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November 25, 1992 | LEE ROMNEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Seven weeks ago, acclaimed Oceanside author Victor Villasenor had a vision that went something like this: A gaggle of peaceful snow geese were squawking and squealing in a show of global harmony, guided by the spirit of Villasenor's Indian grandmother. It's not the type of vision most people act on. But Villasenor is not most people.
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August 29, 2004 | Jonathan Kirsch, Jonathan Kirsch, a contributing writer to Book Review, is the author of, most recently, "God Against the Gods: The History of the War Between Monotheism and Polytheism."
At the very beginning of his memoir, Victor Villasenor mentions in passing a fact that every aspiring writer ought to know and cherish -- before Villasenor's first book, a novel titled "Macho!," was published, he had received 265 rejection letters.
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NEWS
August 16, 1992 | DOUGLAS P. SHUIT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In most rags-to-riches stories about writers, the author toils for years on a "big" book, goes into debt, finally gets a contract from a top publisher, then enjoys huge success. But, in the case of Victor Villasenor, a hard-working, well-regarded writer from Oceanside, it didn't quite work out that way. The key elements of the story were there--the hard work, the debts and the big payoff.
NEWS
April 1, 1996 | MICHAEL HARRIS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
In the best-selling "Rain of Gold," Victor Villasenor told the story of his mother's family. Now, in the second volume of a projected trilogy, Villasenor tells, or mythologizes, the "wild and huge" story of his father's family--a story "filled . . . with rage and violence and yet this incredible faith in God."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 24, 1994 | KEN ELLINGWOOD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Relying on hugs and handshakes more than his written words, author Victor Villasenor carried simple advice Sunday for adults seeking racial peace: think like a kid. He practiced what he preached, celebrating the release of his first children's book, "Walking Stars," with a street party featuring punch and a pinata that went over big among the not-ready-to-read set.
NEWS
April 1, 1996 | MICHAEL HARRIS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
In the best-selling "Rain of Gold," Victor Villasenor told the story of his mother's family. Now, in the second volume of a projected trilogy, Villasenor tells, or mythologizes, the "wild and huge" story of his father's family--a story "filled . . . with rage and violence and yet this incredible faith in God."
NEWS
November 20, 1995 | TONY PERRY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Thanksgiving is near, so the mind naturally turns to thoughts of Scottish bagpipes, Mexican ballet folklorico, Vedic offerings to Mother Nature, Irish pipes, Sanskrit chanting, Gypsy dancing, Native American dancing, Malaysian dancing and African American gospel music from the days of slavery. At least it does if you're award-winning author and indefatigable peace activist Victor Villasenor.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 1, 1991 | ROBERT EPSTEIN
There on his family's south Oceanside ranch, Victor Villasenor, 50, writes about heroes, real and imagined. Many come from stories he heard from his barrio childhood in nearby Carlsbad. And there in the tight basement quarters beneath the University of Houston Library, Nicolas Kanellos, of Puerto Rican and Greek background via New Jersey, works quietly and almost heroically at a little-known publishing enterprise called Arte Publico Press.
BOOKS
August 29, 2004 | Jonathan Kirsch, Jonathan Kirsch, a contributing writer to Book Review, is the author of, most recently, "God Against the Gods: The History of the War Between Monotheism and Polytheism."
At the very beginning of his memoir, Victor Villasenor mentions in passing a fact that every aspiring writer ought to know and cherish -- before Villasenor's first book, a novel titled "Macho!," was published, he had received 265 rejection letters.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 18, 1992
The Voting Inspires Participation project gave actor Edward James Olmos its first ABRAZO Humanitarian Award at a ceremony at the Anaheim Marriott hotel Saturday night. Other awards were presented to Latino professionals working in radio, television and print journalism. Victor Villasenor, author of "Rain of Gold," which chronicled his family's migration from Mexico to California, also was honored.
NEWS
November 20, 1995 | TONY PERRY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Thanksgiving is near, so the mind naturally turns to thoughts of Scottish bagpipes, Mexican ballet folklorico, Vedic offerings to Mother Nature, Irish pipes, Sanskrit chanting, Gypsy dancing, Native American dancing, Malaysian dancing and African American gospel music from the days of slavery. At least it does if you're award-winning author and indefatigable peace activist Victor Villasenor.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 24, 1994 | KEN ELLINGWOOD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Relying on hugs and handshakes more than his written words, author Victor Villasenor carried simple advice Sunday for adults seeking racial peace: think like a kid. He practiced what he preached, celebrating the release of his first children's book, "Walking Stars," with a street party featuring punch and a pinata that went over big among the not-ready-to-read set.
NEWS
November 25, 1992 | LEE ROMNEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Seven weeks ago, acclaimed Oceanside author Victor Villasenor had a vision that went something like this: A gaggle of peaceful snow geese were squawking and squealing in a show of global harmony, guided by the spirit of Villasenor's Indian grandmother. It's not the type of vision most people act on. But Villasenor is not most people.
NEWS
August 16, 1992 | DOUGLAS P. SHUIT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In most rags-to-riches stories about writers, the author toils for years on a "big" book, goes into debt, finally gets a contract from a top publisher, then enjoys huge success. But, in the case of Victor Villasenor, a hard-working, well-regarded writer from Oceanside, it didn't quite work out that way. The key elements of the story were there--the hard work, the debts and the big payoff.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 1, 1991 | ROBERT EPSTEIN
There on his family's south Oceanside ranch, Victor Villasenor, 50, writes about heroes, real and imagined. Many come from stories he heard from his barrio childhood in nearby Carlsbad. And there in the tight basement quarters beneath the University of Houston Library, Nicolas Kanellos, of Puerto Rican and Greek background via New Jersey, works quietly and almost heroically at a little-known publishing enterprise called Arte Publico Press.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 21, 1998
Author Victor Villasenor, who wrote the screenplay "The Ballad of Gregorio Cortez," will be the guest speaker at a fund-raising luncheon Wednesday for the Santa Fe Springs City Library. The writer will speak at noon at the Clarke Estate, a historical landmark in Santa Fe Springs. Villasenor has written several books, including the novel "Macho" and the epic "Rain of Gold." Information: (562) 868-7738.
NEWS
September 27, 1990
Santa Monica College is seeking applicants for a seat on its Personnel Commission, which administers the personnel program for all non-teaching employees. The three-member commission oversees selection and promotion of employees, recommends salaries, hears appeals and develops job classifications.
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