Old Town Mexican Lunch Adventure with Award-Winning Novelist/Memoirist Reyna Grande

Event Details

Friday, October 25, 2013
Starting at 12:00pm
Barra Barra Saloon
4016 Wallace Street (Old Town)
San Diego 92110
Cost: $35 per person ($25 for registered Girl Scouts)
Add $15 for signed book

About the Event

Please join National Book Critics Circle Finalist and International Latino Book Award winner Reyna Grande for a fun Old Town Mexican Lunch Adventure that includes an authentic Mexican lunch, beverage, tax, tip, discussion of her book, A Distance Between Us, Q&A, author signing, and an opportunity to meet the author up close and personal in a festive, authentic setting.

About the Book and Author

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. Eight years later, Reyna entered the U.S. as an undocumented immigrant. She went on to become the first person in her family to graduate from college, and she now teaches creative writing workshops and speaks at high schools, colleges, and universities across the nation.

The Distance Between Us is Reyna’s heart-wrenching, yet ultimately triumphant, memoir about her journey from Mexico to the U.S., where she learned that the separation between a parent and a child can be measured as much in emotional distance and abandonment as it can be in miles.

Her story isn’t just her flight to El Otro Lado (The Other Side), but also the tragic story of what she experienced before – the poverty, the abuse, the shame…and the devastating feeling of abandonment and loneliness she and her siblings felt after their well-meaning, but dysfunctional, parents left to find a better life for their family.

Praise for The Distance Between Us

“A brutally honest book…akin to being the “Angela’s Ashes” of the modern Mexican immigrant experience.”

LA Times

“I’ve been waiting for this book for decades. The American story of the new millennium is the story of the Latino immigrant, yet how often has the story been told by the immigrant herself?”

—Sandra Cisneros, author of The House on Mango Street

“In this poignant memoir about her childhood in Mexico, Reyna Grande skillfully depicts another side of the immigrant experience—the hardships and heartbreaks of the children who are left behind.”
—Sonia Nazario, Pulitzer Prize winner, and author of Enrique’s Journey

“Award-winning novelist Grande captivates and inspires in her memoir.”
–Publishers Weekly: Starred Review


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