Reyna Grande Book Launch: A Dream Called Home

UC Santa Cruz alumna, Reyna Grande, will discuss her new memoir, A Dream Called Home, in conversation with Micah Perks, UC Santa Cruz Literature Professor.

A DREAM CALLED HOME is Reyna Grande’s lyrical and moving follow-up to The Distance Between Us. The memoir tells the story of her pursuit to become the first in her family to earn a college degree and to find her place in her adoptive country.

She persevered and made the impossible possible—she went from being an undocumented immigrant to an award-winning and bestselling author. Her dreams of being the first in her family to graduate from college and to break the cycle of poverty that had trapped her family for generations took her along a difficult path, but led her to finding the one thing she had desperately longed for ever since her parents left her behind in Mexico—a home.

Get a copy of A Dream Called Home at Bookshop Santa Cruz, at the event, or at Free books will be given out to the first 50 UCSC students to attend (student ID required at the door).

Reyna Grande is the recipient of the 2015 Luis Leal Award for Distinction in Chicano/Latino Literature. Her first novel, Across a Hundred Mountains (Atria, 2006), received a 2006 El Premio Aztlan Literary Award, a 2007 American Book Award, and a 2010 Latino Books Into Movies Award. Her second novel, Dancing with Butterflies (Washington Square Press, 2009) was critically acclaimed and was the recipient of a 2010 International Latino Book Award, Best Women’s Issues, and a 2010 Las Comadres & Friends National Latino Book Club Selection. She was also a 2003 PEN Center USA Emerging Voices Fellow. The Distance Between Us was a 2012 National Book Critics Circle Awards Finalist and has been selected by numerous city-wide read programs, including Rochester Reads 2018, MacReads 2018, One Book/One Michiana 2018, All Henrico Reads 2018, Timberland Reads Together 2017, Telluride One Book/One Canyon 2017, Estes Park One Book/One Valley 2017, Saginaw One Book/One Community 2016, Camarillo Reads 2016, Roswell Reads 2015, and One Maryland/One Book 2014, among others. To learn more about Reyna Grande and her work, visit

Presented by: Bookshop Santa Cruz and The Humanities Institute

Co-sponsored by:
Research Center for the Americas
UCSC First Gen Initiative
Kresge College
UCSC Year of Alumni

Parking is limited. Please carpool or choose alternative transportation if you are able. If you have disability-related needs, please contact us at or call 831-459-1274.

Tuesday, October 2, 2018 at 7:00pm

Peace United Church 900 High Street, Santa Cruz, Ca

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Lectures & Presentations

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Alumni, Faculty & Staff, Students, Prospective Students, General Public


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