Broadening the American Immigration Discussion with Outstanding Author Events

With President Obama’s recent executive action on the status of illegal immigrants in the United States, the topic has become a firebrand within partisan politics, national policy-making, and among concerned citizens everywhere. Take this opportunity to broaden the discussion of immigration in America, by hosting nationally renowned speakers who present passionately on their own experiences.

Create a special author event at your college, library or literary festival focused on the issue of immigration. Or start planning for your 2015 celebration event of National Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 – October 15) with these award winning and bestselling authors. Books In Common can help you find just the right fit for your program, and help honor this special month.  Here are some authors who make excellent speakers on American immigration:

Reyna Grande, author of The Distance Between Us. This heart wrenching memoir is about Reyna’s journey from Mexico to the United States, where she learned that the separation between parent and child can be measured in emotional distance as much as miles. Grande offers an unprecedented look into the immigration experience and the reality that millions of people are facing each day. At a time when the immigration debate is at a boiling point in the US, Reyna is a powerful advocate for Mexican Americans and immigrants of every origin. Meet Reyna here.

Sonya Nazario, the Pulitzer Prize winning author of Enrique’s Journey. This story of a Honduran boy’s struggle to find his mother in the US was a national bestseller, won three book awards and has been required reading for incoming freshman at 62 colleges and scores of high schools across the US. A YA version of the book was released last month. With the immigration debate still a hot button political issue, Sonia’s work remains an important contribution to the public debate – she is a generous and passionate presenter. Meet Sonia here.

Matt de la Peña is the author of four critically-acclaimed young adult novels that feature working class, “multicultural” (mixed) characters: Ball Don’t Lie, Mexican WhiteBoy, We Were Here and I Will Save You. His most recent novel, The Living, is about a young Mexican American boy who survives an apocalyptic earthquake that hits California. Meet Matt here.

Guadalupe Garcia McCall, author of Under the Mesquite. In this powerful novel told in verse, McCall recounts the bravery of a devoted and wise young woman who journeys between Mexico and Texas. Life on both sides of the border is portrayed with authenticity by an unforgettable protagonist, who finds the courage to face life with renewed hope after her mother’s illness forces hard decisions. McCall is a magnificent new voice in Latino Literature, and her book has resonated powerfully with young adults, as well as mature audiences. The lyric style of the book is particularly friendly to reluctant readers. Meet Guadalupe here.

Maria E. Andreu is the author of the novel The Secret Side of Empty, the story of a teen girl who is American in every way but one: on paper. She was brought to the U.S. as a baby and is now undocumented in the eyes of the law. The author draws on her own experiences as an undocumented teen to give a glimpse into the fear, frustration and, ultimately, the strength that comes from being “illegal” in your own home. She speaks on the subject of immigration and its effect on individuals, especially children. Meet Maria here.

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