College of Liberal Arts

Migration and Memoir: A Conversation with Reyna Grande

Thursday Apr 6, 2017 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM | College of Liberal Arts Building | CLA 1.302B | The University of Texas at Austin

Join us for a conversation with acclaimed Chicana writer Reyna Grande. She will read from her memoir The Distance Between Us, a personal account of her life as an undocumented immigrant, and from her new work, a continuation of the memoir describing life as a first-generation college student and, eventually, a successful writer. You will be inspired by her dedication to the American dream and reminded of the challenges of achieving it. 

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.

This event is co-sponsored by the Department of Mexican American and Latina/o Studies, the Center for Mexican American Studies, the Department of English, the School of Undergraduate Studies, the Department of American Studies, the Department of Sociology, the Center for Women's and Gender Studies, and the Teresa Lozano Long Institiute for Latin American Studies.

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