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One City, One Book: East County Reads

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East County Reads: An Immigrant's Journey

East County Reads

The Distance Between Us
by Reyna Grande

October 2 - November 18

Free copies in Spanish and English will be available at the Antioch, Brentwood, Oakley, and Prewett libraries starting October 2.


Join us for this community-wide read about the author's life before and after coming from Mexico to the United States as an undocumented immigrant. Reyna Grande's The Distance Between Us is an inspirational coming-of-age story about the pursuit of a better life.

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About the Author

Reyna Grande was born in Iguala, Guerrero, Mexico and was just two years old when her father left for the United States to find work. Her mother followed two years later, leaving Reyna and her siblings behind in Mexico. Reyna made her own journey north in 1985 and entered the United States as an undocumented immigrant. Now an award-winning author, Reyna holds degrees from the University of California, Santa Cruz and Antioch University. More information about Reyna.

Author Presentations

Luncheon with Reyna Grande 
Wednesday, November 8 • 11:30-2 p.m. 

Brentwood Community Center, 35 Oak St. 

Brentwood Library Foundation/Friends of the Brentwood  

Library Benefit.
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Presentation with Reyna Grande  

Wednesday, November 8 • 6:30 p.m. 

Brentwood Community Center, 35 Oak St.  

Award-winning author Reyna Grande will share the story of
her life, and how she overcame many obstacles to become a college graduate and successful writer. Share your thoughts about the book, and compare them to your own experiences or others you may have heard about. Books will be available for purchase and signing by the author.  

School Presentations 
Thursday, November 16
Reyna Grande will speak to students at Edna
Hill Middle School, Freedom High School, and Antioch Middle School. The author's Young Reader’s edition of the book will be donated to the school libraries at each location.