Publish Date: 4-23-2013, 6:01 a.m.

The Division of Arts and Sciences is proud to welcome award-winning author and speaker Reyna Grande to campus on Wednesday, May 1.  Ms. Grande will discuss her latest book, The Distance Between Us, a memoir of her experience as a undocumented  immigrant from Mexico.  The presentation will be held at 11 a.m. in BC 101 and is scheduled to coincide with the Multicultural Day events sponsored by the Associated Students of Crafton Hills College.

The Distance Between Us has been hailed by the Los Angeles Times as the Angela’s Ashes of the modern Mexican immigrant experience.  It was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award in the autobiography category. Her first novel, Across a Hundred Mountains received a 2007 American Book Award and the 2006 El Premio Aztlán Literary Award. Her second novel, Dancing with Butterflies (2009) was the recipient of a 2010 International Latino Book Awards.

Originally from Mexico, Ms. Grande came to the United States as an undocumented child immigrant to live with her father, whom she hadn’t seen in eight years. She went on to become the first in her family to graduate from college earning a B.A. and an M.F.A. in creative writing.

To learn more about Ms. Grande, visit her website at

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