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One City, One Book: East County Reads

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East County Reads: An Immigrant's Journey

14th Annual East County Reads 2017

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.

Check out a copy from the library

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.

East County Reads Events

Through the Looking Glass
Art Workshop

Local artist Beverly Turner will guide youth ages 8 - 12 as they draw a scene from their life. The completed image will have the look of stained glass. Space is limited and registration is required

Tuesday, October 3, 6-7:30 p.m.
Village Community Resource Center, 633 Village Dr., Brentwood
Register with the Village Community Resource Center at (925) 626-7892

Wednesday, October 18, 6:30-8 p.m.
Oakley Library, 1050 Neroly Rd.
Register online or call the Oakley Library at (925) 625-2400.

Tuesday, October 24, 6:30-8 p.m.
Antioch Library, 501 W. 18th St.
Register at or call the Antioch Library at (925) 757-9224

Delta Wordweavers: Campfire Storytime

Enjoy slightly scary stories and songs with the Delta Wordweavers. Packets of S'mores-To-Go will be provided!

Monday, October 16, 6 p.m.
Antioch Library

Wednesday, October 25, 6:30 p.m.
Oakley Library

Cooking Demonstration at
Tess' Community Farm Kitchen

Join us at Tess' Community Farm Kitchen and learn how to cook a special dish from author Reyna Grande's home town of Iguala, Guerrero in Mexico. Sponsored by the Friends of the Brentwood Library. 

Tess' Community Farm Kitchen, Tuesday, October 17
8091 Balfour Road, Brentwood.
Adults (18+)
Space is limited and registration is required. Register online or call the Brentwood Library at (925) 516-5290