Reyna Grande "The Distance Between Us"

Lecture and Book Signing

Date & Time:

Wednesday, March 1, 2017
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM


ASC Woulfe North

Student Diversity & Inclusion Services (SDIS) is happy to welcome the author of "The Distance Between Us" Reyna Grande to campus!

Reyna Grande is an award-winning novelist and memoirist. She 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. Her works have been published internationally in countries such as Norway and South Korea.

Her novels, Across a Hundred Mountains, (Atria, 2006) and Dancing with Butterflies (Washington Square Press, 2009) were published to critical acclaim and have been read widely in schools across the country. In her latest book, The Distance Between Us, ( Atria, 2012) Reyna writes about her life before and after illegally immigrating from Mexico to the United States. An inspirational coming-of-age story about the pursuit of a better life, The Distance Between Us is now available as a young readers edition from Simon & Schuster’s Children’s Division–Aladdin.

Reyna is a member of the Macondo Writer’s Workshop founded by Sandra Cisneros. Currently Reyna teaches creative writing, travels across the country and abroad to give presentations about her books, and is at work on her next book.

About the Author
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 going on ten, she left Iguala to make her own journey north. She entered the U.S. as an undocumented immigrant, and later went on to become the first person in her family to graduate from college.

After attending Pasadena City College for two years, Reyna obtained a B.A. in creative writing and film & video from the University of California, Santa Cruz. She later received her M.F.A. in creative writing from Antioch University. Now, in addition to being a published author, she is also an active promoter of Latino literature and is a sought-after speaker at high schools, colleges, and universities across the nation.

The lecture, free and open to the public, will be Wednesday, March 1, 2017 beginning at 7:00 p.m. in the Anderson Student Center – Woulfe North.  The doors for the lecture will open at 6:30 p.m.  Books will be available for sale at the book signing and reception immediately following the lecture.

Parking will be available at the Anderson Parking Facility located at the corner of Cretin Ave. and Grand Ave.  Upon entering the ramp do not take a ticket you will need to swipe a credit card at the gate to enter. Upon leaving, you will swipe your credit card again to exit.  The length and cost of your stay is automatically determined by the times of your card swipes.

This event is sponsored by Student Diversity & Inclusion Services and the Diversity Activities Board