Reyna Grande events

Reyna Grande visits Wenatchee Valley College campuses

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Wenatchee Valley College
Wednesday, Oct. 14, 5:30 to 7 p.m.
The Grove Recital Hall, Music and Art Center, Wenatchee Campus
Seating is limited to 150 people.
Free and open to the public.

Wenatchee Valley College at Omak

Thursday, Oct. 15, 5-6:30 p.m.
Hazel Allen Burnett Hall rooms 401 and 402, Omak Campus
Seating is limited to 60 people.
Free and open to the public.

Reyna Grande will give a reading from her book, The Distance Between Us.


About the Author

Reyna Grande is an award-winning novelist and memoirist. The Distance Between Us (Atria, 2012) is Grande's memoir about her life before and after illegally immigrating from Mexico to the United States. A finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, The Distance Between Us was hailed by the L.A. Times as "the Angela's Ashes of the modern Mexican immigrant experience."

Grande's first novel, Across a Hundred Mountains (Atria 2006), received a 2007 American Book Award and the 2006 El Premio Aztlan Literary Award. Her second novel, Dancing with Butterflies (Washington Square Press, 2009), was the recipient of a 2010 International Latino Book Award. All three books have been widely read in schools across the country and have been popular with book clubs. Across a Hundred Miles and Dancing with Butterflies have also been published internationally.

Born in Mexico, Reyna was two years old when her father left for the U.S. to find work. Her mother followed two years later, leaving Reyna and her siblings behind in Mexico. In 1985, when Reyna was almost 10, she entered the U.S. as an undocumented immigrant to live with her father. She went on to become the first person in her family to graduate from college. She holds a B.A. in creative writing, and film and video, from the University of California, Santa Cruz. She received her MFA in creative writing from Antioch University.

Grande teaches creative writing for UCLA Extension. She is an active promoter of Latino literature and speaks at high schools, colleges and universities across the nation.

For more information about Reyna Grande, visit her website at

Contact Information

Erin Tofte, WVC Multicultural Affairs Coordinator - Wenatchee Campus

Livia Millard, WVC at Omak Multicultural Affairs Coordinator

Thank You to our Sponsors

Associated Students of WVC, Associated Students of WVC at Omak, WVC at Omak Foundation, WVC Foundation Faculty Development Grant, Bridgeport High School Multicultural Club, Phi Theta Kappa-Alpha Kappa Eta Chapter and the Red Road Association.