University of Arizona Campus  •  March 2 - 3, 2019  •  9:30am to 5:30pm
Show sidebar contents
Want to help support literacy in Southern Arizona?
Become a Friend Now!
eNEWSLETTER SIGN-UP
Email:
First:
Last:
Security:

Reyna Grande



Imran Chaudhry

Steve Alley

Reyna Grande is the author of the best-selling memoir, "The Distance Between Us," where she writes about her life before and after coming from Mexico to the United States as an undocumented immigrant. The much-anticipated sequel, "A Dream Called Home," was released in fall 2018. Her other works include the novels, "Across a Hundred Mountains," and "Dancing with Butterflies" which were published to critical acclaim. 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 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 Award for 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.

Currently, she teaches creative writing, travels across the country and abroad to give presentations about her books and is at work on her next book.

Visit website | Facebook Twitter


Scheduled events:
Beyond Borders and Refugees
Three important memoirists share their personal, ongoing and heart-wrenching immigration experiences that required unlimited perseverance, persistence and hope.

UA Library - Special Collections (Seats 100)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sat, Mar 2, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Current Issues / Politics / Social Science
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - Integrated Learning Center (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Roberta Gately, Reyna Grande, Jean Guerrero
Moderator: Ernesto Portillo Jr.
Undocumented: The Price of Admission
Acclaimed authors Reyna Grande, Jose Antonio Vargas and Ingrid Rojas Contreras explore the unforeseen cost of the undocumented experience.

Nuestras Raíces/Presentation Stage (Seats 150)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sat, Mar 2, 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Nuestras Raices
Signing area: Pima County Public Library/Nuestras Raíces/Craft Tent & Signing Area (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Reyna Grande, Ingrid Rojas Contreras, Jose Vargas
Moderator: Ernesto Portillo Jr.
They Persisted: A Journey Toward Home
Jean Guerrero, Julissa Arce and Reyna Grande share their tears and triumphs in the search for the American Dream and a new home.

Nuestras Raíces/Presentation Stage (Seats 150)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sun, Mar 3, 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Nuestras Raices
Signing area: Pima County Public Library/Nuestras Raíces/Craft Tent & Signing Area (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Julissa Arce, Reyna Grande, Jean Guerrero
Moderator: Ivonne Ramirez

Books:
A Dream Called Home: A Memoir
Nuestras Raices
Atria Books
October 2018
ISBN 9781501171420
336 pages
$26.00, INSTORE
Buy now

“The emotional and practical challenges for a young immigrant are on full display in Grande’s evocative, inspiring memoir. More/less

The Distance Between Us: A Memoir
Nuestras Raices
Washington Square Press
March 2013
ISBN 9781451661781
325 pages
$17.00, INSTORE
Buy now

Traces the author's experiences as an illegal child immigrant, describing her father's violent alcoholism, her efforts to obtain a higher education, and the inspiration of Latina authors.

Named Sponsors

Arizona Daily Star
University of Arizona

Presenting Sponsors

Tucson Medical Center

Major Sponsors

Friends of the Festival
Pima County Public Library
Stocker Foundation
University of Arizona BookStores
University of Arizona - Facilities Management
Western National Parks Association
William & Mary Ross Foundation

Key Sponsors

Arizona Office Technologies
Arizona Wholesale Supply
Marshall Foundation

Show sponsors