Victor Villasenor in Santa Barbara, Wednesday May 11
Author, humanitarian and dyslexia advocate Victor Villasenor will appear in Santa Barbara on Wednesday, May 11. An Evening with Victor Villasenor, a free community event, will begin at 7 p.m. at La Cumbre Junior High Auditorium, located at 2255 Modoc Road in Santa Barbara.
When Villasenor entered school, he spoke only Spanish, and struggled for years, eventually dropping out of high school. He did not know until he was in his forties that his reading struggles were due to unrecognized dyslexia. Thanks to his persistence and determination to tell the stories of his cultural heritage, he has written numerous highly acclaimed novels and short stories, including
Burro Genius, Rain of Gold (which is on the reading lists of many high school and college English classes, and has been termed the Latino Roots), Macho! (which the LA Times compared to the best of Steinbeck) and the screenplay for the film The Ballad of Gregorio Cortez.
In demand throughout the country as a motivational speaker, Villaseñor passionately addresses his own life obstacles: the difficulties of growing up Hispanic, bilingual and dyslexic in a white community and how to channel personal rage into something constructive in life. A strong proponent of family, he acknowledges the strength and love of his grandmothers and parents as the nurturing source that guided him to success as a writer.
Villaseñor’s motto has become “We are all one race, the human race.” Believing this creed is essential to world peace, his writings and speeches resonate with it.
In his candid and heartfelt manner, he brings a fresh perspective to a number of universal themes. He talks about the importance of family, the strength of family and of women, pride in heritage, personal dignity, and world peace. He also addresses the power of the written word, and dedication to education and personal achievement.
The event is sponsored by the Santa Barbara Unified School District, Santa Barbara Education Foundation, the Kirby Jones Foundation, The Dyslexia Project, Just Communities and the Special Needs Project. Books will be on sale and Spanish interpretation will be available.
We look forward to this opportunity to hear from a living legend in literature—his insights and well-earned lessons in life.
For more information about Victor Villasenor, see his website: VictorVillasenor.com, or watch him on this 4-minute You Tube: Getting Back to Our Roots https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QPCj2Qla7-8