The Friends of the Sacramento State University Library invite you to join us for a presentation by Reyna Grande, author of A Ballad of Love and Glory. Set during the time of the Mexican American War, (1846-1848), it tells the story of a Mexican army nurse and an Irish immigrant soldier whose paths cross fatefully during the war. They must fight not only for the fate of a nation but for their future together. Heartbreaking and lyrical, Grande’s spellbinding saga, inspired by true events and historical figures, brings these two remarkable characters to life and illuminates a largely forgotten moment in history that impacts the US-Mexico border to this day. The New York Times calls A Ballad of Love and Glory, “…epic and exquisitely wrought,” and author Julia Alvarez says, “A grand and soulful novel by a storyteller who has hit her full stride.”
Reyna Grande is an award-winning novelist and memoirist. She came to the United States from Mexico as a nine-year-old undocumented immigrant, joining her parents in Southern California. She went on to earn her BA in Creative Writing, Film & Video from UC Santa Cruz and her MFA in Creative Writing from Antioch University. She is currently teaching Creative Writing for UCLA Extension. Her work includes memoirs, novels, and short stories, most of which have been published in both English and Spanish. Her work focuses on themes of immigration, family, language, and culture. Her books have received numerous awards and accolades, including an American Book Award Finalist, a National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist, the El Premio Aztlán Literary Award, and the International Latino Book Award, to name a few. Her books have been selected by universities, community groups, and schools for numerous common reading programs. She has been a keynote speaker at many professional meetings and conferences and has held writing residencies at colleges and universities across the country.
DATE: Thursday, November 9, 2023
TIME: 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
LOCATION: Zoom, subtitles will be available
Further information and interviews:
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