BINDERY: Reyna Grande / A Dream Called Home

Wednesday, October 3, 2018 - 7:30pm

The Bindery hosts the San Francisco launch for Reyna Grande and her new memoir A Dream Called Home. She'll be in conversation with Carolina De Robertis. Please join us!


From bestselling author Reyna Grande—whose remarkable memoir The Distance Between Us has become required reading in schools across the country—comes an inspiring account of one woman’s 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 one fearless word at a time.

When Reyna Grande was nine-years-old, she walked across the US–Mexico border in search of a home, desperate to be reunited with the parents who had left her behind years before for a better life in the City of Angels. What she found instead was an indifferent mother, an abusive, alcoholic father, and a school system that belittled her heritage.

With so few resources at her disposal, Reyna finds refuge in words, and it is her love of reading and writing that propels her to rise above until she achieves the impossible and is accepted to the University of California, Santa Cruz.

Although her acceptance is a triumph, the actual experience of American college life is intimidating and unfamiliar for someone like Reyna, who is now once again estranged from her family and support system. Again, she finds solace in words, holding fast to her vision of becoming a writer, only to discover she knows nothing about what it takes to make a career out of a dream.

Through it all, Reyna is determined to make the impossible possible, going from undocumented immigrant of little means to “a fierce, smart, shimmering light of a writer” (Cheryl Strayed); a National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist “speak[ing] for millions of immigrants whose voices have gone unheard” (Sandra Cisneros); and a proud mother of two beautiful children who will never have to know the pain of poverty and neglect.

Told in Reyna’s exquisite, heartfelt prose, A Dream Called Home demonstrates how, by daring to pursue her dreams, Reyna was able to build the one thing she had always longed for: a home that would endure.



Reyna Grande is the recipient of the 2015 Luis Leal Award for Distinction in Chicano/Latino Literature. Her first novel, Across a Hundred Mountains (Atria, 2006), received a 2006 El Premio Aztlan Literary Award, a 2007 American Book Award, and a 2010 Latino Books Into Movies Award. Her second novel, Dancing with Butterflies (Washington Square Press, 2009) was critically acclaimed and was the recipient of a 2010 International Latino Book Award, Best Women’s Issues, and a 2010 Las Comadres & Friends National Latino Book Club Selection. She was also a 2003 PEN Center USA Emerging Voices Fellow. The Distance Between Us was a 2012 National Book Critics Circle Awards Finalist and has been selected by numerous city-wide read programs, including Rochester Reads 2018, MacReads 2018, One Book/One Michiana 2018, All Henrico Reads 2018, Timberland Reads Together 2017, Telluride One Book/One Canyon 2017, Estes Park One Book/One Valley 2017, Saginaw One Book/One Community 2016, Camarillo Reads 2016, Roswell Reads 2015, and One Maryland/One Book 2014, among others. To learn more about Reyna Grande and her work, visit Reyna's author photo was taken by Imran Chaudhry.


A writer of Uruguayan origins, Carolina De Robertis is the author of the novels The Gods of TangoPerla, and the international bestseller The Invisible Mountain. Her books have been translated into seventeen languages, and have been named Best Books of the Year in venues including the San Francisco Chronicle, O, The Oprah MagazineBookList, and NBC. She is the recipient of a Stonewall Book Award, Italy’s Rhegium Julii Prize, and a 2012 fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, among other honors. She is also an award-winning translator of Latin American and Spanish literature, and editor of the anthology Radical Hope: Letters of Love and Dissent in Dangerous Times, which features essays by leading thinkers and writers in response to the shifting political atmosphere in the U.S. In 2017, the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts named De Robertis on its 100 List of “people, organizations, and movements that are shaping the future of culture.” She teaches fiction and literary translation at San Francisco State University, and lives in Oakland, California, with her wife and two children. She is currently at work on her fourth novel, The Burning Edge of the World.



Please note: this event will be at The Bindery, 1727 Haight.


This is an all ages event. The bar opens at 7, event begins at 7:30pm.


RSVP appreciated but not required.


If you cannot attend the event but would like to request a signed copy of A Dream Called Home (in English or en Español), and/or any of the authors' books, order below and put your request in the comments field.


A Dream Called Home: A Memoir Cover Image
ISBN: 9781501171420
Availability: Out of Stock - Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Atria Books - October 2nd, 2018

La búsqueda de un sueño (A Dream Called Home Spanish edition): Una autobiografía (Atria Espanol) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781501172076
Availability: Out of Stock - Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Atria Books - October 30th, 2018

The Distance Between Us: A Memoir Cover Image
ISBN: 9781451661781
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Washington Square Press - March 12th, 2013

La distancia entre nosotros (Atria Espanol) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781476710402
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Atria Books - April 16th, 2013

Dancing with Butterflies: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781439109069
Availability: Out of Stock - Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Washington Square Press - October 6th, 2009

Across a Hundred Mountains: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780743269582
Availability: Out of Stock - Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Washington Square Press - May 15th, 2007

Radical Hope: Letters of Love and Dissent in Dangerous Times Cover Image
By Carolina De Robertis (Editor)
ISBN: 9780525435136
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Vintage - May 2nd, 2017

The Gods of Tango Cover Image
ISBN: 9781101872857
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Vintage - May 17th, 2016

Perla (Vintage Contemporaries) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780307744173
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Vintage - February 12th, 2013

The Invisible Mountain (Vintage Contemporaries) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780307456618
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Vintage - August 10th, 2010

La montaña invisible Cover Image
ISBN: 9780307472359
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Vintage Espanol - August 10th, 2010