Books Build Bridges is a community read program hosted by Hamilton East Public Library each fall to build community through shared experience, provide diverse reading opportunities and engage our community with noted authors.
Reyna Grande is the author of the bestselling memoir The Distance Between Us where she writes about her life before and after she arrived in the United States from Mexico as an undocumented child immigrant. Writing about immigration, family separation, language trauma, the price of the American Dream, and her writing journey, Reyna’s work has appeared in The New York Times, The Dallas Morning News, CNN, Buzzfeed, among others. In March 2020, she was a special guest on Oprah’s Book Club. The Distance Between Us is also available as a young readers edition, suitable for grades 6-9.
Reyna has received an American Book Award, the El Premio Aztlán Literary Award, and the International Latino Book Award. In 2012, she was a finalist for the prestigious National Book Critics Circle Awards, and in 2015 she was honored with a Luis Leal Award for Distinction in Chicano/Latino Literature.
Reyna will visit the Fishers Library for an author talk followed by a Q&A session and book signing to conclude this year’s Books Build Bridges experience. Reyna's talk and the Q&A session will be livestreamed via Zoom. If you prefer to attend in-person, click here to register. You do not need to register for both the in-person and virtual events.
Pick up a complimentary copy of The Distance Between Us or the young reader’s edition at the Fishers or Noblesville Library beginning August 15, while supplies last. Copies are also available for checkout at the libraries or through HEPL’s digital collections.