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Reyna Grande

Reyna Grande is an award-winning novelist and memoirist. She has received an American Book Award, the El Premio Aztlán Literary Award, and the Latino Book Award. Her second novel, Dancing with Butterflies, received critical acclaim. In 2012, she was a finalist for the prestigious National Book Critics Circle Awards for her memoir The Distance Between Us. Her works have been published internationally in countries such as Norway and South Korea.
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Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. Things happen for a reason

Q. With whom in history do you most identify?

A. Frida Kahlo

Q. What is your greatest achievement?

A. Becoming the first person in my family to graduate from college.

Q. If you could meet any historical character, who would it be and what would you say to him or her?

A. I would love to meet Frida Kahlo. I would thank her for her strength and perseverance, which has inspired not only me but thousands of Latinas.

Q. What is your biggest pet peeve?

A. Plastic shopping bags and Americans' obsession with their lawns

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