Book Launch (4/4)

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Panel Discussion and Book Launch
Cafe Stories: Riverside’s Zacatecas by William Medina
with panelists Carlos Cortés, Judith Auth, and Suzanna Medina

FREE • Thursday, April 4 • 7–8 PM, doors open at 6:30
Riverside Main Library Community Room
3900 Mission Inn Avenue, Riverside 92501

Inlandia Institute presents the launch of Cafe Stories: Riverside’s Zacatecas by William Medina, Riverside historian and educator. The author will be joined by a distinguished panel to discuss his novel and the Medina family’s renowned cafe. The panel consists of Judith Auth, Carlos Cortés, and Suzanna Medina.

William Medina’s novel, Cafe Stories: Riverside’s Zacatecas is based on stories inspired by events and characters who frequented his parent’s eatery in Riverside. He masterfully re-imagines and chronicles “… curious bits and pieces of real events that I have reassembled to weave fictional stories,” states Medina.

William and his siblings grew up helping their parents Oscar and Josefina Medina at the cafe. Over the years he and his siblings managed the eatery. The original cafe was located in a shopping center in Riverside’s multicultural Eastside. Located nearby was the iconic Nosotros Fine Arts Workshop directed by acclaimed artist Leer Larkin — who was integral to the Medina family.

Cafe Stories: Riverside’s Zacatecas will be available for sale and signing. The event is free and open to the public.

The library will also provide an array of books on local history available for check out. Don’t have a library card? You can get one on the spot!

Free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. Please join us.

William Medina grew up in the family business and like his siblings, he managed Zacatecas Cafe. He returned to school and became a teacher (earning a PhD in history at UC Riverside). Retired, he teaches part-time at Riverside City College. He published a novel in 2023, Cafe Stories: Riverside’s Zacatecas.

Dr. Carlos E. Cortés is the Edward A. Dickson Emeritus Professor of History at the University of California, Riverside, and co-director of the Health Equity, Social Justice, and Anti-Racism curriculum of the UCR School of Medicine. He has served on the faculty of the Harvard Institutes for Higher Education and as cultural advisor for Dora the Explorer and Puss In Boots: The Last Wish.

Judith Auth was Director of the Riverside Public Library and a Y.W.C.A. Woman of Achievement.  She was secretary for twenty years on the board of the Nosotros Fine Arts Workshop & Gallery on Riverside’s Eastside.

Suzanna Medina is a native of Riverside and the daughter of Oscar and Josefina Medina, founders of Zacatecas Cafe, and serves as the family historian. Along with managing the family business, she worked for public health in Riverside County. She is retired and lives in Riverside.

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