Walter W. Stiern Library Presents Writer in Residence Series

Many writers are inspired by libraries and the books that fill their shelves. The Walter W. Stiern Library at California State University, Bakersfield, understands the heart of that notion. The Library will host the Writer in Residence series on Wednesday, March 13 with author, Reyna Grande, on Wednesday, March 13 at 6 p.m. in the Dezember Reading Room of the Library.

“The award-winning memoirist and novelist, Reyna Grande, was selected because her story of success is inspirational and her writing is amazing,” said Curt Asher, Dean of the Walter W. Stiern Library and the founder and director of the Writer in Residence Project.

Grande will read from her much-anticipated sequel, “A Dream Called Home (Atria),” which was released on Oct. 2, 2018.

When Grande was nine years old, she walked across the US-Mexico border, searching for a home and wanting to reunite with her parents who left her behind for a better life in Los Angeles. Instead, she found an indifferent mother, an abusive, alcoholic father and a school system that belittled her heritage.

The book explores the journey of what it took for her to rise above and achieve what seemed impossible. It is an inspiring tale of what it means to keep going to pursue her dreams and live the life she imagined.

Grande has received an American Book Award, the El Premio Aztlán Literary Award, and the International Latino Book Award. In 2012, she was a finalist for the prestigious National Book Critics Circle Awards, and in 2015 she was honored with a Luis Leal Award for Distinction in Chicano/Latino Literature.

The Walter W. Stiern Library launched the Writer in Residence program in 2012 and was designed to bring an author or poet to campus to provide a reading in the spring and a one-day creative writing workshop in the summer. The Library’s goal is to encourage creative activities in the community and campus by hosting great writers and allowing patrons to learn from them.

Past Writer in Residence speakers, since 2013, have included: Angie Chau (“Quiet as They Come”), Marisa Silver (“Mary Coin”), John Hampsey (“Kaufman’s Hill”), Brian Evanson (“Last Days,” “Open Curtain” and “A Collapse of Horses”) and poets, Brandon Constantine and Matthew Woodman.

A one-day creative writing workshop will take place on Thursday, June 6 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Walter W. Stiern Library. Applications and more information about the workshop are available at:

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