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Author Talk with Reyna Grande
March 10 @ 4:30 pm - 5:30 pmFree
Grande is the author of the bestselling memoir, “The Distance Between Us,” (Atria, 2012) where she writes about her life before and after she arrived in the United States from Mexico as an undocumented child immigrant. The much-anticipated sequel, “A Dream Called Home” (Atria), was released in 2018. Her other works include the novels, “Across a Hundred Mountains,” (Atria, 2006) and “Dancing with Butterflies” (Washington Square Press, 2009) which were published to critical acclaim. “The Distance Between Us” is also available as a young readers edition from Simon & Schuster’s Children’s Division–Aladdin. Her books have been adopted as the common read selection by schools, colleges, and cities across the country.
Reyna has received an American Book Award, the El Premio Aztlán Literary Award, and the International Latino Book Award. In 2012, she was a finalist for the prestigious National Book Critics Circle Awards, and in 2015 she was honored with a Luis Leal Award for Distinction in Chicano/Latino Literature. The young reader’s version of “The Distance Between Us” received a 2017 Honor Book designation from the Américas Award for Children’s and Young Adult Literature, a 2016 Eureka! Honor Awards from the California Reading Association, and an International Literacy Association Children’s Book Award 2017.
Born in Iguala, Guerrero, Mexico (where 43 college students disappeared in 2014), Reyna was two years old when her father left for the U.S. to find work. Her mother followed her father north two years later, leaving Reyna and her siblings behind in Mexico. In 1985, when Reyna was nine, she left Iguala to make her own journey north.
After attending Pasadena City College for two years, Reyna became the first person in her family to set foot in a university. She went on to obtain a BA in creative writing and film & video from the University of California, Santa Cruz. She later received her MFA. in creative writing from Antioch University.
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This event is supported with funding from a Title VI National Resource Center grant from the U.S. Department of Education and from the Vilas Trust.