Laura Esquivel will give two free lectures Wednesday, Sept. 14 at the Mountain View College Performance Hall. The first is from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., and the second is from 7-8:30 p.m. A reception and book signing will follow the evening lecture.

Esuivel is a Mexico City native whose first novel, “Like Water for Chocolate”, was published in 1990 and has been translated into 23 languages since then. It was made into a movie in 1993.