Wednesday, September 27th
|All day-Sep 28th|| Poughkeepsie NY|
|11:45 am|| McCann Center|
The 2017-18 Common Reading is "The Distance Between Us," a memoir by award-winning novelist Reyna Grande. Ms. Grande will come to campus on September 27 to deliver a lecture attended by all FYS students.
She has received an American Book Award, the El Premio Aztlán Literary Award, and the International Latino Book Award. In 2012, she was a finalist for the prestigious National Book Critics Circle Awards, and in 2015 she was honored with a Luis Leal Award for Distinction in Chicano/Latino Literature. Her works have been published internationally in Norway, South Korea, and Mexico.
Her novels, "Across a Hundred Mountains" (Atria, 2006) and "Dancing with Butterflies" (Washington Square Press, 2009), were published to critical acclaim. In her latest book, "The Distance Between Us" (Atria, 2012), Ms. Grande writes about her life before and after illegally immigrating from Mexico to the United States. An inspirational coming-of-age story about the pursuit of a better life, "The Distance Between Us" was chosen as Marist College’s First-Year Seminar Common Read and is now available as a young readers edition from Simon & Schuster’s Children’s Division–Aladdin. It has received a 2017 Honor Book Award for the Américas Award for Children’s and Young Adult Literature and a 2016 Eureka! Honor Awards from the California Reading Association.
Ms. Grande is a member of the Macondo Writer’s Workshop founded by Sandra Cisneros. Currently Reyna teaches creative writing, travels across the country and abroad to give presentations about her books, and is at work on the sequel to "The Distance Between Us."
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