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Reyna Grande

Reyna Grande is an author, speaker and educator. The Distance Between Us (Atria, 2012), her memoir hailed by the Los Angeles Times as the Angela’s Ashes of the modern Mexican immigrant experience, was published in August 2012 to rave reviews. It is a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award in the autobiography category. Her first novel, Across a Hundred Mountains (Atria 2006), 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, Grande came to the U.S. 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. Grande holds a B.A. and an M.F.A. in creative writing. Learn more about her at