Student Diversity & Inclusion Services Lecture: Reyna Grande


Reyna Grande, author of THE DISTANCE BETWEEN US, discusses her memoir and the issue of immigration

Date & Time:

Wednesday, March 1, 2017
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM


Free and Open to the Public


Anderson Student Center, James B. Woulfe Alumni Hall (3rd Floor)

Reyna Grande

Reyna Grande

Reyna Grande is the author of three critically acclaimed books. The Distance Between Us is Reyna Grande’s personal, heart-wrenching, and ultimately triumphant memoir about her journey from Mexico to the United States as an undocumented child immigrant, where she learned that the separation between a parent and child can be measured as much in emotional distance and abandonment as it can be in miles. An engaging writer with a talent for infusing her narrative with personal and affecting characterizations and stories, Grande truly offers an unprecedented look into the immigration experience and the reality that millions of people are facing each day.

Grande’s first novel, Across a Hundred Mountains (Atria 2006), received a 2007 American Book Award, and the 2006 El Premio Aztlán Literary Award. Her second novel, Dancing with Butterflies (Washington Square Press 2009) was the recipient of a 2010 International Latino Book Awards. All three books have been read widely in schools across the country and have been very popular with book clubs. Across a Hundred Mountains and Dancing with Butterflies have also been published internationally.

Born in Mexico, 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 going on ten, she entered the U.S. as an undocumented immigrant to live with her father. She went on to become the first person in her family to graduate from college. Reyna holds a B.A. in creative writing and film & video from the University of California, Santa Cruz. She received her M.F.A. in creative writing from Antioch University.

Reyna Grande teaches creative writing for UCLA Extension and speaks at high schools, colleges, and universities across the nation.

This lecture is sponsored by Student Diversity & Inclusion Services, which used The Distance Between Us as it's J-Term 2017 book club selection. The J-Term Book Club has become a staple at the university, bringing in 50+ participants each year. Each year the selected book addresses topics of diversity, social justice, inequity, and other related themes.  It is an event that brings faculty, staff, and students together to have meaningful conversation on important matters.

Books will be available for sale and the lecture will be followed by a book signing.

Parking (available for $1/hour after 4pm)

Anderson Parking Facility--located at the corner of Cretin Ave. and Grand Ave.

Morrison Parking Ramp--located beneath Morrison Residence Hall, visitors parking in the Morrison ramp should enter campus at the intersection of Selby Ave. and Finn St. Follow the drive aisle south , under the skyway, toward the stadium. Take a hard right at the end of the drive aisle. The visitor ramp entrance is the eastern entrance beneath the residence hall.

McNeely Parking Ramp--visitor parking is available at the McNeely Ramp only after 4:00 pm and on weekends. The McNeely Ramp entrance is located within parking lot K, underneath McNeely Hall.

Anderson Student Center Parking Garage--visitor parking is available at the Anderson Student Center Parking Garage only after 4:00 pm and on weekends. The Anderson Student Center Parking Garage entrance can be accessed from the Anderson Student Center turnaround off of Cretin Avenue.

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