DMA Arts & Letters Live: Reyna Grande & Valeria Luiselli
Reyna Grande’s memoir, A Dream Called Home, is an inspiring account of her quest to find her place in America as a first-generation Latina university student and aspiring writer determined to build a new life for her family. At nine years old, Grande walked across the US-Mexico border in search of a home, desperate to be reunited with the parents who had left her behind years ago to pursue a better life in America. With few resources, Reyna finds refuge in words, and it is her love of reading and writing that propels her to rise above challenges. By daring to pursue her dreams, Grande has built the one thing she had always longed for: a home that would endure.
Valeria Luiselli’s Lost Children Archive humanizes one of the most pressing and polarizing issues of today: immigration. This novel features a family on their summer road trip across America, when the mother becomes consumed by the news that thousands of children are trying to reach America but are stranded at the southern border, held in detention centers, or sent back to their homelands to an unknown fate. Lost Children Archive is an emotionally absorbing story of marriage and children, and a story of how we document our experiences and remember the things that matter to us the most. Luiselli has been nominated twice for the National Book Critics Circle Award and was a finalist for the Kirkus Prize.