Author Reyna Grande at Greenwood County Reads

Greenwood County Library will present their Greenwood County Reads 2017 program featuring the book The Distance Between Us by Reyna Grande. Reyna Grande will give six presentations and a radio interview over the course of a two-day residency on October 2 – 3, 2017, and other events will take place in the month of October, including film screenings, book discussions, and an exhibit. SC Humanities supported the appearance of Reyna Grande with a Fast Track Literary Grant.

Reyna Grande is an award-winning novelist and memoirist. She 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. The Distance Between Us is a poignant memoir about Reyna Grande’s childhood in Mexico. When her parents make the dangerous journey across the Mexican border into the United States, she and her brother and sister are left behind with their grandmother. Unwanted in an already over-burdened household, Reyna dreams of the day she will be reunited with her parents, especially her long – absent father.

Reyna Grande will give several presentations to schools during her residency, and she will also give a public presentation at the Ware Shoals Library (54 S Greenwood Ave, Ware Shoals, SC 29692) on Tuesday, October 3, 2017 at 10:00 a.m.

Other events that are part of Greenwood County Reads 2017 are:

Book Discussion
Thursday, October 5, 1 p.m. & 6 p.m.
Ware Shoals Community Library
54 South Greenwood Ave.
Ware Shoals, SC 29692
Tel. 864-456-2813

Book Discussion
Saturday, October 7, 1 p.m.
American Veterans Auditorium
Greenwood County Library
600 South Main St.
Greenwood, SC 29646
Tel. 864-941-4650

Book Discussion
Thursday, October 12, 10 a.m.
Ninety Six Branch Library
100 Cambridge St. South, Ninety Six, SC 29666
Tel: 864-543-4749

Film Screening: Tortilla Soup (2001)
Saturday, October 14, 2 p.m.
PG-13; 103 minutes.
English subtitles.

Film Screening: Bless Me, Ultima (2013)
Saturday, October 21, 2 p.m.
PG-13; 106 minutes.
English subtitles.
Based on the novel by Rudolfo Anaya

Exhibit: The Immigrant Experience in South Carolina
The Museum
106 Main St.
Greenwood, SC 29646
Tel. 864-229-7093

For more information about Greenwood County Reads 2017, visit the Greenwood County Library website.

The mission of SC Humanities is to enrich the cultural and intellectual lives of all South Carolinians. Established in 1973, this 501(c) 3 organization is governed by a volunteer 21-member Board of Directors comprised of community leaders from throughout the state. It presents and/or supports literary initiatives, lectures, exhibits, festivals, publications, oral history projects, videos and other humanities-based experiences that directly or indirectly reach more than 250,000 citizens annually.