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Read 2 Succeed: Spring 2024 -- Reyna Grande

Read 2 Succeed at Norco College

Featured book for Spring 2024

Our first returning author and our first fiction book for Read 2 Succeed!

Other Writing by Reyna Grande

Available in our Library -- Ask us if you need any assistance! 

Event Dates & Register for the Zoom Events Below:

Events will be held in person in CSS 217 and online. Check back here to sign up for these events!

*March 21, 2024 @ 12:50-1:50 pm -- Book Discussion 

*April 18, 2024 @ 12:50-1:50 pm -- Student Panel 

*May 16, 2024 @ 12:50-3:00 pm -- Author Appearance

*All events offer refreshments and exciting prize drawings, including Starbucks and other prizes!

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About the Author -- Reyna Grande

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Reyna Grande is an award-winning novelist and memoirist. She has received an American Book Award, the El Premio Aztlan Literary Award, and the Latino Book Award. 2012, she was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Awards. 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. Her latest book, The Distance Between Us, was published in August 2012 by Atria Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster. In this memoir, Reyna writes about her life before and after illegally immigrating from Mexico to the United States. A National Book Circle Critics Award finalist, The Distance Between Us is an inspirational coming-of-age story about pursuing a better life. The Los Angeles Times hailed it as the Angela's Ashes of the modern Mexican immigrant experience.

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. She 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.

Currently Reyna teaches creative writing at UCLA Extension and is at work on her next novel.

(from Reyna Grande's Website)