Telluride Library: One Book, One Canyon

Telluride’s five-star Wilkinson Public Library is launching the region’s first community read program. “One Book, One Canyon” is designed to encourage reading for pleasure and to start a conversation. For its inaugural program, WPL staff chose”The Distance Between Us” by Reyna Grande. 

Reyna Grande

Reyna Grande is the author of three critically acclaimed books. “The Distance Between Us” is Grande’s memoir about her life before and after illegally immigrating from Mexico to the United States. A finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, it was hailed by the L.A. Times as “the Angela’s Ashes of the modern Mexican immigrant experience.” 

Born in Mexico, Reyna was two-years-old when her father left for the U.S. to find work. Her mother followed her father north two years later, leaving Reyna and her siblings behind in Mexico.

In 1985, when Reyna was going on 10, she entered the U.S. as an undocumented immigrant to live with her father. She went on to become the first person in her family to graduate college.

Reyna holds a B.A. in creative writing and film and video from the University of California, Santa Cruz. She received her M.F.A. in creative writing from Antioch University.

Reference and Cultural Outreach Librarian Gloria Chavira explains:

“We hope to inspire as many area residents as possible to participate in book discussions, as well as attend a talk by Reyna in October. Community read programs like this give everyone a little something different to talk about.”

Free English language, Spanish language, and Young Reader editions of the book are available at the library while supplies last.

Participants can keep the books.

Book discussions will be held at the library on Tuesday September 26 and Tuesday, October 3, in both English and Spanish.

Grande will give a talk on Wednesday, October 11, 5:30 pm in Spanish; at 7:00 pm in English. Between the two presentations, there will be a casual meet-and-greet with the author.

Grande will be speaking to students at the Palm Theater at 1:30 pm on October 11..

Book discussions:
Tuesday, September 26, 6:00 pm
Tuesday, October 3, 12:00 pm
Tuesday, October 3, 6:00 pm en Español

Meet the author Wednesday, October 11

5:30 pm, a talk en Español
6:15-6:45 pm, meet-and-greet with Reyna
7:00 pm, a talk in English,

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