a children’s book. His personal art collection is on display in Leatherby Libraries. And did we mention he is one of the most vibrant speakers in Orange County?

Yes, we’re talking about Rueben Martinez, founder and owner of Librería Martinez Books and Art Gallery and a Chapman University Presidential Fellow, who will deliver a lecture titled “Embracing Literature and Strengthening Communities” at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 17 in Irvine Lecture Hall. The lecture is part of the Hashinger Lecture Series sponsored by the College of Educational Studies. (Check out the video to catch a glimpse of this dynamo in action!)

For more information about the event, visit the College of Educational Studies’ Facebook page.

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