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September 30, 2004
What a pleasure to learn of Rueben Martinez receiving a MacArthur grant (Sept. 28). He has done so much for the community. I am sure the money given will come back to the community tenfold. Pete Snetsinger Irvine
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ENTERTAINMENT
October 30, 2012 | By Carolyn Kellogg
After Hurricane Sandy swept through the Northeast, some bookstores were left all but untouched; others face major damage. This is a partial list of bookstores that were in the path of the devastating storm, with notes on how they're doing. Powerhouse Arena in Brooklyn's DUMBO (pictured) suffered serious damage. Although the staff prepared for flooding by elevating some books and other stock, the water rose to an incredible 28 inches inside the store. The glass front door is cracked and shattering.
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ENTERTAINMENT
October 29, 2012 | By Hector Tobar
Rueben Martinez was a steelworker first, and then a barber, before he became the book maven he is today. Raised in Arizona, and later employed at the long-gone Bethlehem Steel plant in Maywood, he later opened up a barbershop in Santa Ana and gathered a few books for his customers to read while they waited to get haircuts. That informal barbershop lending library grew to become Libreria Martinez in the early 1990s, a bookstore built around Martinez's large collection of, and love for, Chicano/Latino literature and history.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 29, 2012 | By Hector Tobar
Rueben Martinez was a steelworker first, and then a barber, before he became the book maven he is today. Raised in Arizona, and later employed at the long-gone Bethlehem Steel plant in Maywood, he later opened up a barbershop in Santa Ana and gathered a few books for his customers to read while they waited to get haircuts. That informal barbershop lending library grew to become Libreria Martinez in the early 1990s, a bookstore built around Martinez's large collection of, and love for, Chicano/Latino literature and history.
NEWS
March 31, 1996 | DENNIS McLELLAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Rueben Martinez's haircuts are never given quickly. Plan to spend two hours in the chair, joke those who know him, which is only a light trim off the truth. The loquacious Martinez does tend to get sidetracked. After all, he's not only a hairstylist but the owner of an adjoining Latino bookstore and art gallery. As he likes to say, it's the only combination libreria, galleria, barberia in the United States. Maybe the world.
NEWS
January 26, 2006
As an Orange County subscriber, I was pleased to see Susan Carpenter include the wonderful Irvine bookstore Whale of a Tale ["Big Plans for Little Readers," Jan. 19]. But she omitted another outstanding store, Libreria Martinez Books in Santa Ana. Run by MacArthur winner Rueben Martinez, it has a room dedicated to children. WANDA SHAFFER Fullerton
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 3, 2000 | Alex Murashko, (714) 966-5974
Education advocate Rueben Martinez will speak at Westminster High School at 11 a.m. Monday in the school cafeteria. Martinez, who owns Martinez Books and Art Gallery in Santa Ana, was recognized in 1992 by the California Teacher's Assn. with the State Gold Award for his support of education. He lectures throughout the nation on the importance of education, goal setting and overcoming fear. Information: (714) 893-1381.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 30, 2012 | By Carolyn Kellogg
After Hurricane Sandy swept through the Northeast, some bookstores were left all but untouched; others face major damage. This is a partial list of bookstores that were in the path of the devastating storm, with notes on how they're doing. Powerhouse Arena in Brooklyn's DUMBO (pictured) suffered serious damage. Although the staff prepared for flooding by elevating some books and other stock, the water rose to an incredible 28 inches inside the store. The glass front door is cracked and shattering.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 27, 2008 | Tony Barboza
Rueben Martinez is known for his many callings: Barber. Longtime bookstore owner. MacArthur award winner. Speaker at high schools, colleges and universities across the country. Holder of more honorary degrees than he can count. And now Martinez, 68, is a college professor. A presidential fellow, to be exact. Starting next month, Martinez will be responsible for Chapman University's efforts to recruit first-generation students, especially Latinos, into science and math programs.
NEWS
April 14, 1999 | DENNIS McLELLAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Rueben Martinez's Latino bookstore in Santa Ana has moved to a new downtown location--and actor Edward James Olmos will be on hand for the grand opening Saturday. Olmos, who is on a national publicity tour for "Americanos: Latino Life in the United States," a book of portraits, essays and commentary that he helped create, will sign between 1 and 4 p.m. at the newly renamed Libreria Martinez Books and Art Gallery, now at 1110 N. Main St. Santa Ana Mayor Miguel A. Pulido Jr.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 27, 2008 | Tony Barboza
Rueben Martinez is known for his many callings: Barber. Longtime bookstore owner. MacArthur award winner. Speaker at high schools, colleges and universities across the country. Holder of more honorary degrees than he can count. And now Martinez, 68, is a college professor. A presidential fellow, to be exact. Starting next month, Martinez will be responsible for Chapman University's efforts to recruit first-generation students, especially Latinos, into science and math programs.
NEWS
January 26, 2006
As an Orange County subscriber, I was pleased to see Susan Carpenter include the wonderful Irvine bookstore Whale of a Tale ["Big Plans for Little Readers," Jan. 19]. But she omitted another outstanding store, Libreria Martinez Books in Santa Ana. Run by MacArthur winner Rueben Martinez, it has a room dedicated to children. WANDA SHAFFER Fullerton
OPINION
September 30, 2004
What a pleasure to learn of Rueben Martinez receiving a MacArthur grant (Sept. 28). He has done so much for the community. I am sure the money given will come back to the community tenfold. Pete Snetsinger Irvine
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 28, 2004 | James Ricci, Times Staff Writer
When a Kansas schoolteacher named Krista Meisel e-mailed Rueben Martinez to make an appointment with him at his Santa Ana bookstore for last Tuesday, the bookseller didn't think much about it. An erstwhile barber turned nationally recognized missionary for Latino literacy, Martinez met with students and teachers almost every day. At the appointed hour, however, there was no Krista Meisel.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 29, 2000 | JENNIFER MENA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Downtown Santa Ana's landmark Martinez Books, a community gathering place that officials credit with launching a successful literacy movement, plans to open what could be one of Southern California's few multilingual children's bookstores. The children's bookstore will offer works printed in Spanish, Vietnamese and other languages, including English. The project includes a gallery for children's art and theater, which city officials hope will boost Santa Ana's struggling central arts district.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 3, 2000 | Alex Murashko, (714) 966-5974
Education advocate Rueben Martinez will speak at Westminster High School at 11 a.m. Monday in the school cafeteria. Martinez, who owns Martinez Books and Art Gallery in Santa Ana, was recognized in 1992 by the California Teacher's Assn. with the State Gold Award for his support of education. He lectures throughout the nation on the importance of education, goal setting and overcoming fear. Information: (714) 893-1381.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 28, 2004 | James Ricci, Times Staff Writer
When a Kansas schoolteacher named Krista Meisel e-mailed Rueben Martinez to make an appointment with him at his Santa Ana bookstore for last Tuesday, the bookseller didn't think much about it. An erstwhile barber turned nationally recognized missionary for Latino literacy, Martinez met with students and teachers almost every day. At the appointed hour, however, there was no Krista Meisel.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 29, 2000 | JENNIFER MENA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Downtown Santa Ana's landmark Martinez Books, a community gathering place that officials credit with launching a successful literacy movement, plans to open what could be one of Southern California's few multilingual children's bookstores. The children's bookstore will offer works printed in Spanish, Vietnamese and other languages, including English. The project includes a gallery for children's art and theater, which city officials hope will boost Santa Ana's struggling central arts district.
NEWS
April 14, 1999 | DENNIS McLELLAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Rueben Martinez's Latino bookstore in Santa Ana has moved to a new downtown location--and actor Edward James Olmos will be on hand for the grand opening Saturday. Olmos, who is on a national publicity tour for "Americanos: Latino Life in the United States," a book of portraits, essays and commentary that he helped create, will sign between 1 and 4 p.m. at the newly renamed Libreria Martinez Books and Art Gallery, now at 1110 N. Main St. Santa Ana Mayor Miguel A. Pulido Jr.
NEWS
April 28, 1996 | DENNIS McLELLAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Rueben Martinez's haircuts are never given quickly. Plan to spend two hours in the chair, joke those who know him, which is only a light trim off the truth. The loquacious Martinez does tend to get sidetracked. After all, he's not only a hairstylist but the owner of an adjoining Latino bookstore and art gallery. As he likes to say, it's the only combination libreria, galeria, barberia in the United States. Maybe the world.
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