Contemporary Voices on Immigration
An Evening with Yvonne Cassidy and Reyna Grande

Admission: Free


Contemporary Voices on Immigration
An Evening with Yvonne Cassidy and Reyna Grande

Tuesday , December 11 | 7:30 pm

Join us for An Evening with authors Yvonne Cassidy and Reyna Grande as they discuss their touching books on the immigration experience and its complexities in contemporary America.

Eleven years after moving from Ireland to New York, Carla Matthews is still waitressing illegally, still planning to return to college, and still waiting for her life to begin when a phone call from home changes everything. Having to choose between her life in New York and her life back home in Dublin, Carla grapples with difficult decisions and begins to understand that her reasons for staying in New York may not have been quite as simple as she thought.

Yvonne Cassidy will join us to discuss her novel, What Might Have Been Me, a compelling story of family, belonging and identity.

Born in Mexico and raised by her grandparents after her parents left to find work in the U.S., at nine years old, Reyna enters the U.S. as an undocumented immigrant to live with her father. Filled with hope, she quickly realizes that life in America is far from perfect. Her father isn’t the man she dreamed about all those years in Mexico. His big dreams for his children are what gets them across the border, but his alcoholism and rage undermine all his hard work and good intentions. Reyna finds solace from a violent home in books and writing, inspired by the Latina voices she reads. After an explosive altercation, Reyna breaks away, going on to become the first person in her family to obtain a higher education, earning a college degree and then an M.F.A. in Creative Writing.

Reyna Grande will join us to discuss The Distance Between Us, an eye-opening memoir about life before and after illegally immigrating from Mexico to the United States.



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