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Award-Winning Novelist Reyna Grande Speaks at Hartnell

October 6th, 2009

On Monday, October 12, acclaimed writer Reyna Grande will speak at Hartnell College’s Performing Arts center. Her award-winning novel, Across a Hundred Mountains, garnered her an American Book Award in 2007 and a 2006 El Premio Aztlan Literary Award.

The noon-time event will feature stories from Ms. Grande’s life, as well as passages from her forthcoming novel, Dancing with Butterflies, due out this month.

Ms. Grande was raised by her grandparents after her parents left her behind while they worked in the United States. She came to the U.S. at the age of nine as an undocumented immigrant and went on to become the first person in her family to go to college. She earned a B.A. from UC Santa Cruz in creative writing and film, and an MFA in creative writing from Antioch University.

This English Department event is free and open to the public. It will be held in room 125 of the Performing Arts center at Hartnell’s main campus at 411 Central Avenue in Salinas from noon to 1 p.m.

For more information, please contact Hartnell English instructor Rhea Mendoza-Lewis at 831-755-6784.